Especially on film, actions ought to speak louder than words, but time and time again, the dancers of Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets and now Step Up 3D insist on assuring us that the act of dancing is in their bones, a pure expression of emotion and energy, etc. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the words in between their actions -- that is to say, the exceedingly melodramatic plot developments that lurch forth in between the often striking dance sequences -- from nearly bringing this second sequel to a grinding halt.

This time around, all the self-serious talk is courtesy of Luke (Rick Malambri), a hard-core dancer and would-be filmmaker whose documentary camera allows everyone in his crew to espouse endlessly on their primal drive to pop and lock before a cheering crowd. He believes that every great dancer is "born from a boombox" (the acronym for this -- "BFAB" -- is so often repeated that it's practically the new "fetch"), and while he feels the world should know, he's too shy to share his project with anyone...
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