Monday, 3 October 2011

Snakes On A Plane (2006)

Tom:
Snakes On A Plane,2006,USA
Director: David R Ellis
Stars : Samuel L Jackson, Juliana Margulies and Nathan Phillips

The title truly says it all for this film, and with name Samuel L Jackson on the poster you should be in for one hell of a ride,unfortunently it's anything but that.Other than the obvious the plot revolves around a young surfer named Sean Jones, who witnesses a mob murder and and is escorted by FBI agent Neville Flynn (Jackson) on a flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss, Unfortunently for him the mob has smuggled hundreds of deadly and poisonous snakes onto the plane in order to kill him, now Flynn must find a way to keep the passengers alive through the flight. The film is directed by David R Ellis, who directed Final Destination 2 and 4. While those were my least favorite installments in that series, at least they had there comedic elements, a good amount of fun and didn't take themselves to seriously,unfortunently Snakes On A Plane does. I really thought everyone in this film was playing it straight and I really don't think it's right for this kind of film, even Sam Jackson seemed to be taking his part too seriously for the most part as well. Also the character of Sean who is the first character we are introduced to and who seems to be the main character and the focus of the story, Goes missing for at least half of the film and returns for the films climax but I guess thats a ridiculous argument too make for a chees B movie like this one and Phillips isn't a very compelling actor so I guess it's no big loss. What we get in between is Jackson fighting and swearing at snakes (which sounds better than it actually is) along with ridiculous over the top sentimental moments that have no place here. Overall Snakes On A Plane is quite a mess of a film that takes itself too seriously for audiences too get the enjoyment out of it that the title promises.

Tom: 1.5/4

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