Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Review: Piranha 3D

Piranha 3D was supposed to belong to that special category reserved for schlocky musicals, B-horror films, camp teen comedies, and ham-fisted dramas.  It was supposed to be a Good Bad Movie.  It had all the elements in place that signified its director, Alexandre Aja, knew it would never ascend to esteemed heights; absurd looking CGI dinosaur fish, hoards of spring break co-eds, a Jaws-alluding cameo by Richard Dreyfuss, a manic Christopher Lloyd; all the makings of a no-brainer classic.  Don't believe the hype.  Don't fall for the promises made by the presence of Christopher Lloyd.  He's barely present, there, but at a distance.  Piranha 3D is not a Good Bad Movie.  It's just a plain old bad one.  What you'll find instead of camp cheese layered on a throwback creature feature is something explicitly not retro: a torture porn slaughterfest with an underdeveloped sense of humor...

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