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: 6.4
Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 65 out of 325 found boring (20%)

One-line Reviews (273)

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

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.

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

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.

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

I just finished watching this movie and really enjoyed it.

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

Anyhow, Monica was stunning.

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.

Artificial story but still entertaining .

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

Boring ...

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.

Unconvincing, Hackneyed and Cliché-Ridden .

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.

Great Suspenseful Thriller .

Pretty entertaining thriller .

The story was intriguing and very tight.

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

This is a movie well worth watching.

exciting .

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

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

The script was dull.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Entertaining .

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

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

In the book he is psychologically fascinating.

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

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

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

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

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).

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

"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.

What a waste of time, money and talent.

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

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

The script must have been pretty uninspiring for the actors.

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.

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.

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

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


A simple but effective entertaining film .

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

More of the same (yawn) .

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

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

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.

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

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

Nice scenario, non-predictable, lots of interesting plot twists.

It was a very enjoyable evening.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Entertaining and unpredictable .

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

" Don't waste your time on this movie.

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

Seeing that movie was a waste of time.

Terrible Waste of Time .

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

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

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

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

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

Worth Watching and Good Suspense Film for 16+ .

The plot n ending was so predictable.

Anyhow, this was boring.

Boring waste of my time & 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.

Somewhat entertaining...

It's well done and suspenseful.

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

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

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.

Overall, the movie is very predictable.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

] 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.

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

" 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.

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

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

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

Worst Movie of 2001 .

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

"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.

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

very bored!!.

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

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

What a waste of time.

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

He's capable of recreating a plain thriller as something so cohesive, engaging, and memorable.

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.

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

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.

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).

it's a good, gripping film .

Potter is so poor it's stunning really.

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

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

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.

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

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

I left the theater wanting my money back.

Waste of Time .

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

It's a film worth watching for sure.

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

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.

Far from original but worth watching thanks to Morgan Freeman .

Don't waste your time...

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).

Absolutely awful stuff with a predictable twist ending .

It was entertaining while I watched it.

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.

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

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.

It's crappy and it's boring .

Great Entertaining Film With Great Stars.

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

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

A little slow; Michael Wincott is good .

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

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.

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

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)...

Don't waste your time or your money.

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

Formulaic thrillers have been in effect for a long time.

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

I would say it was intriguing.

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

It was interesting the plot was good and the main characters were really engaging.

"Along Came a Spider" was pretty enjoyable.

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).

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).

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

An engaging thriller .

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.

Be bored...

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Freeman excellent--well done and entertaining.

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

An empty movie .

ACAS is an intelligent, intense and immensely intriguing movie.

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

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

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

I still enjoyed it .

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.

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.

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"?

Very, boring, and over done.

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

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

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.

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

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

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).

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

An intelligent, intense and immensely intriguing movie .

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.

She was confusing.

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

I enjoyed it a lot .

Entertaining Thriller .

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Good, enjoyable film .

Good plot and thrilling effect .

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

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

It's quite exciting in some parts.

The pace is slow and the « twists » were quite boring.

Just another cliche.

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

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.

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.

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.

A predictable experience is not necessarily a bad experience.

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

A taut and exciting thriller.

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.

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

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.

However, the movie was worth the time and entertaining as movie go.

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

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

Some points were even predictable.

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

I enjoyed it a lot.

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

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

The plot is predictable.

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 !

Skip this yawner.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The film's underlying concept is fascinating and clever.

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

Standard Action Thriller with a predictable twist at the end.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

However, it's still worth the watch.

I highly recommend it!

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

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

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

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.

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

"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.

Predictable, clichéd, tired...

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