Street Dance 2, Tom Conti


<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>

Directed by Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini. Starring Tom Conti, Falk Hentschel, Sofia Boutella, George Sampson.

I didn’t even know there was a movie by this name, it looks similar to Step Up, and I wasn’t really wowed by Street Dance.

The film very quickly establishes a hero in the form of hunk Ash (Falk Hentschel) who wants to be an award-winning street dancer. But he has to compete against the ‘Invincibles’ in Paris and so Eddie (George Sampson, an Anton Yelchin look-alike) convinces him to go on a trip through Europe picking up various street-dancing talents for their group. This is the first of many montages that tries to appear all cool and full of attitude but you realise this film can’t go anywhere good after this.

The last element to their group extraordinaire is in Paris, the Latin Tango dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella) who Ash must convince to join his gang of hip-hopping, dance gymnasts to give them an edge over current champions, the Invincibles. Needless to say, Eva is reluctant at first and then agrees and then falls in love with him (yawn, clichés) and then is hurt by him but then forgives him.

The acting in this film is amateurish with the group dynamics looking like they haven’t been directed at all and they’re just making it up as they go along. The dance is interesting in parts but after a while all the ‘inspirational’ dance montages with sentimental background music get a bit annoying. Sultry Sofia Boutella and charming Tom Conti, who plays her bar-owner uncle, are the best things about this film. They add some professionalism to what would otherwise have been an expensively made home workout dance video.

The 3D is utterly pointless in Street Dance 2 and I really wonder why they would use it in dance films (with the exception of the award-winning film Pina, of course).


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