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  • Snakes on a Plane
    Movie Review
    by Georgette Tan

    Movie: Snakes on a Plane
    Genre: Action / Horror / Thriller
    Director: David R. Ellis
    Language: English
    Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander, Kenan Thompson, Keith Dallas, Lin Shaye, Bruce James, Sunny Mabrey.

    There was no way I'm gonna let summer slip by without seeing this year's most hyped-up movie - Snakes on a Plane. I normally avoid hype-anything, but a B-grade title like that promises a movie that's so tacky, you have to see it to believe it.

    People with ophidiophobia (snake phobia): I don't have to tell you to sit this one out, right?

    Nelville Flynn (Samuel L Jackson) is onboard Pacific Air Flight 121 (what this movie was nearly called), escorting thrill seeker Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips) back to Los Angeles after the latter witnessed an Asian gang assassination in Hawaii.

    Halfway there, hundreds of poisonous snakes, drawn by pheromones dowsed on the leis everyone is wearing, start crawling out of every crack in the plane and attacking everything that moves. Messy deaths and chaos ensues.

    The survivors fight off sex-crazed snakes with broken bottles, luggage, and fire extinguishers while trying to keep the plane in the sky long enough for it to reach L.A. Samuel L Jackson dispatches snakes in all manner of awesome ways and deals with passengers in various levels of panic.

    That's all there is to this movie. Really.

    I'll have to borrow another reviewer's comment regarding this movie: Half of you will think it sucks big time, while the rest of you will think you haven't seen anything that rocks this hard since... uhm, the last movie that rocked your socks.

    I went in expecting to spend much time laughing at how bad it is. And laugh I did, although not necessarily because it's bad. It's just so silly that it's brilliant. I'm actually still laughing when I think about it, and when I wander around online catching up on all the post-release hype.

    Let's see - the snakes were beautiful (if you aren't completely freaked out by them). There were obviously some CGI snakes involved. The producers explained somewhere that this was necessary because the real snakes weren't moving aggressively enough to scare anyone.

    There were creative and not-so-creative places to be bitten by a venomous snake, and things you could be doing when it happens. There was blood, gore, and grossness. There were dire situations, heroic rescues, and personal sacrifices.

    There was a cute, muscular Asian guy with a suspicious bandage on his arm, who I swear is supposed to be a red herring before it got out on the Internet that them snakes are to be blamed.

    The one-liners are funny. You'll be hearing Jackson's "I have had it with these [bleep!] snakes on this [bleep!] plane!" from here until eternity.

    This movie doesn't take itself seriously at all, and neither should you.

    I don't normally plug music in my movie reviews, but the soundtrack is also marvellous, especially the single by Cobra Starship, which is called... what else but "Snakes on a Plane".

    Georgette Tan writes for a Malaysian newspaper. She is fond of movies, long walks on the beach and clichés.
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