Along Came a Spider (2001) - Drama, Thriller

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When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 64 out of 314 found boring (20.38%)

One-line Reviews (264)

These two engaging characters, coupled with a strong supporting cast and a well-crafted head scratcher of a storyline, combine to make this sequel stronger than its predecessor.

I wouldn't go as far as to call it boring, because it's not.

Funny thing, I fell asleep during those two films AND "Along...

Good, enjoyable film .

Pretty entertaining thriller .

What a waste of time, money and talent.

" Just because something is unexpected does not mean it's any good, or even plausible.

But the screenplay overlays the ingenious concept with implausible, and at times confusing, plot twists.

Honestly, I would have walked out if I hadn't kept telling myself "ok, don't worry, it will get better.

It's not suspenseful, and the only reason we get caught by surprise at all is because we've been lulled to sleep.

The ending is rather lackluster and I left the theater with somewhat of an empty feeling.

This fashion was followed in weaker films such as the overrated "Se7en" and the predictable "The Bone Collector".

Somewhat entertaining...

Morgan Freeman is a little too calm and collected for such an intense situation, though.

The oldest cliche is 2 people working together who fall in love.

It goes down the road into cliché town with great enthusiasm and never really hits a peak.

If you like thriller / mysteries it will be worth the watch.

It's crappy and it's boring .

I would say it was intriguing.

Good plot and thrilling effect .

)Kiss the Girls was true to the original book, and I really enjoyed it, even knowing the story from the beginning.

As the story unfolds, director, Lee Tamahori leads us down a road that contains many plot twists and turns and a few unexpected surprises as well.

After a Cool Credit Sequence and a Kinetic Car Crash Opening Scene the Movie Descends into a Rather Lame and Pretentious Story that becomes Less Thrilling as things move along with No Sense of Style, a Dull Screenplay and Dialog, and just about Everything in This Thing keeps it from becoming a Thrilling Thriller.

A little slow; Michael Wincott is good .

" over and over and over) and especially the idiotically contrived scene in which Freeman guesses a password, complete with the use of '&' instead of 'and' on the FIRST TRY, this 'movie' absolutely reeked.

The profiler is profiled by the criminal and then side-tracked because when you know the profile of the profiler the profiler becomes predictable and then inefficient, impotent.

Seeing that movie was a waste of time.

Entertaining .

The second cliché of which the film-makers are guilty is that of the twist, the sudden revelation of information, previously withheld from the audience, which makes them aware that the true situation is not what they had previously been led to believe.

The reason so much space is dedicated to that innocuous aspect of the film is because the rest is so boring its' not worth dissecting.

While it has a twist that is somewhat interesting and not entirely predictable, it nevertheless all gives one the feeling that one has seen it all before somewhere and the entire movie feels tired and overall quite dull.

'This is a tired cast embarrassed with the drab dialog.

Lee Tamahori first made his mark with the searing Once Were Warriors, but since then he's gone from bland (The Edge) to dull (Mulholland Falls) to blankly innocuous (here).

It was an entertaining film with a twist I don't think most will see coming.

From good guys to bad guys, each and everyone is a plain boring stereotype.

The theatre I went to, the day after it's opening, was practically empty -- with good reason.

Sure, Morgan Freeman can act, and Monica Potter is an attractive girl, but this film is collectively a waste of time (I went to see 'Exit Wounds' on the same weekend, and I'm not sure which was worse).

What's not so obvious is that the story that follows is intriguing, suspenseful and brilliantly twisted.

This movie was fairly entertaining if you can get past the plot holes.

This made the film the most exciting Morgan Freeman movie to date.

Boring waste of my time & money.

Great Suspenseful Thriller .

ACAS is an intelligent, intense and immensely intriguing movie.

This movie was the best I've seen since Airforce One; and this one was equally suspenseful for me.

I enjoyed it a lot.

The movie leaves out a number of interesting bits about Cross' family and personal life, but I enjoyed it anyway.

It was entertaining while I watched it.

Whilst reading the novel, I couldn't put it down because it grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go, the film however, I was barely able to stay awake to see the end.

It only takes a couple of lines to say "don't waste your money", or "it is entertaining".

It did keep me on the edge of my seat, and the ending blows you out of your seat.

Don't waste your time or your money.

One cliche after another actually helps this film - it gives the viewer something to chuckle at to help stave off the boredom or wonder why the writer thought that any of this was plausible or entertaining.

Entertaining thriller, distinguished - as ever - by Freeman's quiet authority in the central role, and Wincott as the cunning psycho who turns out to be a pawn in a much bigger game than anyone could have possibly imagined.

While not a great film, Along Came a Spider is an exciting, good film.

To sum up, "Along Came a Spider" is the worst movie I've seen at the cinema this year, and as such I cannot recommend it to anyone.

Terrific, suspenseful, keeps up pace of action throughout, nice twists and surprises .

But I was pleasantly surprised to find an entertaining and complex kidnap mystery instead.

Morgan Freeman goes through his acting paces and makes the questionable mystery story adequately entertaining.

But unlike his other movies, this movie is pretty much an empty line of scenes after scenes, without suspense, without a story you might believe to really happen.

This has to be one of the best thrilling movies I have seen in a long time.

Worth Watching and Good Suspense Film for 16+ .

" This movie is a must see, so take your family along for a thrilling ride!

'Along Came a Spider' is neither gripping nor a realistic film.

Along came a Spider is a very exciting thriller and I'd advise anyone to see it.

)The first hour or so of the movie, however, was especially weak and rather tedious.

It was nice to see Monica Potter do something a film like this in the same year that she did Head Over Heels with Freddie Prinze Jr. All in all, a worthwhile and engaging hour and a half of entertainment.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this truly intense, exciting, refreshing, edge-of-your-seat thriller to all you Morgan Freeman or Monica Potter fans who have not seen it.

The story doesn't flow right, halfway through I was really bored and unimpressed.

Once Cross killed Soneji in the movie, I just about walked out of the movie right then and there.

"Along Came a Spider" was pretty enjoyable.

Laughable, predictable (very), by-the-numbers crap.

Still, I have to say that I did find this movie to be quite entertaining and thought it did what it was supposed to do, for a mystery-thriller.

I enjoyed it a lot .

Freeman is intelligent, thoughtful and committed in his role as Cross and Monica Potter is an attractive and unpredictable FBI agent, determined to help Cross nab the kidnapper.

What this all amounts to is another dire Hollywood thriller that one could confuse for any typically bland made-for-TV movie, if it was not for the name actors involved.

The plot is predictable.

He helps keep your brain relaxed and focused while absorbing tiny bits of information that will later compute into an intricate unique plot.

Adapted from the 1993 novel of the same title by James Patterson, 'Along Came A Spider' begins deliciously, but ends quite bland.

The script was dull.

I left the theater wanting my money back.

Along came a Spider does turn out to be a decent thriller, with plenty of action, suspense and ample plot twists, but on the down side it still isn't as good as 'Kiss the Girls'Morgan Freeman puts in a typically solid performance and the support cast are all good enough, however the storyline does become a little disjointed at times, and it contains some minor plot holes that distract from the overall effect of the movie.

This fast paced story will keep you guessing as Cross and Jezzie pursue Soneji and attempt to rescue Megan.

The twists in the plot were very good and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Overall, the movie is very predictable.

Along Came a Spider is a decent movie with a good storyline that has several plot holes but still contains plenty of enjoyable scenes and a good cast.

It wasn't one of Morgan Freeman's best performances, but he was enjoyable and I could buy into his character.

There are some predictable moments and some twists that I didn't see coming, which makes for a good thriller.

Worst Movie of 2001 .

Freeman's Alex Cross was dull and plodding; Potter's Jezzie Flannigan was nasal and humorless.

Even with some plot implausibilities, a so-so performance from Monica Potter and one or two moments of forced pacing, it is well made and suspenseful.

The first two thirds of the film were gripping and enjoyable.

Absolutely awful stuff with a predictable twist ending .

If you like a good suspenseful thriller/mystery, this may be a good choice for you.

The only part I found somewhat intriguing was discovering who the real kidnappers were.

exciting .

An engaging thriller .

For a surprise twist Morgan could've pulled a bunch of pineapples out of his back passage, mooned at the camera and joined the rest of the cast in a rousing rendition of Boney M's "Ra Ra Rasputin.

It's quite exciting in some parts.

Story flowed smoothly and was difficult to follow as is sometimes the case with mysteries.

the bad things were the soap opera acting, a predictable and dead script and bad computer animation.

Unfortunately, while that made the movie more enjoyable and realistic for me, I have no doubt that the reason for the lack of sexual tension is very clear - it's because Morgan Freeman is a black man.

You know you're in trouble from the opening scene, it's clinched by a hilarious car wreck, and followed up with every cliche in the book.

Never the less, entertaining hollywood fare which boasts some decent action sequences.

And when that wasting occurs in a dull manner, as is the case with Along Came a Spider (I don't feel I've given too much away here)...

Very slick and entertaining film is a sequel of sorts to Kiss the Girls, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as forensic psychologist Alan Cross.

However, it's still worth the watch.

It was a very enjoyable evening.

A nice movie to watch if you are bored, don't go out of your way, unless you are a huge Morgan Freeman fan.

with a simple, formulaic and medium paced film that will not surprise anyone with its' mediocrity.

It just goes to show that with a great director the budget of a film can be small but still be enjoyable to watch and brilliant on every other level as well.

I would definitely see this movie again because i really enjoyed it.

Unconvincing, Hackneyed and Cliché-Ridden .

Artificial story but still entertaining .

How sad to see Michael Moriarty and Penolope Ann Miller as the parents of the victim, Senator & Mrs. Boring from the great state of Vapid.

Truly intense, exciting, refreshing, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

All in all this is an average kidnapping movie with stock characters, predictable plot twists and lots of cliché in it.

This is a more more exciting or livelier film, opening with a thrilling start, which shows Alex Cross's reasons for retiring.

As much as I love Morgan Freeman as an actor, this is one of the worst movies ever made.

It had to be one of the worst movies even with the often mentioned surprise.

For a much more intense, truly entertaining kidnap-themed film, try "Ransom" if you haven't seen it.

This horrid piece of drivel starts promising enough, but spirals down into a boring routine.

This film is a decent film with a great plot and storytelling but what lets it down is the supporting cast, the useless music and the drab, colourless cinematography.

But trying to pick it apart cinematically is a pointless endeavor.

Save your money for "seven" or any film by Todd Solendz.

The action scenes were done well enough; engaging, well paced, and not too over the top.

My main objection is that things happen with no explanation, and if you do not want to think about how, when, and why this picture is enjoyable.

The story was intriguing and very tight.

Morgan Freeman looked bored and appeared to be just going through the motions to get his pay packet.

This enjoyable little crime story, taken from a novel by James Patterson, has the requisite twists and turns that one always finds in a thriller of this sort--and, as usual, there are a few above average performances in the cast.

Not really loyal to the novel, but still exciting and fun.

However, the daughter of a semi-famous senator was kidnapped by her school teacher, Gary Soneji [Michael Wincott], so he went back in action investigating in this uniquely stunning movie.

While the film may have some over-acting and loopholes (I won't go into them here because they are spoilers), the film is also a clever chiller with good, if squirming, twists and a performance by Freeman which is great as always (in fact nearly every minute Freeman is on the screen he's compelling).

The artistic quality of director Lee Tamahori was evidenced throughout and had the audience on the edge of their seats.

It' s suspenseful, has lots of twists and a good surprise ending.

Never clear are anyone's motivations, another flaw in an otherwise fairly engaging detective yarn that passes the time.

it's a good, gripping film .

The film is some mystery – no doubt, and is certainly worth watching for movie lovers.

] but I still got the impression that the ending was rather contrived and put together so that everything was tidied up nicely for the audience.

Did they see "Ocean's Eleven", and the DULL performance by Ms. Roberts?

It was predictable stuff, but at least it was fairly engaging, this couldn't engage you if it tried.

Soneji starts out as a refreshingly believable killer - in fact, he's pretty normal - but then degenerates into a cliche'd raving loony.

The only reason this film was enjoyable was because Morgan Freeman is in it and James Patterson wrote the book the script is based on.

On the other hand you have Mika Boorem playing an unconvincing captured kid that is just boring to watch and unconvincing.

A simple but effective entertaining film .

The clever, late-coming plot twist is a bit too mechanical but effectively unexpected, making this a satisfying prequel to the hit thriller Kiss the Girls--based on the first of James Patterson's Alex Cross detective novels--and a welcomed addition to a promising movie franchise.

Director Lee Tamahori and screenwriter Marc Moss treat their star with all due respect, and manage to turn out an engrossing, entertaining movie in the process.

I saw it at a critics screening at Paramount Studios and I must say, it was very enjoyable.

More of the same (yawn) .

Reviewers have been dumping on Along Came a Spider as just another ho-hum formula film.

What I got was a sometimes interesting, mildly entertaining, average movie.

Morgan Freeman almost saves it, just based on his general demeanor, but you really ought to save your money.

(Michael Wincott) made one of his most remarkable roles to date, being on the edge between a disturbed criminal and a wronged genius; I believed his sane performance so much.

I think the film makes for a mildly entertaining watch, and it has a nice twist in the end.

As an Alex Cross fan and a fan of Patterson's books, this new one with Morgan Freeman again portraying Forensic Detective Alex Cross was intriguing and in the end, a shocker.

Thanks to Freeman, Potter and Wincott, this is a riveting and underrated film.

I still enjoyed it .


Standard Action Thriller with a predictable twist at the end.

After much yawning they get close, so scriptwriter kindly adds a bit more plot (a popular device in bad British thrillers of late - each "twist" gets more unbelievable than the last - they were ALL afterthoughts!

Terrific, suspenseful, keeps up pace of action throughout, nice twists and surprises.

An intelligent, intense and immensely intriguing movie .

Why did Moss feel the need to crib his most exciting sequence, a footchase with the maniac leading Cross through Washington via cell phone, from "Dirty Harry"?

I just finished watching this movie and really enjoyed it.

Here he turns in a well-paced and gripping thriller laced with drama and intrigue.

Despite the awful effects it was a lot better than kiss the girls and a lot more entertaining, it left me amazed by the solid performences from freeman and potter.

This is the kind of predictable formulaic movie that keeps me renting independent and foreign movies.

How sad to see Michael Moriarty and Penolope Ann Miller as the parents of the victim, Senator & Mrs. Boring from the great state of Vapid.

As I suspected, this wonderful suspenseful book was slaughtered to make a barely decent movie.

along came a spider was certainly an above average thriller but it did seem a little contrived at times.

A predictable experience is not necessarily a bad experience.

Be bored...

'This is a tired cast embarrassed with the drab dialog.

Potter is blond and dull and is not suited one jot to the role that her character grows into during the film.

What a waste of time.

and this coming from an unyielding suppoter of the craft of Morgan Freeman) but worth watching just to see if you can tell Monica from Julia, as Matt says, with your eyes closed.

It's a film worth watching for sure.

Very, boring, and over done.

In this way the movie is perfectly symmetrical; meaningless insights embedded in a pointless story.

I haven't read the book, so I can't compare it to that, but I find the film to be very entertaining every time I see it.

the movie was great, the plot twist keep you on the edge of your seat.

The plot is very familiar and the script has some dull moments.

it kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time and it was full of suspence througout the whole movie.

I enjoyed it more than once for its good cinematic work.

Morgan Freeman was fantastic in this picture which kept me on the edge of my seat just wondering how the ending would turn out.

An empty movie .

Entertaining Thriller .

Jerry Goldsmith provides an exciting score which goes well with the film.

If you enjoy a thriller that thrills and gives you unexpected turns, this movie is for you.

Female lead is so unrealistically good looking it's distracting and boring.

I still think the movie could have had some more thrilling moments of suspense and chills instead of indulging in a crime case that is not really all that involving.

This kind of detective story, were the detective does not use conventional clues such as witnesses and fingerprints but have to find far fetched clues to make him look smart, is very hard to make believable but the movie is still entertaining and well worth seeing.

The movie allows the viewer to be misled into thinking what the story line is all about, it at first seems predictable and not special.

With just about every kidnapping movie cliché' written in and outright ripoffs of a dozen other shows (the running from phone to phone sequence being lifted in toto from Clint Eastwood's first "Dirty Harry")it's surprising that the writers were still able to keep the script as tension and interest free as they did.

Good, suspenseful scenes and endless plot twists make this a true mystery-thriller (especially the ending).

Michael Wincott delivers a nicely-judged turn as the egocentric and murderous villain of the piece and the twist is well-executed, if perhaps a little predictable in the scheme of things.

Morgan Freeman excellent--well done and entertaining.

It's so full of cliché it sometimes really hurts.

Far from original but worth watching thanks to Morgan Freeman .

" Don't waste your time on this movie.

The plot is pretty good, and experiencing it unravel is pretty intriguing, possibly even more-so than that of other later and contemporary thrillers.

That was a big waste of money and dould have been used for something else like better actors to assist Morgan Freeman.

Relying on TV news reporting is a stale and tiresome plot device that detracts from any film, in my opinion.

He can lead such a fascinating action all the way, with an unusual professional technique.

Since I was a kid I loved reading the suspenseful novels, respecting just the strong ones, so by loving this movie I do what I am indeed !

Ludicrous coincidences, pathetic use of the internet to advance the boring plot, and lame acting all around, except by the great Morgan Freeman.

I thought it was very average in the beginning, but some unseen plot twists make this thriller worth watching.

I wouldnt recommend this film as it just lacks a certain aspect that makes a Thriller , thrilling.

"Along Came a Spider," directed by Lee Tamahori ("The Edge," "Mulholland Falls") has a lot of potential-but strays from its roots and becomes just another contrived thriller in which we have already seen countless times before.

The Morgan Freeman character of the intelligent old man dispersing his pearls of wisdom is starting to get a little tiresome and predictable.

Skip this yawner.

A nice psychological setup, and it's not a bad film, but save your money for something else if you can.

However, with all those bad things I said, the movie was entertaining, and that's what movies are for.

Terrible Waste of Time .

I've seen this movie a few times, and have always enjoyed it.

" in that were more exciting than that movie had in its entirety.

Predictable, clichéd, tired...

This is a movie well worth watching.

ALONG CAME A SPIDER, in my opinion, is a truly intense, exciting, refreshing, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

The script must have been pretty uninspiring for the actors.

She was confusing.

Michael Wincott is also very impressive as the villain, and Penelope Ann Miller is more intense and emotional than usual.

An entertaining thriller loosely based on it's novel**possible spoiler** .

With limited action and tension, I have, however, seen more exciting thrillers than this.

He gives the character a lot of depth and is riveting whenever he's on screen.

"Along Came A Spider" does have entertainment value, derived from its suspenseful action, and cloak and dagger intrigue, enhanced by excellent cinematography and good set design.

It was a rather enjoyable experience watching Morgan Freeman's Alex Cross solve this case.

Like DAUGHTER and GIRLS, SPIDER featuresbrutal violence and hints of squeamish-making sexuality, butbutters it all in a style so bland and movie-of-the-week it all seemswholesome.

The ransom scene is totally contrived, the book had two kids not one and many other very significant changes.

Anyhow, Monica was stunning.

very bored!!.

It promised mystery and intrigue, but only delivered predictable, bland twists that we've all seen so many times before.

Otherwise, this was a dull, tired film that while not really bad, and probably worth watching for free, is not one I would spend money on.

It leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout the course of the movie.

This piece is a simple and formulaic that contains an artificial story that sets the tone as indeed a formulaic film with an opening sequence containing some bad CGI (computer generated imagery).

The plot twist was rather predictable and anti-climatic while the rest of the movie was completely by the book with sub-par acting and a feel that made you wonder if you had already seen this movie with different actors in it.

It can be dull and it has quite a few implausible situations.

"Along Came a Spider" is the sort of unconvincing, hackneyed, cliché-ridden thriller of which Hollywood has been churning out far too many in recent years.

This is a very suspenseful, clever thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Anyway, Along Came a Spider was produced by Freeman and, though it moves slowly at times, is still entertaining and has some really sustained suspense going for it.

The film's underlying concept is fascinating and clever.

' thriller, but succeeded best at being a contrived 'Who cares?

Formulaic thrillers have been in effect for a long time.

Some points were even predictable.

Waste of Time .

He's capable of recreating a plain thriller as something so cohesive, engaging, and memorable without factitious or hyper anything.

Great Entertaining Film With Great Stars.

Michael Wincott is a great actor, and I relished his intense show.

It was a boring read, and I wondered before I went to the movie theater why they bothered to make a movie from such a crappy book.

In the book he is psychologically fascinating.

In the moment, while it's unfurling in front of you, the film's fast pace, engaging performances, and visual polish keep you intrigued, and allow you to overlook the plot's more outrageous contrivances and awkward reversals.

This was fairly predictable although not until late on in the movie.

I read the book this is based on shortly before watching this and thoroughly enjoyed it so I was interested to see the film.

It's a shame to see a marvelous actor like Freedman wasted on trite stuff like this.

It's well done and suspenseful.

Freeman, from start to finish, gives another believable, entertaining performance, accompanied by his mischievous side-kick (which you later find out).

Just another cliche.

This time it's a case of child kidnapping by a twisted mastermind with a very unpredictable agenda.

A taut and exciting thriller.

That said, Morgan Freeman's intelligent persona and cerebral monotone is simply a joy.

Maybe show him returning to the boat and finding her gone after the train scene (but still do the scene right after the stakeout where he returns to the boat, only cut before showing Megan's compartment empty).

Entertaining and unpredictable .

The colour palet of the film is grey and dull with no imagination and the camera work is so still and undynamic in dynamic scenes that it takes me out of the film a bit.

All in all, in the end, overall (my favorite closing lines), "Along Came a Spider" is in no way a great thriller, but an enjoyable one, with a surprise twist not revealed to me on the commercial (thank goodness).

Don't waste your time...