Directed by Alexandre Aja
Starring Steven R. McQueen, Jerry O’Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Kelly Brook, Riley Steele, Ving Rhames and Eli Roth.
Featuring plenty of gore and naked women in abundance, Piranha is an unashamed throwback to when tits and severed limbs could make up for a bad script and horrendous acting.
Thankfully, while Piranha does feature some basement level “acting” from the likes of Kelly Brook and Jerry O’Connell, it has a competent enough script that manages to pull off horror comedy in much the way Lake Placid did, winking knowingly at you as it wears it ludicrous premise on its sleeve, just with extra cleavage.
I had a great time watching Piranha, as I did with the original film and its sequel both. I love my creature features bloodthirsty and ridiculous, and this film delivered both things in abundance.
I could have done with less Kelly Brook and her friend and with more piranha action personally. As lovely as Miss Brook’s lady lumps are, she and the whole porn movie stuff did start to get on my nerves after a while. There was more then enough wobbly bit action during the scenes at the lake to shake a stick act, I don’t think reigning in on Brook’s and co’s screen time wouldn’t have been a problem. But then, the woman isn’t there to win awards for her contribution to acting is she?
A great little sordid creature feature that knows what it is, and wisely aims no higher then that, Piranha is an absolute riot, if blood, boobies and babes are your thing.
I just hope that the sequel to this Piranha features flying piranhas, like the original’s did. If it does, then I might actually check it out in the cinema.