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Snakes on a Plane

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Snakes on a Plane
I've had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!
Genre: Action
Directed By: David R. Ellis
Written By: David Dalessandro
John Heffernan
Sebastian Gutierrez
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson
Julianna Margulies
Nathan Phillips
Bobby Cannavale
Rachel Blanchard
Photography: Color
Distributed By: New Line Cinema
Release Date: August 18, 2006
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $33 million

Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America.


FBI agent Nelville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) boards a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, escorting a witness to trial. An on-board assassin releases a crate of deadly serpents in an attempt to kill the witness. Flynn and a host of frightened passengers and crew must band together to survive the slithery threat.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main problem with that the movie had no reason to exist. In addition, the idea of snakes being on a plane. Well... Yes, that's the idea, which makes the whole story very pointless indeed.
  2. To get the cat out of the bag: the CGI of the snakes. It's been known to be pretty atrocious, to the point it makes all of the snakes look very fake and unconvincing.
    • To add to this, they don't even act like snakes. They don't slither, they don't crawl, they don't do anything a snake does. All they do is they crawl around like they're in a video game, acting like cartoon snakes.
  3. It's just another generic and a very cheesy action movie that was extremely overhyped by the public.
    • Even after all of the internet hype, the movie fails to build up to expectations.
  4. The movie is overloaded with overreacting, especially from Samuel L. Jackson's character Nelville Flynn.
  5. This movie will lead you to be asked a few many questions such as:
    • Who is the snake guy?
    • Why would snakes have the cell phone on the plane?
    • Why would even anyone put snakes on a plane without noticing it?
  6. Most of the movie's just fan-service to the younger male audience. What's even worse is, it's usually out of place and distracting as well.
  7. None of the parts are too scary at all. It's just plain boring. There's no suspense, or any fun, or any funny moments throughout the entire flight. It's just camp throughout, and not in a good way for this movie at all.
  8. Aside from Flynn's famous line and Samuel L. Jackson's self-deprecating, over-the-top performance overall, his dialogue is banal and dull. In fact, all of the dialogue is quite bad.
  9. It can't decide which genre with Comedy-thriller, and the genre doesn't even really know what it's trying to be, a comedy, a horror, or an action film, or, maybe all together, probably.

Good Qualities

  1. "Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!"
    • The line on the TV version with "I have had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!", which it's still funny too.
  2. The soundtrack that was performed by Trevor Rabin is pretty decent.
  3. Much like some other movies on this wiki such as The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, That's My Boy, Jack and Jill, The Room, and Freddy Got Fingered, this movie has earned a reputation for being "so bad, it's good" and has become more likeable over the years, especially to action movie fans and/or fans of Samuel L. Jackson for these reasons:
    • The cheesy, dumb, stupid and cartoony action scenes. Action scenes that would appeal to fans of the Fast and Furious films and/or the Expendables films.
    • The nonsensical, silly and chaotic premise. Snakes on a plane?
    • And especially, especially Samuel L. Jackson's performance as Neville Flynn. In fact, over the years since this movie came out, both critics and audiences have hailed his performance in this film one of his best performances in his whole, entire career alongside his performance as Jules in the much more superb Pulp Fiction. And of course, it's possible that Jackson made his performance deliberately bad as he was playing a self-deprecating version of his typecast characters, let alone himself. And let's not forget his infamous line mentioned above. And even the man himself is aware of this.
  4. Also, in relation to the above quality and it's accompanying reasons, it's possible that the film was made to be bad on purpose, much like Hubie Halloween (and that has a page on the Greatest Movies Wiki). In essence, it could be the Hubie Halloween of Samuel L. Jackson's entire filmography.


Critical response

The movie was released on August 18, 2006 and received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, but was not well received by the audiences, and the moviegoers, The film currently holds a 69% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 177 reviews, with an average score of 6.23/10 and the consensus: "Snakes on a Plane lives up to its title, featuring snakes on a plane. It isn't perfect, but then again, it doesn't need to be." on the same site, it had a 49% audience score rating on the same site. However, On Metacritic, it scores a 58/100 "mix or average reviews" with a 7.4/10 User score rating on the same site and a 5.4/10 rating on IMDB.

External Links


  • The famous line appears edited in the book Dog Man and Cat Kid.


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