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Review: Piranha 3D

A gore and cheese masterpiece
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 27, 2010
4.0 4.0 Stars

 

No one owns his Splat Pack cred quite like Alexandre Aja. The French horror director works gore the way Michelangelo slung egg tempera. He excels at the Unpredictable Kill — in High Tension, it was that dresser-drawer decapitation; in The Hills Have Eyes, it was the American-flag throat impalement. But in his remake of 1978's Piranha, there are too many bravura snuffings to recount — this may well be his Sistine Chapel.

Equal parts creature feature and nerd-revenge fantasy, the updated Piranha revels in throwback tropes: it's Spring Break, and 20,000 hornball airheads are converging upon Lake Victoria, just as an earthquake unleashes a prehistoric piranha infestation.

Amid the carnage is a weirdly star-studded cast: Richard Dreyfuss as a hapless angler, Christopher Lloyd as an ichthyologist screaming about fish sex organs, Ving Rhames as the bad-ass deputy sheriff. But most inspired is Jerry O'Connell's vile turn as a coke-snorting, Speedo-wearing "Wild Wild Girls" honcho (I don't think it's a spoiler to tell you that his is an epic 3-D death indeed).

Can we ask anything more of a popcorn horror flick? No, we cannot.

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