Tuesday 18th January 2022

Snakes on a Plane (15)
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

I saw some snakes. They were on a plane. That's because I was watching a movie with an extremely odd story behind its creation. Someone somewhere came up with the idea of an entire film about snakes running loose on an aeroplane, during a Friday night brainstorming session. The idea stuck, but before the film launched itself into forgettable B-movie hell, someone sent the script to Samuel L. Jackson, who loved it (or at least the title) and signed on immediately.

Samuel L. realised it would have been easier to take his stilts off before getting on the plane
Samuel L. realised it would have been easier to take his stilts off before getting on the plane

Following immense interest on the internet and the promotion of one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Snakes on a Plane started to gather some serious hype. So serious that the makers actually went back and shot some more footage to include internet suggestions such as more gore, more scares, more sex and more snakes!

Other than Samuel L., this film pretty much stars a load of people you've never heard of, the most notable of which are Julianna Margulies, who was in ER, and my favourite geeky guy who plays geeks (from Thank You For Smoking, High Fidelity and Jerry Maguire).

The characters are all introduced in a fairly B-movie way too, in fact the scenes around the airport at the start really reminded me of Airplane!. However, before long the passengers are safely aboard Indiana Jones' least favourite flight, and the snakes are on the loose. The story, in case anyone cares, involves Samuel L. escorting a witness to L.A., but, well, someone tries to kill him by unleashing snakes on the plane. Silly, eh?

What ensues is some really gory cinema, in which passengers get bitten pretty much anywhere you can think of that might be painful. Let's face it, it's not a good film, but it is fun. Personally, I'd rather get hold of this one on DVD and watch it with some friends while getting drunk, because it is made for that sort of atmosphere, but if you like the sound of it, why not check it out on the big screen. From a purely critical point of view, I have to give this one quite a low score I'm afraid, even though it possibly contains the best two lines of dialogue in cinema history!

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Length: 105 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 18th August 2006

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