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“Piranha 3D", "Shark Night 3D" & “Jaws”
In the 70s, Steven Spielberg's huge directorial effort in "Jaws" had provided us the thrilling and unforgettable visual excitement of the horrifying story of giant man-eating shark, and this blockbuster had set the basis of the horror-thriller genre. Then in 2010, we opened our arms to ferocious mutant fish attacks and the piranhas were introduced in a silly mix of horror and comedy with "Piranha 3D". This year, director John Gulager wants us to relive the charm in the sequel, "Piranha 3DD".
"Piranha 3DD" sees the aftermath of the piranha attacks on Lake Victoria and this time, the flesh-eating fishes are heading to the waterpark named "Big Wet", opened by marine biology student Maddy's (Danielle Panabaker) mean stepfather Chet (David Koechner). Barry (Matt Bush) who has a crush on Maddy, team up to discover the dangers that lurk and try to save innocent lives from the piranhas in the waterpark.
Gulager has followed the footsteps of his predecessor Alexandre Aja, as the American director continues Aja's effort to blend amusing approaches with all the intensified killing scenes. However the storytelling techniques he utilised in most of the plot is less-surprising than one would find. Furthermore, Gulager should've slowed down the pace of the story by carrying out more mysterious scenarios for the piranhas even though those who had been fans of the first movie already got the idea where the offensively gross species came from.
Of course it would be weird to not mention the elephant in the room, as one can surely grasp the ulterior intentions of the movie is to showcase as many bikini clad girls as possible. It serves as a great tool in attracting audiences especially males, who would most likely have their eyes glued to the screens. Nevertheless, do note also when piranhas get into the picture with bodily parts; lustful thinking quickly turns to extreme disgust.
Bringing back Christopher Lloyd for his role as Mr. Goodman is a nostalgic experience. His brief role does have its own effectiveness as his performance might remind audiences of his classic character, Emmett Brown of the "Back To The Future" trilogy.
Also not forgetting, is the appearance of David Hasselhoff in the middle of the movie. His egoistic illustration of himself is able to propel audiences to laughter at any given moment.
In conclusion, "Piranha 3DD" is just a silly piece of skin-flick mixed with non-stop attacks by blood and gore hungry mutant fishes that would surely entertain on a boring day.Cinema Online, 31 May 2012