I’m sure you’ve heard of Snakes on a Plane as it’s been something of an internet phenomenon so much so that five days of additional shooting were ordered after the film wrapped to include dialogue proposed by fans.
We (Debbie, Debbie’s sister and I) went to see this over the weekend and we weren’t disappointed. For anyone looking for a high concept film, or a clever twisting plot or even character based acting — forget it. This is definitely a film that you don’t have to think about.
The film takes about twenty minutes to set up the cliched plot involving a throw-away bad guy and That Guy Who Survived From Wolf Creek. The rest of the film involves a plane and snakes. Samuel L Jackson plays the same ‘bad-ass’ character he’s been riffing on successfully since Pulp Fiction and it works well here. Throw in a OCD obsessed rapper who doesn’t like to be touched and you’ve got the dynamics for a good romp.
The body of the film is definitely rooted in “B-Movie” territory with people being bitten in the face, chest and more delicate areas as the snakes weave their way through the plane. It’s all good senseless fun and it doesn’t take itself too seriously as it plays on just about every ‘airplane’ movie cliche you’ve ever seen.