These sort of films are supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, over acted, and trashy, the story plot full of stereo typed characters and bad decision making, along with good measures of tasteless gore and dark humour. Yet having all the right ingredients doesn’t mean you can make a good cake. It takes a brilliance to balance these elements together and make something special, something marvelous. Director, Alexandre Aja, achieved this when he delivered Piranha 3D in 2010. Piranha 3DD does not. It feels like they’ve bought together a collection of not-so-funny one liners and cameo’s and written a story around them, filling in any gaps with recycled material from the first film and Jaws 3D. (Certainly an interesting decision, given that Jaws 3-D was a horribly disappointing sequel itself).
The production quality wasn’t bad, and the sound was okay. The CGI and effects were a bit dodgy in places, but on the whole, passable. The real downfall for this film is the script. The dialogue starts a little wooden, but becomes increasingly worse as the film progresses and towards the end it’s cringe worthy. The jokes are shockingly terrible, and I don’t mean offensive, as in edgy or dark, they’re just bad. The characters are two dimensional and dull with virtually no relationship building; it’s difficult to care whether they live or die. Piranha 3DD is just sloppy (or lazy) writing. It’s just a bunch of unexciting ideas that have been forced together to fill up 90 minutes. I never thought I’d say this, but by halfway through I was desperately hoping the piranha would sprout wings.
The humour might appeal to some, and there’s generous nudity throughout. Christopher Lloyd has some brief screen time and he is superb. It may be enjoyable with a group of guys over a few drinks and a stack of pizza, but I’d probably give it a miss and re-watch Piranha 3D instead.
Our Rating: 4.2 / 10