Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Snakes On A Plane

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68% (Critics) / 55% (Audience)
Directed By: David R. Ellis
Written By: John Heffernan
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Marguiles, Nathan Phillips, Bobby Cannavale
Studio: New Line Cinema

Synopsis: An FBI agent has to save the passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii from the deadly snakes released on the plane as part of a plan to stop the witness under his protection from testifying against a mob boss.

The Good:
The only reason to see this movie is Samuel L. Jackson. He stands at the forefront of this awesomely bad movie as Samuel L. Jackson basically being Samuel L. Jackson. True he’s not stretching to put forth a great, award-winning performance but its plain to see that he’s enjoying himself a whole hell of a lot and as a result you start to enjoy yourself a little bit too even though you know you shouldn’t.

The Bad:
Every movie cliche you could think of is used in this flick and not with even a hint of subtlety or nuance. And some of the performances were absolutely dreadful. After watching Flex Alexander try to be convincing as rapper Three G’s it is pretty easy to see why he is doing non-speaking parts in Verizon ads nowadays.

The Ugly:
Those CGI snakes were laughable.

Final Verdict:
The best word to sum up the experience of SNAKES ON A PLANE has to be preposterous.
You have a movie that in all rights should be a straight to cable affair starring Lorenzo Lamas and Shannon Tweed that somehow got a big name star and a big time budget to become a lot more fun than it had any right to be thanks in no small part to Jackson’s performance and the overall vibe that everyone involved in the making of this movie understood that they were making a future subject of a drinking game. C+

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