The Double Feature: Versus crew takes a look at “SNAKES ON A PLANE”
FBI agent Nelville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) boards a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, escorting a witness to trial. An on-board assassin releases a crate of deadly serpents in an attempt to kill the witness. Flynn and a host of frightened passengers and crew must band together to survive the slithery threat.
“Snakes on a Plane” is high camp. Meaning that by the title alone, one knows what kinda crazy romp they are entering themselves into. Kinda the same as hearing a title such as “Cocaine Bear” or “Sharknado”. As much as this film is high camp, it’s also peak profane Sam Jackson. His infamous line – “I’m tired of these muthafucking snakes on this muthafucking plane” – next to his infamous performance in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction” cemented this man as the cinematic swearing king. The man knows how to weave profane, irreverent dialogue like no other thespian. “Snakes” has a great, healthy mix of camp, horror, action and comedy. It flows well and sticks to the point in its 106 minute runtime. The film never aims to be more than what it is nor fall short on its most intriguing, absurd premise – there are snakes and they’re on a plane and oh, are they awesome. Another great thing of note is a nice supporting turn by an early Bobby Cannavale and funny supporting turns by David Koechner and Kenan Thompson.
3 / 5
When a B movie knows exactly what it should be doing and does it well, thats when we get movies like “Snakes on a Plane” on our laps. The movie doesn’t have any surprises, and gives exactly what you are expecting. After being seen by a local named Sean, the cartel does what it can to stop that person from being able to testify against them in court. How do they go about doing that though? Well they put a bunch of various venomous snakes on a plane that Sean is going to be on in hopes it will lead to his death. The only person there to save Sean though is FBI Agent Neville played by the legendary Samuel L Jackson. Thats the movie, they are on a plane filled with venomous snakes trying to escape the situation by any means necessary. The writers of the movie knew what they were doing, they understood how absurd the premise of the movie would be and they took it to the places it needed to go. The action is there, the comedy is there, and the acting is there for a solid B movie.
3 / 5
Double Feature: Versus Podcast
Check out Blak and Brad’s full thoughts on SNAKES ON A PLANE as well as COCAINE BEAR on the latest episode, available to listen to now!
Double Feature VS is a podcast series in which two friends Anthony and Brad step in front of the mic and clash heads, come together, break up, and come together again on the subject of two competing films on each episode. Directorial debut vs Sophomore slump (or success), critically acclaimed vs fan-favorite, original vs sequel, blond vs ginger, ebony vs melanin, etc. The possibilities? Endless. The arguments? Futile. The debates? Epic (also humorous). The combination of audio material, written film reviews and video commentaries (all found on doublefeaturevs.com) are all part of what makes this a great new series for cinephiles, moviegoers, movie lovers and everybody in-between.