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1st September 2010

Summary:

Prehistoric predators hunt in packs for human flesh in this 3D underwater gore-fest from acclaimed horror director Alexandre Aja.

Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers - a new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of prehistoric man-eating piranha fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. Piranha 3D stars Jessica Szohr from 'Gossip Girl' and Steve McQueen from 'The Vampire Diaries', along with familiar faces like Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Adam Scott, 'Jaws' star Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd of 'Back To The Future' fame - and Britain's very own uber-starlet Kelly Brook.

Review:

I really loved Piranha 3D and had a blast at my midnight screening.

There was never a dull moment for me. The first half while relatively quiet compared to the second half is funny and filled with bountiful shots of spring-break revelry and aesthetically pleasing nudity that's all in good fun. The set up for the characters was competently done and even though no one is going to win an award for best acting here, there was no example of distracting bad acting and the cast sold their two dimensional characters. We get enough development of our main characters that they aren't just generic nothings when the carnage starts.

Once the second half kicks in, Aja takes the film into overdrive and throws one jaw dropping gruesome set piece after another at the viewer.

My audience was roaring with laughter and clapping at gag after gag whether it was the "ballet" sequence with its beautiful eye candy (worth the ticket price alone) or some of the nasty goodness that Aja sends our way during the gory chaos of the film's second half. Despite the overall humorous nature of the material, there were still some tense moments and a few places where you find yourself in the curious position of both laughing at and feeling unsettled by what you're seeing on screen.

Aja perfectly captures the tone when he says it is "Gremlins for adults".

I expected skillful direction from Aja, and he delivered. He uses his skill at building tension that he put to frightening good use in Haute Tension in a different way here. Often, he will build anticipation for an over-the-top gag by telegraphing and then delaying as you ask yourself whether he's really about to go where it looks like he's headed and then "Bam!" he really does go there.

In addition to delivering the goods and delivering them well, the film also gives us several pleasing nods at other genre films and fun cameos from Richard Dreyfus and Christopher Lloyd.

This film knows how to have a guilty good time!