Along Came a Spider (2001)
The game is far from over.
IMDb Rating 6.1 (18,764 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Morgan Freeman Alex Cross
Monica Potter Jezzie Flannigan
Michael Wincott Gary Soneji
Penelope Ann Miller
Micheal Moriarty
Dylan Baker Ollie McArthur
Mika Boorem Megan Rose
Billy Burke Ben Devine
Kimberly Hawthorne Agent Hickley
Michael Moriarty Senator Hank Rose
Jay O. Sanders Kyle Craig
After an obligatory prologue in which its detective hero suffers a tragic professional setback, Along Came a Spider sets about its business of luring the viewer into its nefarious plot, relying on the magician's technique of misdirection to reveal a double-whammy surprise. 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. It's no better or worse than a good vintage episode of Peter Falk's Columbo, adhering closely to the mystery-thriller's time-honored traditions, but with Morgan Freeman settling comfortably into his role as seasoned sleuth Alex Cross, familiar formula is given fresh vitality.

When a senator's daughter is kidnapped from her high-security private school, the kidnapper (nicely played by the underrated Michael Wincott) draws Cross into the case, knowing that the psychologist-detective's involvement will bring high-profile publicity. Cross partners with the Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) who botched her assignment, but wait... the movie's got a rabbit in its hat... and that rabbit has an ace up its sleeve... and director Lee Tamahori (who brought similar intensity to The Edge) handles the sleight-of-hand with slick precision, dispensing just enough information to keep the viewer off guard without resorting to cheap manipulation. Don't look for much depth of character here, but Along Came a Spider is well served by everyone involved. It's the movie equivalent of a bestseller you'd impulsively buy at the grocery-store checkout, and on those terms it succeeds. --Jeff Shannon

Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Thriller
Paramount Pictures
Movie Release Date 4/6/2001
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
User Text 1 Violence and language.
Running Time 103 mins
Color Color
Features Interactive Menus
Scene Selection
Theatrical Trailer
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
Director Lee Tamahori
Writer Marc Moss; James Patterson
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
User Credit 2 Sanja Milkovic Hays
Producer David Brown; Joe Wizan; Morgan Freeman
User Credit 1 Nicolas De Toth; Neil Travis
Musician Jerry Goldsmith
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 097363365143
Chapters 12
Release Date 8/9/2005
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 431
Collection Status In Collection
Tags School, Sequel, Disguise, Telephone Box, Ransom
Also Known As:
Im Netz der Spinne (Germany)
Masque de l'araignée, Le (Canada: French title)

Filming Locations:
Baltimore, Maryland, USA (more)

In the novel, Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are lovers. (more)

Factual errors: When Alex accesses Jezzie's computer he is prompted for a password. When he enters the password we see the actual characters he is typing where in actual fact, most Windows-based programmes would only display a line of asterisks. (more)

[Alex and Jezzie are examining Soneji's handiwork]
Alex: Wow. Imagine the patience... the dedication...
Jezzie: You sound like an admirer.
Alex: Well, he's like a spider. I happen to like spiders.

1 win & 1 nomination (more)

Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The King of Queens: Dougie Nights (#4.15)" (2002) (more)

Template design by DaveC