Review: Snakes On A Plane

Posted on August 23, 2006. Filed under: Movies |

I went into Snakes on a Plane fully expecting to hate it, exhausted by the marketing and hype that saturated the internet. The premise of the film—explained fully in the title—was the invention of first time scriptwriter David Dalessandro, who had his screenplay, then called Venom, turned down by all 30 Hollywood studios in 1995.

After several years, New Line finally took the bait and pushed the film into production. Samuel L Jackson signed up on the strength of the name, and when the title was later changed to the more conservative Pacific Air Flight 121, he kicked up a stink, saying “We’re totally changing that back. That’s the only reason I took the job: I read the title.”

f course, it’s a ridiculous plot; but this is a film that knows it’s cheesy and schlocky. Jackson exclaimed “It’s not Gone with the Wind. It’s not On the Waterfront. It’s Snakes on a Plane!” Pointing out the holes in the plot is a futile exercise, because to do so is to miss the point entirely. A blog entry from, called The Best Worst Movie of the Year, said that the artless title, terrible plot and fan-created trailers “clinches the would-be dud’s place in the camp classics hall of fame.”

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