“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Director: David R. Ellis / Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Byron Lawson ... / DVD released 26 December, 2006 at Entertainment In Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL „
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This is just a film review, as I don't know the features of the DVD.
While in Hawaii Sean Jones witnesses a murder of an American prosecutor by the big time mobster Eddie Kim.
The FBI offered him protection and also persuaded him to fly with FBI agent Neville Flynn (Samuel L Jackson) to Los Angeles to testify against Eddie Kim in court. They board the red-eye 121 of Pacific Air, occupying the entire first-class section. However, Eddie dispatches hundred of different species of snakes on the plane with a time operated device in the luggage department to release the snakes in the flight with the intent of crashing the plane. Neville and the passengers have to struggle with the snakes to survive.
What possessed me to see this film is beyond me, the trailer did nothing to make the film look good, it looked like someone was on a deadline to make a movie and came up with nothing so they cooked this one up last minute and thought they should throw in a big celebrity to get the crowd in.
If you look on the Internet as to what genre this movie is you get mixed opinions, some say horror some say thriller others say action, it doesn't have any of the characteristics for it to be in those genres but I guess it has to be somewhere. This should be in the genre of slightly jumpy and titled things that wouldn't happen on a plane.
The Title pretty much gives the whole film away, now I know there's a whole plot behind it but to be honest most of the time they are on the plane trying not to get bitten by snakes who are induced with pheromone's of humans so that humans are the main cuisine for the snakes, come on, at least make it somewhat realistic. And Samuel L Jackson accepts the role of FBI escort, does he not read the script before he accepts a part in a film, this film to me was a recipe for disaster.
I do appreciate the fact that they were trying to use to good affect some clever camera angles to show how menacing the snakes are and even at one point the camera being the eyes of one snake just before it strikes, but it didn't help there cause that the CGI of the movie was also bad and so unrealistic, then after you see a few killings you have kind of seen them all, but does it stop, oh no they keep killing..and killing..and killing (I was close to killing myself at one point).
I guess to make this movie better would of required a bigger budget, considering the budget for this movie was $US33,000,000, it sounds like a lot but I guess that's why most films are towards the 100 million mark.
This movie by all accounts would have been a great B-movie, but I guess the people incharge where shooting for the stars, the movies Gross Revenue was $US62,022,014.
Screaming and shouting and running up and down a plane does't count as acting, having Samuel L Jackson shout out "I've had it with these mother******* snakes on this mother*******' plane" is not acting. it was such a forced Samuel L Jackson thing to say that it was actually cringe worthy and took the film as low as it could go (as if it hadn't got low enough).
Now I am the sort of person that even a bad movie I can usually sit through it and wonder about the final out come but with this movie (as bad as it is to say) I was almost hoping the plane would crash, just like this film was. crashing, it would have been poetic.
I cant really pull out anyone who blew me away or even just made me sit up and think "that was good acting".
It's a shame because prior to the films release they made it out to be a massive undertaking of this spectacular movie, and three days before the movie came out they released a straight to DVD Snakes on a Train.
How can they assume that a movie is going to do so well that you would release a somewhat sequel to the soon to be failure of the first.
This film has no place among the big dogs of movies, there is too many good films and great CGI where this film should of use the technology they did but instead spent the little money they did have in the wrong areas, they could of used better actors (but again I guess that's money), it seems to me that most of the money must of gone to Samuel L Jackson, but surely he cant be that expensive.
Samuel L Jackson as Neville Flynn
Julianna Margulies as Claire Miller
Nathan Phillips as Sean Jones
Rachel Blanchard as Mercedes
Byron Lawson as Eddie Kim
Flex Alexander as Three G's
Kenan Thompson as Troy
Keith Dallas as big Leroy (as Keith [Blackman] Dallas)
Lin Shaye as Grace
Bruce James as Ken
Sunny Mabrey as Tiffany
CGI as Snakes
The running time of this movie is 105 minutes, the movie could have been 10 minutes but I still think its too long and lifes to short to just be throwing time away.
The price for this movie from Amazon is £4.43
Snakes on Cocaine!
One giant cobra of a plane ride, stunt-man turned director, David R Ellis delivers us with this 2007 implausible thriller sensation that makes Luis Llosa 1997 Anaconda horror all that more spectacular. However, Snakes on a plane renders a very unlikely setting from that of a typical serpent-infested jungle full of obvious hidden threats, the audience knows roughly what to expect before it happens. Not in this film, the audience are given a real taste of poison by Secernment-induced snakes, sexed-up and blood-thirsty whilst drugged on pheromone scented humans, exposed to the airborne mating fragrance they must do everything it takes to combat their unwelcome advances.
It all begins with a group of tyrannical killers who made a timely appointment with a highly executive prosecutor that quickly leads to his brutal murder, any mafia enthusiast would understand the venomous-mentality behind their deplorable malady. Witness to the single massacre is Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips) who happened to be in the vicinity at the same time on a biking scheme and discovers the misfortunate victim hanging upside down from a tree, tries to intervene but is warned off - the victim instinctively knows his own fate that no amount of life-saving heroism is going to stop him from being base-ball attacked by the gangland terrorists, responsible for insanely plotting the gruesome snake-pit plan of action and, all because of Sean's innocent witness to the killing.
Sean makes a speedy get away on his Kowsaki scrambler, pursued by the agitated mobsters who now must take his life in ordrer that he doesn't fess up to their criminal military operation. His hide is rescued by no other than super FBI agent Flynn, played by the uber-legendary Samuel L Jackson, a pioneering crusader that once fitted the anti-hero film roles like a glove until he was discovered to have a lot more acting potential, his physical build often typecast him in the past as the odious bad guy. Sean is under federal protection from Hawaii to Los Angeles that Agent Flynn is now responsible for his safety after he is encouraged to testify in a court of law to the murder case he is not in the least bit cosy about.
They board the red-eye Flight 121 of Pacific Air (snake pit) they have no idea that they are sharing their journey with the hormone-brewing reptiles, relaxing in the luggage compartment that a time-operated explosive device is soon to blast and unleash the over-friendly giant worms, that are in fact, some few hundred of different species of snakes with individual characteristics and venoms. Everything is ticking fine into the first few minutes of the trip, until a steamy couple begin making out in one of the toilets, only to be leered at by one of the freed serpents who shoots down a hole above their head and begins feasting on their revealing flesh...then you know you are sitting firmly on the edge of your seat when you begin searching the floor for anything that vaguely resembles a long moving tube!
I've not had this feeling for some time, only when I watched Jaws as a child and hypothesizing the notion that a shark could potentially push its way up through the bath plug-hole. Of course, adults are not easily duped into the unreal acting world of freights, though admittedly few people would confess to being skin jumpy over a fictional horror - my hands are up here, because I was most definitely twitching and clinging onto my pillows throughout most of the snake-ride.
Objectives of the film:
The great thing that this film does, is demonstrate legitimate emotions in a situation that poses danger, David R Ellis is the kind of director that is gifted at placing characters in unexpected peril in which they must struggle to survive, using instinct; rationality; group cohesion and all available resources, this film delivers this fantastically well in some moments and not in others, though it is open to suggestion the director is making the audience think about what would they do in this kind of situation?
A comedic-thriller rendition of the 1980 satirical comedy Airplane, though with something to grip your teeth into! - Snakes on a plane doesn't sound all that chilling at first glance of the title, that sounds more like a documentary on airborne reptiles as opposed to an action thriller adventure. Mostly, I found it to be a side-splitting irony both directors are heading in different directions! Lex Halaby is a new-born director having only ever done video shoots prior to this film and Ellis is a highly renowned stunts coordinator, neither of which perhaps knew what they were really taking on, which explains why there is barely any coherent consistency in the acting performances, even with the mighty Samuel L Jackson on board, who kept the film in flight for most parts, though disappointingly so being the only real strength of character in the film.
The film is given a five star rating and has one nomination which reflects the imaginative story and plot; amusement scenes; special effects and star feature Samuel L Jackson with is a fair score, though could have drawn the scare-factor more intense than it really was, given all the hilarity in between that sort of swallowed up the seriousness of the situation.
A short 1 hour and 40 minutes film, some goofs; mindless amusement with plenty of bonus features.
Movie Snakes on a Plane
Movie Length: 105 minutes
Director: David R. Ellis
Country: United States
Rating: 16 years and older
Samuel L. Jackson as Neville Flynn
Nathan Phillips as Sean Jones
Terry Chen as Chen Leong
Julianna Margulies as Claire Miller
Rachel Blanchard as Mercedes Harbont
The story is about Sean Jones at the moment the film starts he rides with his motorcycle in Hawaii, but suddenly sees a man on a rope hanging and being murdered by a group of men, who appears to be the gang of Eddie Kim. Sean got scared and runs but got noticed by this gang, but he manages to escape. Back in his hotel, the gang followed him, but he is rescued by Agent Neville Flyn. Neville tells him what was going on and who these men are and why it is so important what he has to witnessed what he just saw. Neville tells Sean that he must testify against the gang. To testify he must go to Los Angeles where the trial takes place. Eddie Kim is aware of the plans and does everything to ensure that Sean won't reach Los Angeles alive. Eddie ensures that 400 very poisonous snakes gets on the plane with the idea that this will cause chaos and death when they are in the air. Sean and Neville are in the air, oblivious to the danger. But once they enter the atmosphere soon enough the danger rises from the cargo and snakes are everywhere. Will they survive?
The performances are pretty ok in this film, but not really special. Not something you really expect from this film, but the famous Samuel L. Jackson plays in this film, so my expectations are still high. He is indeed the best actor in this film, but not really special. He is believable in his role as Agent Neville Flynn and throughout the film is strong in his role. Another strong actor is Nathan Phillips who plays Sean Jones. The witness against the gang of Eddie Kim. He is fun and reliable, but again nothing special and just fun to watch. The performances in the film are enough for the film and it definitely works with the film, but here and there it could have been better.
Unfortunately there are not many extras on the DVD and only a few trailers. Yet pity because had liked to know how it was to work with all those snakes!
Certainly an entertaining movie, but just a fun action thriller movie. Throughout the film you'll certainly not be bored and you're thrown right into the action. In the plane you can feel the tension being presence with knowing that the snakes and I do not like the idea of being in that plane. I'm going to fly tomorrow to Barcelona, so I really don't know why I watched this movie! But the snakes are strongest point of the entire film, after which the tension decreases slightly when the snakes emerge. The special effects are nicely done and believable enough, but the movie gets a little boring towards the end, because you get the idea that the snakes are dangerous and they are simply trapped in that plane. The performances are adequate for the film and the actors are fun enough to watch. Shame about the extras, but the film itself is entertaining enough to watch this DVD.
Snakes on a plane is exactly what it says, as you may have already guessed!
The film is about a young guy who witnesses a murder and has to fly to Los Angeles to testify against the baddie! But on the plane the baddies have placed lots of deadly snakes, which will react to the chemicals which have been sprayed onto the passenger's Floral garlands which they are all given before take off. Then the snakes are released and go crazy and start biting people. The pilot dies and an unusual hero ends up landing the plane bringing most people to safety.
Samuel L. Jackson is brilliant in this film and you really can't take it too seriously. The graphics aren't great and the snakes are not very realistic.
I found that the film made me laugh a lot but wasn't really very scary. If you have a fear of snakes however then you might find this a little hard to watch and i certainly wouldn't watch this if you are going on a flight anytime soon!
There are some great characters within the film with lots of diffferent personalities and you get to know them throughout which is good.
I watched this movie the other day and to be honest although it's quite entertaining there is not much of a plot and would recommend you not look into it with too much detail and take it for the simple story it is. You only have to look at the title to see and know what the movie is about - it sums it up really. I myself had heard some quite unflattering reviews on this movie before I watched it so wasn't expecting too much.
As mentioned the plot for this movie is very simple so you don't have to think too much about it or in any particular depth. Snakes are smuggled on to a plane that is heading from Hawaii by a mob leader based in Los Angeles. This is a desperate attempt to kill off a witness who is on the plane and could send the mob leader to jail as they saw a murder. Quite a strange, elaborate way to kill someone off but there you go!
Needless to say that while the plane is on route the snakes get loose and start causing terror amongst the passengers. Samuel L Jackson is the main character in this story and is on board amid the mayhem. He has to try and save the day and the passengers until the plane lands in Los Angeles. Why the plane couldn't turn back I'm not sure but then there wouldn't have been a movie I guess!
I will give credit to this movie though in that the action is non stop and it's an entertaining disaster/monster movie in which the passengers and Samuel Jackson himself have to find ingenious ways to kill off these snakes. I have to admit I hate snakes and spiders and it would terrify me if I was in a confined space with these reptiles after my blood so that's what they have played on with this film and preyed on people's insecurities. For an attack by snakes you have to be in a place you can't escape from otherwise you could just out-run them!
If you think too deeply into it then you will find holes in the plot or lack of plot! It is a ridiculous idea for a movie if you think about it but the best thing to do is just watch it and try and enjoy it for what it is - just an action packed, terror- filled movie. The action never really lets up either which is a good thing as it draws your attention away from the storyline.
The characters to be honest with you are instantly forgettable as they are not really the main focus. The stars of the show are the hoards of snakes attacking.
I have to admit it's an original idea for a movie if somewhat strange and entertaining despite all it's flaws. Worth watching only if you are not worried about an in depth story and just want some fun for a couple of hours..
Have you read the title of this film? Ok, well now you know exactly what it's about. You will get nothing more or less than that.
The film is basically exactly what you would expect, a load of snakes that takeover a plane. Their is a man on the plan who has witnessed a murder, he is very useful to take the murderer down so has Samuel L Jackson and another guy protecting him. Unfortunately they haven't protected him from the large amount of snakes that have been put on the plane.
The snakes have been sprayed with a substance which winds them up and are released halfway during the flight, which leaves them ready to kill all in their way. The story takes you through the people on the plane trying to survive against them.
The film isn't too bad but is very predictable, I also found that the snakes aren't very believable and it's quite easy to tell that they are computer generated. I am pretty sure though that I could not do a better job.
The characters are ok and you have a good variety of them on the plane, there are also some interested moments in the film.
What lets this film down for me is that I predicted what it would be and it was exactly that, I'm sure if you are scared of snakes it will be a very scary watch for you but I can't say that it bothered me either way.
Overall 3/5, it's not bad enough to give a 2.
Released in 2006, Snakes on a Plane is better known for the hype around its wonderfully silly 70s retro concept (kind of a mix of blaxploitation cinema and old-school celebrity disaster movies) than for the actual film itself. The film stars Samuel L Jackson as a two-dimensional 'Shaft'-like character who finds himself trapped on a passenger plane that has been infested with deadly venomous snakes in an attempt by a Mafia boss to assassinate a murder witness, with the pilot's suffering heart failure after being bitten meaning that the plane is completely unmanned as well as filled with poisonous serpents.
This unsophisticated but entertaining plot is followed up by a less engaging subplot in which an FBI agent (Bobby Canavale) on the ground uncovers the Mafioso's scheme in order to prepare an anti-venom for the surviving passengers, but the majority of the action sees frantic passengers desperately fighting off cgi/rubber snakes with anything that comes to hand, whilst Jackson tries to simultaneoulsly fend off the slithering attackers and come up with a way to reach the ground safely.
Snakes on a Plane is a very throwaway film, but then thats kind of the whole point, and it does provide a couple of hours of enjoyably unsophisticated, decidedly tongue-in-cheek switch-your-brain-off action and hs the good sense not to take itself to seriously, but whilst entertaining its ultimately not a very memorable or particularly engaging film and pales in comparison against the much earlier airplane disaster movie spoof 'Airplane' by the makers of the Naked Gun films. Still, it remains worth a watch if you'r after a simple action comedy.
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Snakes on a Plane is proof of the power of the Internet. After the first trailer was released, Internet reactions were so high that the company decided to go back and film more ridiculousness, as well as add more CGI snakes to the mix. It became something of a pop culture phenomenon, although strangely it under-performed at the box office, making only double its budget, when the fandom anticipated it making a lot more.
Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson) has killed someone in Hawaii, and the only witness is Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), who is guarded by FBI agents Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) and John Sanders (Mark Houghton) on a Boeing 747-400 to Los Angeles in order to testify. However, Kim arranges for a crate full of poisonous snakes to be put on the plane, and so it is up to Neville to try and keep them at bay until the plane can land.
So, does the film live up to its title? Yes and no: it's a fun film but also quite straight-laced, and a lot of the time it plays things deadpan which might make some think that it's not really trying to be funny. It does have a kitschy, B-movie-esque charm, though, and Jackson's performance, particularly his utterance of "the line", is very amusing, and he totally gets what director David R. Ellis is trying to do. The film also features a welcome appearance by Kenan Thompson from Kenan and Kel as a video game addict who then tries to land the plane.
An amusing yarn that is an important film as a testament to the power of Internet hype. Incredibly cheesy but also pretty fun.
David R. Ellis' Snakes On A Plane is a high-concept film that deliberately attempts to parody the guilty-pleasure, cheese-fest cult classics that many of us love. In other words, the movie-makers have deliberately created a horrible movie. (Yes, it's true, Hollywood really has run out of ideas.)
The title sums up the plot, with Samuel L. Jackson playing his usual willing-to-expect-any-role-offered-to-him self at the forefront. For every random kill from a snake, the ex-Shaft actor spits some hard-edged philosophy that is supposed to motivate the people to come together and overhaul the venomous creatures on board the aircraft ("I've had it with these motherf****n' snakes on this motherf****n' plane"). It's a horror/comedy with some uninspiring acting, plenty of cursing, and some horrible CGI effects.
Now, for a man that enjoys the good-bad fun that some movies bring, there's only so many times that I could watch these snakes kill passengers before I became incredibly bored. Snakes has the elements of a cheesy B-Movie, but I would've enjoyed the film's status a lot more had it not been so keen to relish the thought of its own garbage. I find that most of the fun comes from picking out the inadvertent bad points in a movie and wondering how the hell the movie editors managed to let them slip past.
Another reason to hate this film is its marketing. Rather than paying homage to the other High-Concept films that inspired its creation -- Alien, Predator and Jurassic Park are just a few examples -- Snakes was marketed as if it was a work of art for embracing our favourite action movie clichés. New Line Cinema suspiciously hid away the footage from critics so that they couldn't get an early viewing of this Internet-based phenomenon; when it was eventually released to a mass audience, it was as if they expected the audiences to come flocking and praise this hidden treasure for being so original with its unoriginality. They accepted us to laugh and be scared out of our wits by how ineffectively made this piece of trash is. Not only is this quite insulting to the film-goer's intelligence, it is incredibly irritating (to think I wasted one-hundred and five minutes of my life watching this).
The irony of Snakes is this: For all its attempts at parodying the lowly films beneath it, it still thinks its a cut above most -- it's one of the most pretentious movies that I've seen in quite some time. It neither deserves to be critically-acclaimed or to have the status of being a "so bad, it's good." Basically, this motherf****n' film sucks.
Snakes on a plane really doesn't need much of a description. The title gives away exactly what this film is about; there are snakes on a plane. Agent Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is given the task of transporting a key witness from Hawaii to Los Angeles. However the mob boss he is testifying against is intent on making sure he doesn't get to Los Angeles and hires people to put a load of snakes on the plane to ensure no one arrives alive. Flynn must ensure that he keeps not only the witness safe but the rest of the planes passengers whilst finding a way to get rid of the snakes.
Samuel L Jackson is always great to watch and does nothing more than expected of him in this film. He is there to be the big action guy who saves the day and if this film were made 15 years ago then the role would have most likely gone to Bruce Willis.
For fans of Samuel L. Jackson this film is right up your street but most others won't agree. The rest of the cast really don't seem to put much effort into their roles and the plot is very predictable especially when Kenan Thompson of Kenan and Kel plays his major role in the film.
The title of this film did not fill me with much confidence and to be honest it was a load of senseless drivel and it is a shame that a good actor like Samuel L Jackson leant his name to the film as it was pretty dire.
The plot is rather senseless in my opinion, Jackson plays an FBI Agent called Flynn who is on a plane bound for Los Angeles from Hawaii and he is escorting a key witness in a criminal case against a crime boss however there are a load of venemous snakes that have been released in the hold and soon Flynn is battling to keep the passengers alive and the plane in the air.
The only redeeming quality about this film is the fact that it does not take itself too seriouslyopting for a more comic book style of action film however the problems arise when it does try to play it straight as the plot is so random and unbelievable that you just cannot take the film seriously.
While Jackson is his usual competent self the rest of the cast pass by largely un-noticed and to be honest it was about as interminable as a trans Atlantic flight is and I regretted agreeing to sit down and watch ths with the other half who incidently quite enjoyed it so I guess it i all a matter of opinion and taste, which he has little of either.
Not a film I would recommend at all.
First of all Snakes On A Plane is one of my favourite films purely and simply because you know exactly what you are getting just from the title. This film is never going to win an oscar but it is fun, action packed and doesn't take itself too seriously which is the best ingredient for an action film.
The films main stars are Samuel L. Jackson who really makes the film and also Julianna Margulies who is best known for her character Carol Hathaway in ER.
Samuel L Jackson plays FBI Agent Flynn who is escorting a witness by plane back to Los Angeles from Hawaii. The witness is to give evidence against a vicious mob boss. Once the plane is in the air the many venomous snakes are released in the hold and work there way up to the passengers where chaos ensues as the passengers fight to stay alive and to safely land.
The run time is approx 106 mins and the dvd has many special features including gag reel which has some funny bits and it shows that the actors enjoyed making the film as much as I enjoyed watching it. Also deleted/extended scenes, I don't think that these scenes would have added much to the film so I can understand the omissions. There are many more but I haven't watched those as I tend to stick to the deleted scenes and maybe interviews with the actors but this dvd has no interviews.
The classification is a 15 and I would have to agree as there is bad language.
All in all I would definitely recommend this film it is fun and action packed just don't think too much and enjoy!
There are two types of people when it comes to this film. The ones who know that it's an internet hyped, Samuel L Jackson fuelled work of ludicrous genius. And the ones who have to ask what it's about, despite the fact that to have a more self-explanatory title would involve showing someone the script and using a big fat marker to highlight the key plot points. Of which there is one. There are snakes. And they're on a plane. It really isn't that difficult to understand.
To pull off a film with this preposterous a concept is not as easy as it sounds. This could've been another Anaconda. Beyond ridiculous and into waste of money territory. But with more hype than the Blair Witch Project and support from a loud, bald bloke who swears (that'll be Jackson) Snakes transcended B-Movie pap into an event picture. People were excited about it.
And what's not to get excited about? There's Sammy J, of course. True, he may have been typecast now as the shouty cool guy. But he does it so well. The most celebrated line, "I'm tired of these mother****ing snakes on this mother****ing plane," is indeed pure brilliance, but Snakes offers so much more, and not just from Jackson. There's "get this ***ing snake off my ass!" and the most amusing, if not cringe-worthy "get off my dick!" from a man to a snake, after it emerges from the toilet.
Of course, for some people, a film needs more premise than just snakes on a plane. So the film starts with an explanation (happy now?) It's an outlandish plot to off a key witness, with Sammy J the FBI agent brought in to chaperone said witness back to LA on a plane. Can you guess the bad guy's idea? Stick a crate load of poisonous snakes in the cargo hold, add pheromones to make them crazy (as Sam explains it: "Snakes on crack") and release. And it's the release you're waiting for. After being introduced to a host of semi-stereotypes, you're just waiting for those big worms to come creeping out.
It's here that Snakes really pulls it off. You could've had two hours of bad actors wrestling with plastic snakes, which would've been hilarious but possibly tiresome. And though Snakes has purposeful comedy moments there's also actual tension. As the release of oxygen masks drops snakes all over the passengers, there's something quite disturbing about watching people battling to escape while snakes strike from all sides. It's chaotic, well directed, and cleverly mixes the fun 'ooo' moments, with the wincing 'urgh' (some nice impaling added in here and there, including a fantastic stiletto in the ear.)
Snakes on a Plane is pure thriller fun. My main problem with thrillers is their predictable characters and preposterous action scenes (not much left when you take those out, actually...) But because Snakes knows how silly it is, then the preposterous is replaced with enjoyment, with some unexpected jumps in-between. You could probably find a lot to dislike in this film if you've had your sense of humour wiped clean and replaced with an old flannel, but for the rest of the human race this is a fun, thrilling summer blockbuster.
The name says it all, (and no the name is not a clever metaphor it is simply the only title that could be given to the plot deficient film). 'Snakes on a Plane' has to be one of the worst films that I have ever watched. Although the idea of how the snakes would be on the plane is somewhat justified, as a viewer I am still left with questions such as how on earth would 450 snakes make it through customs? Samuel .L. Jackson ( Neville Flynn) and Nathan Phillips (Sean Jones) try their best to provide an exciting watch, however this is pointless due to the poor dialogue that they are given. What makes the film even worse are the various characters that are aboard the plane such as the 'bad ass' three G's (Flex Alexander) who manages to overcome his bad boy ways thanks to a pretty blonde (Rachel Blanchard), a character that also act as the damsel in distress when she has to be rescued by Terry Chen's character Chen Leong who luckily happens to be a ninja of some sort.
Before Snakes on a Plane was released in 2006, there was an unprecedented internet buzz. Filmgoers all over the world were excited - snakes, a plane and Samuel L. Jackson, what more could you possibly want from a film? The producers even listened to internet feedback and took this into account in the making of the film. However, on release the film didn't do as well as it should have. I was very excited about all the hype surrounding the film pre-release, but I didn't actually get round to seeing it until it was on Film4 recently.
Snakes on a Plane is about...snakes on a plane. There is a backstory and lead up to the flight explaining why the snakes end up on the plane, but really that isn't important. The plot is not what matters in this film - it's all about snakes on a plane. This review will cover the film only.
The film stars Samuel L. Jackson as FBI Agent Flynn, and he really is a big part of the selling of the film. He helped hugely in the build up by generally being his usual cool self, and talking about "mother****in snakes on mother ****in planes". Starring alongside him is Nathan Phillips as his charge Sean, and Julianna Margulies as flight attendant Claire. There is a large supporting cast of passengers and crew.
I had high hopes for Snakes on a Plane, I really did. Obviously it wasn't going to be cinematic genius, but I thought that Jackson with snakes on a plane was a brilliant concept. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations.
The set up of the story was fine. No problems there, but it wasn't a long section and it was only there to give the writers a reason for the snakes to get on the plane. Once the passengers were boarding, we got a short introduction to them and the crew - a honeymooning couple, two boys being put on the plane by their dad, a stewardess on her last day...the usual stories that make you want a happy ending for everyone.
And then the snakes get loose, and it goes downhill somewhat. The first deaths are gratuitously gruesome, to the point of being dreadful because they were such clichés. But it is a film called Snakes on a Plane, so a clichéd start to the action is to be expected. However, it didn't get much better from then on in - the whole thing was gratuitous, and over the top disgusting. Much more emphasis was placed on horrifying deaths than on fighting back and Samuel L. Jackson being cool - which was what I expected.
We get to a point where there is a small group of survivors, and all the gruesome violence is past. This is approaching the end of the film - most of it is about how many ways the filmmakers can kill people with snakes, and how disgusting they can make it. However, once this is past there are approximately 10-15 minutes of the attitude I expected from this film - and they are started with Mr Jackson announcing "Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherf***in snakes on this mother f***in plane!". That was what I wanted, I wanted Jackson fighting snakes and being effortlessly cool - and those few minutes were great, exactly what I wanted, but it wasn't much.
The acting in the film wasn't brilliant, but it was passable. The three main actors, Jackson, Phillips and Margulies were fine in their roles, none of which really involved much of a stretch. The supporting cast were a bit hit and miss, some were good and quite memorable (the older friend of Claire in particular was good) but a lot of them were not very good, and a bit over the top cheesy.
The majority of the snakes were animated - having done a little research, I can tell you that two thirds of the shots of snakes were animated. At times it was glaringly obvious that you weren't looking at a real snake, but part of me expected this. It wasn't exactly a high concept film. One device used in the film which could have been done better was the "snake vision". Quite often when a particular snake was stalking someone, usually when they were unable to get away, we would see this through the eyes of the snake. This was green like night vision, but it was very difficult to make anything out through it. I have no idea what snake vision is really like, but I think the filmmakers could have made it clearer for the viewers to see what the snake was stalking - it would have worked quite well and been rather ominous then. As it was, I had to peer at the screen.
I didn't enjoy this film. I don't like horror movies, but I expected to be ok with this, if maybe a little squeamish. I actually found it very upsetting. I don't want to reveal too much, but there was one moment with the gigantic snake which I found very upsetting. I knew that people would die, I knew that there would be snakes everywhere - but it was just too much. Not only were there snakes eating peoples eyes (with foam then spurting out), strangling people, biting necks (which seemed to be a favourite), but we are also treated to the sight of the dead bodies, looking pretty horrific, some with snakes slithering out of their mouths. Lovely.
This type of film will appeal to some, but I would strongly advise that if, like me, you are a great big scaredy cat and avoid horror, you avoid this. It is not the cool film I expected, it's just gross. It did not live up to the hype for me.
Snakes on a Plane knows exactly what kind of movie it is, knows exactly what moviegoers expect from a title like Snakes on a Plane, and delivers the exact pleasures of a movie in which poisonous snakes are unleashed on a plane to kill an eyewitness to murder. Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Long Kiss Goodnight) knows exactly what he's doing in this movie and knows exactly when to pull out the superbad Samuel L. Jackson stare and deliver the infuriated Samuel L. Jackson bellow. The rest of the cast--including Julianna Margulies (ER), Rachel Blanchard (the TV series Clueless), Kenan Thompson (Fat Albert), David Koechner (Anchorman), Bobby Canavale (The Station Agent), and Sunny Mabrey (One Last Thing...)--play their parts with admirably straight faces and deadpan humor. Director David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2, Cellular) gives the movie the much-needed headlong momentum you would expect from a former stunt coordinator. In summation: A perfect piece of self-aware but not self-conscious high camp entertainment, blending comedy and thrills in perfect proportion. --Bret Fetzer