Written by - Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg
Directed by - Alexandre Aja
Review by - Steve Mezo
Let me start of with I love the original (1978 ) PIRANHA
That was produced by Roger Corman, written by Richard Robinson and John Sayles and directed by Joe Dante.
So starting to watch a remake gave me that "How bad is this going to be?" feeling. But the second I saw Richard Dreyfuss in his "Hooper" gear from JAWS it was like a big old wink from the writers and director that they were gearing up for a hour and a half of fun.
And it was a nod to PIRANHA being Roger's way of trying to make money off of the JAWS craze
It started with an underwater earthquake and the piranha swimming up into the lake from a fissure made by the earthquake. And then we find out that the piranha (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU NEED ONE) are the offspring of piranha that were sealed off from the rest of the underwater world two million years ago by a earthquake back then. And as they kept reproducing the stronger would eat the weaker generation after generation. Unlike the original where they were genetically mutated in a government lab.
Shortly after the first introduction to the piranha the movie slowed a little while we're introduced to all of the main characters and the setting. But then it kicked into gear quickly with countless college kids being turned into fish food.
And all of this was going on while the main character we're first introduced to is stranded on a party boat. And the reason he's stranded on the party boat is he's hired as a production assistant for a Ladies Gone Crazy video shoot featuring a girl he's attracted too.
There's countless spring break scenes for it's intended core audience, but lots of entertainment value for us connoisseur's of true cheese. And there's lots of stars we all know and love like Elizabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd and Eli Roth. And of course lots and lots of blood and gore.
"So where does this movie sit?" you ask. Well I can say it definitely has a place on the racks of the Abandoned Mom and Pop Video Store's "DVD's With Extra Cheese" .
But this is expensive cheese and is held to a higher standard. Unlike Indie or Home Made Horror Cheese that is presenting a solid story and works with what budget it has. Expensive Cheese has all the money it needs for costumes, sets, F/X and name actors but doesn't always have the best writers.
But Piranha 3D has the humor of movies like Return of The Killer Tomatoes (1988) loved the Pepsi product placement gag, Student Bodies, National Lampoons "Class Reunion" (1982), C.H.U.D. II - Bud The CHUD (1989) and Return of the Living Dead II (1988).