Saturday, April 30, 2011
Alexandre Aja's reboot of Joe Dante's original is a real guilty pleasure, Piranha 3D has absolutely no redeeming features whatsoever but is ridiculous fun from start to finish. Heavily based on the Jaws template, Aja amps up the exploitation elements to eleven with blood, gore and skin on screen almost constantly. Originally filmed in 2D but retrofitted to 3D afterwards, it makes it feel even more like a drive in movie from days gone by.
When an underwater earthquake frees a shoal of prehistoric piranha from a subterranean lake, all sorts of bloody hell breaks loose at a spring break weekend in Lake Victoria. That is essentially the plot in its entirety. Piranha 3D is 90 minutes of mindless trash that lacks any kind of filmmaking merit, but that manages to entertain anyway. It's the kind of movie that sets its stall out to deliver on gore and nudity and little else, your enjoyment of the film will depend on if this is enough to sustain the running time for you. I enjoyed every minute, without ever thinking what I was watching was really any good!
Piranha 3D features a surprisingly decent cast including Elisabeth Shue and Ving Rhames, along with cameos from Richard dreyfuss (wasted) and Christopher Lloyd (fun). For British viewers Kelly Brook features prominently and for horror fans Eli Roth has a cameo. To be honest it isn't the kind of movie to praise performances, everyone does what they need to, but a special mention must go to Jerry O'Connell for his incredibly obnoxious porn director.
The dvd features the movie in 2D or 3D (with 2 pairs of 3D glasses included), I only viewed the 2D version (The anaglyph 3D process gives me a headache!) and it looks and sounds excellent.
Piranha 3D is not a subtle film by any means, its full of dumb dialogue and even dumber actions. It delivers exactly what it promises with no pretensions of anything else. It adds nothing to the genre, in fact it could be argued it can only harm it, but unlike the majority of recent horror fare it's trashy fun. Make your own mind up if that is enough for you or not!