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Along came a spider

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Movie propaganda

The game is far from over.

Megan Rose (Mika Boorem) is kidnapped from an upper class Washington DC private school, and soon Doctor Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is on the case, teaming up with Secret Service Agent Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), with clues pointing to the missing girl being connected to a streak of murders taking place in the city. All signs lead to someone by the name of Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott), who may be the greatest criminal mind cross has come up against yet...

Persons of interest

  • Morgan Freeman .... Alex Cross
  • Monica Potter .... Jezzie Flannigan
  • Michael Wincott .... Gary Soneji
  • Dylan Baker .... Ollie McArthur
  • Mika Boorem .... Megan Rose
  • Anton Yelchin .... Dimitri Starodubov
  • Kimberly Hawthorne .... Agent Hickley
  • Jay O Sanders .... Kyle Craig
  • Billy Burke .... Ben Devine
  • Michael Moriarty .... Senator Hank Rose
  • Penelope Ann Miller .... Elizabeth Rose
  • Anna Maria Horsford .... Vickie
  • Scott Heindl .... Floyd the Fisherman
  • Lewis Colick .... Screenwriter
  • Marc Moss .... Screenwriter
  • Lee Tamahori .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Good old serial killer script #38, with plot twists #19, #22 and #41. Not that Along came a spider is a boring and predictable film, it's just that when a room full of people laugh out loud as each twist is revealed you know that your movie isn't being watched quite the way you expected.

Making the best of a small part is Mika, who is completely unfettered in her performance. Anton, with an even smaller role, has screen presence Tom Cruise would kill for (of course, if you count his miscarried unborn child, he did). Alex wanders through the starring role (written for a man a third of his age) with a few meaningful glances off camera while Monica does a mean Julia Roberts.

One of the oddest parts of Along came a spider is the death of Alex's partner in the exciting roller coaster opening. Why? It doesn't change his modus operandi and barely affects his modus vivandi. During the course of events it gets referred to once in passing and has no relevance to Alex and Jezzie teaming up. He didn't even have a partner in Kiss the girls.

But Along came a spider rolls along, throwing out clues and red herrings with gay abandon. As a mystery it doesn't quite match up to Miss Marple but it will have your brain turning round and round trying to figure things out.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio and languages: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround
  • Features:
    • Cast and crew interviews
    • Making of
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9 enhanced
  • Subtitles: English, English closed captions

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

99 minutes (1:39 hours) - DVD
103 minutes (1:43 hours) - VHS

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 16 August 2001
DVD rental: 18 January 2002
VHS rental: 18 January 2002
DVD retail: 7 June 2002
VHS retail: 7 June 2002

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