on March 12, 2004
I love James Patterson novels with all my heart, but this movie is the epitome of why you should never see a movie based on a book. The book was awesome, tense, and a definate page turner. The movie, is in one word, CRAP. The ending was so completely different that the fact that they screwed up the entire plot line is ALMOST pointless to mention.
First of all, in the book, Gary Soneji kidnapped TWO children, not one, and after they left that out the rest of the movie is irrelavent. If you liked this movie, but haven't read the book, go read it, please. You will see that some books just cannot be scripted for the big screen. Secondly, I also read that they are coming out with a movie for "Roses Are Red" and that this too, will differ from the book in several ways, so I will not even bother with it. (Go to [...] and read the interview on there for yourself) I own EVERY single James Patterson book on the market and I have to say that I couldn't have been more disappointed in this movie no matter what they tried to do with it... If you have read the book, this one is a MUST PASS!
on September 14, 2003
A good cast and good director are largely wasted here due to a completely incoherent script. I have not read the James Patterson novel that it is based on, but I gather from other reviewers that it is radically different, and in ways that probably should have been retained in the film. This movie just left me scratching my head. No motivation for character's actions, incomphrensible police/forensic work, "plot twists" that come out of nowhere, etc. One of the worst -- the little kidnapped girl disappears from the kidnappers boat, but we are never told how this happens (she's locked in securely). Horrible CGI special effects that look cartoonish and totally phony.
About all I can say positive is that Morgan Freeman and Michael Wincott, along with Monica Potter, Michael Moriarity and several other good actors, try valiantly to use talent and charisma to make SOMETHING of the material, but with a script this incoherent they didn't stand a chance.
This is not even worth a rental, unless you are completely desperate on a rainy evening and there is absolutely nothing else to watch.
on June 13, 2003
A kidnapped victim, a police detective in need of redemption, a rookie secret service agent in search of a mentor, a perverted villain: this movie has all the elements of a good psychological thriller. So why does it fail, so miserably? It's probably because the spider is so concerned with casting a complex web that it gets tangled in the process. In the middle of the movie, various plot twists lead the movie into a different direction that's not in the least bit compatible with its beginning. True, it makes the story unpredictable; it also makes the events in the story highly improbably, and the characters highly inconsistent. There are a few intense, dramatic moments, such as the scene where the police detective (played aptly by Morgan Freeman), aided by electronic tracing devices, attempts to deliver the ransom, following the kidnapper's cryptic instructions from one phone booth to another, with barely enough time to get from point A to point B. But that's about all that's redeeming in this movie.
The rest of the movie is a complete nonsense. The smart cop commits a stupid error (by shooting and killing the only one person who can lead him to the victim); good cops reveal that they're not that good after all (but no convincing explanation is given). It seems to me this spider starts out as a kidnap-and-ransom thriller, then becomes a relationship drama (an experienced cop and a rookie developing an emotional, tactical codependency), but finally transforms into something about inevitable destiny ("You do what you are," announces the villain). Not even Freeman can untangle this messy web. This spider really bugs me--and not in a good way.
on November 10, 2001
Alright, alright, let's begin. I love Morgan Freeman, but this movie was horrendous. I've read the Alex Cross books. I understand you can't make a movie perfectly from the book. Unfortunately, James Patterson sold his soul in order to make a buck. The plot is basically the same, but the sequences are far different. The outcomes are different. The inability to use the names in the book? I mean Megan Rose instead of Maggie Rose? Is it really that big of a deal to use the name that was written in the book. Is it going to effect the plot of the movie? Later on, something happens in the movie that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to create the motion picture for "Cat and Mouse". It just keeps getting worse for us fans of the books.
Besides that, the acting wasn't anything up to Morgan Freeman standards. The twist was decent, but could have been written out a little better. It's just not a movie I would recommend to anyone who likes the books. Unfortunately, I have a bias opinion.
on November 16, 2002
I read this book in the early nineties when it came out and loved it. So when I heard it was being made into a movie I was happy. After I saw the movie, I went back and re-read the book because I didn't reconize anything in the movie. The only thing that the writers took from the book was the title and the character's names and that's it. I was SO DISSAPPOINTED. The main problem I had was the same as I had in KISS THE GIRLS was that Morgan Freeman, though excellent in the role, is to old to play Alex Cross. In the books, Alex Cross is a man in his late thirties. In the book ACS, the characters are well developed and the plot has excellent twist and turns. This movie has almost a completely different plot. It's a shame the could do a movie of the book. Maybe like Red Dragon, someone will make an accurate adaption of this book.
on April 9, 2004
Well, it's hard to completely blame the filmmakers for this stinker when the book that it came from isn't well-written either. However, there's so much of this movie that doesn't make sense and, when you're making a suspense/thriller, it helps if the situations are plausible, and audience members don't shake their heads in disgust upon the denoument. I won't tell you who did the crimes, but I'm only saving you about five minutes of time: once you're that far into the movie, you'll have it all figured out. The movie borrows heavily from "Seven," "Silence of the Lambs," and another, much better Morgan Freeman movie, "Kiss the Girls." That was also written by James Patterson, but the director managed to make it a decent movie anyway. Watch any of those, they won't insult your intelligence quite as much.
on September 29, 2001
Fans of James Patterson's suspenseful, clever book Along Came A Spider will be deeply disappointed with this tepid thiller. The screenwriters seem to have cut what they wanted out of the book, then added their own twists and turns to the hacked-up remains. Morgan Freeman, while a great actor, is entirely too old to be playing DC detective Alex Cross. Monica Potter was also a bad choice for FBI special agent Jezzie Flanigan. If you haven't read the book, it's entirely possible that you may like this film, but if you have read it, then avoid this movie at all costs. When leaving the theater, you could definitely tell who had read it and who hadn't.
on October 10, 2001
What can I say - bad script, bad acting, bad movie.
You know it's bad when you keep looking at your watch hoping it is almost over.
The movie just doesn't move - it drags and drags and drags. The bad guy is so dull you can't understand why he even bothered to kidnap the victim.
The real kicker for me was when the supposed good (ravinish babe) turns into the evil killer who had this all planned all along...
on September 28, 2001
I'm not a fan on james patterson, I think his novels are cheap supermarket money-making slapstick "thrillers", but that's just my opinion. The movie was even worse than the movie. The book was kind of like "Primal Fear", (primal fear is better, rent that instead!) but there is no sign of personality split in the movie. It's a horrible adaptation. Don't waste your money, especially if you've read the novel.
on October 16, 2001
Along came a spider was the first book from James Patterson that set me on my coarse to reading all his books. I couldn't wait to see the movie. Now I wish I never laid eyes on it. And the casting for both of his movies. Alex Cross has two adorable kids. This Alex Cross is to old. and no kids. Read the books. If another movie comes out go bowling.