Thursday, August 17, 2006

Coming Soon - Snakes on a Plane


In a summer filled with superheroes, superstars and pirates, it is surprising that the movie I am most looking forward to is a B-movie that is releasing at the fag end of summer and is headlined by Samuel Jackson! That movie is Snakes on a Plane and it lands in theaters tomorrow. How can I not look forward to a movie whose tag line is “Sit back, relax and enjoy the fright”!

Snakes on a Plane is a film whose hype has been fueled by its fans rather than the studio behind the film or the film’s actors. It marks a new trend in that many parts of it have been developed based on its fans’ wishes and requests. For instance, the film was initially rated PG-13 but was ‘upgraded’ to R (by including swear words for Jackson, a mile-high sex scene and more violence) because of requests by fans. Even a title change was vetoed after an uproar from the film’s fans. And the fans for their part have been busy, coming up scripts, trailers and posters for the film.

But for me, interest in the film is because of its subject matter – snakes. Snakes have long held a morbid fascination for me. I am scared of them and hate their slimy, smooth looks. Just the sight of one slithering on the ground, with its forked tongue moving in and out of its mouth, is enough to make me queasy. At the same time, I can’t help looking away when I see them. It’s no wonder then that I’ve been among the first in line for movies featuring snakes, like Anaconda. I’ve even watched obscure, made-for-TV movies (anyone heard of a film called Rattled? It was shown on USA and was about rattlesnakes showing up in houses after a blast in an abandoned mine) if they featured those reptiles.

Airplanes have been the setting for many fun films (Air Force One, Executive Decision, Turbulence, etc.) and Snakes on a Plane throws snakes into the mix. So I hope it’s gonna be a fun ride…

5 Comments:

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous ram said...

man, i get nightmares when i see anything reptile-ish...i mean, real nightmares...i'm the kinda guy who wakes up at 2:00 am from a nightmare following an anniyan screening (just from those bloody leeches). kadavulley...i am not going anywhere nearrr this film...
Sivan kazhuthula irukkara paambu mattum thaan paapen! Samuel kaiyyila irukkara paamba neenge elaarum paathu bayandhu ponga...!!!

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger KK said...

Though its a nice idea to cause commotion in a plane using snakes...The concept does'nt impress me much...I think it will be just another commotion movie... :)

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Vijayeta said...

Came here via Kumari's! Love the fact that you've written about alll those movies :P
Need to drop by again and read all of them. What gives you brownie points is the fact that you liked Veer-Zaara! A film, most special to me, and I dont like people who criticise it :P

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger prakash said...

Just read its review on CNN, sounds so campy. Can't believe the hype generated by this film. Is it clever marketing by the studios, or did it just happen? Either way, someone's laughing all the way to the bank ...

 
At 11:31 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, i know just what u mean. they do make me squirm in my seat too but i can't look away either...

kk, yeah. the movie just has to deliver what it promised to make its fans happy...

vijayeta, thanx. glad u picked 'veer-zaara' to chk out. thats one of the few romantic films i liked :)

prakash, this might be 1 of the few cases where things just did happen. a few fans started talking about the film and then it just caught on. the studio then capitalized on it ofcourse...

 

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