Snakes on a Plane
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Snakes on a Plane can be found here.

While escorting surfer dude Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), witness of a murder committed by notorious gangster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson), on the South Pacific Airlines red-eye flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles, FBI agent Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is forced to fight off a cargo load of venomous snakes unleashed on the Boeing 747 by Kim and his thugs in order to bring down the plane and prevent Jones from testifying.

Snakes on a Plane is based on a screenplay contributed to by writers David J. Taylor, John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez and David Dalessandro.

The co-pilot accidentally releases the oxygen masks in the passenger compartment, and the snakes drop into the cabin with them. Later, Agent Flynn discovers, while crawling into the cargo hold, that a door that separated the compartment from the rest of the plane had been left open.

The snakes in the cargo hold have tripped the breaker that controls the air conditioning in the passenger cabin, so Agent Flynn ventures into the hold to rectify the problem (and kill a few more snakes along the way). Meanwhile in L.A., Agent Harris (Bobby Cannavale) and Dr Stephen Price (Todd Louiso), an expert in venomous snakes, have determined from the photos of the dead snakes that many of them are from foreign countries and, thus, have been illegally imported. They pay a visit to a local snake dealer who has been known for shady dealing in the past. In attempting to flee, the dealer is bitten by a desert black snake, and the agents withhold the anti-venom until he tells them how he got the snakes for Eddie Kim and made them super aggressive by spraying pheromones on the passengers' leis. They then take his anti-venom supplies to LAX so that it will be available when the plane lands. Just when it looks hopeful that things are going to work out, it is discovered that the cockpit is filled with snakes and that the co-pilot is dead. There is no one to land the plane, so flight attendant Claire (Julianna Margulies) asks the passengers if anyone can fly the plane. The only one with any flight experience, over 2,000 hours on his Playstation 2 flight simulator, is Troy (Kenan Thompson), an old friend and bodyguard to rapper Three Gs (Flex Alexander). In order to clear the cockpit of snakes, Flynn instructs the passengers to secure themselves in their seats. He then shoots a hole in one of the cabin windows, causing the cabin to depressurize and sucking out all the snakes. When the snakes have been cleared from the cockpit, Troy takes over the controls and successfully lands the plane at LAX where anti-venom is immediately given to those who have been bitten. However, just as Sean and Flynn are about to deplane, Sean is bitten in the chest by a snake. Flynn shoots the snake, and Sean opens his shirt to reveal a bulletproof vest. Sean reminds Flynn of the first thing Flynn told him: "Do as I say, and you live," and turns the tables. In the final scene, Sean is instructing Flynn on how to surf.

According to Wikipedia, such a hole would merely generate a high-pitched squeal. However, if they somehow managed to make a much larger hole, the plane could be depressurized in less than a second.

He apparently did. Jackson signed on simply for the title, "Snakes on a Plane" and, when New Line said they might change it, Jackson supposedly threatened to leave the film. He had stated that he loved the title because "it tells you exactly what the movie is about. So you know what you're going to see."

68% of critics liked the film according to RottenTomatoes, with an average score of 6.2 out of 10, meaning it has generally favorable reviews. Most people expected that the critics would hate the film, but, in the end, it received more positive reviews than bad ones.

Yes. There was immense Internet hype over the film mainly because of its title and lots of users rated it a "10" without even seeing it. The film's user rating was originally 8.4, before dropping after more people had seen it.

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