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Along Came a Spider (2001)

Morgan Freeman , Penelope Ann Miller , Lee Tamahori  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Penelope Ann Miller, Michael Moriarty, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Wincott
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: Marc Moss, James Patterson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Along Came a Spider" on IMDb

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Morgan Freeman reprises his Kiss the Girls role as Alex Cross in this spellbinding psychological thriller that is "a knockout with a surprise twist." After the harrowing death of his partner, detective and best-selling author Alex Cross has retreated to the peace of retirement. But when a brilliant criminal (Michael Wincott) kidnaps a senator's young daughter, Alex is lured back into action. Teamed with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) assigned to protect the missing girl, Alex follows a serpentine trail of clues that leads him to a stunning discovery - the kidnapper wants more than just ransom...he wants Alex's help in documenting the crime of the century. With time running out, Alex plunges through a tangled web of danger and deceit to stop a madman and save an innocent victim's life.

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars actually - This DVD is a bargain! October 18, 2004
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At the time that I am writing this review I see 140 of these DVDs listed used starting at $2.98. I would consider it a bargain for 3 times that!

To the movie:
I have not read the Alex Cross novels, so I am not able to comment on the movies based on them being faithful or not to the book. I HAVE seen both "Along Came A Spider" and "Kiss the Girls" and I enjoyed "Spider" much more, even though KTG was a good stab at the thriller genre.

Morgan Freeman inhabits Alex Cross more completely, and I suspect that my appreciation of his performance was a combination of his wonderfully intelligent acting and Lee Tamahori's direction. This version of Cross is intelligent, compassionate, brave, and scarcely takes a wrong step. He'd be a good teacher and a good person to go get a beer with. And if some psychotic killer were on your trail - he's the guy you'd want tracking the killer.

*WARNING! Silence of the Lambs Spoiler in this paragraph!*
The writers of thrillers have begun doing cartwheels trying to out "surprise" all that came before. I can't pinpoint when this began.... but do you remember the surprise in "Silence of the Lambs" when Hannibal Lector suddenly appears from beneath the sheets in the ambulance? The story here throws in several twists, and although in the lesser thriller you can often sense the "twists" a country mile before it occurs, I found myself genuinely surprised several times.

It is worth mentioning both the character and performance given by young Mika Boorem as Megan Rose, the kidnapped daughter of a U.S. Senator.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted Plot April 18, 2004
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It seems as though I am in the minority with this film. I enjoyed the plot twists, though you had to follow them carefully. If you were watching you could, in theory, figure out who the bad guys are, though you really do not have all the facts to truly figure out every detail, somewhat like a Sherlock Holmes story.
Our story focuses on one Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott), who has carefully planned to kidnap the daughter of U.S. Senator Hank Rose, unconvincingly played by Michael Moriarty. The point of the kidnapping is not to kidnap Megan (Mika Boreem), but to get access to a foreign diplomat's son, who is good friends with Megan. Mr. Soneji is, as might be guessed, a bit of a wacko. He wants Dr. Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman), a famous profiler, to chronicle the battle of wits between them. Ultimately there is a showdown between the two of them, but the showdown does not reveal the location of Megan.
The plot twists and thickens more, and yet, there were clues in several places, I thought. I was quite puzzled when the security guards went running out the front of the school instead of just closing the gates. Further, I thought someone would have at least tried to grab a car to follow the kidnapper. Later, Jezzie Flanagan (Monica Potter) has a chance to shoot the kidnapper and does not, though she seemed to have a chance to wound him. All these little tidbits hint at the convolutions within the plot that are revealed only near the end of the movie.
The convolutions did entertain me, and I got much more enjoyment out of trying to figure out the plot than with gunshots and car chases. However, I prefer "Murder, She Wrote," "Columbo," and "Sherlock Holmes" to movies with nearly all action and no intelligence in their plot.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit that I never quite understand why a director would decide to make a movie of a perfectly good suspense/mystery story (a best seller no less) and proceed to make wholesale modifications to the plot. It almost guarantees that a good piece of the audience will dislike the film simply because it diverges from the book and never even notice that it is a good film all on its own.

And it is a good film. Morgan Freeman does a superb job of portraying Detective Alex Cross as he tries to peel away the layers of a kidnapping that gets away from everyone - kidnapper and police alike. Gary Soneji(Michael Wincott), a teacher at a posh school for the children of the powerful, decides to improve his social standing by kidnapping Megan Rose (Mika Boorem), a senator's daughter. He has everything worked out in detail, including getting Cross out of of semi-retirement, in order to demonstrate Soneji's brilliance.

Joined by Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter). who was the secret service agent on duty when Soneji makes his move, Cross begins to sift through the details to try to understand Soneji enough to win Megan's Freedom. With each fact comes more confusion and the plot will zigzag all over the event horizon before the final confrontation. In many ways, this is a compelling combination of police procedural and suspense/psychotic film as the film switches back and forth between Cross and Soneji. A lot of people get shot, but the film doesn't dwell on the gory parts.

Mika Boorem does a fantastic job as the kidnapped girl, by the way. She manages to find an unusual balance between fearful weakness and a surprising inner strength. The film is well directed in a nicely understated way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Freeman swats a fat spider
Great movie, with a great cast. I really get pulled into all Morgan Freeman's movies. I recommend it. This one is a winner.
Published 1 day ago by Martin Basiszta
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense
Morgan Freeman is good in just about everything he does. Not a bad flick. Held our attention. Has some twists. It is a good "who done it" movie.
Published 5 days ago by Mich123
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
My husband and I were glued to the TV set during this film. Morgan Freeman was outstanding, as usual, but the plot also proceeded briskly and had enough twists and turns to keep... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Book Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining!!
Morgan Freeman played Alex Cross in a wonderfully understated manner and the rest of the cast were solid support for a very entertaining couple of hours. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Willie
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
If you enjoy a good mystery and/or James Patterson's Alex Cross mystery books, you'll like Along Came a Spider. Read more
Published 5 days ago by MartyMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Freeman delivers
Morgan Freeman delivers a classic performance in this tale of kidnapp with a twist in the end. Another reliable performance.
Published 6 days ago by Bknga1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Good movie will done.......also ways like Morgan in any movie. Good plot ... good action keep you going oall the
Published 7 days ago by Patricia Vaguhn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Very much a "Tom Clancy" type drama. Good detective, Washington setting, foreign intrigue, and a twist at the end. Good flic for a night at home. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Michael K.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best to show who protects who
This movie left doubt about the truth, when the best of what is suppose to be the best , turns rogue on what they are suppose to protect. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Donald Gaultney
4.0 out of 5 stars OK movie.
Considered anything with Morgan Freeman in was worth a look and it didn't disappoint. Most folks will guess the ending but it passed a pleasant evening.
Published 13 days ago by Heacham
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