Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Flex Alexander, Rachel Blanchard, Juliana Margulies,
Nathan Phillips, David Koechner

Directed by: David R. Ellis

Story: On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a
passenger who's a witness in protective custody, lets loose a crate full of deadly
snakes.


Review:

The hype behind this movie is a great story on its own. Since day one it's been
catching the attention of internet dwellers who can't help but laugh and smile over
the title, Snakes on a Plane. Let's be honest here folks, you can't get anymore
straight forward than that. What caught even more attention was that the film's
star was to be the bad mother fucker himself, Samuel L. Jackson. Apparently he
jumped into the project because of the title alone. Wow, what would drive a man to
get into a movie because of the title? We don't know, and quite frankly we don't
give a damn. Soon the hype started to build up and that caught the attention of
New Line Cinema. They noticed that there was a growing fan base, so what did they
do? They spent more money on re-shoots for five days to give us a satisfying R
rating (YES!). Once word started to grow so did the fan base. Fan sites and videos
started to pop up everywhere and get this, the media even took notice. Features
and interviews on the movie started to hit TV screens and it brought Snakes on a
Plane into a wider scope. The film was destined to be a cult classic even before it
opened. So, for the question on everyone's mind; Is the movie any good? That my
friends, is entirely up to you.

The movie opens with a young man named Sean Jones. To Sean's dismay he
witnesses a brutal mob murder. After seeing it with his own eyes he runs off on his
motor bike. As Sean relaxes back at home he realizes that the men who were at the
scene followed him. That's when FBI agent Neville Flynn saves the day. He rescues
Sean from his apartment and takes him to the police station. In order to lock up
the man responsible for the murder, Agent Flynn has to escort Sean safely from
Hawaii to Los Angeles to testify. When everything seems to be going great, Pacific
Air 121 ends up receiving an unexpected gift. In an act of self-preservation, the
crime boss facing prison smuggles hundreds of poisonous snakes onto the
commercial aircraft in a crate timed to release its deadly cargo halfway over the
Pacific. He intends to bring the airplane down before it even hits Los Angeles. Soon
the timer goes off and all hell breaks loose inside. Flynn, along with a frightened
flight crew and passengers, must then band together in a desperate attempt to
survive against the deadly snakes.

This movie needs an academy award. Not because of the actual film, but because of
the hype that was built all around it. I'll be honest, I let the hype get to me. I've
been waiting months for this movie. Most movie goers were sold based on the title
alone (much like Mr. Jackson himself) but I couldn't get over how straight forward it
was. It wasn't until I saw the first movie trailer that I really thought about checking
it out. You gotta have that midnight movie mentality to be able to appreciate
Snakes on a Plane. This film is a mixed bag of jolts, humor and over the top
suspense. You know those original movies on the Sci-Fi channel? The ones with the
crazy computer animated creatures? Well this film could have easily been premiered
on that network, or released straight to DVD. Now before you take my words as
negative, let me clear things up by saying that Snakes on a Plane is a fun movie.
It's ridiculous, it's over the top and the humor is exposed greatly. It turned out
exactly the way I pictured it. None of the sentences in this review can justify the
movie's greatness. Snakes on a Plane is so bad that it's good (yes even that
sentence doesn't do it justice).

The concept is silly, but who cares? It's supposed to be that way. You can't take
this movie seriously. Doing that would be a huge mistake. If you don't walk into it
with a smile, then you'll leave the room with a frown and you'll be very
disappointed. You can't get away with such a straight forward title without catching
the attention of mouse potatoes everywhere. If you don't know what a mouse
potato is, just think of a couch potato, only it's someone who spends most of the
time on the computer. The concept for Snakes on a Plane is funny, and that's
exactly how it was made. This isn't supposed to be a serious movie and I give all
the credit to New Line Cinema for marketing it the way they did. If you thought the
trailers looked dumb, then they already have you sold. That's exactly what they
were trying to go for. If the commercials on TV didn't make it obvious enough then
you must be brain dead or just extremely hard to please. This is a fun movie overall.

Usually when I write movie reviews I try my best to give my thoughts on the
technical aspects. Apparently I was having way too much fun watching the movie
that I didn't get much of a chance to focus on how everything was built. To be
honest I didn't have a problem with any of that stuff. The acting is good, the story
is fine and I had no problem what so ever with the editing. The timing was good
and the pace was great. What is most noticeable though is the movie's special
effects. Remember that Sci-Fi channel comment I made earlier? This is just one of
the reasons why. The biggest part of the movie (other than Samuel Jackson) were
the snakes. Some were real, some were not. The computer effects aren't the best
but I'm in no position to complain. I didn't mind it at all, to be honest that made the
movie a lot more fun. Imagine having to train these snakes to do everything that
happens in the movie. Not only would it be difficult, it would also be dangerous. You
wouldn't want to mess with snakes on crack trust me.

This movie was a cult classic before it was even released. Now that I've actually seen
the movie for myself I can say that the fan base can only grow from here. The
movie had just about everything. Blood, language, nudity, suspense, humor, it's all
there and in good doses. The story is simple and the concept is outrageous. Movie
goers everywhere will enjoy seeing Samuel L. Jackson kicking some reptilian behind.
Other than the Snakes and Jackson, the movie also had a great level of violence.
Thank god they took five days for re-shoots. If it were not for the over the top
gore and suspense, the movie would be tasteless. Lucky for us this movie isn't kid
friendly. This is a horror movie at heart. Although it may look like a typical thriller,
this is a horror movie. There is no doubt about that. The added gore and small
clichés fit very well within the blood soaked genre. This movie had the balls to
present itself as a "so bad it's good" kind of thing, because that's exactly how the
movie is. The commercials and hype won't fool you in any way. Well maybe except
for the movie's serious points. When our actors aren't going crazy, things get
pretty serious.

Did I enjoy the movie? Hell yeah I did. Would I recommend it? Of course, but only
to those with an open mind. Not everyone is going to like this, some will even hate
it. Like I said before you gotta have that midnight movie mentality to be able to
appreciate it. Snakes on a Plane isn't here to blow people away or earn the big
bucks. It's here to entertain an audience, and I have complete respect for that. I
love and appreciate that they took extra time to add in more content. A rating
lower than an R would have killed the movie. Technically speaking movies with a
lower rating can earn more money. Even the horrible PG-13 flicks make a lot of
money at the box office (Scary Movie 4, I'm pointing the finger at you!). I tip my
hat off to New Line Cinema for giving us the blood and gore. I didn't pay to see a
horror movie, I paid to see a comedy. To my surprise I ended up getting both in
good doses. Snakes on a Plane is a very entertaining movie. Silly in parts and
ridiculous overall, but it was fun and it definitely put me in a good mood.


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Overall: 7/10
Genres: Action, Horror,
Thriller

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2006

Runtime: 105 minutes

Studio: New Line Cinema

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