Snakes on a Plane (2006)

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Snakes on a Plane: Directed by David R. Ellis. With Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard. An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

“Iu0026#39;m calling this an u0026quot;experienceu0026quot; rather than a u0026quot;reviewu0026quot;, because a review wouldnu0026#39;t really encapsulate how enjoyable this movie is. If I was forced to review the movie, Iu0026#39;d talk about how slow it is in the beginning, how although some of the dialog is witty quite a lot of it is hackneyed (a scene with SLJ telling JM to u0026quot;Be strongu0026quot; was especially cringe-worthy), and the climax didnu0026#39;t have a lot of tension and was a bit disappointing. Five stars out of ten sounds about right, and is perhaps a bit generous.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBut I came out of the movie with a smile on my face, because it was fun. The audience was really, really into it. When the title of the movie appeared, everyone cheered (I havenu0026#39;t seen that happen in a movie theater since Episode 1). Every over-the-top u0026quot;death by snakeu0026quot; was cheered and applauded. The people who were going to die were fairly easily identified, and people eagerly awaited their death scenes. (In a nod to the movie writers, I expected one character to die for being a complete jerk, and they surprised me by having that character survive.) And, as could be expected, when SLJ delivers his much-discussed line towards the end of the film, the audience cheered throughout its entire delivery. I laughed; it was just fun to listen to the audience.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is not a movie you download via BitTorrent. This is not a movie you watch on cable, or rent via DVD. This is a movie you watch in a crowded movie theater. Because only then will it be fun; only then will the energy of the movie and the audience make the experience worthwhile.”

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