It’s not safe to go into the water again…
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Jerry O’Connell, Kelly Brook, Steven R. McQueen, Adam Scott, Jessica Szohr, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Scheer & Richard Dreyfuss.
Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Screenplay by: Pete Goldfinger & Josh Stolberg
After a subterranean earthquake releases thousands of prehistoric piranhas, the man-eating fish descend on Lake Victoria to feast on the spring breakers.
Kicking off with the legendary Richard Dreyfuss in a shameless nod to Jaws, accompanied by some truly terrible CGI, Piranha 3D stakes its claim from the off as a harmless slice of B-Movie fun.
Complete with what is surely the most ridiculous plot of the year – a subterranean earthquake frees thousands of prehistoric piranhas from an underwater cavern; no way! – And plenty of shocking deaths (victims being eaten alive, a girl is sliced in half by a whipping cable, an encounter with a motorboat that the filmmakers gleefully drag out), this is simply the kind of movie you dream up whilst having a few beers with your mates down the local boozer.
Thankfully everyone is in on the joke, from Kelly Brook showing off her best assets, Christopher Lloyd popping up as a mad-eyed ichthyologist and Ving Rhames as a local policeman, who at one stage gets very inventive with his choice of weapon.
Director Alexandre Aja takes full advantage of the use of 3D making his movie a complete throwback to 3D’s exploitation roots, but it’s a shame the same amount of money/time wasn’t spent on brushing up the CGI which at times is so bad it almost spoils the fun.
But then again when you are watching a film that contains a penis being eaten, and then spat right back out in our faces, and a totally nude Kelly Brook performing underwater ballet with real-life porn star Riley Steele in glorious 3D! There are certain elements of the film that just don’t matter; this is a trashy guilty pleasure and all the more enjoyable because of it.