Snakes on a Plane

Directed By: David R. Ellis Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

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on 6/4/2012

The intentional campiness of this movie both succeeds and fails at times. I found this to be pretty entertaining nonetheless. The movie doesn't quite become silly enough though to justify the premise, but isn't serious enough either to make it actually good.

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On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who's a witness in protective custody, let loose a crate full of deadly snakes.Running Time: 106 min.Format: DVD MOVIE


Studio New Line
SKU 203243630
UPC 794043105630
UPC 14 00794043105630
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Rating Rating
FBI Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note SNAKES ON A PLANE's magnificently self-explanatory title triggered a cascade of buzz and anticipation, and fans of truth in advertising will be relieved to learn that the movie lives up to its billing in every way: there are many snakes, they are on an airplane, Samuel L. Jackson is there to show them who's boss, and the results are just as fun as they are silly. Jackson stars as Nelville Flynn, an FBI agent escorting a witness (Nathan Phillips) on a flight to Los Angeles. Phillips is supposed to testify against an evil mobster, but the details really aren't important, and the filmmakers are smart enough to focus on what counts: a variety pack of poisonous snakes is released mid-flight. To make matters worse, the snakes are crazed and violent because of pheromones, leading to the truly classic Samuel L. Jackson line, "Great. Snakes on crack."^With the notable exception of Jackson, most of the cast couldn't act its way out of an airplane barf bag, but that's probably for the best, as good performances would only serve as a distraction from the snakes--who have no trouble springing out of luggage compartments, toilets, and even mouths. The flight includes a standard array of monster-bait, including an arrogant rapper (Flex Alexander), his bodyguard (Kenan Thompson), a flight attendant on her last trip (Julianna Margulies), a rich princess (Rachel Blanchard), and an irritable misanthrope (Gerard Plunkett). But mostly, there are snakes. The script is full of punch lines, some intentional and others not, but the movie expertly treads the line between spoof and sincere B-movie, and fans of both genres should be thoroughly satisfied.
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "SNAKES ON A PLANE is designed to chomp down on our jaded jugulars and pump a bracingly gush of lunatic charm." 10/01/2006 p.40
Ultimate DVD "Sam Jackson's slithery slab of silliness surprised everyone by actually being rather good despite its loony premise." 08/01/2006 p.73
David R. Ellis
Samuel L. Jackson
Cast & Crew
Adam Greenberg - Cinematographer
Craig Berenson - Producer
David Koechner - Actor
David R. Ellis - Director
Flex Alexander - Actor
Howard E. Smith - Editor
John Heffernan, et. al. - Writer
Julianna Margulies - Actor
Kenan Thompson - Actor
Lin Shaye - Actor
Nathan Phillips - Actor
Rachel Blanchard - Actor
Samuel L. Jackson - Actor
Stokely Chaffin - Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 10563
UPC 00794043105630
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Samuel L. Jackson is on record as saying this movie isn't for critics. He's right about that. The problem is, it's not for many other people, either. Unless they're stoned. Or drunk. Or just enjoy making fun of bad movies (in other words, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 audience). Most of the time, when a studio decides to hide a film from critics, they do so on the sly. With Snakes on a Plane, New Line Cinema has trumpeted the fact, using this marketing line: "We want the fans to see it first." Translation: we don't want any negative advance word spoiling a big opening day. They needn't have worried, however. Critics could spew bile in reviews, and it wouldn't make a bit of difference at the box office. Snakes on a Plane is motherf***in' fireproof. Director David Ellis has made the film he was hired to make.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review Whatever it may be -- the worst candidate for an in-flight movie since "United 93," a fascinating case study on the power of Internet publicity, a chance for Samuel L. Jackson to kick some serious asp -- New Line's long-awaited "Snakes on a Plane" is at its best when it surrenders to the exuberant trashiness and matter-of-fact hilarity promised by its title...Sound design throughout comprises a lot of screaming and engine noise, with regular shock notes provided by Trevor Rabin's suitably menacing score. Closing credits are accompanied by the musicvideo for Cobra Starship's "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)," one of the first and scarcely the least of the pic's numerous pop-song tributes.
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, Spanish, Subtitled, Slip Sleeve
Product Attributes
Actor Jackson,Samuel L.
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun ...[Jackson] glowers and growls and acts the hero better than any actor out there.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News Hilariously funny, full of fang-popping scares, and guaranteed to increase travel by train.
Scott Foundas, LA Weekly ...the most exuberantly trashy delight of this summer movie season or last.
Pete Hammond, Maxim Action-packed...
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly ...the most exuberantly trashy delight of this summer movie season or last.
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe A phenomenon...

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