Snakes on a Plane

I first saw a preview for this ridiculous movie in the theatre before X3. While it was close to being the best part of my time in the theatre, it left me wondering: what is the story behind this movie?

And not what is the plot – the plot, climax, and culmination of this film are explained in the very title. I wanted to know why this movie came to be and for what reason. Oddly enough the title and preview made me wonder and question the movie, all the while making it so I would have to see it.

The preview I’m talking about is on YouTube. When it came on in the theatre the audience cheered. I was excited too, but at the time I didn’t really know why. When I first heard about the movie, I assumed it was just a bad movie. A really bad movie.

With that in mind, and after seeing those teasers, I had to see the movie. I was expecting to see a movie that was really bad – but what I was taking for granted was that someone would attempt to make the movie good. This was not the case. Snakes on a Plane was written and created as a dark comedy, one that isnt supposed to really be good by basic film standards. Plot, reality, and coherence aren’t important in these kind of movies; ridiculousness is key, even admired. Think Cabin Fever.

Is it really worth pointing out all the horribly wrong things in the movie? Is it worth pointing out the dozen or so screamingly obvious product placements? Should it really be brought up that a jumbo airliner was able to bank along the water’s edge and stop nearly on a dime? Nope. It doesn’t matter. The movie wasn’t made with any intention of keeping anything straight or pretending to rise to any level. (Come on, one of the first snake bites in the movie it bites a woman’s…well, you know)

The movie ended up (as much as I hate it) planting itself securely out of the realm of where I can safely (read: in good conscience) scrutinize it. Sure, by my standards, it was no good. In many ways it was offensive. It wasn’t funny in any way I could be proud of telling other people about. Then there’s the acting and character (ha!) development…so predictable and cookie-cutter, it felt like I was watching some indie flick on the sci-fi channel.

Some interesting facts I found out while reading about the movie, though. Originally it was only PG-13 and they later went back and shot an extra five days in order to drag the rating to R. I wonder if they spent all five days on the really (really) long love scene. In either case, I heard they even added Jackson’s line “I’m tired of these Mother…” (you know the line!) after it was brought up on the internet. Apparently there was a joke spreading involving Sam Jackson in the movie role he usually plays – angry – set against Snakes on a Plane. Someone within the production of the movie liked it, so it was added.

Is it still a cult film if the directors/producers/company does all it can possibly do to make it a cult film?

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