Snakes on a Plane Lifts Off

The airline ban on liquids is going to look extra silly once moviegoers get a load of what Samuel L. Jackson has to deal with in Snakes on a Plane. Opening today, the New Line Cinema release just may have enough camp appeal to steal the checkered flag from Sony’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which has held the top spot for two consecutive weeks. Also opening in wide release today are Universal’s college comedy, Accepted, and MGM’s tween-targeted Hillary Duff/Haylie Duff comedy, Material Girls.

Despite being largely withheld from critics, Snakes on a Plane has received mostly fond reviews from those who have managed to catch advanced screenings. The film stars Jackson as Nelville Flynn, a government agent who gets more than he bargained for when he escorts a witness in protective custody on a flight over the Pacific Ocean. It seems an assassin has also boarded the plane with a crate full of deadly, CG-animated snakes. CafeFX handled the lion’s share of the effects work under vfx supervisor Thierry Delattre, with Hybride and Pacific Title helping out. Before even opening, the movie inspired a cheapie knock-off titled Snakes on a Train, which Asylum released on home video on Tuesday.

Opening in very limited release today are The Illusionist from Yari Film Group Releasing and Trust the Man from Fox Searchlight. Illusionist stars Edward Norton as a turn-of-the-century magician who uses slight-of-hand to woo a woman beyond his social standing. Trust the Man is a Romantic Comedy starring Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal.