Piranha 3D


Shouldn’t that be 3-Double D?

Piranha 3D review

Kelly Brook has had her knockers, but no one can accuse her of not making the most of her assets.

And nobody could accuse Alexandre Aja of not doing the same in his stereoscope redo of Joe Dante’s 1978 fish-athon, there being almost as many shots of the Brit babe’s mammaries as there are of the prehistoric flesh eaters that give it its name.

Brook plays one of the many young things who descend on the picturesque Lake Victoria (actually Lake Havasu in Arizona) for a boozy spring break of aquatic mayhem.

It’s their bad luck that it coincides with a subterranean earthquake that frees thousands of piranhas from their underwater prison, their first victim being Richard Dreyfuss in several tongue-in-cheek nods to Spielberg’s Jaws.

It’s not long before scantily clad birds are losing their legs, stag starlets are spilling their silicon implants and an unwary swimmer is being scalped by an outboard motor – one of numerous shock moments peppered throughout this gleefully gory romp.

(Others include a girl being sliced in two by a whipping cable and a penis being gobbled, then disgorged, by a picky piranha.) 

Yet it is not just violence that gets the 3D treatment, Aja halting the action at one stage to show Kelly performing a nude underwater ballet with real-life porn star Riley Steele at the behest of Jerry O’Connell’s coke-snorting adult film director. Beat that, James Cameron!

It’s all trashy, splashy fun that’s both a light-hearted throwback to 3D’s exploitation roots and a shameless pandering to the Friday night crowd’s baser instincts.

Christopher Lloyd adds further yuks as a mad-eyed ichthyologist, while a final gag leaves things open nicely for a sequel/remake of Cameron’s own Piranha II.

A shame, though, that more time was not lavished on the computer-generated carnivores themselves. Indeed, a great deal of the piscine carnage is so underlit it’s hard to tell what’s going on and who’s eating who.


“There are thousands of them – and they’re pissed!” gasps biologist Adam Scott in Aja’s entertaining rehash of the old Corman classic. As fish food goes, however, it’s not especially filling.

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    • HardcoreNinja

      Aug 19th 2010, 15:25

      This film deserves an oscar due to the fact Kelly Brook has been seen naked in several magasines to promote this film. Win.

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Sep 8th 2010, 23:44


      Awful but I had a ball watching it

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    • Legacy3D

      Jan 22nd 2011, 18:56


      It’s a modern day jaws with far more gore. This is something people have said which is true in some regards. The plot of Piranha is that every year Lake Victoria in Arizona goes from 5,000 people to 50,000 every spring break when students come to party, but this year millions of flesh eating piranha have come through a crack in the ocean to feed, in what results in a blood bath of attacks on the partying students. A subplot in the movie is when Jake (Steven R. McQueen) who can never be a part of spring break because of looking after his younger brother and sister is given the opportunity to be a tour guide on the lake for a film director (Jerry O'Connell) shooting a movie with his actresses (Kelly Brook and Riley Steele). Comparing this to jaws is fine in the idea of a fish attacking people but other than that it’s a very different type of movie. This is not a bad thing I believe as I thought it was entertaining movie and the 3D effects worked well which I would not have thought before watching this. However if you hate gore and blood in movies don’t watch this as a large part of the movie is very violence.

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      May 18th 2011, 22:17


      Surprisingly enjoyable. Some good gore, mostly CGI (some ‘real’ effects would have been nice). A couple of surprisingly fun cameos. Plenty of references to other fishy films such as Jaws, Deep Blue Sea etc. Boobs and booty aplenty. And a great ending. In summary, punchy, and more small Jaws than just a remake of the original.

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