Starring Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Anton Yelchin, Mika Boorem, Penelope Ann Miller, Michael Moriarty, Dylan Baker, Billy Burke
Shallow. Simple. Entertaining.
Any police procedural starring Morgan Freeman invites comparison with Seven (1995). Along Came a Spider doesn’t pack nearly the punch of that classic film, nor does it really hold together logically under close examination. However, I could watch Freeman investigate anything and Along Came a Spider offers a reasonably interesting premise. Freeman plays Alex Cross, a character that has spawned a couple dozen mystery novels and three films, this being the second after Kiss the Girls (1997), adapting the series’ first novel. Cross gets dragged into an elaborate kidnapping plot involving a Senator’s daughter led by criminal mastermind (in the books anyways), Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott is creepily effective as the kidnapper) and Monica Potter plays a disgraced Secret Service agent whom Cross takes on as a partner. By-the-numbers, as most police procedurals are, the film entertains and moves quickly; quick enough for us to overlook the shady logic in how Cross discovers certain things.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-