The Miami Ones
Aspiring young dancer Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami looking to make it as a professional and ends up meeting Sean (Ryan Guzman) a hot young street dancer who leads a cutting edge dance crew known as "The Mob" who make headlines with their flash mobs and are looking to make it big online. But the area they love to dance in comes under threat from a developer who just happens to be Emily's father and Emily must work with Sean and his dancers to protest the planned development putting them all at risk when it comes to their futures.
Why do I have a feeling that writing a review of "Step Up 4 Miami Heat" is pretty redundant as those who might watch it probably won't care for checking out reviews and they might even think it is great cinema without looking beyond 3 things; music, dance and good looking stars getting sweaty in the name of dance. That is simply what this fourth movie is, good looking young stars putting their bodies on display, often in beach wear, as they dance to one pumping tune after another. And in fairness if what you want is to watch some synchronised dancing to a pumping soundtrack with the obligatory love story thrown in to the mix then this should work.
But ignore the obvious stuff for a second and what are you have left with? Well what I had left with was a variation on Cliff Richard's "The Young Ones" as whilst they were not putting on a show to save the dance hall it comes down to the same thing including the fact we have a character whose father is the developer. But then I doubt those who enjoy "Step Up 4 Miami Heat" will have watched many of those older movies which use the same storyline or a variation on it.
What this all boils down to is that "Step Up 4 Miami Heat" is sure to work for its intended audience and yes the dance scenes are impressive but look beyond the creative and the visual and what you have lurking at the back is an old story which only works as a vehicle for one dance scene after another.