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Along Came a Spider (2001)

Director:
Lee Tamahori
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Fanget i mørket
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
David Brown
Joe Wizan
Morgan Freeman
Marty Hornstein
Screenwriter (based on the novel by James Patterson):
Marc Moss


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Alex Cross Morgan Freeman
Jezzie Flannigan Monica Potter
Gary Soneji/The Spider Michael Wincott ½
Ollie McArthur Dylan Baker
Megan Rose Mika Boorem
Ben Devine Billy Burke ½
Dimitri Starodubov Anton Yelchin
Kyle Craig Jay O. Sanders
Senator Hank Rose Michael Moriarty
Elizabeth Rose Penelope Ann Miller

 

Review

Where 1997's Kiss the Girls, the first film about detective Alex Cross (created by novelist James Patterson, played by Morgan Freeman), had a certain level of class and an interesting script, this sequel (of sorts) is guilty of most every sin possible in this context. Firstly, the plot is ridiculous from the start - even before the many twists and loopholes appear to muddle it further. Secondly, the psycho, as played by the fast waning Michael Wincott, is reduced to a plot puppet with no psychological profile at all - which is not a good omen considering Cross's expertise as a profiler. And thirdly, the film is so poorly directed that it's hard to believe it's conducted by the same man who made the impressive Once Were Warriors. Morgan Freeman tries his best to give the film a sense of soberness and style, but there's only so much he can do in these surroundings.

 

Copyright © 28.6.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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