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The Title Alone

by Jon Ochiai on Aug 20, 2006

"Snakes on a Plane." The beauty of the movie is that no one has to ask: Now what is the movie about? No doubt that "Snakes on a Plane" will win "Best Movie" at next year's MTV Movie Awards. The movie title and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson stars drew me to the theater. "Snakes on a Plane" has tough guy FBI Agent Samuel L. Jackson rattling off four letter words, Asian gang killers, quality gratuitous nudity, and of course snakes on a plane. Part of the mythology of this movie is that Jackson agreed to make the movie solely on the basis of the title. A wise choice. Director David R. Ellis's "Snakes on a Plane" is preposterous and ridiculous; however, it is fun to watch and everyone plays it straight. Camp is a given here. The screenplay by John Heffernan and Sebastian Gutierrez cleverly contexts the story and diverts our attention involving a witness protection transport all as an excuse for "Snakes on a Plane".

In Hawaii Sean (Nathan Phillips), young extreme sports guy, witnesses the brutal murder of a Los Angeles DA by ruthless crime lord Eddie Kim (brooding Byron Lawson). Kim cognizant of the witness sends his men to kill Sean. Fortunately, FBI Agent Neville Flynn (super cool Samuel L. Jackson) gets to Sean first. He tells Sean, "Do what I say and you live." Clear enough instructions. Sean reluctantly agrees to testify against Kim. So Neville and his partner accompany Sean on-board an airline flight to Los Angeles. Evoking a little known FAA policy, they take over all of First Class. This is just one of the headaches for head flight attendant Claire (Julianna Margulies) on her last flight-- she is leaving to pursue a career as a lawyer. The flight leaves Honolulu along with a cargo of deadly snakes, poised to strike. Writers Heffernan and Gutierrez definitely earn creative points, because no movie has done anything close to this before. The next logical question is: Sequel?

Heffernan and Gutierrez in fuse some flavor and atmosphere into their action movie. On board the flight, we have rapper Three G's (Flex Alexander) and his boys (Kenan Thompson and Keith Dallas), elitist Mercedes (Rachal Blanchard) and her annoying dog, kick boxer Chen (Terry Chen), and young flight attendant Tiffany (Sunny Mabrey). All havoc breaks loose as the snakes commence their assault. A memorable scene includes a vicious attack to a man urinating in the cabin lavatory. Yikes. Also a "mile high" tryst turns venomous. "Snakes on a Plane" also has an ear for pop culture. Where else do you get, "Praiseā€¦ PlayStation 2."

Through it all, Samuel L. Jackson is the Man. As agent Flynn he is at his tough guy best, and unrestrained by last year's Jedi dialog he is his bad ass self. He is cool and charismatic. So is Julianna Margulies. As Claire she is strong, smart, and sexy. Jackson and Margulies are a great team. Nathan Phillips as Sean has good chemistry with Jackson. Their epilogue is very cool. As for the snakes, they are killer. The mayhem directed by Ellis is spectacularly bloody. "Snakes on a Plane" is over the top and completely entertaining. After all it does have a great title.
  March 18, 2019

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