snakes on a plane!
August 6, 2006
This film will either be “so bad it’s good” or just “so bad”; I can’t decide which, so it appears likely that I’ll be (nervously) settling into a screening sometime soon after it opens on August 18, with a review–oh lord, a review–to follow. To keep things interesting, I’m sure I’ll figure some way of incorporating Samuel L. Jackson’s already-banal catchphrase, “we’ve got motherf*&$@*^ snakes on this motherf*&$@*^ plane!”, into it somewhere; just looking at that line causes me to giggle uncontrollably. Heck, the title does it too.
For those who have somehow missed out on what is already a pop culture phenomenon, the film stars Mr. Jackson as a federal agent who must foil an assassination attempt involving SNAKES that have been set loose on a PLANE, a setup that all but guarantees heretofore unseen levels of both bloody violence and tasteless humor. But then, that’s sort of the point. Bearing the most literal (and most braindead) title in recent memory, the film has inspired ridicule from critic-types (that’s me) and a strange anticipation from virtually everyone else.
Mr. Jackson has devoted himself to an unprecedented agree to the promotion of the film, even exclaiming at this year’s MTV Movie Awards, “I’m guaranteeing that Snakes on a Plane will win best movie next year. Does not matter what else is coming out. New James Bond… no snakes in that! Ocean’s 13… where my snakes at? Shrek the Third… green, but not a snake. No movie shall triumph over Snakes on a Plane.” Most recently, he has lent his voice to a website allowing users to send personalized messages to their “friends”, exhorting them (in no uncertain terms) to go see “what might be the best motion picture ever made!”
The lunacy here is staggering, but you have to admire a film that so openly mocks the prevailing concept of what a “good” movie is. The movie has balls, as Stephen Colbert would say, and in Snakes on a Plane‘s case, the results could be sublime.
–D. S. W.