Listening To The Hissing

Snakes on a Plane--a title that definitely bites

Citizen Kane, Brokeback Mountain--those are movies with artistic intentions. Their titles allude to a complicated protagonist or an evocative setting and promise more intricacies when the lights go down. Snakes on a Plane is a different kind of movie. It's about snakes. On a plane. The snakes bite people. The end. "I knew I was going to do the movie when I saw the title," says Samuel L. Jackson, who plays an FBI agent escorting a mob witness on a doomed flight to Los Angeles. "I think I have an audience member's sensibility, and the title just puts it all right...

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