Thursday, 25 July 2013

Review : Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane -  A tight spot thriller, in which an FBI agent takes a plane journey,  full of some unexpected guests, a group of deadly and poisonous snakes. Deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

Hello Film Fans

Welcome to my newest film review, in today's review I have chosen a tight spot thriller, starring Samuel L Jackson, 'Snakes on a Plane'.

The film was released back in the summer of 2006. It did pretty well, I'm sure it stands up as being a pretty successful movie, I certainly enjoyed it. I think the idea was good, if your wanting to come up with an idea for a new thriller, why do a film set on a plane, and have deadly snakes on that plane with them. That's a really good idea for a tight spot thriller movie, it can entertain as well as excite. The title 'Snakes on a Plane' though it does what it says on the tin, it's to the point, punchy and an exciting title, so very well chosen title.

The Storyline to 'Snakes on a Plane' entails of a young man - Sean Jones who whilst practising motocross in Hawaii,  witnesses the brutal murder of an important American prosecutor, by a powerful and untouchable mobster Eddie Kim.

He is protected and persuaded by the FBI agent Neville Flynn, who strongly suggests that Sean testifies against Eddie in Los Angeles. They embark in the red-eye Flight 121 of Pacific Air, occupying the entire first-class section.

However, It's not all plain sailing, as Eddie dispatches hundred of different species of snakes airborne. At a set time operated device in the luggage to release the snakes on the flight with the intent of crashing the plane. Neville and the passengers have to then struggle to avoid the snakes and survive.

As you can tell, the storyline arouses the interests of viewer to want to go and see it. The snakes themselves are computerised and accomplished with CGI. They looked to me quite animated and not so much believable as they could have looked, however if it looks like a snake, that's all the viewer needs in order to know what it is, I'm just pointing if you notice, they do look off - putting.

It is arguably said that this film is quite over dramatic, which I would agree to disagree upon, in some places yes, but it is just trying to fulfil it's purposes of being a thriller. It's nothing you can blame the film for as being a let down. In other ways it fails to gain interest, for example the first couple of minutes are a little hazy, it takes a while for the real action to start, and when the action does start, it never stops and lasts until the last few minutes. The director did a very good job at keeping the pace going, not excelling the limit of going to quickly, the action very much progresses all the way through.

Performance wise, you have Samuel L Jackson, who is probably the most experienced and well known actor in the cast. He was great. I really enjoyed the performance he gave, he was funny, serious and never let the two compare. You can tell he had a great time making that film.

The director on 'Snakes on a Plane' David R. Ellis; did a great job at fulfilling the needs of an action movie, I thought he did a very good job. As I said earlier he did a good job at keeping the pace going, he knew what he wanted the actors to do, which is always a good thing. He came across to me as being a very clear director who presented his ideas well, and communicated very much all of what he wanted to communicate.

 Overall 'Snakes on a Plane' It's a film in which you need to make up your own mind on, should you go on to watch it. It's all very well just saying my opinion, but really it really is up to you, what you think. Hopefully you'll agree with me, or maybe you'll have a different opinion to mine, entirely.

It is in my opinion, a very good film - 6/10

1 Gold Star to Samuel L Jackson

NEXT TIME : I will be reviewing 'Sherlock Holmes' starring Robert Downey Jr as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr Watson. An interesting film, one I have mixed views about which I will go into more detail about when I review it.

I will review it on Saturday the 27th of July 2013.

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