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Snakes On A Plane - And the verdict is...

Samuel L Jackson in Snakes On A Plane

Compiled by Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary By Samuel L. Jackson, Director David R. Ellis, Producer Craig Berenson, Associate Producer Tawny Ellis, VFX Supervisor Eric Henry, Stunt Co-ordinator and Second Unit Director Freddie Hice; Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director David R. Ellis, Producer Craig Berenson and Associate Producer Tawny Ellis; Snakes On A Plane (Bring It) – Cobra Starship with The Academy Is…, Gym Class Heroes and The Sounds – Music Video; Pure Venom – Behind The Scenes Documentary; Snakes On A Blog – Featurette Documenting The Film’s Fan-Based Buzz; Meet The Reptiles – Featurettes About The Snakes Featured In The Film; Gag Reel; VFX Featurette; Trailers & TV Spots.

AFTER weeks and weeks of speculation, fan anticipation and hype, Snakes On A Plane finally slithered its way into cinemas in the US and UK on Friday (August 18, 2006).

David R Ellis’ movie hadn’t been shown to any critics ahead of its release date as part of distributor New Line’s decision to let the fans see it first.

As such, rumours were rife that the film actually sucked and wasn’t worth seeing.

But as newspapers and periodicals frantically rushed their journalists into cinemas to catch the film with the paying public, early word suggests that Snakes On A Plane is…. ok!

Empire Online, for instance, pretty much summed it up as exactly that, insisting that it’s “okay, but not as likeable as, say, Piranha, Tremors, Slither, Anaconda, Eight-Legged Freaks or the 1973 TV movie Horror at 37,000 Feet.”

While Total Film magazine wrote: “As expected, not much more than highly calorific clag, but get over the guilt and gorge away. Come on. You know you want it.”

It added: “Still, it’s all foreplay for the line: that line. It feels tacked on – and it was. But when Big Sam finally booms it out, you’ll want to whoop with the fanboys.”

In America, the Hollywood Reporter wrote: “So in the crudest terms, Snakes on a Plane delivers on its promise. This is a coolly efficient, tongue-in-cheek horror-comedy about poisonous snakes on a rampage at 30,000 feet. The snakes sink their fangs into a tongue, eye, penis, breast and ass. A boa even tries to swallow a man. A very large man.”

And Time Magazine opined: “The director, David R. Ellis, is not exactly Alfred Hitchcock – he’s often messy in his stagings – but as his picture rattles along its thrill a minute flight plan he does manage to induce a certain amnesia about its preposterous premise.”

Newsday‘s critic, meanwhile, stated: “Being as susceptible to over-the-top gratuitous absurdity as the next person, I had as good a time watching the movie as I did listening to the shrieking and hooting from the audience – both to join in the fun and keep fears at bay.”

There were negatives of course, best summed up by Rolling Stone which concludes this overview by noting: “[We] have SoaP to remind us of what a B movie can be when it’s produced with utter contempt for its target audience.”

So why not ssss-lide on down to your local multiplex and make up your own mind if you haven’t already…