Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, as the town is invaded by a group of the worlds most beautiful college girls and drunken males,all interested in one thing.
But before we get to that thing, a brilliant cameo by Richard Dreyfuss sets the scene as his drunken fishing escapade sets in motion a non-too small earthquake that opens up a rift in the bottom of the lake, giving thousands of prehistoric Piranha access to the upper lake and it’s booming college population.
Oh you think you know what’s coming don’t you? Well after Director Alexandre Aja gives us a little taste of the kind of gore we’re in for with Dreyfuss’ all to short opening scene, Aja gives us a hint as to the other main component of this apparent ode to B-Grade films of the past, with the introduction of an apparently famous internet porn director and his two starlets who are using Spring break to produce their latest skin flick.
But rather than just the occasional boob shot, Piranha takes gratuitous nudity to new heights (or lows), bordering on pornographic whilst at the same time having a non-to subtle subtext that informs us that pornography is bad.
Of course after being assaulted with more nudity than the average film fan can handle, Aja ramps up the gore as the nasty Piranha attack on mass.
There is a little more complexity to the story-line – not that I’m going to divulge the entire plot here, and it isn’t as bad as I was expecting (the story-line that is). What is uncomfortable is the way that Aja seems to be willingly pushing as many boundaries as possible, that whilst there are many scenes that will make you laugh, there are just as many leaving you wondering if you should really be laughing.
It’s definitely one for boys with beer.
Reviewed by: Jonathan