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Overall Rating
3.26

Awesome28.3%
Worth A Look: 25.79%
Average: 10.69%
Pretty Bad: 14.47%
Total Crap: 20.75%

14 reviews, 75 user ratings


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Snakes on a Plane
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by Matt Seaver

"If you've loved the title, you'll love the movie. Just not for everyone."
4 stars

Pay very careful attention to the first half hour of “Snakes on a Plane.” If you don’t, you won’t be able to remember what happened come the end of the first hour. The plot is completely transparent, with only one purpose – to get Sam Jackson and a whole bunch of poisonous snakes onto the same plane. And it works, just like the rest of this ridiculous, always hilarious gore-fest.

All the hype that’s been piled upon this film really doesn’t seem fair, because the film doesn’t seem to have ever had lofty aspirations. It’s not complex, it’s not inspired, it’s not trying to say anything particularly profound. This is the product of someone saying, “Wouldn’t it be scary/weird/awful/funny as hell if someone put a whole bunch of snakes on a plane, and the passengers had to try to deal with them?” And if this is the best scenario they could come up with the fit that mold, I’m certainly not going to hold it against them.

And New Line seems to have stumbled upon the most amusing – though apparently not most effective – marketing campaign possible: let Sam Jackson play in a film, and then unleash him onto the talk show circuit in all his giddiness. I swear, Sam on the Daily Show, with both him and Jon Stewart giggling every 15 seconds, is one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever seen.

Sam plays Nelville Flynn, an FBI agent investigating an LA mobster named Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson). In Hawaii, he’s finally found what he needs – an eyewitness to Kim’s murderous crimes – in the form of Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), an X-sport enthusiast who stumbled upon the crime scene. Flynn, his partner and Jones commandeer the first class section of South Pacific Air flight 121, much to the anger of some of the other passengers on the flight. But it’s all soon equaled out when a series of events leads to hundreds of poisonous snakes, hidden in the cargo hold by Kim’s men, find their way into the cabin and cockpit of the plane. After the snakes off the pilot and the majority of the passengers right away, the remaining passengers and crew must find a way to stay alive and land the plane using only what’s available to them 35,000 feet in the air.

It’s just so silly you have to enjoy it. Again, the complexities are very limited. Beyond Flynn, who fits the “Samuel L. Jackson” type perfectly, all of the passengers are restricted to specific but necessary types. There’s the ditzy rich girl, the celebrity, the helpless kids, the unexpected hero(es), the complete asshat (foreign asshat, no less!), the sexually explicit snake fodder… they’re all here. And they all play their roles as well as they need to, making sure not to get in the way of the two draws of the film – ridiculous snake-induced deaths and Jackson chewing scenery.

And chew it he does. When I saw the film late on opening night, there was little Sam could do that WOULDN’T be met with cheers from the crowd. It was just instantly apparent that Sam Jackson was having a damn good time with this one, and that we should too. This is no real deviation from any other part Sam’s ever had, and certainly not a challenge. If anything, it’s a vacation to do something completely silly, and that’s exactly what the film is for viewers, as well.

Director David Ellis is one of those guys in Hollywood that you know you can count on to do some sick, twisted stuff – this is the guy who gave us Final Destination 2, so when it comes to brutality in American cinema, he runs in the same league as the guys who make the Saw films. It might not be realistic, but he can make you squirm. Much of what made these scenes fun wouldn’t have been possible without the R rating, so thank Gibson they upped the rating, even if the reshoots do look hastily done and awkwardly added. Even still, Ellis pulls them off pretty well, and clearly delivers what the internet geeks (myself included) were looking for from this. And give the man some credit, too… while not groundbreaking, the establishing shots of Jones racing around the Hawaiian forests on his dirt bike were nice to look at as well.

Your enjoyment of this film will be entirely based on whether or not you choose to accept that, yes, this is a ridiculous concept. But hey, why not have fun with it for a couple hours? Certainly don’t believe everything you read online, one way or the other. This is one that needs the theatrical experience for you to really understand how much fun it is. The audience yelling “3-2-1-SNAKES!” won’t be the same on DVD, and you might feel silly if you’re the only one applauding The Line sitting in your living room. When you’re in that theater, though, you can tell that just about everyone is there for the same reason – if you decided to drop the money on a ticket to this one, or if you even considered it, chances are you’ll enjoy this immensely. If you dismissed it based on title, concept, or principle, then this one probably isn’t for you.

But it was COMPLETELY for me.

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User Comments

6/22/15 David Hollingsworth I wouldn't even recommend this for dogs. 1 stars
7/10/11 Dr.Lao FIlm makers showing their honest contempt for their audience 1 stars
7/10/11 Jennifer Barr alright, although it just seemed so predictible thru out 3 stars
12/26/10 Blue Shark Dude ... The people who don't get it are Republicans anyway ... so no loss. 5 stars
6/01/10 User Name Snakes On A Plane aims low, and hits lower. 2 stars
10/25/09 Miss Snake The best fun a movie could offer. The fake looking CGI snakes are hysterically funny. 4 stars
7/25/09 Jeff Wilder Works better if you view it as a comedy rather than as a thriller. 3 stars
11/20/08 PAUL SHORTT EVEN IF VIEWED ENTIRELY ON ITS OWN TERMS, THIS FILM, LIKE ANY SNAKE, TAPERS AT ITS END 2 stars
3/07/08 SamanthaPayntr it definitely delivered, there were snakes and they were on a plane, pretty good stuff 3 stars
7/27/07 TreeTiger A piece of cinematic shit - I recommend... Anything BUT this... 1 stars
7/11/07 Tiffany Losco I thought it was ok, but I didn't like the blonde bimbo in the bathroom 2 stars
4/02/07 CAB I was expecting Leslie Nielsen to show up at any minute… 2 stars
3/29/07 Your mom Assholes, this movie is the worst shit ever.STUPID. ASS. HOLES. 1 stars
2/27/07 Asian God 94 The BEST B-grade horror movie of all time! Compulsary Viewing 5 stars
2/19/07 JM Synth No where near as fun, or silly, as it should have been 3 stars
2/14/07 Prada it was sooo.. bad it was actually good 3 stars
2/05/07 MickT Samuel L. Jackson is the biggest sell-out EVER!! what a piece of shit this film is!!! 1 stars
2/03/07 Indrid Cold Upside: it's as exciting as a snakes/planes movie could possibly be. Downside: ditto. 3 stars
2/02/07 Anthony Feor People expect us to take this movie seriously? 0.5/5 1 stars
1/22/07 Matt It should be clasified as COMEDY 5 stars
1/19/07 Jeff Brown pitiful 1 stars
1/14/07 Sugarfoot It felt like an Airport sequel. Overall not as fun as I thought it would be. 2 stars
1/09/07 Matt Get a life, have a laugh - this is FUN,FUN,FUN! 4 stars
12/10/06 JoKimiKo the movie is AwsOme but ur REviEw! is craP 1 stars
11/18/06 Lerker You are the worst reveiwer. Ever. 1 stars
11/17/06 Nick So, you gave Borat 1 Star, but SOAP 5 Stars? I do not comprehend your thought process. 3 stars
11/11/06 Serge Piece of crap IMO. Snakes on crack...har har. 2 stars
10/28/06 DIANA a movie to watch on tv if nothing else to watch 2 stars
10/25/06 Drew G So bad it was good... 3 stars
10/13/06 Erin Get out of the mud u sticks, it was great fun!!! 4 stars
10/09/06 Mike Nothing great to me. Something to watch if really bored. 2 stars
9/30/06 NiCk Great movie! Was Pulp Fiction good because of its plot? 5 stars
9/21/06 malcolm awful, but a lot of damn fun 3 stars
9/13/06 Edward Connell A purposefull movie that will lead you on an adventure in excitement and possibility. 4 stars
9/12/06 Louise Good fun and a pretty tense ride!!! 4 stars
9/12/06 Michael Coovert Samuel Jackson's stock just plumeted in my book!! Total schtick and effects fodder!!! 1 stars
9/12/06 Kevin Ramsay "Snakes On A Plane" is pure fun. Don't take it too seriously, though. 5 stars
9/11/06 Aaron This move was a blast! 4 stars
9/03/06 Christopher Stucky The hype WAS the story. The movie was an afterthought. 1 stars
9/02/06 Stubby If you all were any stupider, you'd have to be told when to breathe. Kill yourselves. 1 stars
8/31/06 Christine it was soooooo awesome I want to see it over and over again 5 stars
8/28/06 Serina Boccello COME ON!! who honestly wants to see THIS movie!! SNAKES AGGHHH!!! 2 stars
8/28/06 Grant Funny, well acted, stupid jokes, scenes and endless funny deaths. 5 stars
8/27/06 Alan Snakes on a Plane happens 5 stars
8/26/06 Mike D Only movie I've seen in this year that got a standing ovation from the entire theater! 5 stars
8/26/06 michael average and wait for the DVD 4 stars
8/26/06 Stanley Thai Still an average thriller without the famous title. Nothing special. 3 stars
8/26/06 Alex Thorne does exactly what it says on the tin. gruesomly marvellous 4 stars
8/25/06 Robert Blanton Mr. Souter nailed this snake right on the head! 2 stars
8/25/06 Zaw Snakes bites.. lol 5 stars
8/24/06 philip Corcos corcos 5 stars
8/23/06 Centipedes "Snakes? On MY plane?" It's more likely than you think. 5 stars
8/23/06 Quigley much more violent than I thought; sex scene pointless; but Sam Jackson and the snakes rock 4 stars
8/22/06 A. Shah The best time I've had in a movie since I was a kid. I'm now 33. 5 stars
8/22/06 Pn. 1000 fanboys collaborated on the script. That it's schwag should surpise no one. 2 stars
8/22/06 danthewrestlingman Snakes On A Motherfuckin Plane Beeoch Nuff Said 5 stars
8/22/06 Ole Man Bourbon Not enough snakes. JIMMIE BELLE TURN OFF YOUR GODDAMN CAPS LOCK. 3 stars
8/22/06 JIMMIE BELLE REALISM. CAN THIS SCENE REALLY TAKE PLACE? WILL EVERYONE ON THE PLANE BEHAVE LIKE THIS? 5 stars
8/22/06 Sammy J. This movie is the most balla shit eva! 5 stars
8/22/06 Harold You are all tools. 1 stars
8/21/06 Captain Highcrime Not since the glory days of "Married...with Children" have audiences been so boisterous. 5 stars
8/21/06 Jeff Martin Awesome movie, great fun and entertainment, brianorndorf is full of crap in his review 5 stars
8/20/06 ajay go in a packed theatre of nerds who "get it". Otherwise, it's horrible. 4 stars
8/20/06 ray best time i've had at the movies in years. great cinema? maybe not. still fun. 5 stars
8/19/06 Alex S AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME 5 stars
8/19/06 Nads Snakes on a muthafuckin' PLANE! 5 stars
8/19/06 KingNeutron Decent; some really scary parts. Take S.O. to see it. 4 stars
8/19/06 Jesus WAAAY better than expected... ridiculous, stupid, and amazing! 1 stars
8/19/06 Keith This movie was boring. What is up with Snakes on a plane who cares. A total waste of money. 1 stars
8/19/06 Kent Battersby Best. Movie. Ever...SNAKE VISION!!! 5 stars
8/19/06 Adrian It's fun. It's that simple. No thinking, no shit liek that, just fun. 5 stars
8/18/06 Joe Baldwin The audience makes all the difference. Laughter and applause filled the room for 2 hours. 5 stars
8/18/06 Andrew The most fun I've had in a theatre... EVER. 5 stars
8/18/06 Doug Higley Absolute BEST B Horror Ever. Total Fun at breakneck pacing. 5 stars
8/18/06 Squibner Welch Fantastic fun 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  18-Aug-2006 (R)
  DVD: 02-Jan-2007

UK
  18-Aug-2006

Australia
  24-Aug-2006




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