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Super Reviewer
½ April 12, 2013
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.
Super Reviewer
½ July 14, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
January 8, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
June 1, 2009
Super Reviewer
½ July 28, 2006
A very watchable film, however, I do feel that Morgan Freeman takes on far too many of these type of roles when he's demonstrated much better acting skills in other films.
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2007
Superbly decent.
Super Reviewer
September 4, 2007
A spider's web is apropos to this movie. There are plot twists everywhere as Morgan Freeman and an FBI agent played by Monica Potter solve the kidnapping of a senator's daughter.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2007
Freeman attempts to recapture his career defining role from Se7en, while the audience attempts to stop laughing at the shockingly bad CGI at the beginning. Although smart and engaging at times the twists are so ridiculous they insult the rest of the film. Wincott and Potter are rather good, bringing Sinister and Naive performances to a fairly generic film.
Super Reviewer
½ November 30, 2006
The story is fantastic, with forensic psychologist Alex Cross, from 1997's Kiss the Girls, who figures things out like magic and plot twists that are surprising only because they make sense.
Super Reviewer
May 21, 2007
I love the twists in this crime thriller. Strong cast again, never tire of watching it.
Super Reviewer
December 28, 2006
Good times. Morgan Freeman was great in this one.
Super Reviewer
½ October 3, 2006
Too obvious...
Super Reviewer
½ August 25, 2006
Good thriller.
Nate Z.
Super Reviewer
February 24, 2006
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Anybody not tired of the serial killer genre yet? To that one out of the millions who raised their hand in the far back - you're in luck! Enjoy 'Kiss the Girls'? That same one in the back is even more fortunate. Here comes 'Along Came A Spider' and its banality will knock you off any tuffet. Is that a word even used anymore?[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]'Spider' is a continuation of the characters in 'Kiss the Girls' (even though 'Spider' was written before 'Girls'). Morgan Freeman returns as Alex Cross, a hard-nosed police detective and best-selling novelist on criminal profiling. He's suffering from 'Cliffhanger' syndrome: the amassment of guilt from seeing someone close die in the line of duty and blaming themselves for it. See Morgan lost a female partner in a botched sting that opens the film with the worst CGI scene I've ever seen. He has a scene of regret then moves on to the case at hand, only to inevitably have the situation come up again and be the test of his nerves. It's all standard cliché.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The crime that draws all our characters in revolves around the kidnapping of a Senator's daughter at a lofty private school in Washington DC This is no serial killer movie, no, it's a kidnap movie. Whatever the crime this flick centers on it still follows the superfluous serial killer movie rules to a grizzled T.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Monica Potter plays a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the girl who becomes involved with the case with her extensive knowledge of the kidnapper, Professor Sonje (Michael Wincott). Potter has previously been seen as the sad wife in 'Con Air, the dead chick in 'Patch Adams', and the girl who stars next to the guy whose acting is all about flat-lining in 'Head Over Heels'. So in these terms 'Along Came A Spider' is a step up. Her character is pedestrian and uninvolving. She has no edge or depth and every time she's on screen, this tuff of blonde hair sucks all the air out of the film.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Freeman, God love him, needs to start learning how to say "no" to any serial killer (kidnap film) offered to him. He's a great actor but the Alex Cross solves killers (kidnappers) franchise isn't one to tie his rope around. Freeman does his best and brightens the film when it sags, but even he can't save it. And his Executive Producer credit seems all the more ominous.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Naturally, an audience is left to disbelieve some of the absurdities of the genre but 'Along Came A Spider' piles them too high and too fast to disbelieve. The kidnapper disguises himself as a plump British history teacher for a whole two YEARS in preparation for his act. Two years?! What would happen if she ever transferred? The worst part is his name - Sonje. Every time I hear the name it makes me giggle a bit. I cannot take anything seriously when the bad guy is named Sonje ("We'll do whatever you want Sonje, just don't harm the girl!"). Sprinkle unintentional laughter throughout. And for kidnappers and criminals these have got to be the dumbest since Colonel Klink. There is a scene where the kidnapper gives the detained child a meal? with a fork and knife! It's like going to a prison and giving certain members scissors and leaving them alone for two hours.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]If you are having a serial whatever movie you must make your serial whatever man intriguing or turn the flick into a guessing game until the end credits. The serial killer (I'm saying this now because he does kill multiple people - so there!) in 'Along Came A Spider' is bland as can be, despite the wonderfully rich and venomous voice of Wincott. How as an audience are we to be enthralled with a whiny adversary that bores us?[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]There are numerous other head-smacking absurdities. Like when our ace Morgan Freeman looks to a computer belonging to a suspect and instantly remembers an off-hand remark in one conversation that of course is the password. And he even spells it correctly with an inclusion of a symbol![/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The movie is based on James Patterson's novels all seeming to have nursery rhyme style titles. Directed by Lee Tamahori ('Mullholland Falls', 'The Edge'), it has moments of briskness that at least keep the pacing alive. On its whole the film still does not work. It feels like reheated serial killer (kidnapper) movie just out of a Tupperware container.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]'Along Came A Spider' is nothing new, nothing different, and nothing truly entertaining. Pray for Morgan Freeman please.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C- [/color][/font]
Super Reviewer
August 18, 2014
Det. Alex Cross is drawn into a battle of wits with a master criminal in Along Came a Spider. After the kidnapping of a congressman's daughter the kidnapper contacts D.C. police detective Alex Cross, seeking to put Cross's skills to the test. Starring Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, and Mika Boorem, the casting is quite strong and they deliver some good performances. The writing is also well-done and effectively builds suspense and tension as the investigation unfolds. Additionally, there are some clever twists and reveals that enrich the story. An exciting and compelling thriller, Along Came a Spider is an impressive entry in the Alex Cross series.
Super Reviewer
May 25, 2007
Long before Tyler Perry turned Alex Cross into an action star, the all-star detective was portrayed correctly by the legendary Morgan Freeman. While the first film, Kiss The Girls, was a huge success, it's sequel, Along Came A Spider was a bust, once again due to the fact that the strengths of the character were not utilized properly. The character of Alex Cross was created by Author, James Patterson, and has been responsible for over 20 best selling novels, because he's unlike any other cop in any other mystery series. Cross is a psychologist first, who gets inside the heads of killers. Once he knows what they're thinking and why they're acting the way they are, Cross is usually able to capture them. These stories make for terrific novels, but when transferred to the screen, producers felt that they lack the action movie goers crave. Despite a successful first appearance on screen, the producers felt that with more action and bullets, the sequel would do even better, they were wrong. When a Senator's daughter is abducted from an upscale private school, detectives are at a loss, but call Cross in when evidence and a ransom demand turn up at his house. Cross believes the criminal is using his admiration to cover up the real motives for this crime, and he needs to play into that role, in order to determine what those motives are. This was a terrific novel, but wasn't right for the screen, so much of the story was cut and replaced by the manhunt and police chases. These elements make for a more intense film, but don't do justice to the story. Alex Cross and his abilities are the story and are what make the series unique. Morgan Freeman returned hesitantly to do the sequel and he was right when he said he shouldn't have done it, mainly because it takes away from the brilliance of the first film. The producers of this movie even managed to screw up a terrific surprise ending and that really says it all. Along Came A Spider is not a bad film, it certainly has it's movements and a legendary star, but if you're a fan of the Alex Cross novels, expect to be disappointed.
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2011
Certainly not a smart thriller, Along Came a Spider is filled with cliches and asinine plot twists. But Morgan Freeman combined with such an outlandish premise make it watchable.
Super Reviewer
½ January 1, 2007
Along Came A Spider is based on a novel by James Patterson and Morgan Freeman is a detective, with a doctorate in criminal psychology who is summoned out of retirement to help locate the daughter of a US Senator who's been kidnapped by her teacher Gary Soneji for fame. Michael Wincott appears as the scheming, but patient villain of the film. Taking on Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) Jezzie Flannigan as his partner, Cross tries to work out enough about Soneji to profile and catch him.

The action scenes were well done; intense, well paced, and not too over the top. It's not as good as Kiss the girls but well worth watching.
Super Reviewer
April 10, 2007
No matter how loose the plot starnds are, It was addicting and kept me in tune the whole time. Freeman doesn't overact and Keeps this detective story afloat until the end.
Super Reviewer
½ June 18, 2007
Decent movie, I guess, but not as good as the book. Not by a long shot.
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