Ryan Guzman (centre, no shirt) in a scene from the movie Step Up 4: Miami Heat.
Ryan Guzman (centre, no shirt) in a scene from the movie Step Up 4: Miami Heat. Contributed - 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC

Movie review: Step Up 4

YOU don't go to these sorts of movies for their gripping storylines and moving performances.

You want to see those hot dancers move and showcase some awe-inspiring jaw dropping routines.

And in this Step Up 4: Miami Heat doesn't disappoint.

With such a flimsy formulaic plot, it really only exists to showcase the kick-ass dance sequences and hot moves. And they are hot moves.

Just as well as the plot is done to death dull and follows a strikingly similar line to the previous three films in the franchise.

This time it has been updated to include a guerrilla Miami dance combo known as the Mob who participate in flash mob style dances which they upload to Youtube.

The aim is to win a competition for the first to get 10 million hits.

A curveball arrives in the form a hotel developer (Peter Gallagher) who plans to transform the neighbourhood in which the Mob members reside.

Turns out he has a rich but bored daughter with a passion for dance and taste for rebellion and uh-no, the Mob lead dancer finds himself falling for her.

Yep nothing too original there, but now one comes to these sort of movies for the plot right?

The romantic leads, Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman are a little light-weight but likeable enough despite the flimsy material they are given to work with.

But where this film truly shines in is the routines. Highly choreographed, elaborate and extravagant the routines are a dizzyingly, awe-inspiring blend of hip-hop, raunch and gymnastics.

The creativity behind the sequences is stunning, the choreography brilliant, and the way these dancers twist and turn their bodies are incredible.

But when the moves stop that's when the clichés start. Forget the story, just focus on the dance.

Step Up 4: Miami Heat

  • Stars: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner
  • Director: Scott Speer
  • Rated: PG
  • Verdict: Two out of three stars