Movie Journal – 2/8/2012

Piranha, a.k.a. “Piranha 3D” (2010)     3/5

Directed by Alexandre Aja (Dimension Films)

Expertly adapting Roger Corman camp for the SyFy Channel era, this remake of the 1978 Jaws parody gives B-movie a 21st century definition. Not a horror film in any true sense, Piranha forgoes any terror or suspense for hysterically flamboyant fish attacks, wet T-shirt contests, and 3D gimmicks. Needless to say, all conventions of good filmmaking are ignored. However, there is some funny dialogue, and even when the deliberately subpar narrative lends itself to rough waters, it is saved by animated blood, crappy CGI, and lots of bare boobs.

As if that wasn’t enough, Piranha still spoofs those story elements that remain even in the torture porn we call “horror” today, but amongst the undemanding, frat boy crowd that the film is marketed to, it is likely that few will acknowledge the satire. So is the film’s paradox, but for those of us who are in on the joke, cameos by Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, and Eli Roth will do nothing but delight. This is dumb, good-humored, and simply fun “exploitation” that never runs out of energy. As one character says – “we’re shooting porno, not a drama!” What can I say, Americans like to have a good time. See you at Piranha 3DD.

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2 Comments

  1. Dude…I watched it with my mom. It was funny as hell. But my biggest fear was of her asking me, “Nolan, who is that?” when a pornstar showed up on screen and then I blurt out the name of the actress and what she does.

    Seriously though, hilarious stuff. Excited for Busey in Piranha 3DD.

    • Hahaha completely agree, my man!


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