History Film / SnakesOnAPlane

30th Jun '17 8:38:59 AM Generalcamo
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The movie turned out exactly as ludicrous as the premise and title sound, and it [[RefugeInAudacity reveled in its]] SoBadItsGood-ness, with cheesy glowing effects, {{Gory Discretion Shot}}s, and many snakes. When the studio wanted to give it a [[ExecutiveMeddling serious title]] (''Pacific Air Flight 121'') and turn it into a more serious horror/action film, Jackson threatened to quit the project altogether. When the absurd title gained popularity with Internet nerds and became [[MemeticMutation a huge online meme]], the studio turned the film into a dark-comedy horror/action film, refilmed several scenes to add new lines (including the now-infamous [[ThrowItIn page-topping quotation]]), and had the rating upgraded from PG-13 to R to accommodate the newfound audience. While the nerd-hype failed to translate into large-scale box office success, ''Snakes on a Plane'' did ultimately make a profit.

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The movie turned out exactly as ludicrous as the premise and title sound, and it [[RefugeInAudacity reveled in its]] SoBadItsGood-ness, with cheesy glowing effects, {{Gory Discretion Shot}}s, and many snakes. When the studio wanted to give it a [[ExecutiveMeddling serious title]] (''Pacific Air Flight 121'') and turn it into a more serious horror/action film, Jackson threatened to quit the project altogether. When suggested they change it back when the absurd title gained popularity with Internet nerds and became [[MemeticMutation a huge online meme]], the meme]]. The studio turned responded by turning the film into a dark-comedy horror/action film, refilmed several scenes to add new lines (including the now-infamous [[ThrowItIn page-topping quotation]]), and had the rating upgraded from PG-13 to R to accommodate the newfound audience. While the nerd-hype failed to translate into large-scale box office success, ''Snakes on a Plane'' did ultimately make a profit.
23rd Jun '17 9:25:11 PM Sharlee
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* BizarreAlienSenses: Several shots depict the snakes' POV with distorted, streaky monochrome, although it's unclear if the images are meant to incorporate vipers' thermographic senses or just snakes' meager eyesight.
23rd Jun '17 9:20:16 PM Sharlee
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* BellyScrapingFlight: Although the plane doesn't actually ''touch'' the water's surface, the near-fatal dive that Claire and Flynn have to pull up from comes so close that the jets' backwash sends up huge sprays of water in its wake.
7th Jun '17 7:25:23 AM xcountryguy
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* ChekhovsGun: The cobra drawing one of the little boys does in the middle of the movie [[spoiler: which he uses to identify the snake that bit his brother at the end]].

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* ChekhovsGun: The cobra drawing one of the little boys does in the middle of the movie [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which he uses to identify the snake that bit his brother at the end]].



* CrashCourseLanding

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* DeathInTheClouds
* [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on a Plane With Snakes on It]]
* DramaticLandfallShot

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* MileHighClub

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* OrificeEvacuation
* PacManFever: A console flight sim isn't complex enough to teach anyone how to fly a plane. A game like VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator might, but there aren't really any flight games on consoles sophisticated enough to simulate real flight; it would be the equivalent of learning how to drive with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. See IKnowMortalKombat above.

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* PacManFever: A console flight sim isn't complex enough to teach anyone how to fly a plane. A game like VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator might, but there aren't really any flight games on consoles sophisticated enough to simulate real flight; it would be the equivalent of learning how to drive with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. See IKnowMortalKombat above.



* SuckOutThePoison

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6th Jan '17 11:46:22 AM Pilomotor
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* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, when the plane safely lands, Sean is about to exit the plane but one last snake is on his chest. Neville thinks fast and shoots the snake dead... but hits Sean in the chest in the process. It briefly seems as if the whole movie was for nothing, until it's revealed that Sean was wearing a bullet proof vest and is just fine.]]

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* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, when the plane safely lands, Sean is about to exit the plane but one last snake is on appears suddenly, latching onto his chest. Neville thinks fast and shoots the snake dead... but hits Sean in the chest in the process. It briefly seems as if the whole movie was for nothing, until it's revealed that Sean was wearing a bullet proof vest and is just fine.]]
20th Dec '16 12:00:24 PM speedyboris
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early in the film, it's established that Three G's dislikes being touched and is a bit of a germaphobe. Later in the film, when the air goes off in the plane, he's the one to snap and ''almost shoots Neville''.
20th Dec '16 11:52:43 AM speedyboris
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* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, when the plane safely lands, Sean is about to exit the plane but one last snake is on his chest. Neville thinks fast and shoots the snake dead... but hits Sean in the chest in the process. It briefly seems as if the whole movie was for nothing, until it's revealed that Sean was wearing a bullet proof vest and is just fine.]]
--> '''Neville''': Stings like hell, doesn't it?\\
'''Sean''': Yeah!
22nd Sep '16 5:53:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Flynn.
27th Jun '16 1:26:57 PM illbeback312
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The 2006 [[ScareQuotes "]]PsychologicalThriller[[ScareQuotes "]] ''Snakes on a Plane'' does pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), who becomes an accidental witness to a murder of a prosecutor, gets hunted by Hawaiian gangsters, so the FBI puts him under the escort of agent Neville Flynn (Creator/SamuelLJackson) as he flies from Hawaii to California to testify. The gangsters come up with an unusual method of trying to bring the plane down: they unleash snakes on the plane during the flight to try and bring it down before it gets to California. Lots of people die, sacrifices get made to save lives, and Flynn kicks reptilian ass.

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The 2006 [[ScareQuotes "]]PsychologicalThriller[[ScareQuotes "]] ''Snakes on a Plane'' does pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), who becomes an accidental witness to a murder of a prosecutor, gets hunted by Hawaiian gangsters, so the FBI puts him under the escort of agent Neville Flynn (Creator/SamuelLJackson) as he flies from Hawaii to California to testify. The gangsters come up with an unusual method of trying to bring the plane down: they unleash motherfucking snakes on the motherfucking plane during the flight to try and bring it down before it gets to California. Lots of people die, sacrifices get made to save lives, and Flynn kicks reptilian ass.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Snakes in reality act NOTHING like the snakes on this plane.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Snakes in reality act NOTHING like the motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane.



* ClosestThingWeGot: Troy is not a pilot but when both pilots are killed by snakes, he is forced to land the plane. Flynn even tells MissionControl this.

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* ClosestThingWeGot: Troy is not a pilot but when both pilots are killed by motherfucking snakes, he is forced to land the motherfucking plane. Flynn even tells MissionControl this.



* HateSink: Being a killer-animal story, there's Paul, a businessman who is obnoxious for the sake of being obnoxious and only exists so the audience can cheer when he dies. In contrast, the guy who put the snakes on the plane simply disappears from the narrative entirely because there's no believable way to put him on the plane after takeoff, and extending the action beyond what the audience came for would have probably induced EndingFatigue.

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* HateSink: Being a killer-animal story, there's Paul, a businessman who is obnoxious for the sake of being obnoxious and only exists so the audience can cheer when he dies. In contrast, the guy who put the motherfucking snakes on the motherfucking plane simply disappears from the narrative entirely because there's no believable way to put him on the plane after takeoff, and extending the action beyond what the audience came for would have probably induced EndingFatigue.



** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: The villain releases a bunch of snakes onto a single plane to catch one kid who may have been the witness to the murder he committed. One of his lackeys questions whether or not it was all worth it, and he responds, "Don't you think I've exhausted every other option?!"

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: The villain releases a bunch of motherfucking snakes onto a single motherfucking plane to catch one kid who may have been the witness to the murder he committed. One of his lackeys questions whether or not it was all worth it, and he responds, "Don't you think I've exhausted every other option?!"



* KickTheDog: A quite literal example appears when the snakes are let loose on the plane and one businessman throws a SpoiledSweet's chihuahua into their path so that he can get himself out of there safely. Made especially bad as the dog in question had earlier saved its owner by driving the snakes away from her while she was unconscious, and to top it off it was a futile move as the massive snake swallowed it whole in less time than it took to throw the poor thing. Have a nice KarmicDeath, buddy!

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* KickTheDog: A quite literal example appears when the motherfucking snakes are let loose on the motherfucking plane and one businessman throws a SpoiledSweet's chihuahua into their path so that he can get himself out of there safely. Made especially bad as the dog in question had earlier saved its owner by driving the snakes away from her while she was unconscious, and to top it off it was a futile move as the massive snake swallowed it whole in less time than it took to throw the poor thing. Have a nice KarmicDeath, buddy!
26th Jun '16 5:20:59 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* PacManFever: A console flight sim isn't complex enough to teach anyone how to fly a plane. A game like VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator might, but there aren't really any flight games on consoles sophisticated enough to simulate real flight; it would be the equivalent of learning how to drive with VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV. See IKnowMortalKombat above.

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* PacManFever: A console flight sim isn't complex enough to teach anyone how to fly a plane. A game like VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator might, but there aren't really any flight games on consoles sophisticated enough to simulate real flight; it would be the equivalent of learning how to drive with VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV.''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. See IKnowMortalKombat above.



* UnsatisfiableCustomer: When Paul the businessman is told that First Class is unavailable, he complains that he won't be able to reach his meeting on time. The stewardess snarks that the plane will arrive at the same time regardless of his seating arrangements. The blonde girl with the dog isn't much better, asking if it's safe.



* VillainExitStageLeft: Eddie Kim, the gangster who released the snakes, disappears completely from the film after releasing said [[ExpospeakGag eponymous limbless reptiles onto the aforementioned fixed-wing aircraft]]. But it's mentioned that, in their hunt to find the antivenom, the authorities gathered enough evidence to charge Eddie with attempted murder for the whole flight...to the point that his only choices after a trial will be the needle or the gas chamber.
** The novelization actually has him tortured to death by a sexy, sadistic Triad assassin sent by his superiors. She chains him to a hotel bed and threatens to inject him with pure cobra venom, albeit after doing things to him that she claims will have him begging for the venom before she's through.

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* VillainExitStageLeft: Eddie Kim, the gangster who released the snakes, disappears completely from the film after releasing said [[ExpospeakGag eponymous limbless reptiles onto the aforementioned fixed-wing aircraft]]. But it's mentioned that, in their hunt to find the antivenom, the authorities gathered enough evidence to charge Eddie with attempted murder for the whole flight...to the point that his only choices after a trial will be the needle or the gas chamber.
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chamber. The novelization actually has him tortured to death by a sexy, sadistic Triad assassin sent by his superiors. She chains him to a hotel bed and threatens to inject him with pure cobra venom, albeit after doing things to him that she claims will have him begging for the venom before she's through.
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