Friday, 6 July 2018

Snakes on a Plane (4 Stars)

Let's face it. This is a stupid film. Anyone who denies it is lying. But that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. It's intended to be a trashy horror film, and it succeeds.

The plot can be described in a few sentences. A surfer in Hawaii sees a gang boss commit a murder. He agrees to fly to Los Angeles to testify against him. The gang boss arranges for hundreds of snakes to be placed in the plane's cargo hold and be released when the plane is in the air. It's a life and death battle between the passengers and the snakes in the claustrophobic plane.

Some of the passengers on the plane act heroically to save the others. Others are selfish and just look out for themselves. In that respect the story is realistic. However, the main axis of the story is FBI agent Neville Flynn, played by Samuel L. Jackson, battling to keep his witness alive until the trial. This is all the more difficult after the pilot and the co-pilot have both been bitten by poisonous snakes.

Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favourite actors. He can play any role from a refined businessman to a gangster in the hood. In this film his ghetto mouth makes him a star, the film's centrepiece. Watch it. You'll laugh. You'll shriek with horror. You'll want to watch it again.

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