Saturday, July 18, 2015

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

IMDb plot summary: An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and poisonous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.
Directed by David R. Ellis. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, and Rachel Blanchard.

I really enjoy what this movie was trying to do. The campy, over-the-top action scenes are really a lot of fun to watch as snakes attack people in some truly hilarious and bizarre ways. The moments of uber-simplified exposition are effective and mercifully short so we can get right back to crazy snake attacks. The movie does exactly the right thing in not giving any of the characters important or significant personalities, because they are incredibly disposable. Where this movie falls flat is in going on just a little too long. An hour and twenty minutes of snakes on a plane sounds awesome. An hour and forty-five minutes is long enough that I'm a bit bored by the end. It's no Sharknado, but if you like that kind of silliness, it's probably worth checking out.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Snakes on a Plane > Talk Radio
Snakes on a Plane < Argo
Snakes on a Plane < Spider-Man 2
Snakes on a Plane < Killing Season
Snakes on a Plane > Monster
Snakes on a Plane < The Return of the Living Dead
Snakes on a Plane < George of the Jungle
Snakes on a Plane > The Age of the Medici
Snakes on a Plane > My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Snakes on a Plane > Win Win
Snakes on a Plane > The Wrestler
Final spot: #1092 out of 2369.

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