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Drama - US

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Duration1h 45m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R,
Source of storyApparently a script written in the 1990s originally called “Venom” by an achademic David Dalessandro.
DirectorDavid R. Ellis
Writers/ScriptJohn Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez,
StarringSamuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Sunny Mabrey, Elsa Pataky, Bobby Cannavale,
RatingsIMDb: 5.4by 132,941 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 69% by 177 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: A young man has witnesses a gang execution on Hawaii, and volunteers to go to Miami under FBI guard to testify. The plot to prevent him getting there includes the release of hundreds of venomous snakes on the aircraft. The snakes are made hostile by the inclusion of pheromones on the leis worn by the passengers. A number of passengers are introduced to us, and later all are to face the reptiles, many being bitten, starting off with two people joining the mile high club in the toilet. People are bitten in a grotesque manner. The pilots are bitten and die. How will it all pan out?

Content:  There is sex and nudity in the toilet, probably a reshoot to get the R rating. The young man sees the gangland execution take place. The guys get on the plane to be looked after by the flight attendants. The one in the short skirt fancies the Sean the young witness. Once the snakes are on the loose we follow them through the plane’s structure. They apparently see things in a green glow. While the sudden striking by them is momentarily shocking, the whole presentation is so grotesque that it is virtually a joke.

A View: This film comes with a lot of baggage. Just the name created an internet buzz which went on for ages – was it really 14 years ago? So in the end it could not quite live up to the hype, and the producers were a bit disappointed with the takings. But considering it all, the actors did well, and Samuel L. Jackson and the flight attendants were particularly good, playing it very straight. During this period of lockdown (written while COVID19 is still in charge) there is a lot of dross about so give it a try. It is fun. 

Additional Info: Samuel L. Jackson had a clause in his contract guaranteeing that he would not be required to come within 25 ft of a snake.   

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