Snakes on a motherf*cking plane!

August 31, 2006

Snakes on a Plane (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417148/)

SOAP

Holy cineschlock! A summer movie that satisfies one’s desire for sex, violence, and I guess a bit of drugs (snakes on crack.. err pheromones). It’s exploitation cinema to the max, with sometimes crappy dialogue, gratuitous amounts of gore, and cheesy predictable fun. I’ve always been a fan of the B-movie, especially one that embraces its B-movie-ness. These movies are unpretentious but humble, in their own little world where the subtleties of high-art are thrown aside for grand, yet frequently low budget, visual indulgences. Good B-movies sometimes fall into the “so bad it’s good” category, and Snakes on a Plane is no exception, for it provides the entertainment one expects, making it one of the more satisfying movies of this summer.

So Snakes on a Plane is a bunch of fun, and you should see it. Beware though if you are a realist, this movie veers far from reality. From the computer graphic snakes to the silly character roles of the cast (rap star bodyguards, pretentious Brit, fat ugly woman), the movie is all jokes and fun. As mentioned in many other reviews, the snakes have an affinity for going after orifices of the human body, causing squeamish giggling among viewers. If you’re not into this sort of “so ridiculous/so gratuitous, it’s funny” gag, then this movie may not be for you. The target audience should know who they are though; the movie’s simple title is either interesting or repulsing.

If you want to have some fun at the cinema this summer, check out Snakes on a Plane! Don’t take it too seriously, because I’m pretty sure the creators didn’t.

3.5 poisonous and lethal snake bites out of 5

Next time: EXTREME ASIAN CINEMA

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