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Certificate
15
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Samuel L Jackson
David Koechner
Julianna Margulies
Rachel Blanchard.
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John Heffernan.
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105 mins minutes

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Snakes On A Plane
Didja read the title? It's about snakes...on a plane!


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Plot
FBI agent Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) escorts a key witness (Nathan Phillips) on a night flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles. A crimelord arranges for assorted venomous snakes to get loose on the plane, which has been doused with a pheromone that makes the reptiles especially aggressive.


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Snakes On A Plane
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SoaP will go down in history for generating pre-release buzz on the strength of its title alone. Seriously anticipated in Z-picture circles and hidden from spoilsport critics who might undermine its opening weekend, it’s the sort of picture you’ll either queue all night in the rain to see twelve times or avoid like a Wayans Brothers Retrospective for the rest of life. 
 
Here are some of the problems. It stars Samuel L. Jackson as the standard issue exasperated FBI guy who gets to talk tough and sorely wastes Julianna Margulies as the flight attendant who is about to jack it in and Anchorman's David Koechner as a smarmy pilot. But the entire supporting cast of snakebit passengers and crew consists of bland people who bring nothing to the picture. Like too many modern creepy-crawly films, it relies on CGI for its menaces – which gives the attack scenes a video game look that gets old very quickly. And, as befits a film rewritten and reshot to give fans what they said they wanted, it’s choppy as hell and offers no surprises.
 
But it does have snakes. On a plane. White-knuckle fliers will be jolted as the tone veers from improbable gangster business to horror-by-beast shenanigans before going with vintage Airport unlikeliness as an unlikely hero has to land the jet. Which is all very well, but it is by no means the giddy delight that the fans hoped for.


Verdict
Okay, but not as likeable as, say, Piranha, Tremors, Slither, Anaconda, Eight-Legged Freaks or the 1973 TV movie Horror at 37,000 Feet.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Same Old Shizzle

The whole point of acting is to encompass a whole range of different roles, or fear of being typecast. And that's the obvious trap Sammy Jackson here has fallen into. His boring, bland FBI character helps drag the soggy dialogue to it's murky depths, and the whole thing feels laboured and clumsy. Truthfully, there really is nothing good about the film. Maybe except for the stewardesses. Apart from that, this motion picture is one to be put in the microwave... ... More

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Posted by TheMovieAddict101 at 22:20, 24 August 2011 | Report This Post


Really bad film

There is nothing to like about this film accept the title. Sam L J is wasted and every other character you just want to be killed off as quickly as possible. Very boring, filled with bad CGI and bad scripting. Above all else it makes no sense. Of all the ways to kill a plane passenger, why would you use snakes. And the guy who lands the plane cause he can do it on Playstaion, ugh. Dismal stuff. ... More

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Posted by stevolegendbauer at 15:59, 12 August 2010 | Report This Post


Although critticised with mixed review's i would like to comment on that this is very entertaining, but lacks with it's corny section's. L Jackson gives a decsent performance, and deffinetly make's the use of the blood and gore throughout this flick. as i picked the dvd up and looked on the back and thought this would be good. The rating for this film is a 15, BUT at this much blood thi should be given a rating of an 18, trust me it is violant, but a very good cinema experiance. ... More

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Posted by Big Alex at 22:24, 08 August 2007 | Report This Post


this movie rocks !! ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 16:36, 10 March 2007 | Report This Post


Utterly fucking abysmal...

..whilst i was hardly expecting Citizen Kane, i didn't expect it to be this terrible! ... More

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Posted by Jim Bob at 22:35, 29 December 2006 | Report This Post


after all the hype about this in Empire I was hoping this wouldnt turn out be be a dissapointment- but was I wrong. much better than Empire's 3star review. the best laugh i had all year. bring on the mutherfukin' DVD ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 16:10, 30 September 2006 | Report This Post


it is what it sez!

This was a suprisingly good film, that managed to keep the excitment levels high throughout (using every trick in the book admittedly) . Using a rubbish story, which was well scripted and well though out, it turns out to be a very enjoyable film that does exactly what is sez on the tin! ... More

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Posted by Mikey_y at 01:43, 06 September 2006 | Report This Post


it is what it sez!

This was a suprisingly good film, that managed to keep the excitment levels high throughout (using every trick in the book admittedly) . Using a rubbish story, which was well scripted and well though out, it turns out to be a very enjoyable film that does exactly what is sez on the tin! ... More

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Posted by Mikey_y at 01:43, 06 September 2006 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

I thought it was average. I rarely laughed and never jumped once. The film was hindered by the re-editing, boobs  and snakes biting a man's penis does not a good movie make. Saying that though, you can't deny Sam  Jackson, the man is just so damn cool.   I must be getting old, because if I saw this 10 years ago, I would have i] this film.   3/5 (see, I did like it just didn't ] it) ... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 21:20, 05 September 2006 | Report This Post


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Just one word: ntp; the best Hollywood action film in recent year. Silly but so so entertaining.   Definately worth all the hype. ... More

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Posted by tbird at 16:15, 05 September 2006 | Report This Post


(Note: Some spoilers in review) How the snakes got lose on board a plane? That is an intriguing question on my mind before I glance at the synopsis. I thought it must be some irresponsible zoologist who may have forgotten to shut the cage. Whatever, since this movie is by Samuel L Jackson, one of the finest actors of our time, I thought I should give it a try. It turns out that the movie is totally different from what I perceived. Believe it or not, this got nothing to do with Madagascar. ... More

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Posted by britney at 14:18, 04 September 2006 | Report This Post


SoaP

Found SoaP wildly erratic, probably down to the rewrites, and some awful acting. Still had good fun with the laugh-out-loud snake antics. Imagine how good it could have been with better writing! Make the gangster baddy more menacing and evil by putting more in the opening, pre-plane bit (by far the most dreadful bit of cinema I've seen for a while). Lose the annoying passengers (girl with dog, pompous brit) and make more of the stewards and the co-pilot (smiled when Champ came on the scene).... More

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Posted by Smudge at 20:17, 01 September 2006 | Report This Post


Fun in a cinema!

If you hear the words “snakes on a plane” and think “what a load of arse” then chances are this film isn’t for you. If, however, you think “lorks-a-lordy, that sounds like a rollicking good ninety minutes and no mistake” then chances are you’ll have a really good time. This is pure cinematic tosh, made by fanboys for fanboys. It’s carefully calculated to do exactly what it says on the tin: there’s snakes, right. And they’re on a p... More

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Posted by britesparc at 11:52, 30 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Fuck YEAH!

When I went on the opening day the cinema was full, ther were people wearign toy snakes around their necks and everyone cheered whenever Sam Jackson did something cool. Now THAT is what makes the cinema so good! This movie totally rocked - as a pure, kickass popcorn movie it cannot be beat ... More

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Posted by Megatron_Kiddo at 21:01, 28 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Well, it's to the films credit that it actually manages to live up to the hype. This is one of those films where the hammy acting and dodgy editing (it's pretty easy to see which bits were added in the famed reshoots) actually add to the charm of the whole thing.   In short, I laughed, I jumped, I had a lot of fun. Best seen with lots of mates after a couple of drinks. ... More

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Posted by Bulletproof_Monk at 20:46, 27 August 2006 | Report This Post


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Well I just got back from Snakes and I thought it was a great laugh, and quite scary (well, I am a girl eally gross. I laughed so hard at the bit with the *spoiler* guy going for a piss I had tears rolling down me face! It didn't disappoint at all, and much more enjoyable than Pirates, which I thought sucked.   Lived up to the hype, so up yours haters and film snobs!   Kat ... More

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Posted by kw290776 at 17:28, 27 August 2006 | Report This Post


the premise of this film was so awful that it had to be great, and it didn't disappoint. it did, however, give me a fresh insight on my mother's fear of snakes... Surprisingly i actually enjoyed this film more than pirates and X-men 3 put together and so i give it four stars. ... More

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Posted by alili at 15:13, 27 August 2006 | Report This Post


This film has no inabitions about what it is - a entertaining horror come disaster come action movie. So when your laughing at certain parts of its refreshing compared to certain films which take themselves too seriouslly and still end up looking ridicolous. Jackson is an embarssment in the film though! He looks fat and looks as if he is going through the motions throughout the whole film (and the includes the you know what line). The film is enjoyable but stupid, perhaps only just worth y... More

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Posted by ukedge87 at 11:27, 27 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Snakes on a Plane

well, i saw this on friday night and despite being a member of the SoaP fan club, i rinsed all pre conceptions from my mind and went in expecting neither the best or worst film of the year. i was pleasently surprised. i really enjoyed it! i thought it was funny, exciting, the snake effects weren't too bad, a guy got his knob bitten by a snake.. *shrug* i got what i wanted, which was a no brainer action movie about snakes. i got it, and i'd happily see it again. **** ... More

Posted by maffew at 21:05, 26 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Snakes on a Plane

What a big, stupid, awful movie.   I was entertained from start to finish. ... More

Posted by Gazdance at 19:40, 26 August 2006 | Report This Post


Snakes on a Plane

It does exactly what it says in the title, there are snakes and they are on a plane! Throw in liberal amounts of Sam Jackson and loads of jumps and laughs and you have the perfect B-Movie comedy/horror. If you want something deep and meaningfull, you're watching the wrong film, this is enjoyable for what it is, LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. Remember that? Where you don't need a degree or mind bending substances to follow the plot. ... More

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Posted by melanie146 at 23:45, 24 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Snakes On A Plane

Went and watched SOAP last night. i thought it was pretty average. the first half an hour was just complete shite and i thought 'oh god - why did i waste £7 on this' but after the snakes are released things start getting better. although i didnt think much of the gore. while some of the attacks were amusing, there was not much blood being splatered. this was a dissapointment. a couple of jumpy bits yes. some parts were quite funny yes (loved the english buissness man versus lap dog momment) ! t... More

Posted by Shameless at 20:48, 24 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Snakes On A Plane

Loved it, it was worth the hype. Many funny moments and great deaths. ... More

Posted by lord of the pies at 18:01, 24 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Snakes On A Plane

Very true Mr Shiny. Especially the bit about the pointless expert! ... More

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