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From director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller Piranha 3D. Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; a new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the areas new razor-toothed residents.
The film stars Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Adam Scott, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, and Kelly Brook.
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Piranha has the basic creature/animal attack film premise. It's spring break and a remote town fills up the obnoxious college kids and a bunch of piranha's devour every single piece of flesh in sight. The thing that makes it different from all the other mindless creature films is that it is almost a parody of itself in the sense that it is a semi-serious movie that pokes fun at b-movies from a few generations ago.
If you've read other reviews that mention how gory this film is, they couldn't be more correct. This movie is almost as gory as Dead Alive and, without giving too much away, makes a delightful reference to it in the film's climax and fans of Dead Alive will recognize the scene instantly. That alone makes this movie better than most others of its kind.
In terms of substance, there are some pretty funny scenes and the gore itself is enough to keep you entertained. For all the movie buffs out there, there are some cool cameos by famous actors from similar movies including one in the very beginning.
Nudity, there's PLENTY of it in here. You'd be a horrible parent if you let your child watch this if they're under the age of 17 seeing as there are scenes loaded with graphic, full frontal female nudity and a scene involving a man having his.... well.... manhood being taken from him in explicit detail if you know what I mean. The nudity is used mostly in a comic and over the top way and not intended to be sensual.
All in all, this is a great movie for what it's worth and the perfect film to watch with a bunch of (mature) friends during the summer to keep you out of the water just as much as Jaws did and still does.
Girls gone wild is about right for the nudity. Mostly quick flashes which is fine but I preferred the more Playboy style scene with Kelly Brook & the blonde under water. Kelly Brook does look fine in this movie but Survival Island is better if you are a fan of hers.
I enjoyed it for what it was. I'd either call it 3 or 4 stars (3 1/2 if amazon allowed it) which is the average right now. I ultimately went with 3 stars because the part where they use a distraction to rig explosives takes "forever" & the whole rest of the movie suggests the distraction used would only last a few minutes if that. Epic fail if it were a serious movie, passable plot device in a campy movie I suppose. The way they leave it open for a sequel seemed about stupid to me at 1st but once again, it wasn't meant to be that serious.
Just keep thinking campy throwback & you'll pretty much know if you want to see it or not. I'd say worth a rental or used price.
but the director do a great job hiding that fact with a lot of sexy / raunchy scenes. I may sound quite primitive said that way, but as a result the tone of the movie is changed and the second degree (or third ? ) is apparent and welcomed.
Overall it is a pretty nice experience, i have some critics that prevent me to put a 5th star.
First the end seems rushed, really rushed, and in my opinion introduce logic gap.
Second the formulaic story is respected too carefully, i'd like to see more (in fact, any) unexpected event in what is clearly an half spoof production, i guess you can't make wave on a lake...
Overall a nice addition to my 3d collection. the underwater scenes are really good, especially the diving scene and the underwater-naked-dance (not just because of the naked part). Unfortunately, the rest is pretty standard, few good uses of the 3D.