Snakes on a Plane
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Snakes on a Plane

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Director: David R. Ellis

Cast: David R. Ellis, Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips


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Forget terrorists or hijackers -- there's a handful of deadly assassins aboard a jet liner and they don't even have arms or legs in this airborne thriller. Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is an FBI agent handling what seems like a routine assignment -- serving as bodyguard for Sean Jones (Nathan…  See more details below


Forget terrorists or hijackers -- there's a handful of deadly assassins aboard a jet liner and they don't even have arms or legs in this airborne thriller. Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is an FBI agent handling what seems like a routine assignment -- serving as bodyguard for Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), a Hawaiian surfer dude who is flying to California to testify in a high-profile criminal trial after witnessing mobster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson) murdering one of his underlings. However, Flynn's job gets a lot more challenging when he discovers Kim's associates don't want Jones to talk, and have devised a unique way to ensure his silence. A cache of highly dangerous poisonous snakes has been hidden on board the jet, and is released using a timed mechanism once the flight is well underway. The snakes quickly attack several members of the flight crew and are eagerly eying the passengers when Flynn decides its time to get medieval on the reptiles. Also starring Rachel Blanchard, Benjamin McKenzie, and Mark Houghton, Snakes on a Plane was produced under the title of Pacific Air Flight 121, but in several interviews Samuel L. Jackson expressed his enthusiasm for the script's original title, Snakes on a Plane, and the high-concept moniker quickly made the film's title and theme a favorite with bloggers and on Internet fan sites all over the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few films in 2006 were as feverishly anticipated as this tongue-in-cheek horror movie, which became something of a phenomenon as a result of the "buzz" cannily created and disseminated by online blogging allies of the theatrical distributor. Characterized by one wag as "a chance for Samuel L. Jackson to kick some serious asp," Snakes on a Plane became the summer's most exuberantly ridiculous thrill ride: a collection of outrageous situations motivated by the flimsiest of plot gambits. It's even said that pre-release fan feedback -- the result of frequently vocalized expectations that kept Internet message boards humming for months -- inspired director David R. Ellis to shoot additional footage that increased the level of blood and nudity, thus guaranteeing the picture an R rating instead of the originally anticipated PG-13. Even Jackson's most famous line (obscenity included) was reportedly suggested by an Internet exchange. What passes for a plot opens with surfer Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), on vacation in Hawaii, witnessing a prosecutor's brutal murder by notorious gangster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson). Offered protection by tough FBI agent Neville Flynn (Jackson), Sean decides to testify against Kim. He and the G-man board a Los Angeles-bound airliner, unaware that the mobster's thugs have smuggled aboard several crates of venomous serpents that will be released into the main cabin in mid-flight. You can guess what happens next. Jackson, clearly enjoying himself, takes his role only as seriously as is necessary to sustain the illusion of menace. Nice supporting turns are contributed by Julianna Margulies (playing the requisite plucky flight attendant), David Koechner (hilarious as a lecherous co-pilot), Rachel Blanchard (as a Paris Hilton wannabe, complete with Chihuahua), and Flex Alexander (as a surprisingly timid rap star). What's really great about Snakes is that, at every point, it delivers exactly what the audience expects and wants. For example, there's the scene in which one of the slimy serpents interrupts the initiation of a horny young couple into the "Mile-High Club." Get the picture?
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Audiences, prepare for lift-off -- 'cuz Snakes on a Plane is exactly the kind of crowd-pleasing romp that people were waiting for. Living up to that kind of unprecedented hype is a near-impossible feat, but Samuel L. Jackson and director David Ellis pull off a brilliantly calculated B-movie that delivers on all of the levels that it should. Ellis knows how to work his salivating viewers, that's for sure (see Final Destination 2 for more proof). Ratcheting up tension slowly and assuredly, the former stuntman-turned-director makes sure to lay out all the dominoes before letting loose with all the horrible, over-the-top mayhem one can imagine. Sure, the new recut scenes of grisly mayhem are easy to spot, but thank the movie gods they are there. This is a rollicking R-rated rush of a celebratory horror flick, one that that nails the disaster movie tone that's needed to really pay off such a hokey premise. Kudos to the casting agent who churned out a wealth of talent to carry on the silly dramatics above and on the ground, with special nods to Bobby Cannavale, David Koechner, and Todd Louiso, as well as Julianna Margulies, for selling it all with a straight face. As far as the main man himself, Sam doesn't play his role with superhero proportions, though he dishes out the iconic lines, looks, and live ammo to a perfect degree that only he could. And yes, the infamous catch phrase is indeed there, yet folks best be prepared to wait until it's finally unleashed to whoop it up. After so many self-important epic productions shoved down their throats, it's about time the masses reconnected with what having a good time at the movies is all about.

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Special Features

Commentary by Samuel Jackson, director David R. Ellis and others ; Blooper reel; Deleted scenes; Cobra starship snakes on a plane (bring it); Music video [in high definition] (including behind-the-scenes); Featurette gallery: pure venom: the making of Snakes on a Plain [in high definition]; Meet the reptiles; Visual effects; Snakes on a blog [in high definition]; Theatrical trailers & TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Neville Flynn
Julianna Margulies Claire Miller
Nathan Phillips Sean Jones
Bobby Cannavale Hank Harris
Flex Alexander Three G's
Todd Louiso Dr. Steven Price
Sunny Mabrey Tiffany
Kenan Thompson Troy
Rachel Blanchard Mercedes
Lin Shaye Grace
David Koechner Rick
Elsa Pataky Maria
Byron Lawson Eddie Kim
Keith Dallas Big Leroy
Tom Butler Actor

Technical Credits
David R. Ellis Director
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
John Alvarez Art Director
Craig Berenson Producer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Alex Burdett Special Effects Supervisor
Stokely Chaffin Executive Producer
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Penney Finkelman Cox Executive Producer
David Dalessandro Original Story
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Don Granger Producer
Justis Greene Executive Producer
Sebastian Gutierrez Screenwriter
John C. Heffernan Original Story,Screenwriter
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
Jeff Katz Associate Producer
Matt Kutcher Special Effects Supervisor
Tawny Ellis Lehman Associate Producer
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Karen Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Michael McGee Sound/Sound Designer
Heather Meehan Associate Producer
Vivien Nishi Set Decoration/Design
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Sandra Rabins Executive Producer
Howard E. Smith Editor
Bryan Sutton Set Decoration/Design
Tim Walston Sound/Sound Designer
George Waud Executive Producer
Pete Whyte Asst. Director
Milena Zdravkovic Set Decoration/Design

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Snakes on a Plane 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagine being on a plane, flying from Hawaii to California, and finding the plane was filled with poisonous snakes. That's the fate of the passengers in this movie. The whole flight was above the ocean, making an emergency landing impossible. An FBI agent, his Witness, the flight attendants, and the survivors spend the flight fighting for survival. The plane's air system circulated a pheromone throughout the plane, causing massive aggression from the snakes. The snakes attacked from shocking places. The danger from the snakes was more than their venom, any of them could trip a diode or cause a short circuit and the plane would crash. Snakes on a plane is an entertaining blend of Horror, Comedy and Survival.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies ever. Don't be fooled by its title or press, this is a great movie. Watch it with a bunch of your friends. It really greatens the snake-tastic experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With an astounding performance by Samuel L. Jackson The movie SNAKES ON A PLANE is a recommended gift for anyone that enjoys reptiles or animals eating or killing animals. This is not for kids. Adults only. Besides the snakes there are a couple other scenes that are inappropriate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocked, and the only reason was because..... Samuel L. Jackson was in it. That guy is so funny, he can make the crappiest movie top notch by just saying one line. Don't kid yourself and skip out on this. He rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor: go to your local video store and rent this before you buy it. See if you like it. I personally thought it was worth renting rather than purchasing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's only ONE thing I didn't like about this movie--the one scene with the anaconda. How the heck was that thing smuggled on board? Other than that, this movie is pretty cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it sucked
Guest More than 1 year ago
dumb though probably intended to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of Snakes on a Plane, I went: "Oh man, this is going to suck!". Then I heard Samuel L. Jackson is going to be in it, and I went: "Hmm, might be worth a watch because I enjoy watching him. But I still thought it would be lame, but boy, this movie crawled up my seat and bit me hard. It had a lot of intense action and was actually kind of realistic. Too many movies take themselves too seriously - this movie is at the other end of the spectrum. It clearly was developed from the start as pure escapism entertainment. You're not going to have a better understanding of humanity or yourself at the end of this movie. You will laugh out loud, you will cheer for Sam, and you'll love most of the characters (the one's that make it that is). David R. Ellis, the man at the helm, is a former stunt director and what matters in stunt sequences is timing and good pacing. His previous films demonstrated that - Final Destination 2 and Cellular - and here we get the same thing again. Thin plot, good tension. The obviously CGI snakes look pretty decent and make for some good creature flick fun with all of their jumping, hissing, and crawling just about everywhere that is humanly possible. Samuel L. Jackson gives an amazing performance. He never gives in to the campiness of the movie, and plays it completely straight. The self control he exhibits here should earn him a special Award. I recommend watching this movie, for the sake of the snakes. I honestly thought this movie was very amusing as well, with the whole idea of "snakes on a plane". This movie had a lot of its facts straight about snakes, and had an interesting idea on how they dealt with them. But still, if you haven’t seen it yet fine a way to.
1Atomic More than 1 year ago
It will never be an awarding winning flick, but it is a must see if you like fright in flight. I hate snakes, but am still fasinated by them from a distance. If you like scary films, you will enjoy this DVD. If not, pass it up. I loved the movie despite its predicable "B rating". For that, I gave it five (5) stars. Enjoy it for what it is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I only saw like a few seconds of the movie and I have to say what I saw did not please me at all. A man hung by his feet up in a tree and guys surrounding him. One with a bat in his hands. And then the Next thing I see is the guy yelling at the guy in the tree. And he has blood all over him. All that in only 6 mins into the movie. People are sick. Ban this movie it was on TV for crying out loud little kids could have seen this. So this world is pretty grand don't you think. Violence and drunks and druggies.