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Friday, August 25, 2006

Movie Review: "Snakes On A Plane" (2006)

Yep, its been a wile since I last went to Glorietta and saw a movie. Anyways I saw David Ellis' Snakes on a Plane. What do you really expect from a movie that is based on a really flimsy idea so moronically insane that it would generate such internet buzz as it did to a point that it was mostly marketed out of word of mouth instead of paid advertisement as a movie "so silly, it's awesome"?

Agent Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson)will need to transport a witness to LA from Hawaii to testify against a sadistic gang leader. They let off a decoy charter flight and borad on a commercial line instead. So they comandeer South Pacific Flight 121 (the logo font of South Pacific looks very much like Cebu Pacific's, I'm sure I'll remember that the next time I fly..) They are outsmarted by their guy and he loads the plane with hundreds of differet varieties of snakes in a cargo box. They also spray the passenges' complimentary leis with pheromones to agitate the serpents. The result is an unprecedentedly scary flight of reptilitan proportions.

True enough, there wasn't much advertising, and it may have been the reason why it only made $13 mil opening day. But for a film that only cost $35 mil to make all in all, let me repeat, with minimal to no advertising, it's doing pretty well.

It eas also said that some of the dialogue was taken straight out of internet fans who replied to Ellis' invitation to help him write the story. This might be the dawning of a new age in cinema where the fans have some sort of say in the film's outcome. Whether this is a good thing or not, still remains to be seen.

But the real question is, "is it any good"? Well, have you seen Tremors? That campy horror movie about gigantic carnivorous earthworms starring Kevin Bacon back in the early '90s? I remember seeing that movie in HBO and enjoyed the heck out of it. I got the same feeling when I say Snakes On A Plane. One thing you should NOT do is take it seriously. There is no way snakes of that quantity can pass airline security nowadays sure. But its a moooovie. And it is made sure that we are reminded that it is. Over all it's fun and full of one dimensional characters and ugly snakebite wounds. And it's got the Samuel Jackson we all love!

Rocketboy's Rating= **** (4 out ot 5 stars)


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