Along Came a Spider
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Police Detective and famous criminal profiler Alex Cross (Freeman) teams up with Secret Service agent Jezzie Flannigan (Potter) to solve the kidnapping of a U.S. Senator's daughter.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is a sub-par spinoff of 1997's KISS THE GIRLS, both of which are based on the Alex Cross detective novels by James Patterson. Where the first movie was a dark suspense thriller in the vein of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, this movie plays more like a USA Network Saturday night movie. Everything that happens here is just so far-fetched, including the deductive reasoning of Freeman's character. The bizarre "lead" he gets to first find the bad guy is crazy - it involved a missing picture, a *live* weblink to the kidnapper's old house, and a digital camera that can read the writing on a prescription bottle 30 feet away. I never read Patterson's novel, but I would hope that things are better explained there. There's a decent plot twist, though, which I didn't see coming. Let's hope Tamahori does better with the 20th James Bond flick that he's set to direct.
I was however excited to see this movie beforehand, because I like Monica Potter (Without Limits, Patch Adams) and figured this would be her breakout role, but it's not. She's too cutesy to be a Secret Service agent, it's just not believable. Freeman is a stud as usual, but isn't given much to work with. An Alex Cross franchise would have been a great thing for him, and us, but I don't they'll make another one after this. Even Wincott's performance as the kidnapper Soneji is a little over the top. Plus, here he was in disguise for 2 years planning the crime - then going into the detectives apartment's with a stun gun?! Where's the logic? They could have come up with some better stuff here.
Basically, there's not much here. There's a 15 minute "Making of" feature that really isn't that great. It shows some of the behind-the-scenes filming as well as interviews with the cast and director. There's also a theatrical trailer. This DVD is a bust when it comes to extras.
This movie is a let-down as we all wanted a great sequel to KISS THE GIRLS. The DVD sucks on an even higher level because of the absence of extras. This is 2nd rate rental fare at best.