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Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

Morgan Freeman's quiet confidence is just right for the character of Dr. Alex Cross, the D.C. police detective who specializes in forensic psychology.

This is the second James Patterson novel (the first was 1997's Kiss The Girls) to be made into a film starring Freeman.

The opening has Cross' female partner killed in a spectacular undercover sting.  He blames himself for her death, leaves his job and mopes around the house.  That is, until a US Senator's daughter is kidnaped from her posh private school and the killer contacts him at home.

Cross has made a name for himself by profiling criminals and writing about them, and the kidnapper thinks he could be bestseller material.

Cross joins up with Zezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), the secret service agent who was on the job when the girl was taken.  The two are soon hot on the trail of the bad guy, with Flannigan offering information about the school's surveillance system and Cross providing his passion for details.

The Washington setting, wet and cold, adds to the mystery of the eerie crime.  But, the crime itself is made much more interesting by the young victim herself, who entertains the audience with her ingenious plans for escape.

Potter is weak as the female lead, but Freeman more than compensates for her lack of screen presence.  He's such a fine actor, he raises the level of any material.  Following him as he unravels the clues is a real treat.

 
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