Snakes on a Plane: Summer’s Hottest or Silliest Flick?

Director David Ellis and scripters Chris Morgan and John Herrfenan know that two of our deepest and most universal fears are flying and getting beaten by snakes. When you combine these two phobias, you get to the essence of Snakes on a Plane.

No one can beat the campy title of New Line’s big summer release, Snakes on a Plane. Samuel L. Jackson stars in the intense action feature from director David Ellis (Final Destination 2, Cellular, both New Line Pictures), as an FBI agent who is escorting a witness on flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, when an assassin releases hundreds of deadly snakes on a commercial airplane in order to eliminate the witness. The FBI agent, along with a rookie pilot and the frightened crew, band together in a desperate attempt to survive. What adds color to the plot is the group of young and eccentric passengers, who are also forced to join in the battle against the unexpected evil.

Detailed Plot:

Kevin Jones is an average teenager with typical concerns of his age, such as dating, partying and getting into college. However, after stumbling onto the scene of a brutal organized crime execution, Jones becomes the key witness in what promises to be a major trial.

FBI agents Harris (Samuel L. Jackson), Flynn, and Sanders need to make sure Jones gets to the courtroom to testify. What they dont know is that Yakama, a top-notch assassin, has been hired prevent Jones at all costs from taking the witness stand.

Under the FBI Witness Protection Program, Jones is transferred to L.A. as the single passenger on the upper deck of a commercial 747 airliner. The other, ordinary passengers are unaware of the payload above them.

Unable to board the aircraft with weapons, Yakama comes up with a horrific yet ingenious scheme to commandeer the plane. Touching the deepest fears, Yakama turns to creatures synonymous with evil: Venomous snakes.

All hell breaks loose when Yakamas snakes invade the aircraft. Flynn and Sanders must deal with the panic-stricken passengers and crewmembers. Unexpectedly, a group of unlikely allies join forces to fight back. They include flight attendant Cindy and her flamboyant peer Ken, hip-hop star Just So and his bodyguards Two Ton Troy and Big Leroy, arrogant co-pilot Rick, and Jones himself, who now risks his life to save the passengers hes imperiled. Action also takes place on the ground level, with agent Harris and snake expert Dr. Price leading an effort to bring the plane down safely.

Combining elements of actioners, hard-core horror, and disaster movies, Snakes on a Plane is a hybrid of genres that promises to be a lot of fun, way mor fun than the Anaconda pictures, which were also successful at the bo-office.

The film stars Samuel L. Jackson (Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, Coach Carter), David Koechner (40 Year Old Virgin, The Dukes of Hazzard, Anchorman), Rachel Blanchard (Without a Paddle, Road Trip), Julianna Margulies (TVs ER), and Nathan Philips.

New Line has always had a late-summer release, and Snakes on a Plane promises to be a particular good choice for such a date, when we are all tired from watching the other top guns of the season.