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Piranha 3D (3 stars)

French filmmaker Aja tackles fishy comedy horror remake

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Piranha 3D

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Alexandre Aja, the gifted French filmmaker who has so far had the cajones to tackle remakes of Wes Craven’s 1977 wilderness horror The Hills Have Eyes and feted J-horror Mirrors, finally tackles the big one – Joe Dante and John Sayles’ 1978 frat comedy horror Piranha. It’s not as cheap, fun, camp or generically incisive as the original but it is a lot of fun and Aja is all too clearly channelling Spielberg’s Jaws rather than Dante’s B-movie but the 3D really helps and stars Ving Rhames, Elizabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd and, most pertinently of all, Richard Dreyfuss are clearly all in on the joke.

General release, Fri 20 Aug.

Piranha 3D

Piranha

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 88 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alexandre Aja
  • Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue

Aja's remake of 1978 frat comedy horror Piranha is not as cheap, fun, camp or generically incisive as the original but it is a lot of fun. Aja is all too clearly channelling Spielberg's Jaws rather than Dante's B movie but the 3D really helps and the stars are clearly all in on the joke.

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1. goodythreeshoes17 Aug 2010, 9:59am Report

Can't wait to see it! Looks like great fun and they've got a surprisingly decent cast!

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