Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Natural Horror, Action Thriller, Horror Comedy  |   Release Date - Aug 18, 2006 (USA)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Canada , Germany , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Audiences, prepare for lift-off -- 'cuz Snakes on a Plane is exactly the kind of crowd-pleasing romp that people were waiting for. Living up to that kind of unprecedented hype is a near-impossible feat, but Samuel L. Jackson and director David Ellis pull off a brilliantly calculated B-movie that delivers on all of the levels that it should. Ellis knows how to work his salivating viewers, that's for sure (see Final Destination 2 for more proof). Ratcheting up tension slowly and assuredly, the former stuntman-turned-director makes sure to lay out all the dominoes before letting loose with all the horrible, over-the-top mayhem one can imagine. Sure, the new recut scenes of grisly mayhem are easy to spot, but thank the movie gods they are there. This is a rollicking R-rated rush of a celebratory horror flick, one that that nails the disaster movie tone that's needed to really pay off such a hokey premise. Kudos to the casting agent who churned out a wealth of talent to carry on the silly dramatics above and on the ground, with special nods to Bobby Cannavale, David Koechner, and Todd Louiso, as well as Julianna Margulies, for selling it all with a straight face. As far as the main man himself, Sam doesn't play his role with superhero proportions, though he dishes out the iconic lines, looks, and live ammo to a perfect degree that only he could. And yes, the infamous catch phrase is indeed there, yet folks best be prepared to wait until it's finally unleashed to whoop it up. After so many self-important epic productions shoved down their throats, it's about time the masses reconnected with what having a good time at the movies is all about.