Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane, or 'SoaP' as it's now being coined, made 15.3 million this weekend, becoming the leading movie in Canadian and US theatres! It's not surprising considering buzz around the film, which is pretty much summarized by the title and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson is in it. It has replicated like a meme and slithered into every corner of the internet. I haven't even seen the film, yet I already feel like it has wrapped itself around me, with Jackson's wildly infectious, inflecting voice screaming "I'm sick of all these motherf$%king snakes on this motherf#$king plane!"

Yes, it may just be the dumbest movie of the year, and the most notorious. That's what summer time cinema is apparently all about.

But there is something brilliant about it too. They've done an excellent job marketing, making it fun both to love it and hate it. I have friends who have made a point of boycotting the movie and making sure that everyone knows it. That's advertising too. Either way, it may be impossible not to feel passionately about this movie. Considering how many 9-11 documentaries there have been this year, by utilizing the now familiar symbol of planes and their associated terror along with something completely unrelated and ridiculous and archaically symbolic of evil: snakes, the idea is laughably provocative. It just resonates so well! That's timing, baby. In a way, it works as a parody of a serious political movie turned campy horror flick for a large enough target audience of people who may believe world affairs have just gotten so terrible they're willing and yearning to laugh about them as cathartic relief.

Here, send someone a personal message from Samuel L. Jackson, who claims this may be the most important film of the year. I stole this link from Jeff. Put in a little info about the person you are going to send it to via email or phone and Samuel will tell them to go see the movie, or else...
UPDATE: Apparently someone interested in giving movie-goers a real scare unleashed two diamondback rattlesnakes into the screening of Snakes on a Plane in Phoenix, AZ. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the snakes were later re-released to the desert. Read the article here

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH NO!!!!


what's wrong with everyone??? SNAKES ON A PLANE...I mean the name alone is just ridiculous, let alone an entire movie about it.

Good Lord.

i left u a voice mail and a text.

12:11 p.m.  
Blogger Lorena said...

you're funny and i agree - it looks stupid- i watched an interview with samual jackson in where he mentioned that the title was perfect. i think it's stupid but then maybe it reflects the film...:) instead go out and see Little Miss Sunshine. i absolutely LOVED LOVED that film.

3:54 p.m.  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Well, I'm a Samuel Jackson fan, but I'll take a pass on this bit of Hollywood culture. It might be one of those movies that's so bad that it's good--in the Ed Wood realm, but I doubt it.

9:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok it's possibly TOMORROW if u can swing it. he's in the t.dot, captain bee and we're supposed to meet him for dwinks.

call me tomorrow around 1pm and we'll know if it's happening or not....but no biggie, we can always do it another time, cuz it might not work out for HIM tomorrow anyway. xo

10:55 p.m.  
Blogger Carmel said...

I have heard about this, i'm not watching it because I fly alot on planes, and although I have touched some friendly snakes in my time, I dislike most of them :)

11:06 p.m.  

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