John Gulager’s Piranha 3DD (2012) Movie Review



Genre: Comedy / Horror

Director: John Gulager

Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Katrina Bowden, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, David Hasselhoff, Gary Busey

Runtime: 81 minutes

Watched at Cinemax, Hyderabad

In 2010 Piranha 3D, which was good enough to entertain with its Nudity, Comedy and Typical Horror episodes. Somehow, the willy-nilly film managed to turn a profit (Made with $24 million, went on to gross over $83 million worldwide). However, I was still excited for the sequel due to its lead cast. Let’s start this review off by saying I liked Alexandre Aja’s remake of Piranha. So where does that leave 3DD…

After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in “Piranha 3D”, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh-eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) reprises his role as the eccentric piranha expert with survivor Paul Scheer (“The League”) and a partially devoured Ving Rhames (“Pulp Fiction”) back for more fish frenzy. David Hasselhoff trades in the sandy beaches of “Baywatch” to be a celebrity lifeguard at the racy water park.

The acting is terrible with truly dreadful performances from every one. Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and David Koechner as Chet delivered their career worst performances. Even Baywatch fame David Hasselhoff was wasted as celebrity life guard, but he was a sort of best performer in this horrible entertainer.One thing Piranha 3DD lacked was the Kelly Brook and Riley Steele characters from Piranha 3D. Here Koechner removes all the lifeguards and employs strippers. The stripper lifeguards do nothing, opportunity wasted.

The funniest scene in the movie when Katrina Bowden and Jean-Luc Bilodeau are having sex and a piranha pumps out of her vagina and bites his penis. Later Katrina says her friends… Something came out of my vagina and bit Josh’s penis off. .

Bright Spots: Cinematography, bits of entertainment

Bloopers: Direction, Script, Climax, Thrills, Characterization

John Gulager’s direction is unimpressive. He fails in making the film a compelling watch. Of course, the derisory script is also to be damned. Elia Cmiral’s music is adequate. Cinematography by Alexandre Lehmann is fine. Poorly executed computer effects stand out like a sore thumb. The 3D version of the film adds little value.

Survi Verdict: No Story, No good Script, No Character Development whatsoever also has one of the feeblest climax episode. What makes “Piranha 3DD” a terrible film to watch out in theaters, SKIP IT…

Survi Review: 1/5

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