Along Came a Spider
Title: Along Came a Spider
Sequel to Kiss The Girls. A congressman’s daughter is kidnapped from a private school by an insider who calls Det. Alex Cross, sucking him into the case even though he’s recovering from the loss of his partner.
After an obligatory prologue in which its detective hero suffers a tragic professional setback, Along Came a Spider sets about its business of luring the viewer into its nefarious plot, relying on the magician’s technique of misdirection to reveal a double-whammy surprise. The clever, late-coming plot twist is a bit too mechanical but effectively unexpected, making this a satisfying prequel to the hit thriller Kiss the Girls—based on the first of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective novels—and a welcomed addition to a promising movie franchise. It’s no better or worse than a good vintage episode of Peter Falk’s Columbo, adhering closely to the mystery-thriller’s time-honored traditions, but with Morgan Freeman settling comfortably into his role as seasoned sleuth Alex Cross, familiar formula is given fresh vitality.