SNAKES ON A PLANE
Release Date: August 18, 2006
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna
Margulies, Nathan Phillips,
Bobby Cannavale, Flex
Alexander, Kenan Thompson,
Sunny Mabrey, Todd Louiso, and
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: David R. Ellis
Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich, Justis Greene,
Sandra Rabins, Penney
Finkelman Cox, Stokely
Chaffin, and George Waud
Producer: Gary Levinsohn, Don Granger
and Craig Berenson
Writer: John Heffernan and Sebastian
Address Comments To:Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
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The movie opens in Hawaii where a young man on a motorcycle, Sean, witnesses the brutal murder of a Los Angeles prosecutor who’s on vacation. Sean can identify the killer, an Asian L.A. gang leader, Eddie Kim. Sean doesn’t report the crime because he learns that Eddie has Honolulu cops on the payroll.
Neville Flynn, an FBI agent played by Samuel L. Jackson, saves Sean from being assassinated. He encourages Sean to fly back to the mainland to testify against Kim. Flynn and his partner commandeer the first class compartment of a commercial flight, but Kim’s agents have placed tons of poisonous snakes in the cargo hold to bring down the plane. To enrage the snakes and get them into the passenger and cockpit area, Kim’s henchmen insert a special scent into the plane’s air conditioning system. They spray the scent on the Hawaiian flowers given to the departing passengers to do this.
Kim’s plan works. The snakes kill many of the passengers and the pilot, but Flynn, the flight attendants, and the remaining passengers have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Besides strong foul language throughout, SNAKES ON A PLANE has an erotic sex scene with nudity. In that scene, a snake bites the woman’s naked breast. There are a few other crude sexual elements, but the movie also contains plenty of very strong action violence, including some gruesome scenes where the snakes bite and kill people.
The worldview, however, is a strong moral one, with plenty of heroics from Flynn, the pilots, the flight attendants, and the passengers. Also, one passenger with a baby is clearly a Christian who helps a couple people, even though someone makes a lewd comment about her in one scene.
Taken separately, most of the movie’s immoral content probably would only rate an extreme caution. Taken together, however, such content deserves an unacceptable rating of Minus Three. The filmmakers may please some of their potential audience by including so much R-rated content in their movie, but such content will turn away many others once the word gets out.
SNAKES ON A PLANE is what its title suggests. It also contains plenty of heart-pounding heroics. It would be the ultimate summer popcorn movie were it not for the decision to insert so much R-rated material into its content, including strong foul language, gruesome violence, an erotic sex scene, and explicit nudity.