November 04, 2005

Serpentine Aviation

You're probably like me. You have blogs that you like to check every day to see if something new has been posted. Some are by random people and some are written by your friends. Well, I go through my blog roll mostly every day to see what's happening in the lives of my friends.

Several weeks ago, one of my friends wrote about Snakes on a Plane. I thought it was an amusing post because Chico Bangs is a good writer - I generally like everything he writes because he writes well. But sometimes it takes me a few reads before I really get what someone is writing. My reading comprehension is good but not what it used to be. Maybe stress or age or whatever have contributed to my intellectual decline but I didn't get it until now just how ludicrous an idea it is to make a movie about snakes on a plane.

Here is the plot. (found at
On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who's a witness in protective custody, let loose a crate full of deadly snakes.

So - if we are to suspend our disbelief, an assassin (presumably a contract killer) is going to try to kill someone on a plane with snakes. So someone who is smart enough to be a murderer for hire without ever getting caught is killing someone on a plane. Instead of waiting until he gets to the final destination to kill him with something conventional like one of those rifles with the laser site from a rooftop, he is going to go through the time and expense of getting a license to transport snakes, getting a false I.D., figuring out how to get the snakes into the plane from the cargo hold, etcetera.

It's possible that this movie is being made as a combined spoof of airplane disaster and horror films and if that's the case then the premise is just perfect.

But if not, the producers could be going for some kind of "worst movie ever made" award.

I don't know. I know I'm late to the game on this one. That people have been taking pot shots at this movie even though it hasn't yet been released.

But that's what I felt writing about.

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