Along Came a Spider

2001

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

156
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 32%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 64732

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Cast

Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross
Billy Burke as Ben Devine
Anton Yelchin as Dimitri Starodubov
Penelope Ann Miller as Elizabeth Rose
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700.94 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 44 min
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1.63 GB
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English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 44 min
P/S 2 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by r-angle 8 / 10

FUN, BUT SKIP THE OPENING SEQUENCE

I saw this on CATV, and I missed the opening sequence. Went back and saw it later, and it's laughable. But the rest of this flick is great. It's well done and suspenseful. Every actor is great, especially Morgan Freeman, of course, and the lovely lady, played by Monica Potter. The story actually makes sense. They made a great movie out of what was probably a pretty bad book. Have not read it. Can't usually wade through James Patterson's stuff. See this one. It's fun.

Reviewed by MovieSoupDragon 5 / 10

Thrilling but has too many flaws to ignore.

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. This film has a lot of flaws which I will discuss but first I must just focus on the few good things to get them out of the way.

Morgan Freeman is great in this film. He is very believable as Alex Cross and does a great job of playing a criminal profiler. The reason he plays it so well is due to his retrospective, calm but analytical voice that he uses in all of his films to great effect. His voice gives the impression of great wisdom and endless patience which is what a good detective must have.

Freeman's facial expressions, too, are spot on for the scenes he is in and give a gravitas to his performance that only a great actor can give. There are a few little things like he is slightly too old for the character and he has a few lines that fall flat but on the whole I enjoyed his performance.

The plot of the movie is good as well and does follow very close to the excellent book it is based on. I have been a fan of the Alex Cross series for a while and this movie does capture the Patterson style of suspense and thrillingness that we expect from anything relating to this series (thrillingness is not a word but screw you it is my review).

The Problem with this film is every other actor involved is weak. This film has some very wooden performances and terrible actors who emote nothing and add nothing to the scenes they are in. Dylan Baker is terrible in this film. His character has no emotion what so ever and is just so bland on screen that I find every scene he is in to be BLEH.

The problem is that Baker is only good for playing small roles like in Spiderman 3 where he is in it for 30 seconds. When you put him in longer scenes you can tell how much of a poor actor he is. I think it is best to put him in a short cameo or TV show but not a full length film. He just can't act realistically.

Monica Potter as Flannigan is just terrible and does nothing for the characters persona at all. The sad thing is that in the book she was a much more interesting character that I really liked and wanted to see her done right on film. Every emotion she does is unconvincing and really makes me feel a bit embarrassed for her. She only has one emotion and that is "dumbfounded curiosity" which gets a bit draining after seeing it 50,000,000 times. I was hoping for something a bit more real from her character and Potter just failed to deliver.

Child actors in this are a very mixed bag. On one side you have a young Anton Yelchin playing an okay role as a school boy who is semi important to the plot. On the other hand you have Mika Boorem playing an unconvincing captured kid that is just boring to watch and unconvincing. However this did not ruin the film for me as I do not expect much from child actors as they can all be rubbish in film unless directed diligently.

The technical side of things is disappointing. Obviously the music is just stock music that they bought of a company and it completely shows. Its not BAD music it is just very cookie cutter and does some scenes a disservice by being too stilted and not framing a scene in the right light. 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.

It is a shame but I suppose when you have a small budget of……WAIT $60,000,000!!!!?? WTF??? For $60,000,000 they could have made this movie so much better than it was. They could have spent much more on camera work, lighting, decent actors ETC. Where the $60,000,000 was spent I do not know but it is a shame that probably most of it went into Freemans pay.

A GREAT film like Reservoir Dogs was made for $1,200,000 and that was shot better, looked better and had a better supporting cast than this movie. 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.

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. Unfortunately no matter how much I love Morgan Freeman or the books of James Patterson it will not make me love this movie. I did enjoy this film but the flaws are reflected in the score I have given.

Reviewed by nilen-51573 4 / 10

To many plot twist that makes the movie bad

When I see a movie, especially a movie that is trying to put on a complex puzzle that the characters is trying to solve I start to dislike it when it don't fit or if the character by just pure chance did something that just happens to get them closer to solve the mystery and stop the "bad guy". In this movie it happen when they seamlessly just start to watch the Russian kids home because of a passing though that the kidnapper maybe is after him. Then that night when the kidnapper was going to kidnap the kid just happens to be that night they where watching the house. Its a to easy way to bring the story forward.

Then the twist in the end of the movie is really bad. Two other people knew of the kidnapping and was going to profit of it. So he was not a master planer and his plan could have been stopped before it even began. These two people where in charge of locking down the school when the alarm when of and did not do it so the kidnappers plan could be successful. So he did not think of everything and would have failed if just the security had done its job. This is also not though of by any character before the end of the movie which I find hard to believe. It should have been the first thing that is brought up when the Girl was kidnapped.

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