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Piranha 3D (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  20 August 2010 (USA)
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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

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Lake Victoria's annual Spring party by 50,000 young revelers is about to turn into a feeding frenzy with prehistoric hunger-pains. With knee-trembler's above the waves and tremors below, released from their dormant sleep, thousands upon thousands of flesh-eating nippers are released into the lake with whetted appetites and razor-sharp teeth. With a motley crew of strangers thrown together to defend these shores, it is now up to them to prevent the largest eat-out in human, and piranha, history. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Rated R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,487,119 (UK) (20 August 2010)

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$25,003,072 (USA) (12 November 2010)
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The film was shot in 2D and converted to 3D using the Reali-D conversion process developed by the company, Inner-D. Unlike other 3D converted films, Piranha 3D was always planned to be 3D. See more »

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Although it is very likely that prehistoric piranha trapped in an underground lake evolving over millions of years in complete darkness would, like many deep sea creatures, have vestigial eyes, be true albinos (colorless like cave species) and have developed bio-luminescent capabilities, this would not occur without random mutations to the generic code. Unless there is distinct evolutionary pressure (competition, shortage of resources, visibility to predators, etc.), they would not necessarily evolve these changes (and vestigial structures only become as such if specific random mutations occur or there is a major energy cost to maintaining the active structure). However, things that are advantageous when unable to see would have to evolve for them to find prey, so it is realistic that the piranha developed a highly sensitive sense of smell, as is apparent from their swift attraction to blood from a significant distance. The concept that a top predator could survive for several million years purely by cannibalism without an input of external energy is false. However, they could conceivably have survived if some source of energy was available to fuel the bottom of the food chain. As the underground lake was sealed from sunlight, one possibility is an ecosystem based on geothermal energy. Such ecosystems do, in fact, exist in the benthic zones. So, in theory, at least, the piranhas could have sustained themselves as top predator of a food chain that started with geothermal micro-organisms. See more »

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Matt Boyd: Oh boy, that's a fast fish.
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Make It Take It
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Boobs, Blood & Doc Brown.
21 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An underwater tremor unleashes thousands of hungry Piranha that have thought to have been extinct for millions of years. Bad timing, because it's Spring Break.

Piranha was, what some people called, a rip off of Jaws. Another person wanting a piece of the pie. It went on to have a sequel, to be directed by the now famous James Cameron and it seems that it is time for a remake, in 3D no less. Do we need a remake? Probably not, but the film is fun and excessively violent, which makes for a good time for those looking for b- movie horror goodness. Piranha delivers on the levels it aims for, take that as you want to.

Alexandre Aja directs this film, let's just forget he did Mirrors okay? He gets the bloody mess off to an interesting start by having Richard Dreyfuss in the film. A nod to Jaws no doubt, but one can only assume that he had him in here to say that this film is either a: More scarier or B: More dangerous. I'd go with the latter because the film isn't scary. What's more dangerous though? One shark, or thousands of Piranhas? You pick.

So it's Spring Break, so the fish have hundreds of young drunk teenagers to eat, and boy do they eat. The film doesn't shy away from the bloody truth. Piranha's can strip a cow to it's bones in minutes, these guys are more aggressive. They've been feeding off each other for millions of years and now they have a variety of meat to pick from. Yummy. So people die in bloody, over the top, funny ways. The film is one for the people who cheer when someone has their legs torn off. If that's not you, you might want to stay away from this one.

Also, if you're not a fan of naked women, you might want to stay away from this one. This film is full of naked women, left right and centre. There is even an underwater naked swimming dance sequence set to opera music. It's weird and funny at the same time because it comes out of nowhere.

The film could have used more of it's cast. We have Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd and Eli Roth. All of them are underused. Rhames, I thought was going to have a more hero type role, he doesn't. Roth has a total of maybe two scenes as does Lloyd. Dreyfuss only shows up at the beginning of the film. Once again, an interesting cast that is not put to good use. The film decides to stick with the blood and boobs.

The film is in 3D. I expected to have more fun with it than I did. Although I did enjoy it more than other 3D films I've seen. It has a more gimmicky feel to it and it actually fits with the film. Seeing bits of Piranha fly up at you is fun. Boobs in 3D, fish in 3D but the things that were used the most were the underwater coral reefs.

The theatre lost power near the end, so the last 3 or so minutes of the film we saw with no sound, but I could tell what was going to happen, even with the lack of audio. I'm not letting that affect my review for the film, but I can sense that the film was going to go for one of those jump-scare-abrupt endings.

Piranha 3D is a hoot, for those who know what they are getting into. In my theatre there were children, this is NOT A KIDS MOVIE!!!! This is more bloody and violent than any SAW film. Piranha is full of cheesy moments, and it works.


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