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Along Came a Spider
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After an obligatory prologue in which its detective hero suffers a tragic professional setback, Along Came a Spider sets about its business of luring the viewer into its nefarious plot, relying on the magician's technique of misdirection to reveal a double-whammy surprise. The clever, late-coming plot twist is a bit too mechanical but effectively unexpected, making this a satisfying prequel to the hit thriller Kiss the Girls--based on the first of James Patterson's Alex Cross detective novels--and a welcomed addition to a promising movie franchise. It's no better or worse than a good vintage episode of Peter Falk's Columbo, adhering closely to the mystery-thriller's time-honored traditions, but with Morgan Freeman settling comfortably into his role as seasoned sleuth Alex Cross, familiar formula is given fresh vitality.

When a senator's daughter is kidnapped from her high-security private school, the kidnapper (nicely played by the underrated Michael Wincott) draws Cross into the case, knowing that the psychologist-detective's involvement will bring high-profile publicity. Cross partners with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) who botched her assignment, but wait... the movie's got a rabbit in its hat... and that rabbit has an ace up its sleeve... and director Lee Tamahori (who brought similar intensity to The Edge) handles the sleight-of-hand with slick precision, dispensing just enough information to keep the viewer off guard without resorting to cheap manipulation. Don't look for much depth of character here, but Along Came a Spider is well served by everyone involved. It's the movie equivalent of a bestseller you'd impulsively buy at the grocery-store checkout, and on those terms it succeeds. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • Though not a masterpiece, a movie worth watching
    Along Came a Spider brings sheds light on detective Alex Cross as he tries to solve the snatching of a U.S. Senator's young daughter whose kidnapper seems to have a particular interest in him...
    Morgan Freeman is amazing in his respective role though the rest of the cast fail to follow with the exception of young Mika Boorem who seems to have quite a bit of potential.
    The setting, the plot, the dialogues, and the music are all good, but nothing extraordinary.
    In a nutshell, it's probably not a movie you would want to add to your collection, but it will provide for an evening's entertainment.
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  • Fantastic adaptation of James Pattersons book!!
    Once again, Morgran Freeman plays Dr. Alex Cross with such believability. I can't ever see his as any other character except Dr. Cross. I read the book before I saw the movie and I was very impressed with the movie adaptation. It is true to the book and the actors/actresses were really good. Monica Potter also plays her character very well and the acting chemistry between her and Morgran is great. I love the twists and turns in this story and am really hoping that they will make another James Patterson book into a movie really soon....more info
  • Along Came A Spider
    This movie is exciting from the beginning to the end. I thought is was one of the best I have seen with Morgan Freeman. It holds your interest because it is fast paced and there is no lull in the middle because when the action starts you just want to keep watching to see what is going to happen next. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes Morgan Freeman and lots of excitement....more info
  • "Personally I happend to like spiders" Alex Cross says.
    Once again, Morgan Freeman delivers a wonderful part as Alex Cross. This movie keeps your going till the very end. Morgan Freeman could sell toilet bowls, and they be great!!! I reccomend this movie to any, any Morgan Freeman fan!!!!!...more info
  • This was great
    Can anything that Morgan Freeman is in be bad?

    The two characters that made this whole movie worthwhile were those of Dr. Alex Cross and "Mr. Sonneji" (I forget the name of the actor who played the role, but I have seen him before and he makes a great bad guy).

    Some parts of the movie stretched the imagination, but it was something that had a good number of twists. Enough to keep a viewer interested but not so many that a person would become confused....more info
  • Very good, but not excellent.
    This film bears a great likeness to "Kiss the Girls" and "Double Jeopardy." It's very suspenseful and quite surprising. The plot takes a few twists throughout the film, making it easy to stay interested.
    Morgan Freeman is great as his usual intellectual hero, and Monica Potter does well in this suspenseful drama/thriller. I'd reccommend it to anyone who like the two movies mentioned above or "Bone Collector."...more info
  • an enjoyable diversion
    I took a chance on this movie because it stars Morgan Freeman and my experience is that he is a good, reliable actor. That opinion was not challenged by his performance in "Along Came a Spider". This movie starts out with a bang and doesn't slow down much after that. The plot gets a little complicated at times and I'm not sure I can tell you why everything that happened did happen. However, the action and the twists and turns make this an enjoyable two hours. It suffers somewhat by the typical thriller complaints; everything had to happen just so in order for the events to unfold the way they were planned to. There was a lot relying on the right split-second decisions being made and, with children involved, correctly predicting their moves at the right time. My kids complain that I always ruin a good movie by pointing out the improbabilities of various plot directions. Thus I will not belabor the point here. With that in mind I think that this is a movie that has plenty of action with a somewhat cerebral plot. If you enjoy that type of movie you will enjoy this one as well. I would give it a 3 1/2 but it falls short of a higher rating....more info
  • Very Disappointing
    I read along came a spider and when I saw the movie I was really disappointed about how the movie went it had nothing whatsoever to do with the book. Movies will pretty much follow a storyline dealing with the book but this movie wasn't one of them. I would hope that a movie coming out after the book would be good but I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this movie. ...more info
  • Police Drama
    A good movie with an excellent cast. Recommending this particular movie adult audience fans of both Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman....more info
  • Wonderful suspense movie- Morgan Freeman- what else can you want?
    This movie is FANTASTIC. I'm not a big fan of spiders and I don't like scary movies (I've never seen "Kiss the Girls" that this one is compared to by other reviews). I was initially a little leery of watching it, but I'm thrilled that I did.

    There are a lot of other reviews on here stating the plot, so I just want to add that Morgan Freeman's acting is fabulous, the story line keeps you guessing and you'll be very glad to have seen this if you're in the mood for a great drama with some action thrown in.

    I've watched it over and over, as it's just that good.

    Happy watching!...more info
  • Wonderful suspense movie- Morgan Freeman- what else can you want?
    This movie is FANTASTIC. I'm not a big fan of spiders and I don't like scary movies (I've never seen "Kiss the Girls" that this one is compared to by other reviews). I was initially a little leery of watching it, but I'm thrilled that I did.

    There are a lot of other reviews on here stating the plot, so I just want to add that Morgan Freeman's acting is fabulous, the story line keeps you guessing and you'll be very glad to have seen this if you're in the mood for a great drama with some action thrown in.

    I've watched it over and over, as it's just that good.

    Happy watching!...more info
  • Disappointed
    The movie was good and Morgan Freeman was excellent as the star. However, I had just finished reading the book and was anxious to see the movie. Imagine my disappointment, when the movie did not even resemble the book in the slightest way. Do yourself a favor, and read the book! You won't be disappointed. I am surprised that James Patterson would allow a total change of his plot....more info
  • What a Tangled Web!
    A kidnapped victim, a police detective in need of redemption, a rookie secret service agent in search of a mentor, a perverted villain: this movie has all the elements of a good psychological thriller. So why does it fail, so miserably? It's probably because the spider is so concerned with casting a complex web that it gets tangled in the process. In the middle of the movie, various plot twists lead the movie into a different direction that's not in the least bit compatible with its beginning. True, it makes the story unpredictable; it also makes the events in the story highly improbably, and the characters highly inconsistent. There are a few intense, dramatic moments, such as the scene where the police detective (played aptly by Morgan Freeman), aided by electronic tracing devices, attempts to deliver the ransom, following the kidnapper's cryptic instructions from one phone booth to another, with barely enough time to get from point A to point B. But that's about all that's redeeming in this movie.

    The rest of the movie is a complete nonsense. The smart cop commits a stupid error (by shooting and killing the only one person who can lead him to the victim); good cops reveal that they're not that good after all (but no convincing explanation is given). It seems to me this spider starts out as a kidnap-and-ransom thriller, then becomes a relationship drama (an experienced cop and a rookie developing an emotional, tactical codependency), but finally transforms into something about inevitable destiny ("You do what you are," announces the villain). Not even Freeman can untangle this messy web. This spider really bugs me--and not in a good way....more info

  • Disappointment if you were really into the book
    If you were a HUGE fan of this book by James Patterson, then keep in mind this is merely based off the book. There are parts that are left out of the movie that could've otherwise been included. The story is the same but other things could've been differentiated.

    Matt Whittman plays Gary Soneji, a kidnapper at a private school who kidnaps the senator's daughter. Morgan Freeman plays Detective Alex Cross on his trail. Monica Potter plays Jezzie Flanagan, Cross' alias in getting Soneji.

    I guess the first annoyance of this movie is that its only "based" off the book. So a lot is changed around. The beginning starts off with Cross' partner (and it isn't Sampson for those of you who read the book) in a car with a killer and eventually action comes into play and she's soon killed off merely 5 minutes into the movie (not including the opening credits). There's the attention grabber...unfortunately the movie can only go downhill from there.

    Gary Soneji is very out of character. This isn't bad for those who haven't read the book. But the movie fails to show depth to Soneji's character. This isn't just Soneji but Alex Cross as well. The characters in the movie feel wooden at times. The dialogue is pretty corny at times so likewise most characters feel the same.

    The other part that annoys me is in the book they constantly told you that Gary Soneji wanted to commit the crime of the century. In the movie there is no motivation whatsoever so you wonder "What is Soneji's motive?" "Why is he doing this?" Believe me you'll learn that it isn't for money.

    The plot twist wasn't done too well either. We're supposed to believe that the senator's daughter was kidnapped from the boat Soneji imprisoned her on when we NEVER see it happen! You wonder how she got to her new location near the end of the movie.

    Lastly, the ending. With a few exceptions its easy to say the ending is usually changed for the worst and in this movie IT WAS FOR THE WORST! Alex finds the girl and then it just...ends. No falling action or resolution it just ends.

    If you really loved the book the movie will more than likely disappoint you. If you didn't read the book the movie has a "Love/Hate" relationship. I'm sure that if you haven't read the book you could pull the movie apart....more info

  • If you read the book, leave this alone
    I love James Patterson novels with all my heart, but this movie is the epitome of why you should never see a movie based on a book. The book was awesome, tense, and a definate page turner. The movie, is in one word, CRAP. The ending was so completely different that the fact that they screwed up the entire plot line is ALMOST pointless to mention.
    First of all, in the book, Gary Soneji kidnapped TWO children, not one, and after they left that out the rest of the movie is irrelavent. If you liked this movie, but haven't read the book, go read it, please. You will see that some books just cannot be scripted for the big screen. Secondly, I also read that they are coming out with a movie for "Roses Are Red" and that this too, will differ from the book in several ways, so I will not even bother with it. (Go to www.jamespatterson.com and read the interview on there for yourself) I own EVERY single James Patterson book on the market and I have to say that I couldn't have been more disappointed in this movie no matter what they tried to do with it... If you have read the book, this one is a MUST PASS!...more info
  • Double-crossing cops and bandits
    The film is rather simple but it works. And it works not because of the kidnapping of the child. Not because of the pathos that comes along with such a case all the time, every time. Not because of the failed attempt of the girl to escape. Not because of the child's father's over-reacting. It works because the plot is too simple to be accepted like that. A solitary man could not have planned and realized that plot in Washington DC, with the Russian security services looking after the son of the Ambassador and the secret service working there full time in that private school. Too much security in that school for such a kidnapping to have been done by only one person. Then there must have been accomplices and that's how the film works because we do not know who he or she or they is or are and we are looking out for the clues, for the punch line, for the final and supreme plotter. And that's just what it is all about, one plotter double-crossing the other or the others, or even maybe three tiers instead of just two, and maybe even four tiers, and we are double-crossed in a magnificent way just the very same way the profiling cop is double-crossed in a very standard way. The profiler is profiled by the criminal and then side-tracked because when you know the profile of the profiler the profiler becomes predictable and then inefficient, impotent. So that helps to take the medicine down indeed, even if the girl survives only because the criminals did not do one thing right, only one thing, one single and unique thing. It only takes one mistake for the best adventures to fail. Just find out which thing and who.

    Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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  • Very good, but not excellent.
    This film bears a great likeness to "Kiss the Girls" and "Double Jeopardy." It's very suspenseful and quite surprising. The plot takes a few twists throughout the film, making it easy to stay interested.
    Morgan Freeman is great as his usual intellectual hero, and Monica Potter does well in this suspenseful drama/thriller. I'd reccommend it to anyone who like the two movies mentioned above or "Bone Collector."...more info