Piranha 3D

Tag line : 2 Million Years of Evolution, 1 perfect killer!

PiranhaNo doubt inspired by 2008s "My Bloody Valentine" 3D remake and with horror remakes continuing to dominate the cinema and 3D films being the 'in-thing', someone had the bright idea of cashing in on both booms by remaking Joe Dante's 1978 Jaws rip-off "Piranha" in glorious 3D.

Loosely based on the original, a small earth tremor opens up a fissure in the lake bed next to the small resort town of Lake Victoria, which unleashes a deadly wave of prehistoric piranha fish from an underwater cavern, onto the unsuspecting locals.

With it being spring break, the Piranha find no shortage of snotty teens to chow down on as the local sheriff (Elizabeth Shue) finds her department stretched to the limit trying to police the rowdy youths who've flocked to town, whilst finding out what's been attacking people on the lake.

Directed by Alexandra Aja, the film is an absolute laugh riot from start to finish, culminating in a full scale massacre as the piranha attack the marina where the majority of teens are busy partying, which is as funny as it is gory. There's also a scene involving the death of a porno movie director (played by Jerry O'Connel) which is exceptionally ironic and just so wrong on so many different levels (which I'll not elaborate on).

The film also benefits from a good supporting cast including Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Dina Meyer and even Eli Roth (director of "Hostel") and Richard Dreyfuss, who makes a brief appearance in a role not too dissimilar to his character from "Jaws".

If all that wasn't enough, there's also plenty of female flesh on show, courtesy of English model and actress Kelly Brook and 'adult' film star Riley Steel, who's performances are arguably worth the price of the movie alone as it was good to see they actually made good use of the 3D effects in some of these scenes (if you know what I mean).

In short I cannot recommend this film highly enough, its gory and funny in equal measures and I cannot remember the last time I laughed so damn hard watching a movie. Don't even bother with any of the 2D versions kicking about, this film should be seen and in 3D as it was intended.

Overall marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "This Summer, 3D shows its Teeth", "Sea, Sex and Blood", "There's Something in the Water", "How Fast can you Swim?".

  • The films budget was $24million.

  • Chuck Russel ("Nightmare on Elm Street 3 : Dream Warriors") was originally approached to direct, but the producers later decided to hire Alexandra Aja instead. Russel did however stay on to do some script rewrites for them.

  • Though filming was originally due to start in late 2008, the director delayed things until March 2009 as they didn't want to shoot a film in the water during the colder weather.

  • Some trailers showed a scene not in the film of Kelly Brook underwater coming face to face with the piranhas, this scene was specially shot for promotional purposes and was never intended to be part of the actual film.

  • Joe Dante and James Cameron, who directed the original Piranha 1 & 2 respectively, were both approached to make cameo appearances. However, this idea was dropped when Cameron declined, saying he was too busy with other projects.

  • Alexandra Aja also directed "The Hills Have Eyes" remake.

  • Richard Dreyfuss's character was dressed to look like his character from "Jaws". In another nod to that film, he also had the same first name and was whistling the same song he and the other characters were singing in that movie when the shark attacked.

  • Though this was always intended as being a 3D movie, the film was actually shot in 2D, but converted into 3D using the Reali-D conversion process.

  • Elizabeth Shue, who plays Sheriff Forrester, and Christopher Lloyd, who plays Mr Goodman the marine biologist, both starred in the classic 80s comedy "Back to the Future".

  • "Hostel" director Eli Roth has a cameo appearance as the judge of the wet T-shirt contest.

  • Jerry O'Connel's character Derrick Jones was loosely based on 'Adult' entertainment director Joe Francis, who was not impressed with him being portrayed as snorting coke and claiming to have filmed underage girls. He also threatened to sue the producers as O'Connel kept publicly stating he was playing Joe Francis and not a fictional character.

  • Dina Meyer, who plays Paula the scuba diver, also played Detective Kerry in the "Saw" films.

  • Richard Dreyfuss was not initially interested in appearing in the film, but agreed after producer Bob Weinstein offered him $50,000 for his one scene. Dreyfuss later donated the entire sum to charity.

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