Snakes on a Plane

2006

Snakes on a Plane

Critics 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.

69%

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Total Count: 175

49%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 463,493
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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Dewey
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' Archibald
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 (175) | Top Critics (44)

  • 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.

    Aug 28, 2006

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • All those CGI snakes can be quite shudder-inducing. But there is also something cheerfully ridiculous in the way the film switches to rubber snakes for hand-to-hand combat.

    Aug 26, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Faced with such an enthusiastic fanbase, all that director David Ellis had to do was deliver on the promise of his brilliant title, and he has done exactly that.

    Aug 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • A triumph of high-concept but low-ambition filmmaking.

    Aug 21, 2006 | Rating: C+
  • There's a certain knee-jerk impulse to bash Snakes, just because of all the ridiculous buildup, but the film delivers on its promise of reptilian fun, with a camp mix of comedy, horror and suspense.

    Aug 21, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The plot is ridiculous and the characters are cardboard, but none of that really matters once the snakes get into the fuselage and start zapping people, the very definition of entertainment.

    Aug 18, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Snakes on a Plane

  • Apr 04, 2017
    Better than Snakes on a Train.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2012
    This film has no reason to be any good but for some strange reason it's not half bad, Let's face it if Samuel L Jackson wasn't in it it would of gone straight to DVD and on the Syfy channel every month, The film never takes itself too serious, The effects were pretty poor and so was the acting, Closest to a B-movie we may see with a big star in, But it's fun, Silly and quite entertaining.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2012
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2012
    I actually saw this film on a plane and it was decent, yes it was cheesy but it had a lot of funny moments. Samuel l Jackson was a bOss, and if you look past it's thin story line you can enjoy it
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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