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Snakes on a Plane

3.2 14
Director: David R. Ellis

Cast: 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


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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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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New Line Home Video
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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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