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An Entertaining Late Summer B-Movie,
This review is from: Piranha (DVD)Piranha 3D is a remake of the 1978 original film Piranha which was itself a parody of the classic film Jaws. The film was made by French producer Alexandre Aja best known for his remake of The Hills Have Eyes. You might be asking yourself: now why would Piranhas come out of seemingly nowhere and kill people? The storyline provides the answer: 1) There is a lake under a lake in which Piranhas have survived by eating their own kind in order to survive in this prehistoric lake and when an earthquake hits the Piranhas break loose 2) This is a "horror" movie (I'd say it's more of a horror-comedy), it doesn't have to actually make sense in order to enjoy. This is a remake of a movie that was really a parody of Jaws, let's put it that way.
I'd say a fun aspect of the film is how it's not that well-written but it makes for a fun B movie. One advantage the movie has is acting, except some characters that were rather goofy the acting in Piranha 3D is pretty good considering how this is a horror movie. The main characters especially were portrayed by good actors in which we actually do see a development to the point that we do care if they survive. The humor of the movie is similar to that of teen aimed movies such as American Pie and Sex Drive, not necessarily a bad thing unless you would consider that sort of humor juvenile. For instance about the humor, watching a penis eaten by piranhas with the 3D effect can only be funny or tasteless, you decide! Now the 3D effect worked very well to a certain degree I'm not sure how well it worked because I have not seen much 3D movies as of yet. Yet there were some pretty good effects and some good thrills resulted out of it. The Piranhas looked amazing and the death scenes (of which there are many) were done in an excellent gory way and looked like an actual death suffered due to Piranhas, it was convincing and not over-exaggerated like you might think it would be. A low point would be the ending as it's a big thrill but ends perhaps too suddenly and surprisingly (maybe a Piranha 3D 3 is in the works? Yes Dimension Films has announced that due to the success earned on the opening weekend by grossing over 10 millions there will be a sequel).
Was I disappointed with Piranha? Not really as I knew what to expect (even though some things were unexpected) and knew what kind of movie I was going into. Should you expect high quality from this movie? The answer is no but you should expect to have some fun watching it, especially with friends. Who would I recommend Piranha 3D to? To those who are looking for a fun mindless movie on a boring night, it's entertaining to say the least. One thing is sure if you think the movie misses the target it achieved (whatever it is) it misses in an amusing way. 3 stars out of 5, flawed but fun in the way that you enjoy a good B movie.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2010 9:20:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2010 10:48:03 AM PDT
The sequel has been announced as Piranha 3DD (yeah as in double D's) but director Alexandre Aja will not be returning this time around.
As I was watching the trailers for Piranha 3D I thought of this movie as nothing more than another crap teen gore-fest which would be forgotten before it left the theaters. To my surprise the reviews came out and they were mostly positive. Add to this the fact that everyone who saw the movie was talking about it non-stop which got me interested in catching a midnight viewing.
The movie, as you stated in your review, was very entertaining. The movie, while not taking itself so seriously, portrayed good acting, great 3D moments, beautiful women (some from the Porn industry thanks to wikipedia information), nice cameos, funny dialogue and incredibly detailed gore and dismemberment. Let's just hope the sequel lives up to the recent remake.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2010 11:52:31 AM PDT
I have to agree with everything that you said, it was entertaining, had good acting and had some good moments. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the sequel but I highly doubt it will be as good as this one is.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2010 8:20:01 PM PST
Hey, what about Christopher Lloyd?
It was fun seeing him onscreen again too.
The sequel should be good if they keep in line with how the original ended.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 12:14:31 PM PST
Yes I believe that now that they have found an audience they know what they like and so we show get something as good or even better. If the filmmakers continue in the direction the first one was headed then it should be another good movie.
Posted on Jan 4, 2011 1:09:48 PM PST
Seamus Flynn says:
What if they made the sequel like Piranha 2: The Spawning? Lets just hope they don't. I'm just about fed up with "flying piranhas"!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2011 2:20:24 PM PST
Agreed! We'll see what happens this summer I suppose! Thank you for your comment!
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