The film takes place on a tropical island resort, filled with the usual mix of cliched 1970s disaster movie stereotypes. The piranhas have been genetically modified, cross-bred with flying fish. Yes, not only can they survive in salt water ... they can fly and breathe air!
Predictably, the hotelier refuses to evacuate. Instead he invites the guests to the annual fish festival on the beach, at midnight.
The climax sees Hendricksen out looking for his teenage son. Meanwhile, the babe (yes, the protagonist is a heroine! Another very Cameron touch) must set a bomb in a shipwreck, then escape through the air vents. Not unlike the situation in Aliens .
Banner poses as a mentally special-needs man, and gets a job as a janitor at a Top Secret US Government lab. His plan is to leave enough clues from his own research that the scientist in charge will discover how to cure Hulk-itis. Unfortunately, the US Military-Industrial complex want to create super-soldiers. Yes, they want to weaponise Hulk-itis!
A Russian spy/gangster (Andreas Katsulas - Babylon 5 ) sends a babelious secret agent ( Elizabeth Gracen ) to infiltrate the lab and steal the research. Despite their talk about the cause, it seems evident the spies' Agency has gone rogue and will sell the research to the highest bidder.
Eventually, Banner teams up with Gracen to defeat the villains and save some hostages. Their romance is reminiscent of the implied relationship between Banner and Black Widow in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron .
As a rule a review should never give away the ending, but in this case the title is a bit of an indication. That scene in particular is flat, uninvolving, and more of a tacked-on anti-climax than any such well-loved character should have to suffer.
The hero hangs around town to see what happens. Partly because of the meteor, partly because the local schoolteacher is a babe with an MA and a yearning to be his groupie. Despite her intelligence, she does not get to be the brains in this pre-Feminism film.
The meteor is an alien tank. Unlike the novel, it hovers. The USAF Flying Wing uses nukes in response.
There's a religious unertone to the film. The babe's father is the local reverend, and at the end the hero retreats into a church.
This is 3 hours long, tedious and mediocre. In its defence it was shot in Canada, and made for US TV.
A loser who works in a flower shop discovers a flower that eats flesh.
The tale itself, about a pair of plastic wind-up teeth, is not really shocking. The ending is not really ironic either.
Bill Nunn is a shrink, while Clive Barker and John Landis get cameos as the surgical team.
The hero looks like the bloke from the Confessions of a Window Cleaner films, a cheeky chappy with a huge mop of 1970s hair. Typical of the era, but it really dates the film.
The moral of the story seems to be, every time guns are involved things get worse. Very contrived, and the events do not ring true.