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DVD Review: Piranha

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Piranha is available from Sony Entertainment on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD. The plot is predictable. College spring break means buxom blonds with barely concealed bodies bumping and grinding on the beaches of sleepy Lake Victoria. It means lots of drinking, wet t-shirt contests, obnoxious drunk guys and of course piranhas who have been released by an underwater earthquake into Lake Victoria.

Derrick Jones (Jerry O’Connell) is a rather sleazy movie director who is intent on filming his latest creation on a boat in the middle of Lake Victoria. His guide backs out at the last minute and he talks the sheriff’s son into showing him around and finding a great place to film. The sheriff’s son leaves his younger brother and sister unattended and convinces a friend to come along with him on the boat to have a good time.

The sheriff (Elisabeth Shue) discovers the dead body of a local fisherman (Richard Dreyfuss). Geologists called in to investigate the earthquake are attacked and they manage to grab one of the deadly fish responsible and take it to a local scientist (Christopher Lloyd) who identifies it as a long extinct type of piranha.

The sheriff rushes to get all the college kids out of and away from the water before the piranhas attack. Of course, she’s not in time. They’re all drunk and not interested in leaving the water anyway. Piranhas attack and we’re treated to gore the like of which I haven’t seen before. Not only does the water run red with blood, there are shots of piranha gnawing on people with chunks of flesh hanging off. Cables snap and sever people in half with entrails everywhere. Boats collide and cut people’s heads off. People are drawn from the water with no limbs and the water is littered with dead people and parts of people.

In the midst of all the gore, the sheriff gets a call on her cell phone from her son who is stranded on a sinking boat with the sleazy director, one of the models, his brother and sister whom he rescued from an island after they wandered off and his friend. She rushes off to bring them to safety. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the movie for you since I’m sure you’re going to want to rush out and buy this one especially if you’re a guy.

If you can picture floating breast implants and severed penises floating through the water being eaten by piranhas you’d have a pretty good idea of what the rest of the movie is like. This movie is definitely an R. It contains tons of nudity, foul language, serious amounts of gratuitous violence and gore, drug use, teen alcohol consumption and crude humor. The plot is fairly good. It does, at least, have a story line to it although I doubt very much that anyone who watches this is paying much attention to it with all the gore and nudity on screen. Watch all 88 minutes of this at your own risk. DVD Bonus features include a filmmaker’s commentary and five behind the scenes featurettes, none of which add much to the movie.

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