With a title like Piranha 3D, it's clear that what you're going to get isn't going to be a masterpiece of dramatic cinema or even a classic entry into the horror genre. But is that really a bad thing?
The film does exactly what it says on its killer fish-infested tin, delivering more bloody set pieces and bikini clad women than its target audience could hope for.
The story (if you could call it that) follows the day of Spring Break where thousands of college students descend upon a small seafront town to party. The trouble is that a previously undiscovered cave filled with killer piranhas gets opened up and the recently safe waters are not so safe anymore.
We specifically follow one student who is left in charge of his kid brother and sister by his mother (the town sheriff, played by Elisabeth Shue). However, he decides to leave them alone in the house so he can party with everyone else, instructing his younger siblings to stay put in the house. Needless to say, things don't go exactly to plan.
Blah blah blah - do you really care about the plot? I don't think anyone is going to see Piranha 3D for its riveting story. What audiences want from this is plenty of over-the-top scenes of piranhas jumping out at them in three dimensions, people being chewed up, blood flying everywhere, and more left dead than alive. It may seem callous that people want to actually pay to see a movie where all that is graphically shown but it's all so over-the-top and campy that it's not really offensive.
The film, like with so much else, isn't shying away from the 3D aspect. It wears the badge proudly and exploits any and every opportunity to utilise the technology. One scene in particular involves two naked women (one of whom is glamour model Kelly Brook, the other pornstar Riley Steele) swimming underneath a boat. Director Alexandre Aja (who previously made The Hills Have Eyes remake as well as High Tension) isn't exactly in a hurry to cut away from that and many other equally brazen scenes.