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Snakes on a Plane (2006)
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"At 30,000 feet, snakes aren't the deadliest thing on this plane."
"Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the fright."
"Airline food ain't what you gotta worry about."
"I have had it with these motherf***ing snakes on this motherf***ing plane!"

Everything you really need to know about this movie is right there in the title. There are snakes. There's a plane. And there are snakes on the plane.

This is not a great movie, to put it gently, but nevertheless it is an essential part of the snake movie canon. Or it would be if there was such a thing. The plot is basically idiotic, but you couldn't expect anything different from a movie with this title.

At the last minute possible, gangsters manage to put boxes full of snakes on a plane leaving Hawaii in order to kill one of the passengers, a witness who is flying to L.A. to testify against the gang's boss, who he saw kill someone. (Why use snakes to kill an entire plane full of people when they only want to kill one man? The boss claims they tried all the other options. Fortunately for lovers of bad snake movies, the screenwriters didn't.) The gangsters also sprayed snake pheramones flowers filling boxes that were put on the plane with the snakes. The pheramones will drive the snakes crazy and make them want to bite as many people as possible in the most gruesome ways. The snakes are somehow automatically set free in the baggage compartment and they immediately crawl all over the plane.

The plot isn't really very important, because the only reason anybody is watching this is to see lots and lots of vicious deadly snakes killing as many people as possible, and biting them in some of the worst ways you can imagine. Mission accomplished. One couple is fanged to death in the middle of joining the mile high club in a bathroom. Other passengers are attacked by snakes that come up from the floor, out of their purse, and over the seats. Snakes fall down from the oxygen masks, smash through overhead lights, and spring out of an air sickness bag when it's about to be used. (That's enough to make anybody puke.) Fortunately, the airplane's microwave oven has a "snake" setting so one of the flight attendants can explode snakes inside it. Samuel Jackson's F.B.I. agent also finds some creative ways to kill snakes - he uses a stun gun, a bathroom plunger, a homemade flame thrower made with a spray can and a cigarette lighter, and finally his handgun, after the plane lands.

The funniest line is not exactly in the movie. It's Samuel L. Jackson's notorious line after it is over-dubbed for censored TV version as he screams: "I have had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane!"

Most of the snakes we see are computer-generated cartoonish monstrosities with huge fangs.We're talking some really bad CGI. They're the typical kind of unrealistic snakes we always see in movies, and they're accompanied by too much sound design with constant hissing sounds and explosive sounds when the snakes strike. And it goes without saying that they behave like no snakes would ever behave in the real world. Along with the bad fakes, we also see a few real live snakes in the background - corn snakes, milk snakes, king snakes, pythons - the usual movie assemblage of harmless species of snakes found in any pet store.

Check out Screen Junkies great honest trailer for the movie.