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Snakes on a Plane (R)





Release Date: August 18th, 2006 by New Line Cinema. The Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, David Koechner, Bobby Cannavale, Todd Louiso, Sunny Mabrey, Rachel Blanchard, Nathan Phillips, Kenan Thompson, Byron Lawson. Directed by David R. Ellis.

BASIC PREMISE: A criminal (Lawson) sets free dozens of snakes on a plane order to kill a witness (Phillips).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Not since Rocky Horror Picture Show has a horror film been this gleeful and tongue-in-cheek. The first act is mostly exposition as FBI agent Nelville Flynn (Jackson) shoots assassins who try to kill Sean, a young man who witnesses a murder. Nelville escorts Sean onto a plane headed from Honolulu to Los Angles. A unique variety of passengers come aboard this red-eye flight. Julianna Margulies plays a flight attendant. Snakes on a Plane officially kicks into full gear once the snakes let loose from the storage compartment below. From that point on, youíll often be cheering, laughing and at the edge of your seat as you wait for the next victim to be killed in an imaginative way. Fans of Samuel L. Jackson will be pleased to know that he delivers all of his lines with the same coolness and confidence like he did in Pulp Fiction. In more ways than one, his kick-ass performance more than compensates for the cheesy special effects, stilted dialogue and the one-dimensional characters. Director David R. Ellis with screenwriters John Hefferman and Sebastien Guttierez combine all the right elements such as dark humor, campy humor, intense action sequences, graphic violence and a little nudity to make this the summerís guiltiest R-rated pleasure. Itís the most mindless fun youíll have at the movies in a while.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0

IN A NUTSHELL: Hilarious, outrageous and irresistibly entertaining. Samuel L. Jackson rocks. The biggest surprise of the summer has finally arrived.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)


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