Snakes On A Plane (2006) – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Snakes On A Plane
Enough is enough. I have had it with these motherhugging snakes in this Monday-to-Friday movie.

The Plot
Sean Jones (Nathan Philips) gets into heaps of trouble when he sees an infamous mobster kill a prosecutor right in front of his eyes. He runs away but it does not take long for a group of thugs to find him. Luckily, FBI agent Nevill Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) shows up just in time to save him.

At the precinct agent Flynn convinces Sean to testify in court. The only catch, he will have to fly to L.A. The FBI arranges for him to fly first class, but the mobster finds out which plane he will be in and stocks the cargo bay full with hyper aggressive snakes that get released when they are in the air.

Should I Watch It?
Snakes On A Plane is a monster movie that combines the claustrophobic elements of being locked away in an airplane with the fear of being bitten by a poisonous and carnivorous animal. There have been tons of these kind of movies before, and there will follow tons more. So what makes this one stand out?

That is easily answered: Samuel L. Jackson. Throw him into a monster movie and you know he will get the opportunity to scream. And Jackson is the best in yelling convincingly. He sounds tough, he acts tough, and he looks tough. You know he will rain hell upon whatever is coming for him. This movie is no different, and he is awesome every time the spotlight shines on him. If only if that were enough.

The biggest problem with this movie is that unlike other monster movies such as Jaws and Anaconda, there is no main threat. There is no big bad baddy. It lacks an unstoppable and seemingly invincible monster tearing through the airplane. The monsters in these movies were so scary that they gained a personality. They turned into characters themselves. In Snakes On A Plane there is no main threat to focus your fear towards. Sure, snakes can be poisonous and are scary in big numbers. But individually they are not that imposing.

Another thing is that the movie drags on. The introduction is short and strong. Our main characters get introduced and the premise of the movie gets set up. But then we get to the airport and a buttload of time is used to introduce almost twenty minor characters – and the result? We still only care about Samuel L. Jackson. Even the snakes attacking people gets old quick. It is just not unique and scary enough to fill an entire movie.

Snakes On A Plane is dull but has some memorable moments. The snakes are aggressive and kill a lot of people, so you know the passengers are in a dangerous situation, but you never feel like they are. The snakes themselves aren’t that scary. The scariest moment in the movie comes from a jump scare near the end, and you know that when a director must resolve to jump scares, that he has failed in creating an environment filled with tension and excitement. No recommendation from me.

No, don’t watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.

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