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STREETDANCE 2 3D

SYNOPSIS:
Ash (Falk Hentshel) is a bit of a loner who thrives on his moments in the sun competing in StreetDance competitions. Since being humiliated on stage by the top dance crew Invincible, Ash is determined to put together a winning crew from all over the world and compete in Paris at the World Championships. As the members of the team fall into place, Ash meets and falls in love with beautiful salsa dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella), who teaches him a thing or two about dancing as a team.

Review by Louise Keller:
Sensational dancing is what this 3D sequel is all about; when the provocative rhythms of Latin fuse with funky street-dancing, the result is sexy, visceral and exciting. While the premise of the 2010 original brought the fusion between classical ballet and hip-hop under the auspices of a story about a pretty British street dancer aspiring to win the UK Street Dance Championships, this time around, the setting is Paris, where the male protagonist's ambition and desire fuse in the shapely form of salsa dancer Sofia Boutella. Algerian born Boutella, well established in the street dance scene and who tours with Madonna, is a sensation; watching her dance is sure to drive young men to distraction.

The story has no pretensions. Apart from the fabulously choreographed dance scenes and enticing shots of Paris, the film's mainstay is the bourgeoning romance between Ash (Falk Hentshel) and Eva (Boutella) that predictably teases with its foreplay and ignites on the dance floor like uncontrollable fireworks. Hentshel has appeal as Ash and with impressive rippling abs. The first time we see Eva strutting her stuff in a boxing arena, she is wearing stilettos, black lace and tassels, her long, black hair flying wildly as she seduces us with her sultry routine. There's passion, longing and intimacy as Eva ties a blindfold around Ash, as she teaches him the art of the Tango (combining sex, control and trust). The juxtaposition of some of the dance scenes in varied, beautiful Paris settings is eye candy for the Francophile.

The lead up to the climactic Street Dance World Championships is filled with pliable bodies that contort and make impossibly graceful moves with balance and rhythm. The storyline about Ash wanting to defeat his arch nemesis from the king-pin Invincible team is pretty flimsy but it offers a legitimate excuse for some thrilling and innovative choreography. The inclusion of nerdy Brit Eddie (George Sampson) as Ash's manager never sits comfortably.

Worthy of mention is the amusing scene in which Tom Conti (remember him from Shirley Valentine?), playing Eva's protective uncle, who judges men by the number of chillies they eat. Hot? Yes, but not as hot as the dancing.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

STREETDANCE 2 3D (PG)
(US, 2012)

CAST: Falk Hentshel, George Sampson, Sofia Boutella, Tom Conti, Stephanie Nguyen

PRODUCER: Allan Niblo, James Richardson

DIRECTOR: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini

SCRIPT: Jane English

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sam McCurdy

EDITOR: Tim Murrell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Richard Bullock

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 19, 2012







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