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Movie Review – Snakes on a Plane (2006 – United States)

Updated on June 14, 2012

Don't blame the snakes for this turkey!

Snakes on a Plane is a poignant cautionary tale about a diverse group of smart, well-meaning and innocent snakes who are abducted, drugged, and forced onto a plane with a bunch of humans, all of whom are clear and obvious morons.

You really want to watch this movie? Seriously? Okay, here you go, knock yourself out:

Even the trailer is unintentionally hilarious:

The snake is saying, "Hey, are you going to eat those peanuts?" a line that was edited out of the movie


A band of snakish brothers

Sensing their peril in being at the mercy of the idiotic humans, the snakes—although of many different species, backgrounds and ethnicities—band together in a valiant but doomed attempt to wrest control of the plane from the whining, self-involved humans.

A snake minding its own business


Single-handedly dumbing down the FBI

Leading the imbecilic human herd is FBI agent Neville Flynn (played by the utterly shameless Samuel L. Jackson, a decent actor who evidently says, “Yes!” to every script that crosses his desk, since his impossibly long list of credits includes the astonishingly terrible The Exorcist III, The Return of Superfly and Jumper).

Samuel L. Jackson , who has denied that he was paid extra for each time he said "G**D*****" during the course of Snakes on a Plane


An awful movie in search of a less-terrible ending

Tinseltown rumor has it that an alternate ending to Snakes on a Plane was shot in which the plucky snakes win, fly the plane to a suitably tropical location and create a new society in which they all live happily ever after, contently coexisting and amiably sharing meals made from whatever stupid human wanders into their midst. Alas, the producers instead saw fit to use a sad ending in which the snakes—who I was rooting for from the opening sequence—die horribly and needlessly. For that reason, this is not a film for young or impressionable snakes, or for humans of any age, since it is arguably even a worse movie than Jumper, which is saying a lot!

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A snake having a really bad day


Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.

Directed By: David R. Ellis

Written By: John Heffernan

In Theaters: Aug 18, 2006 Wide

On DVD: Jan 2, 2007

Box Office: $33.9M

Distributed By: New Line Cinema


Samuel L. Jackson - Neville Flynn

Julianna Margulies - Claire Miller

Nathan Phillips -Sean Jones

Bobby Cannavale - Hank Harris

Flex Alexander - Three G's

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Minnetonka - The odd thing about Snakes on a Plane is that I thought it would be inadvertently funny, campy way, yet it managed to not be that, either--sort of a cinematographic feat for a movie will a premise this silly. Thanks for the great comment!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Love your sense of humor in your review on 'snakes on planes.' I never saw this movie because, well, just the title made me laugh. I did however hear from friends that saw it that it was 'pure crap' as you put it in your poll. LOL

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Thanks, yes, I've been looking at your hubs and am impressed!As far this review, the easiest movies to write about are the really good ones and the really bad ones.

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Yes, I was only in it for the snakes....actually, I watched it because I was told it was very very funny. Either the 'friend' who told me that was messing with me, or he was speaking of the unintentional hilarity with which this picture is filled.

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      Samuel L. Jackson's famous angry quote from this movie made the film an internet hit months before it was released. But it wasn't the box office smash everyone expected, proving you just can't trust internet buzz.

      I bought it on DVD off the cheap racks a year later. I like snakes. :)

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