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The redoubtable Morgan Freeman returns as Washington, DC police detective Alex Cross, the master profiler, in an exciting thriller based on James Patterson's novel, ALONG CAME A SPIDER. The film is actually a prequel to the box office blockbuster KISS THE GIRLS. Here, Cross is pursuing a brilliantly twisted kidnapper who's holding the daughter of a U.S. senator. When the kidnapper, Gary Soneji (the effectively sinister character actor, Michael Wincott), who had posed as a schoolteacher for two years before making his move, contacts Cross and taunts him, but makes no demands for money, Cross starts to piece together a psychological profile. With the help of a clever and beautiful Secret Service agent, Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), Cross begins his investigation of the bizarrely elaborate and ruthless crime. But as is usual with Patterson's work, just when Cross (and the audience) thinks everything is resolved, a stunning twist unfolds. Acclaimed director Lee Tamahori (THE EDGE, ONCE WERE WARRIORS) is adept at staging the action, including a tense chase through Union Station during rush hour, and Freeman's pensive presence lends an extra level of gravity to this darkly entertaining thriller.
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This book series is the Law and Order: Criminal Intent series of James Patterson. While the story revolves around the crime and solving the crime, there is a huge element to the psychological, motives and the "criminal intent". It involves the "ticking" of the criminal to why they would do the things they would do. It can range from money to famous to just being a pure psychological evil driven madman. All in all an A+.
In this book by itself, there is one drawback. It can be really slow sometimes. After Soneji's trial and conviction (about half way through) starting with part 4, it starts dragging while Alex Cross continues the case. But it does lead up to a very interesting ending (the last few chapters), in which I will be willing to give it a pass.
Like I said, an A+ and an A+ book!!!
Maggie is now Meghan and she is the daughter of a no-name Senator instead of the beautiful actress. Shrimpie Goldberg is non-existent and D'mitri is the object of Meghan's affections??? Gone is the cellar in the barn and somehow there is a boat... And, Soneji/Murphy is now dead and therefore cannot come back in a later installment! Truly disappointing, hence the four stars.
Kyle Craig does show up and there is an anonymous ransom drop that the doers get away with that is actually a little more creative than the book... The complexity of Soneji was played well, but without the background and his family its kind of lost if you don't know what his character was all about in the first place.
Yet, somehow this theatrical version seems to pull it off without the sex and entanglements, something more movies could benefit from. So, for what it is, this is a GREAT movie, just don't expect a true book version... "cool beans" ~ Gary Soneji
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