Words By S.

Tuesday, 22 August 2006

Snakes On A Plane.

Filed under: Film — S @ 9:53 am

As a movie lover, I have seen a multitude of different films ranging between genres, budgets, target demographics and so on and so forth. Over the years, I have been in and out of a multitude of different theatres. I have been in and out of a multitude of different types of crowds. I have even been to a multitude of different movie events.

Never before have I experienced anything even remotely close to the magnitude of Snakes On A Plane.

To preface – I had been anxiously anticipating and awaiting the film’s arrival for a year. It started from the very moment that I heard about it. Back before, “motherfucking snakes!” was written into the script. My excitement permeated my environment and caused my friends to be excited about it as well.

We just knew that we would have to see this opening night.

On Thursday, 17 August, at 10:00 p.m. a friend and I loaded into the car and hustled down to the theatre where we would have the most amazing movie-going experience in our personal histories.

The theatre was packed. Chock full of people that were as excited and anticipatory as ourselves. In fact, you could feel it in the air. It was akin to that feeling you get before getting on the most exciting and terrifying rollercoaster ever – sort of queasy with butterflies in your stomach, yet at the same time absolutely thrilled and sweating with intrigue.

The lights dimmed, the previews came and went, and the opening credits started.

The most deafening cheer came when the name Samuel L. Jackson came up on screen. The only thing to make that one pale in comparison is the cheer and applause that occurred when “Snakes On A Plane” appeared on screen.

From there, it was just waves and waves of hysterical comments – “Shut the fuck up and get on the plane already!” – and applause and laughter, with moments of silence in between.

At the end of it, the entire theatre erupted in applause, whistles, shouting, and everything else you could think of, to show appreciation.

And everyone wanted to do it all over again.

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