On September 16, the Dietrich Theater will be hosting a Science on Screen event. Naturalist and WNEP outdoor life personality Rick Koval will be at the theater with an ensemble of live snakes. Make sure to check the theater website for more information on the event. And, as part of the event, the 2006 campy horror flick “Snakes on a Plane” will also be showing.
In the 2006 movie, FBI agent Nelville Flynn boards a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, escorting a witness to trial. An on-board assassin releases a crate of deadly serpents in an attempt to kill the witness.
Flynn and a host of frightened passengers and crew must band together to survive the slithery threat.
“Snakes on a Plane” is an entertaining and fun movie that is an amusing good time. This 2006 movie delivers some very fun moments and a bit of humor. The movie can be quite cheesy and predictable, yet you won’t mind the amount of cheesiness with all the fun you will have watching the movie. Plus, it’s really enjoyable seeing THE Samuel L. Jackson trying to battle a bunch of snakes and then says his most infamous line from the movie when he is just “had it” with the snakes on the plane. “Snakes on a Plane” really reminds me of some of the “B” movies that have been released over the years, which is what the filmmakers were trying to make the movie feel like — a cheesy, yet entertaining “B” movie.
The cast: Samuel L. Jackson (Spider-Man: Far From Home) as Neville Flynn, Julianna Margulies (The Upside) as Claire Miller, Nathan Phillips (Chernobyl Diaries) as Sean Jones, Rachel Blanchard as Mercedes, Flex Alexander (The Hills Have Eyes 2) as Three G’s, Lin Shaye (The Grudge) as Grace, Sunny Mabrey as Tiffany, Kenan Thompson (SNL; Trolls World Tour) as Troy and David Koechner (Netflix’s F Is For Family) as Rick, among others. “Snakes on a Plane” is written by John Heffernan and Sebastian Gutierrez (The Eye) and directed by David R. Ellis (Shark Night 3D; The Final Destination).
When “Snakes on a Plane” was announced to be in development, it generated a lot of pre-release interest online, mainly from its B movie-esque title alone. Taking advantage of the Internet buzz for what had been a minor film in their 2006 line-up, New Line Cinema ordered five days of additional shooting so that way the additional scenes could help earn the movie an R-rating. More than 450 snakes were used for filming to represent 30 different species. Quite a few of the snakes were also either CGI or animatronic.
“Snakes on a Plane” is rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and drug use, and intense sequences of terror and violence and has a running time of 105 minutes.
The “Science on Screen” event will be on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Make sure to call ahead and reserve seating due to the limited seating that the theater can currently offer.