Friday, August 18, 2006

Uh...Snakes on a Plane

by David R. Ellis

I don’t know if there will ever be another film like Snakes on a Plane. A strange combination of low expectations and hype has created a meta-film that is more than the sum of its parts. The key elements are the title and the involvement of Samuel L. Jackson. While he is a talented actor, he will take chances and doesn’t seem to be very elitist when it comes to choosing roles. Without Jackson and the stories around it, this would be a film that would show up on cable and DVD, but Jackson is so much fun to watch that the moment he shows up on screen it all changes. While there was a bit too much gore at the beginning and a somewhat clumsy nude scene, the film hits a good rhythm and is fun. When Jackson says his famous line (which has never been seen until tonight!) – “I have had it with these mo…” (you’re on the internet reading this, so you probably know what it is) – there was a huge cheer and applause in the theatre. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a reaction like that to a new film. It’s an experience and it was fun and as for the excesses and improbabilities in the film… it has built-in anti-venom – it’s Snakes on a Plane, what else could you expect?

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