Snakes on a Plane

August 18th, 2006


Snakes on a Plane

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An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and poisonous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.8/10 (77,629 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: David R. Ellis

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips

While practicing motocross in Hawaii, Sean Jones witnesses the brutal murder of an important American prosecutor by the powerful mobster Eddie Kim. He is protected and persuaded by the FBI agent Neville Flynn to testify against Eddie in Los Angeles. They embark in the red-eye Flight 121 of Pacific Air, occupying the entire first-class. However, Eddie dispatches hundred of different species of snakes airborne with a time operated device in the luggage to release the snakes in the flight with the intent of crashing the plane. Neville and the passengers have to struggle with the snakes to survive.

Writers: John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez

Samuel L. Jackson - Neville Flynn
Julianna Margulies - Claire Miller
Nathan Phillips - Sean Jones
Rachel Blanchard - Mercedes
Flex Alexander - Three G's
Kenan Thompson - Troy
Keith Dallas - Big Leroy (as Keith [Blackman] Dallas)
Lin Shaye - Grace
Bruce James - Ken
Sunny Mabrey - Tiffany
Casey Dubois - Curtis
Daniel Hogarth - Tommy
Gerard Plunkett - Paul
Terry Chen - Chen Leong
Elsa Pataky - Maria

Taglines: On August 18th Summer Really Begins


Official Website: Metropolitan Filmexport [France] | New Line Cinema [United States] |

Release Date: 18 August 2006

Filming Locations: Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,361 (Ecuador) (August 2006)

Gross: $62,022,014 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The initial script for the film was 122 pages long when director David R. Ellis signed on to direct the film. After reworking the script along with his producing director and Samuel L. Jackson for more than four months, the script was narrowed down to 103 pages.

Continuity: Troy leaves the plane first on the escape slide. In the next shot he can be seen inside the plane again coming down the stairs behind the crowd waiting for their turn on the slide. The DVD audio commentary claims that this error was known but not deliberate.

[first lines]
Daniel Hayes: [to Sean] Go, get outta here. Go!

User Review

Oh, yes, Snakes on a Plane does indeed rock.

Rating: 10/10

A small part of me has died today. I realized something when I exited the theater, fresh from the prescreening of Snakes on a Plane (SoaP) at the cinema at which I work, that I may never again see another film that rocks this hard. If you are looking for a deep introspective look at the horrors of airborne terrorism and reptilian exploitation, look somewhere else, and don't complain about it. If you are like me, and I would assume you are since you are reading my review, and are looking for a solid hour and a half of ass-kickery, then congratulations. You just hit the jackpot with SoaP. I can honestly say that the film lived up to my every expectation. I was so pumped by the end of the movie that I threw my shoes across the (empty) theater in a fit of ecstasy. I kid you not.

Boiled down to its very essence, SoaP is the pretty much the essence of all that is manly. Think of it like an anti-chick flick. If you enjoy any of the following, then this movie is for you: gruesome deaths, breasts, cheesy physical humor, Samuel L. Jackson, or venomous reptiles. If not, then you clearly have a vagina, but may still manage to enjoy SoaP.

Plot is pretty thin, something generic about a kid (Nathan Phillips) who witnessed a mob murder and has to be transported to L.A. to testify in court, but I doubt anyone will mind. We know the basic story. There is a plane in the air that has both venomous snakes and Samuel L. Jackson on board. Samuel L. Jackson defeat snakes in a number of thoroughly awesome ways, which I will not reveal as to not diminish their awesomeness, and simultaneously deals with whiny, stereotypical frightened passengers. Trust me though, seeing the snakes rampaging through the plane and wreaking havoc on said stereotypical passengers is indeed sweet.

The acting is as solid as one could hope for from this cast. Jackson takes front and center stage, obviously. He saw the called the pitch, took a beefy swing and hit one into the upper decks. As for the rest of the cast, they did a decent job. Keenan Thompson actually doesn't suck, Nathan Phillips was solid enough, and Julianna Margulies did a fine job.

Honestly, I can think of no reason not to see Snakes on a Plane. Sure, the critics will lambaste it left and right. There's no doubt about that. However, coming from someone who is ready to accept the film for what it is, I can honestly recommend it to anyone who can appreciate its nostalgic, cheese-ball appeal.

All things considered, Snakes on a Plane will undoubtedly be the most enjoyable, and the most unlikely blockbuster of the summer. A solid ten out of ten.


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