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Snakes on a Plane (2006)



Critic Consensus: Snakes on a Plane lives up to its title, featuring snakes on a plane. It isn't perfect, but then again, it doesn't need to be.

Movie Info

Forget terrorists or hijackers -- there's a handful of deadly assassins aboard a jet liner and they don't even have arms or legs in this airborne thriller. Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is an FBI agent handling what seems like a routine assignment -- serving as bodyguard for Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), a Hawaiian surfer dude who is flying to California to testify in a high-profile criminal trial after witnessing mobster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson) murdering one of his underlings. However, Flynn's job gets a lot more challenging when he discovers Kim's associates don't want Jones to talk, and have devised a unique way to ensure his silence. A cache of highly dangerous poisonous snakes has been hidden on board the jet, and is released using a timed mechanism once the flight is well underway. The snakes quickly attack several members of the flight crew and are eagerly eying the passengers when Flynn decides its time to get medieval on the reptiles. Also starring Rachel Blanchard, Benjamin McKenzie, and Mark Houghton, Snakes on a Plane was produced under the title of Pacific Air Flight 121, but in several interviews Samuel L. Jackson expressed his enthusiasm for the script's original title, Snakes on a Plane, and the high-concept moniker quickly made the film's title and theme a favorite with bloggers and on Internet fan sites all over the world. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language, a scene of sexuality and drug use, and intense sequences of terror and violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez, John C. Heffernan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 2, 2007
Box Office: $33.9M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Samuel L. Jackson
as Neville Flynn
Julianna Margulies
as Claire Miller
Nathan Phillips
as Sean Jones
Rachel Blanchard
as Mercedes Harbont
Bobby Cannavale
as Hank Harris
Flex Alexander
as Three G's/Clarence D...
Kenan Thompson
as Troy McDaniel
Keith Dallas
as Leroy BuBois
Lin Shaye
as Grace Bresson
Bruce James
as Ken Cosette
Sunny Mabrey
as Tiffany Engelhard
Casey Dubois
as Curtis Brown
Daniel Hogarth
as Tommy Brown
Gerard Plunkett
as Paul Oswald
Terry Chen
as Chen Leong
Mark Houghton
as Agent John Sanders
David Koechner
as Rick `Arch' Archibal...
Todd Louiso
as Dr. Steven Price
Tom Butler
as Captain Sam McKeon
Kevin McNulty
as Emmett Bradley
Samantha McLeod
as Kelly Mack
Taylor Kitsch
as Kyle `Chocodile' Cho
Ann Warn Pegg
as Viola Bova
Byron Lawson
as Edward `Eddie' Kim
Darren Moore
as Kraitler
Scott Nicholson
as Daniel Hayes
Candice Macalino
as Flower Girl
Crystal Lowe
as Autograph Girl
Agam Darshi
as Jennifer Branalin
Darryl Quon
as Man in Suit
David Neale
as Navy Dad
Mi Jung Lee
as Minna Sugimoto
Kyle Alisharan
as Airport Worker
Drew Wicks
as Passenger No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Snakes on a Plane

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (43)

Intentional low camp always seems wrong unless it's very funny; in trash, one wants clumsiness, even a certain tackiness, and this movie has the production values and the high-tech fluency of a much bigger movie.

August 28, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

A movie about snakes on a plane does not need to be straightforward; it only has a shot if it is either genuinely scary or so incredibly over the top it's funny. Snakes on a Plane is neither, but maybe Snakes on a Boat will be better.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

Few studio-supported films match its B-movie nirvana of stupid-goodness. It's exactly what its title suggests and more ? the proof in the primal levels ranging from basic exploited fears to the crowd?s roaring reactions and howls of humor or horror.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010

A snarky genre exercise and its own late-night sketch parody, it parades nothing so much as the force of the public's lowered expectations

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Although the film's production company New Line retooled the movie from a PG-13 to an R rating with ideas and dialogue from web fans, "Snakes On A Plane" is a boring ride.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009

It hurts so good. Mike, Cro, Tom, we need you...

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Snakes on a Plane

Sure, hate me for saying this, but "Snakes on a Plane" is a good film in my opinion. No, not great, but there is this certain dumb charm the film has down to it's core that really made me enjoy watching it. Samuel L. Jackson is awesome in his role and the supporting cast could have been so much worse. You go in expecting snakes on a plane, and that is literally what you get, with a few human elements thrown in before and after which helped the films backbone a bit. It will never stand the test of time, and I will eventually grow out of enjoying it most likely, but it is a fun movie that I can watch over and over again. But yes, if you do not know what you are in for, just know, it is very very dumb and the effects are barely acceptable by 90's Hollywood standards. Overall, it's an enjoyably dumb movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


I love this film. It's a modern 'B-Film'. if films were still presented in double features this would be lower film but I have a strong belief that most B-Movies are way better than their feature. This film came in at the right time, it helped to bring Samuel L. Jackson back into the fame he diserved by giving an amazing performance and another actor who really shined was Kenan Thompson. Before this film, to me, he was just the Good Burger employee in Kenan & Kel and a minor player in SNL. This film really put him on the map. There are other really good performances but let me just say, 'dont take this film too seriously'. This film, or at lease I feel, gives a sence of owning to it's cheesy title but not too cheesy to be a parody film. Far from a perfect film, but a pretty fun way to spend 106 minutes.

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

I cannot stress to anyone reading this review how hard it is for me to see why people didn't like this movie. Everyone I know loathes it! It's good ok. Simply because you get what you went to the cinema or popped the disc into your dvd player for. Snakes on a Plane. It makes good use of its budget and large cast of characters. My ONLY! criticism is that there isn't much development for the characters and that might have made this film a critically acclaimed success rather than a (less than deserved!) mixed to favourable review. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that would have ever happened. Because the show would always be taken by the snakes. The reason watch the film in the first place.

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Directors Cat

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