Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane

David R Ellis (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
David R Ellis's much-anticipated slither-fest certainly generated a wave of internet hype, but this by-the-numbers thriller barely surpasses the standard of a straight-to-video movie. As the gimmicky title suggests, the poisonous reptiles are let loose on a Hawaii to LA flight. Their target is Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek), the only witness in a major murder case, who is in the protective custody of FBI agent Samuel L Jackson. The script is a few one-liners short of an Airplane! sequel (and some of these were tailored to internet bloggers' suggestions), and the plot is as unconvincing as the CGI snakes that gorily strike the mile-high club's bevy of eccentric passengers. Once you're past the shock of a "snake shower" falling from the oxygen masks, repetition soon sets in, and the attacks merge into standard disaster movie fare, complete with plummeting aircraft. And, yes, stewardess Julianna Margulies does have to fly the plane.


An FBI agent is assigned to protect a witness in the trial of a feared crime boss. However, when they board their flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, the gangster's henchmen set in motion their plan to smuggle onto the aircraft and then release 450 poisonous snakes. Thriller, starring Samuel L Jackson, Julianna Margulies and Jonathan Phillips.

Cast & Crew

Neville Flynn Samuel L Jackson
Claire Miller Julianna Margulies
Sean Jones Nathan Phillips
Hank Harris Bobby Cannavale
Mercedes Rachel Blanchard
Three G's Flex Alexander
Troy Kenan Thompson
Chen Leong Terry Chen
Eddie Kim Byron Lawson
Tiffany Sunny Mabrey
Director David R Ellis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Aug 2006