My father was always a horror film nut so of course his love of the genre was passed down to me. I grew up watching horror movies and one of my favorites was the original Piranha. I even have a copy of it on my mobile phone. When I had heard of the remake I was skeptical but hopeful. Sadly this movie turned out to be exactly what I hoped it would avoid becoming. Now don't get me wrong, the original film was bad. Almost MST3K bad. But that was part of it's appeal. It was a silly goofy movie that never took itself to seriously. This remake does the same. But in a way that just is not enjoyable to watch. It's cliche after cliche. It might work if they had an original sense of humor but its the same thing over and over again. A bunch of nud* college kids getting dr*nk and dancing. Sound familiar? Again, I know its making fun of 70's era horror but i've already seen this. Try something new.
The plot does not stay true to the original at all. Which is not why I gave it a poor rating. It's just bad. Even for horror. Camera work is actually quite good for a film of this type. Especially the underwater shots. There are a few shots of the swarm underwater that are really creepy. Acting is average for the most part with the exception of Shue, Ving Rames, and an all too brief cameo by Richard Dreyfuss, who are all enjoyable. To be honest I didn't even bother with the extras after watching the movie. But the DVD does offer up 5 featurettes for fans to enjoy.
Overall I'd say my biggest problem with the movie is that it's just disgusting. The gore, in an atempt at a dark and macbre sense of humor, is so over the top that I actually felt sick watching some of the climax scenes. The problem is that while over the top in the amount of violence on-screen at once, the gore is entirely too realistic and brutal. People attacked by the creatures look like they went through a blender and scream and cry in pain while chuncks of flesh hang from bone. Because of this, instead of being silly or funny it's just sick. That's saying alot considering I saw Day of the Dead when I was 8. I sat through Hostel. Which was only slightley more disgusting than this film. Bottom line: This movie just isn't entertaining. There are plently of intelligent, scary horror films out there that deserve your time and money. Stay away from this.
*Edited for "inappropriate" content.