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It's good as is, but it could be so much more,
I'm not ashamed to admit that from the moment I saw the title on the internet, I was hooked. I absoloutly had to see the movie. Well tonight, I finally did, complete with a t-shirt that had the movie logo (the two rattlesnakes intertwining the plane). I sat down, and watched the movie with the greatest title since attack of the killer tomatoes.
And did I like it?
In the end, yes. But I couldn't stop thinking about what could have been.
Snakes on a plane follows the saga of an FBI agent (Samuel Jackson) as he protects a vital witness who's set to testify against a crime lord guy in los Angeles. However, the crime lord has connections, and sets out to kill the witness. And how does he intend to do that?
Lots and lots of hyper-crazed, super aggressive snakes.
The concept of Snakes on a plane is just begging not to be taken too seriously. It's the kind of movie that should seemingly be a campy, spoofy film that doesn't take itself seriously and has a lot of fun with the material.
However, the movie is the exact opposite. It takes itself quite seriously in all aspects, from charachters to the plot. There are of course, jokes, but all of them are dialoge and not situations as you would think. This is probably the biggest suprise of the movie: It actually pulls off a crazy, unique idea very well. The idea of these snakes on a 747 50,000 feet above the air is pulled off very well in a way that's believable and not hokey.
The snakes, the stars of the movie (after Jackson), are hyper-aggressive and do come off as genuinly threatening. They attack anything that moves and when there are dozens of them in the cramped interior of an airplane, the results aren't pretty. This is where squemish viewers will probably want to stay away, because these snakes attack virtually all parts of the human body. I don't want to give away too much, but if a snake bites and latches itself onto a human eyeball, you get an idea of what they'll go after. This is a part of the film that is suprising: It's very violent. There are lots of bodies, lots of "Oh yuck!" moments all over, and one very effective jump moment that I won't give away. Earlier this year, there were reshoots to make the film more gory for an R rating, and you can easily tell which scenes those are (the high heel for example).
Samuel Jackson does an excellent job in this film. He's belivable, and he of course, says the best lines in the film. He's brave, courageous, and doesn't hesitate to get his hands dirty. The other charachters are actually given quite a bit of screen time to help develop them and it's not very easy to tell who's going to be killed and who won't be. There were some charachters I was sure who would die who diddn't, and a few who I thought would live and who diddn't.
The film is just about the right length and moves quite belivably in terms of what to do next in the storyline because let's face it, you can't really come up with a lot of scenes diverging from "Snakes attack people" in a movie like this. To the film's credit, it does manage to create attack scene after attack scene that doesn't seem redundant and repetitive. However, the storyline does dry out in the climax of the story, which isn't a last, final showdown against the snakes as I thought it would be. In fact, the snakes aren't the main factor of the climax, which I think they should be.
Overall, Snakes on a plane isn't as hokey or dumb as you might think. It takes itself seriously and pulls off the idea of serpants on a flying plane very well. But...it's just not...right. In my view, a film like this is just begging to be a spoofish movie and the end result isn't. The first teaser trailer gave the impression that this was a silly and hokey movie, but sadly it was misleading advertising. If I had helmed this film, it would have been closer to the vein of attack of the killer tomaotes, but the end result is good as it is.
I'd recommend it, but I probably will never see it more then twice before I move on to something else. Hopefully, it'll be spoofed in the next scary movie.
Final rating: 6.8/10
And if you're wondering, yes, Mr. Jackson does say "I want these motherf***ing snakes off this motherf***king plane!!!". And yes, he says it very well, considering all the cheers in the theater. This just might be the next Napoleon Dynamite in terms of quotes.