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An average movie

Posted : 4 years, 6 months ago on 21 November 2013 08:09

This movie is the best example about why I often have a hard time with US thrillers. Indeed, it is a sequel involving Alex Cross following ‘Kiss the Girls’ which was not bad but this 2nd installment was seriously underwhelming. The point is that, like most US thrillers, the plot was not bad, the mood was actually quite nice but, as always, they completely messed up the ending with some really ridiculous twist. I mean, Morgan Freeman, like always, gave a decent performance and really owned the character, Monica Potter was not too bad either (even though the revelation about her character at the end was very lame) and the whole thing was rather well directed but it is always the same thing with these movies, the build- up is pretty nice but the resolution was just really lame. For Lee Tamahori, another once very promising director, it was yet another disappointing flick and you wonder if he one day will make again something as good as ‘Once Were Warriors’. Concerning Alex Cross, they released another installment in 2012 called ‘Alex Cross’ with Tyler Perry(!) as the title character and, apparently, it was even worse than this flick and was a huge flop at the box-office. Anyway, to conclude, I have seen worse but it still a really weak thriller and it is not really worth a look, even if you like the genre.

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Ineffective thriller yarn.

Posted : 10 years ago on 28 April 2008 07:45

"To be brutally honest, I think you have a morbid desire to burn in hell."

Along Came a Spider is an appalling thriller that is predictable, ludicrous and contains some absurd visual effects.

The film is nothing more than your usual clichéd kidnapping yarn - the daughter of a senator is kidnapped and people are brought on board to find out who kidnapped her as well as having the task of getting her back. Then, as usual, we find out the usual mole, the kidnapper makes a mistake and eventually everything is back to normal.

Every minute of the film is as predictable as the minute preceding it; every minute is full of the usual conventional plot twists that we could already see coming.

Morgan Freeman is one of the only actors who managed to pull off some half decent acting. His performance was full of dignity and effort. At least he endeavoured to add something decent to the production. Unfortunately the same kind of effort cannot be used to describe the screenwriter.

Because of how embarrassingly terrible the writing was, it let everyone down. It's a woeful adaptation that allows the audience to predict every single plot twist that is about to occur. Along Came a Spider is one of Lee Tamahori's first Hollywood films, and it's a shame he didn't keep his standards after Once Were Warriors. I'll admit that Tamahori is a talented director who did everything he could despite a tedious screenplay. Some scenes are very well directed, but the film is still very predictable.

Yet another dreadful aspect is the visual effects. They look highly cartoonish and not realistic in the slightest. Along Came a Spider is a very weak film that is heavily marred by its clichéd script and predictable events. There are several other kidnapping thrillers you can watch before moving onto this one.

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Along Came a Spider

Posted : 11 years, 6 months ago on 23 November 2006 10:34

Along came another film from detective Alex Cross that failed to bring intrigue to its suggested crime mystery. If the first fails, why try a sequel?

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