Snakes on a Plane
directed by David R. Ellis
starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies
New Line Cinema
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome aboard Pacific Air Flight 121, red eye to Los Angeles. Fasten you seat belts as we prepare for take-off. Notice the two exits at the front of the cabin and two in the rear. In the sudden case of loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop. Please fasten them securely, then help small children and anyone else who may be in need of assistance. In the sudden case of snakes on a plane… well, no need to worryabout that, folks. That would never happen.
Or would it?
In the latest film from New Line Cinema, Samuel L. Jackson stars as Agent Neville Flynn, who is in charge of escorting a murder witness (Nathan Phillips, Wolf Creek) from the scenic island of Hawaii to Los Angeles. Yet, the murderer is determined to make sure that this witness doesn’t make it to his final destination… alive. In an attempt to kill him, hundreds of snakes are embedded in hidden cargo, angry and irritated. Upon release, the snakes slither their way through the plane, ready to kill anyone who stands in their way.
Upon discovery of the snakes, chaos breaks loose as many innocent victims find themselves tormented by the angry reptiles. Bodies lie in the aisles, draped across seats, as the living desperately try to find a safe place to hide… for two and a half hours… on an airplane.
What happens next — well you have to go see. I won’t spoil it!
Snakes on a Plane was a great action thriller. At first, I was a bit confused and actually wondered if I had walked into the wrong theater. Within moments however, the scene is slowly set as the characters board upon Pacific Air Flight 121 and voila! Snakes on a Plane.
The story is actually written very well, given the somewhat obvious title. Released at a somewhat eerie time, only a week after suspects were arrested for attempted bombings, this movie will have you rethinking any flights you plan to take in the next couple of months. Bursting with non-stop action, the movie is fast-paced, leaving you on the edge of your seats. Just when you think that everything is safe; think again. On Pacific Air Flight 121, the safest place to be is on the ground.
David R. Ellis’ directing is exquisite, considering the fact that hundreds of live snakes were used during filming (though some did seem computer animated, but what can you expect?)
How about the acting? Pretty damn convincing. I mean , sure it’s a bit far-fetched, but all the actors involved did a great job. Samuel L. Jackson made the movie. If anyone else had been cast, the movie would have been weak. Who else could deliver the line, “I’m tired of these mother fucking snakes on this mother fucking plane,” as powerfully as he? No one. Samuel L. Jackson was the perfect selection for Agent Flynn, with just the right amount of attitude and leadership. Julianna Margulies stars as Claire, the flight attendant who must help deal with the chaos. Though I only know her work from ER, I thought she did a spectacular job for the role. Other people that make appearances are Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), and Rachel Blanchard ( Clueless), among others.
This movie is bound to be a cult classic among the teen and college crowds.
Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your seatbelts buckled until the Captain has turned off the fasten seatbelt sign. Once he has done so, feel free to move around, use the restrooms and stretch your legs. Oh yes, please remember to watch out for the reptiles.
Thank you again for flying Pacific Air Flight 121 and enjoy your trip.
Snakes On A Plane: www.snakesonaplane.com