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Along Came a Spider (2001)

Morgan Freeman , Penelope Ann Miller , Lee Tamahori  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,020 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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41 of 47 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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10 of 11 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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15 of 18 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 Review of Alomg Came A Spider
Good movie with a surprise ending. I you like detective movies this is one to watch.
Published 3 hours ago by Jack the Alchemist
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignorent or absurd, probably both.
I could not watch this after about a dozen minutes because The Secret Service did not initiate a lockdown by closing the gate and neither have available nor commandeered a car to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Toolman
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb roller coaster ride of suspense and twists!
While this movie is quite a bit different than the book of the same name, it is excellent nonetheless. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kathy McBride
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mystery.
Published 6 days ago by Carol Ann Beimler
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better as it goes along
Suspense, intrigue, twists and turns, surprise ending. Gets better as it goes along.
Published 6 days ago by KW
4.0 out of 5 stars although we did see it before we enjoyed it very much
although we did see it before we enjoyed it very much..MF is a wonderful actor and the plot held your interest
Published 8 days ago by Pat Zipoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love to watch a good drama thriller. Morgan Freeman is once again awesome!!!
Published 8 days ago by Sue Ann Kee
5.0 out of 5 stars another good view
morgan freeman is a good actor any movie with him in the show is well worth a watch this was a good movie had a good story and interesting kept you interested thru the whole movie... Read more
Published 10 days ago by john burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very enjoyable, lots of twists and turns.
Published 12 days ago by Jane Katz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love Morgan Freeman. Great story line. I was surprised at the end. Great little girl casting and character.
Published 14 days ago by Nancy Avolese
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