“Snakes on a Plane,” in a word, was ridiculous. Just as I fully expected, every snake attack, death and line of expletive-littered dialogue was laughable.Somehow though, the audience at my showing got the wrong impression from previews.
“I’m hoping it will be scary,” 18-year-old Vanessa Recendiz said before the film began.
“If not, I want a refund.”
Stacy Dickerson, 40, said the same thing.
“I want lots of scary stuff.”
I guess they didn’t get the hilarious phone call from Samuel L. Jackson yelling “Hey, Aly. Go see my movie August 18th.”
“Snakes” centers around a laid-back surfer named Sean (Nathan Phillips) who witnesses a murder. FBI agent Flynn (Jackson) convinces Sean to testify against the murderer, and the two must take a five-hour flight to attend the trial.
For the first 45 minutes, everything is meticulously set up to cause complete chaos later in the story line. We meet the passengers: a first-time flier, two young boys, a baby, a flight attendant on her last flight, a rapper with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a rich girl with a lap dog, and newlyweds.
When everything is in place to go wrong, it does.
Snakes come from everywhere — the oxygen mask compartments, barf bags and, of course, the toilet – making for some very entertaining, yet somewhat disgusting deaths.
People begin dying left and right. And the ways they die? Absolutely hilarious.
Just a hint – the first fatalities on the flight are a couple about to join the “mile-high” club. Take a guess where they get bit.
After an hour of snake onslaught, the film neatly – and quickly – wraps up. The remaining passengers arrive safely at LAX, where plenty of anti-venom awaits them.
Genevieve Nesom, 15, called it “incredibly predictable.”
But really, could you expect anything more?
The film was obviously made with the intention of being predictable in every way possible – the clichÂ passenger list, the corny dialogue, the unnecessary nudity and the out of place, although entertaining, cursing.
The predictability of everything just makes it all the more entertaining.
So, if you’re up for one hour and 46 minutes of absurd and ridiculous entertainment, then absolutely go see “Snakes on a Plane.”
But if you want a terrifying movie that keeps you guessing, “Snakes” is not for you. You will be sorely disappointed.