Along Came a Spider (2001)
Morgan Freeman returns as forensic psychologist Dr. Alex Cross in this thriller based on the novel by James Patterson (whose work also formed the basis of the hit Kiss the Girls). Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) is a brilliant but remorseless psychopath who has landed a teaching position at an exclusive private school in Washington, D.C. Using his extensive knowledge of kidnapping (he's taught a class on Charles Lindbergh), Soneji abducts one of his students - Megan (Mika Boorem), whose father Hank Rose (Michael Moriarty) is a United States senator. Ollie MacArthur (Dylan Baker), the detective investigating the case, has strong words for Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), the Secret Service agent who mistakenly let Megan slip through her fingers. But when the kidnapper contacts Dr. Cross, the psychologist is brought in on the case, and Cross seeks out Flannigan, who he believes might have a valuable insight into the case. Soon, Cross and Flannigan come to the terrible realization that this crime only represents the tip of the iceberg for the ruthless Soneji. Along Came a Spider also features Penelope Ann Miller, Jay O. Sanders, and Kim Hawthorne. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Along Came a Spider
Freeman, as always, is a still center of dependable calm and intelligence, but Potter registers only as another generic blonde.
Even at half speed, Freeman excels: He knows how to whip out his badge at a crime scene and make it seem as if he had been doing it his whole life.
There are popcorn movies, and then there are movies like this one, which, by its conclusion, make you want to toss your empty popcorn bag at the screen.
Like a paperback plucked from a counter at an airport, Spider is an impulse buy of a film, a time killer that will neither tax your brain nor challenge your memory.
Taken at face value, the film is entertaining, exciting at times and fun to watch.
Morgan Freeman reprises his role from Kiss the Girls in this inferior psychological thriller
I don't begrudge Freeman his own hero-man franchise, but I wish the movies worked harder to be worthy of him.
I felt like I was kidnapped and forced to watch this drek as punishment.
Enjoyment, or even tolerance, of 'Along Came A Spider' hangs upon a couple of plot twists, which even by Hollywood standards are pretty far-fetched.
It's a good-looking, mostly well-acted but preposterously plotted movie.
The best I can say is that this was a relatively inoffensive way to pass a couple of hours, but after about a day I'm having trouble remembering any of it already.
Director Lee Tamahori and screenwriter Marc Moss treat their star (and his character) with all due respect, and manage to turn out an engrossing, entertaining movie in the process.
Along Came a Spider isn't a smart thriller like Se7en or Copycat; instead, it's more of a watchable idiotic thriller.
[Lee]Tamahori keeps the pacing lively enough that he doesn't allow the audience time to linger on the many plot implausibilities
Is it too much to ask for reasonable explanations of human behavior in a psychological thriller?
so hell-bent on surprising us that it's willing to sacrifice just about anything -- logic, credibility, common sense, etc. -- in the hopes of catching the audience off-guard.
Gives Morgan Freeman a chance to once and for all prove that he could walk through a garbage heap and convince you it smells nice.
Obviously under the impression that their audience lacks the common sense of a kiwi, the filmmakers present a 1-2-3 punch of inescapably insipid plot twists.
...does little to enhance the reputation of mystery thrillers in general and little to solidify Freeman's claim to importance as a serious actor.
You begin to feel like the butt of some absurd joke or embroiled in a wilfully obscure Buddhist koan. What is the sound of one movie sucking?
Audience Reviews for Along Came a Spider
Alex: To be brutally honest, I think you have a morbid desire to burn in hell.
"The game is far from over."
Overall, Along Came a Spider is a average mystery thriller at best. The film is twisty, but not smart twisty; just twisty. Twists are something that, if used intelligently can add a lot to a film. They also can make decent movies bad, and bad movies unbearable. In Along Came a Spider's case; the twists didn't really elevate the movie, nor did they take away from it. If anything the lackluster twists fit in really well with everything else that was taking place.†
This follows a detective named Alex Cross, who gets a phone call from a man who just kidnapped a senators daughter. The kidnapper posed as a teacher at a prep school and snatched the girl one day, while the secret service was just late in catching him. A secret service member who worked at the school becomes Cross's partner as they try to piece together the kidnapper's motives and also where the girl is.†
There's no way to describe this movie other then saying it is a generic detective mystery. There's nothing new and exciting, but it is a decent time filler. The movie runs pretty smoothly and time passes at a good pace, but there's a lot missing to make this a truly good film. Morgan Freeman is good as Cross and does help the movie flow a lot better, though.
In the end, I would disregard saying whether to watch this one or not. If you have nothing better to do on a boring afternoon and come across it, it's worth a look. If you never come across it, you also won't be missing much. It's not a must see, but if you do, you also won't be overly angered that this was how you spent your 100 minutes.
Good thriller with a good cast. A congressman's daughter is kidnapped for ransom. A forensic psychologist seeks out the kidnapper and girl. Interesting twist at the end.More
Good acting from Freeman and Yelchin but that's pretty much the only good thing in this! Badly thought out film with a horribly predictive plot. Potter's performance was absolutely awful. Ending was plain and I did get the feeling that I was watching a sequel which I now know was part of a book series. I don't know if the book was as bad as this but if it was, the producer needs to be fired.More
Along Came a Spider Quotes
- Alex Cross:
- You do what you are, Jezzie.
- Jezzie Flannigan:
- You mean you are what you do?
- Alex Cross:
- No, I mean you do what you are. Everyone's born with a gift, and what you do with it depends on you.
- Jezzie Flannigan:
- And what if yo betray your gift?
- Alex Cross:
- Then you betray yourself. It's a sad thing.
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