tek's rating: ¼

Snakes on a Plane (R)
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So, this came out in 2006, but I didn't see it til 2012. I remember before it came out though, thinking it sounded awesome because of how ridiculous it sounded. And at some point, I downloaded the theme song by Cobra Starship... which is just plain awesome. But that was on my old computer, which doesn't work anymore. So just before watching the movie, finally, I downloaded the song again... this time I actually paid for it. And dammit, the version I used to have included a line from the movie at the very end of the song, which I loved, but the version I have now doesn't have that. Boo! Boo, I say! Anyway, I originally had my review under "action films", and later moved it to "B-movies", but when I started a category for disaster movies, I decided to move my review there.

The movie is basically made of redonkulousness, and it's kind of a rarity in that it has the feeling of being simultaneously played straight and played for laughs. Naturally the people making it know how redonkulous it is, but... at the same time, it is a disaster movie kinda deal. People are dying and stuff, so it's serious. Um... anyway, it starts out in Hawaii, where this surfer named Sean witnesses a lawyer being killed by a mob boss named Eddie Kim, whom the lawyer was prosecuting. Later, thugs show up at Sean's home to kill him, but he's rescued by an FBI agent named Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson). They have to fly to Los Angeles so Sean can testify against Kim. There are of course a bunch of other passengers, with the sort of personalities you'd expect to find in a movie like this (it kinda reminded me of The Poseidon Adventure). Anyway, Kim has arranged for a ton of different kinds of poisonous snakes from around the world to be loaded onto the plane and driven crazy by pheromones. And once the snakes get loose, they start killing people. So it's up to Flynn to not only protect his witness, but everyone else on the plane. Though he also gets some help from a flight attendant named Claire. Actually, there were a few flight attendants, but she was the main one. There's also an FBI agent on the ground named Harris, who is in occasional contact with Flynn, and does whatever he can to prepare for dealing with the situation once the plane lands in L.A. ...Assuming it does. Because seriously, everything that possibly could go wrong, does.

Oh, I should also mention that the movie is famous for one of Jackson's lines, which I think I heard had been made up by fans online before the movie even came out, and then incorporated into the movie. Because there was a lot of internet hype for the movie beforehand. Seriously, how could anyone not want to watch a movie with this title, and starring Samuel L. motherf***ing Jackson? Honestly, it's not a great movie, but it's better than you might think. The humorous aspect is entertaining enough to carry the movie, but the serious aspect... isn't that bad.

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