SNAKES ON A PLANE is just what its title suggests: an FBI agent played by Samuel L. Jackson helps a plane load of people fight off gobs of poisonous snakes put on board to eliminate a witness testifying against an evil gang leader. It would be the ultimate summer popcorn movie were it not for the decision to insert plenty of R-rated material into its content, including strong foul language, gruesome violence, an erotic sex scene, and explicit nudity.
SNAKES ON A PLANE is just what its title suggests. It would be the ultimate summer popcorn movie were it not for the decision to make the movie R-rated with an excessive accumulation of strong foul language, somewhat gruesome violence, an erotic sex scene, and explicit nudity. The title alone is a brilliant piece of Hollywood marketing strategy.
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.
(BB, P, C, PaPa, LLL, M) Strong moral worldview about putting criminal in jail, testifying against murderer and gang leader, and heroically saving passengers threatened by snakes on a plane with some positive American content about the FBI and a positive but minor Christian character, mitigated by strongly depicted immoral, pagan behavior by some passengers on the plane that’s in danger; 52 obscenities (including many “f” words), eight strong profanities, 10 exclamatory profanities, urine shown streaming into toilet bowl with snake crawling inside, and some other scatological humor; very strong scary and action violence with blood includes snake bites woman’s naked breast, implied snake bite on man’s penis and camera reverses viewpoint to show man grasping snake’s head on his crotch, snake bites woman in the eye, snakes bite arms and necks and faces and other parts of people’s bodies, man impaled, body sucked out of plane, large snake constricts man and starts swallowing his head, people chop or stab snakes, man bitten by snakes in airplane lavatory smashes the back of his skull against the wall as he convulses during snake attacks, gruesome snake bites and swollen dead bodies from snake bites, man tasers snakes, man shoots a couple snakes, people bat snakes away with luggage and laptops, snakes threaten baby, dog and two young boys, poisonous snake crawls into woman’s clothes, snakebite on boy’s swollen arm cut open and venom oozes out before woman sucks out the poison, implied murder of prosecutor with baseball bat that includes some blood splattering on killer, etc.; depicted fornication and sexuality in lavatory between one couple with nudity, some crude sexual comments, passionate kissing, co-pilot makes light sexual comments about female flight attendants, and effeminate male flight attendant has hot and sexy girlfriend; shots of upper female nudity including shot of snake biting woman’s naked breast, some female cleavage and some upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking and couple smokes marijuana; and, lying and a couple plane passengers are rude to other passengers.
In SNAKES ON A PLANE, Sean, a young man in Hawaii on vacation, witnesses the brutal murder of a Los Angeles prosecutor also on vacation. Sean can identify the killer, an Asian gang leader from L.A., Eddie Kim. Sean doesn’t report the crime because he learns Eddie has cops on his payroll. Neville Flynn, an FBI agent, saves Sean from being assassinated. Flynn 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. Kim’s henchmen have inserted a special scent into the plane’s air conditioning to enrage the snakes. Kim’s plan works, but Flynn, the passengers and the flight attendants have some tricks up their sleeves.
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.