Monday, August 21, 2006

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane (or SoaP, as it is being called) delivers exactly what it promises. It is cheesy, campy entertainment and you will know whether you will like it or not, even before the film starts.

The film's title is pretty much its plot. Samuel Jackson is an FBI agent escorting an eye-witness to a crime, from Honolulu to LA. The eye-witness has seen a mobster kill a lawyer and so the mobster has arranged for crates of snakes to be loaded on the plane and released when the plane is in mid-air. The passengers' leis have been sprayed with pheromones that make the snakes more aggressive and once they're out of the crates, all hell breaks loose.

Soap is a by-the-numbers disaster film and so is completely predictable. Once we've met the characters, we know exactly who will be living by the time the end credits roll. So the question is not who will die but how they will die and when. And with a variety of scary snakes, the director has a lot of options. Some of the deaths are pretty nasty but the director never makes us forget that we aren't supposed to take the film seriously.

The film helped me see for the first time, the concept of 'fans' in USA. Seeing a Tamil film with a big star the first few days is fun mainly because of the hero's fans. You may not hear most of the dialogs but you will get caught up in the festive spirit and enjoy the film, whatever your opinion of the hero may be. Hollywood has its own stars and superstars but the concept of fandom doesn't exist there. So seeing SoaP was a rather unique experience.

Outside the theater, a bunch of kids were playing with toy snakes and one of them was wearing a T-shirt with the film's name on it. Samuel Jackson's first appearance was treated with claps, with the loudest noise being reserved for his most famous line (which appears pretty late in the film).


At 12:35 AM, Blogger Mysorean said...

Thanks Balaji,

I am not much of a english-movie goer, and this review adds to the aversion that the title builds in me.

Why did u watch it?

At 7:44 AM, Blogger rads said...

Snakes creep me out as a general rule. I thought it's pretty much the crappy science fiction kinda genre, and very surprised that Samuel Jackson actually wanted to be in it.

I saw the trailer-song on the movie's official website and that was quite entertaining.

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Epdiyo Poayi Paathutu Vandhuteenge...:-)
Venaam paa...naan padam paathutu vandhu "kadavule kadavule"-nu sollittu varra, en veetla naan paamba paathena ille.......paathena-nu sandhega paduvaange!

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

paambu padam, padam edukkara paambu - rendum ennala paarka mudiyadhu!


At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a do they manage to load all these snakes in the plane and how do the snakes actually manage to come out of the crates?

I am not questioning the logic of it and am just curious as I can never bring myself to watch this movie. Someone, please tell me!!

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

adi, thats what i meant when i said "u'll know if u'll like the film even before it starts". if the title creates aversion, then people won't even go to it. but if u go expecting a certain kinda movie after seeing that title, thats exactly what u'll get :) as for why i saw it, check the post 'coming soon - snakes on a plane' :)

rads, they creep out most people i think :) but as long as they're behind bars or on a movie screen, i can't help looking at them :)

ram, aaha... thalaivar padam thaan exampla :)

SK, lol. nice pun... wish i'd used that somewhere in my review :)

anon, the snakes r in crates in the baggage compartment. they don't go into much detail on how they managed to load them without detection. as for coming out of the crates, there was a timer on the crates that broke the crates open when the plane was in midair :)

At 6:02 AM, Blogger srivat said...

They was a 'Snake week' sometime last week in Discovery Channel/NGC(dont remember).Not sure if you had a chance to watch it.There was one particular show on King Cobras in the Agumbhe.An awesome show on the whole.Reading these posts thought you might also have liked it.:-)


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