snakes on the post-9/11 allegory

by jaredmoshe
August 21, 2006 10:06 AM
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I through my $10.75 into the not so fantastic Snakes on a Plane opening this weekend. I'd actually read the script way back when I was an intern and one of the writer's was my intern coordinator. That was years before 9/11, so when I saw Dana Steven's attempt to turn the film into a post-9/11 allegory, I couldn't help but chuckle.

"And now, please return your tray tables to the upright and locked position. Because against my better judgment, I will attempt a reading of Snakes on a Plane as a post-9/11 allegory. One need not bow to allegory, really—Snakes is literally about terrorism. What else is Eddie Kim but a terrorist, bringing down an entire plane to pursue his own sick agenda? Snakes on a Plane doesn't need to be conscious of itself as a 9/11 movie to effectively function as one. It plays on all our fears—the dangers of air travel, the death of innocents, the random appearance of evil in our daily lives—but it allows us to master those fears, and, ultimately, to achieve some measure of control over them—not to give anything away, but I think you've figured out this isn't United 93. Hell, dealing with a few adders in first class would be a cakewalk compared to the al-Qaida agents we really fear."

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