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Silent Venom (2009)

Silent Venom (2009)

Silent Venom





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The only thing more terrifying than Snakes on a Plane is "Snakes on a Submarine," and that's exactly what we get in this claustrophobic, sub-aquatic thriller starring Luke Perry. Lieutenant Commander O'Neill (Perry) was piloting a retired submarine to its final port when Admiral Wallace (Tom Berenger) diverted the crew for one last mission: rescue an imperiled army research team before they meet a watery death. In order to reach the researchers and their top secret cargo while avoiding detection by a hostile enemy fleet, Lieutenant Commander O'Neill orders his crew to "run silent" in the depths. That silence is soon broken, however, when the cargo proves to be two genetically altered leviathans. Now, far beneath the ocean floor, a new kind of predator emerges to prove just how vulnerable man truly is when there's nowhere left to run. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Sanderson
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On DVD: Jun 2, 2009


Luke Perry
as Lt. Commander O'Neil
Tom Berenger
as Admiral Bradley Wall...
Krista Allen
as Dr. Andrea Swanson
Louis Mandylor
as Jake Goldin
Anthony Tyler Quinn
as Eddie Boudreau
John L. Curtis
as Lt. Commander Housto...
Robert Catrini
as Major Drake
David Andriole
as Ensign Richard Kelso
Travis Dixon
as Officer Lozano
Sam Scarber
as Captain Rogers
Haran Jackson
as Sailor Rhodes
Oliver Rayon
as Sailor Wilson
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All Critics (4)

The problem is that without a decent budget, snakes aren't that scary.

Full Review… | January 11, 2010
7M Pictures

Truly terrible film. Don't get bitten. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | July 19, 2009

Well, it's a direct-to-video Fred Olen Ray movie that's about three years too late to the Snakes on a Plane rip-off party. You were expecting good?

Full Review… | June 19, 2009

...a particularly potent exercise in bottom-of-the-barrel filmmaking virtually from start to finish...

Full Review… | June 8, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Silent Venom

Lacking the tongue-in-cheek nature of Snakes on a Plane and taking itself more seriously than most Holocaust-based films, Silent Venom is filled with wooden performances, cheap production design and yawn-inducing action, with Mark Sanderson's laughably illogical screenplay as the least of this movie's problems. Then again, if 6-8 snakes lying together on a set floor, doing absolutely nothing other than just sit there, is your idea of an unbelievably frightening movie, then you'll have a ball with this.

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Benjamin Marlatt

Esstentially "Snakes on a Sub" (the vehicle, not sandwich), this movie is about as good or bad as you imagine it is, which is my way of saying it is entirely middle of the road.

Silent Venom is about the transportation of a decommissioned submarine to Taiwan led by Captain Luke Perry (whose gotten off a court Martial by being forced to retire after this simple mission), which was assigned by Tom Berenger (who turns in a terrific performance in an otherwise useless and wasted role). The sub needs to make a pit stop to a small island where a scientist Krista Allen and her assistant work on genetically altered snakes with deadly bites, not to mention two new breed snakes that are growing at an exponential rate. Against the Allen's wishes, the assistant brings all of the snakes on board the sub, they get loose (naturally), and it becomes Snakes on a Muthafuckin' Submarine, unfortunately, there is no Samuel L. Jackson to take them on, but rather a crew comprised of Perry, Allen, and some surprisingly decent no-name actors. Overall, I was expecting something wholly different from schlock/craploitation director Fred Olen Ray (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Evil Toons, Cyclone to name a few of the hundreds of films he's worked on). Instead, Ray actually puts forth an effort to make a better than usual killer-snake movie. The balance of a cast trying to combat snakes (actual ones for the most part, no less) while overcoming military drama of surrounding enemies above them was a good mix to the story. There was average acting with barely any of it being bad (gasp!), and they didn't overdo it on the CGI, which was pleasant. As far as cons go, the ending is slightly awkward and confusing, not to mention we are treated to a gigantic snake at the beginning of the film (think King Kong proportions) that makes a kill and is NEVER seen again in the film. Talk about disappointed. It also would have been nice to see Berenger in a bigger role, like in the middle of the action. Overall, though, this wound up being better than I expected and a decent time-killer. Still, I would only recommend this to Sci-fi channel enthusiasts, or those who get a kick out of these kinds of movies.

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