Along Came a Spider

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Derivative and contains too many implausible situations.

32%

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53%

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A psychological suspense thriller adapted from James Patterson's first highly acclaimed novel in the Alex Cross series, Morgan Freeman reprises his role as the Washington, D.C. police detective and psychologist who is through playing mind games with criminals -- that is until a methodical predator, Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) commits a daring kidnapping and lures Cross into the case.

Cast & Crew

Monica Potter
Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Moriarty
Senator Hank Rose
Mika Boorem
Megan Rose
Dylan Baker
Ollie McArthur
Anton Yelchin
Dimitri Starodubov
Kim Hawthorne
Agent Hickley
David Brown
Producer
Joe Wizan
Producer
Marc Moss
Screenwriter
James Patterson
Writer (Novel)
Morgan Freeman
Executive Producer
Marty Hornstein
Executive Producer
Matthew F. Leonetti
Director of Photography
Ida Random
Production Designer
Neil Travis
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  • Aug 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 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.
    Sophie B 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.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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