Friday, December 15, 2006

Snakes on a ... Whatever

I just saw the infamous and instantly forgotten "Snakes on a Plane," which is really no good. That much was a given from the second the title was announced. But unlike, say, the giddy b-movie "Anaconda," "Snakes on a Plane" is unfortunately not the good kind of no-good. Which is to say, it's just no fun, and illustrates the difference between silly and ridiculous. "Anaconda" was silly. "Snakes on a Plane" is just ridiculous, crass and craven in how it stuffs itself full of gratuitous violence (not even snake related!) in an effort to justify its R rating and also its premature manufactured hype.

I mean, suspension of disbelief is one thing. But a bad guy sneaking dozens of deadly, pissed off snakes onto a plane - including what appears to be a 30-foot anaconda? If you're going to go through the trouble, why not just blow the plane up? I mean, come on!

For my money, the best Sam Jackson b-horror flick is "Deep Blue Sea," in which he gets eaten whole right in the middle of one of his trademark righteously indignant speeches. Now *that's* funny.


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