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Plot Summary:
"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."

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Review Date: 06 June 2007 My Rating: out of 5


Samuel L. Jackson plays an FBI agent with the ultra-cool name of Neville Flynn. Heís transporting a Federal witness (Australiaís own Nathan Phillips, surviving sicko John Jarratt only to be stuck on this flight from hell!) from Honolulu to L.A. in order to testify against some gangster. Naturally, said mobster arranges a hit on Phillips...however, you wonít see anything like this on 'The Sopranos'. Instead of a simple whack-job (or sending a whack-job to do the said job of whacking), he unleashes some several hundred poisonous snakes on the plane, to play havoc on Phillips and anyone else on board. The passengers are a pretty disagreeable lot; Narcissistic, cowardly and germaphobic rapper 3 Gís (Flex Alexander, as a mixture of 50 Cent, P Diddly Widdly- so sue me!, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx), Kenan Thompson is his chubby video game-obsessed offsider/entourage member, Rachel Blanchard is a spoilt Paris Hilton-type (no stretch for the 'Clueless' TV star), Patrick Malahide is a snobby Brit, whilst Juliana Margulies (actually showing emotion for once) and New Line Cinema prerequisite Lin Shaye play two different kinds of flight attendants. Also look out for the hilarious, almost certainly closeted gay flight attendant in denial, as well as a very funny David Koechner as the seriously randy (as in Randy Quaid?) pilot, and Bobby Cannavale as Jacksonís buddy on the ground.

This 2006 David R. Ellis film is precisely as youíd expect it to be. The title tells you whether youíre the right audience for the film or not. Thankfully, I am very much the audience for this intentionally silly, sometimes very funny (David Koechner as the pilot? Dear God, they really are screwed!), and wholly watchable B-movie. Sam is the Man of course, and Iíd almost want him to make more dopey movies like this if he wasnít such a talented actor. Also worth mentioning are Blanchard (whose dog gets...well, letís just say itís a great moment, but not for dog lovers) and Alexander (a very brave man for what he is lampooning), also funny as obvious snake-bait, and Cannavale milks a lot of humour out of his otherwise awful role. It is what it is (thereís a snake in a barf bag, which almost made the movie for me single-handedly and the inevitable snake on the end of a one-eyed trouser snake, and one helluva nipple bite too!), and boy is it fun- you just wonít believe who has to land the plane!

The FX and snake-POV arenít very convincing, but the film would be lesser if the FX actually were better. Itís supposed to be dopey and the FX (whilst not awful) match that. They probably couldíve dropped the prologue with Sam and Nathan on land, but why carp? Especially when youíve got classically stupid lines like ĎAll Praises to the Playstation!í and that infamous, twelve-letter expletive-filled line from Sammy J. that I probably donít need to reprint here- itís a helluva line anyway.

If you expect snakes, a plane, and for snakes to be on that plane, you will not be disappointed. If youíre looking for anything else, donít bother. It is what it is, and for me, it was a bit of fun.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 29 August 2006 My Rating: out of 5

The movie event of the year is here! After an unexpected amount of net buzz and fan hype, Snakes on a Plane is here and its bloody good fun.

Samuel L. ĎMuthafuckiní Jackson stars as FBI agent Neville Flynn assigned to keep Sean Jones (witness to a murder) alive long enough to testify against mob boss Eddie Kim. Eddie Kim and his crew have other plans however, and have loaded a cargo full of poisonous snakes on board Pacific Air Flight 121 and have sprayed pheromones everywhere, ensuring the snakes will be pissed-off to the max once they are unleashed 30,000 feet above the air.

David R. Ellis always delivers the perfect popcorn movie fix and Snakes is no exception. The movie takes the cheesy B-movie premise and runs with it, delivering chills, thrills and gory blood spills along the way.

The cast are all good, likeable, recognisable faces and actually manage to give their characters some depth, despite the fact that screen time is limited and theyíre not the main focus of the movie. This allows for the odd moment of genuine sadness for characters ranging from newlyweds to a single parent and her young baby to two young boys flying without their parents for the first time. The flight attendants also make for a solid team with due to retire Grace (the excellent Lin Shaye), about to become a lawyer Claire (Julianna Margulies) sexy and sweet Tiffany (Sunny Mabrey) and stereotypical camp trolley dolly Kenny (the hilarious Bruce James).

The film takes its time setting up the story and playing on your fears before the snakes are unleashed and all hell breaks loose. I was surprised at how gory things were once chaos ensued, and it wasnít all about snake bites. Impalements aplenty as well as some rather disgusting and painful snake related deaths were the order of the day, and they were truly awesome.

The action set pieces are well handled as expected by Ellis who is a dab hand at this, but he also does well with the comedy and the slight suspense sequences too.

In conclusion, Snakes on a Plane is the best fun Iíve had at the movies in ages. Itís the kind of film that cannot be ruined by teenagers screaming in the aisles and it has the perfect mix of gags and laughs as well as frights to have gore fans whooping it up. If this film doesnít make number 1 this weekend it was robbed.

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