105 min., 2006
Written by John Heffernan/Sebastian Gutierrez/David Dalessandro/John Heffernan
Directed by David R. Ellis
My rating: ★★★★
We need more movies like this!
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The story of this movie is very simple. Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips) witnessed Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson) killing someone in Hawaii, so he needs to be protected in order for him to testify against Eddie. They toss him onto a flight back to Hawaii under the protection of Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson). During the flight we meet some of the crew and passengers. Two of the flight attendants are Claire (Julianna Margulies) and Grace (Lin Shaye) and one of the main passengers is rapper Three G’s (Flex Alexander). After the flight takes off and we get to know a little bit about a bunch of people, Eddie gives the word to release a bunch of snakes that are on the plane in hopes of killing off Sean. Simple, right? Can Neville, some of the crew and passengers stop the snakes before they come crashing down or will Eddie have the last laugh?
So what can I say about the acting in Snakes On A Plane? I could say that it’s some of the best acting I’ve seen in a horror movie in a long time, but then I’d be lying. The acting isn’t all that great, but everyone has taken their character and run with it. Samuel L. Jackson is playing the same character that he has played for the past 20 or so years, but he is so good at it that you are willing to forgive him. He’s fun to watch and a lot of his dialogue is just great to hear coming out of his mouth. Julianna Margulies actually does a really good job of playing a tough woman and Lin Shaye is always a pleasure to watch. Another member of the cast that did a great job was Rachel Blanchard. Her character is the rich and stupid kind, she reminds me of how Paris Hilton is always viewed and she even has a little Chihuahua, and she is plays her part perfectly. There are actors that play a rich and stupid character but you never really get the feel that they really are that dumb, but Rachel uses her voice to make it completely believable. The only real sour spot is with Nathan Phillips. He is way too stiff to be in a movie like this. He might be good in a different movie, but not this one.
I have never been a fan of CG, if you haven’t noticed from past reviews (unless you haven’t read any, then go back and read all of them damnit). This movie is no real exception with the CG snakes being pretty terrible and laughable. Maybe that’s part of the charm of the movie. I was never (okay almost never) taken out of the movie by the bad CG and I took it more, as that’s how it is supposed to look. Cheese is the name in this movie and the CG really pushes that cheese pretty far. Then again it would be really hard to train snakes to do some of the things that these snakes do, so as bad as they are it was still fun to watch.
Overall this is a really fun movie. The story is so strange and over-the-top that it’s hard to not have fun with it. The main cast really does a great job (especially considering the material) and the supporting players also step up to the plate to help the “stars”. Now if you can sit back and enjoy the really bad CG snakes then this won’t be painful for you. If that is something that really bothers you, then you might want to skip this one. Other than that, I would suggest this movie to pretty much anyone. It’s fun and silly and sometimes that exactly what we need to relieve the stress of a bad day.Have You Read...?