Came A Spider
is an intelligent, intense and immensely intriguing movie. It
doesn't dumb-up things for the public.
we all watch Forensic Files and Medical Detectives now. We're
hip to the inner workings of the police and FBI . Hollywood
can now use technical lingo when in our company.
novelist of Along Came a Spider, James Patterson, likes these
kinds of serial- profiler- cat play -spiderweb games. He also
penned creepy, Kiss The Girls, which was adapted for film and
also starred Morgan Freeman.
Morgan Freeman is such a calm guy. He's has a Steven Seagal
serenity about him. It works in this type of fast twisting,
elaborately technical dialog flick. He helps keep your brain
relaxed and focused while absorbing tiny bits of information
that will later compute into an intricate unique plot.
story goes...Teacher, Mr. Sanje (Michael "Voice of
a garbage disposal stuck on, on" Wincott), has a plan.
A sinister plan. He's a copycat of the worst kind. He wants
infamy through others' misery. He kidnaps a young student and
leaves a clever clue .
invites retired cop and profiler/author Alex Cross to spar a
bit.Sanje wants the public to notice him. Give him notoriety.
To be sure he's properly portrayed as a forensic whiz psycho
and not, God forbid, just a plain old psycho
reluctantly obliges and the hunt is on. But just who is hunting
Cross lead the arsenal of FBI and Police agents to the clever
shanghaier before the girl dies? Is the girl even the story?
your a die-hard mystery fan you may start to see the fly through
the web half way through. But, ACAS still has plenty
of surprises to keep even the most jaded of us guessing damn
near to the end.
was adorable in Nurse
Betty and he's charming and smooth here. He's always
flawless. Born with that aura, a general ease about him.
The man's a walking bottle of Chamomile oil.
discuss this caramel-dipped treat, Michael Wincott! He's cute
in a bad boy- that- simply screams to be- spanked- till- he-
behaves- way. Mike's yet another example of why everyone should
have the following two dvd or videos in their collection as
reference material; Usual Suspects - which has been,
for years now, the quintessential guide to the "upcoming
actors" as well as all 'round mansteak extravaganza! Usual
is a filmstew of men which includes a barely comprehend-able
Benicio Del Toro, a young "unknown" Kevin Spacey,
a super smooth Chazz Palmitieri, new to-the-biz Bryan Singer
other "must have" is Basquiat.
is an absolutely chock-full-of-talents flick that one can watch
over and over, and yet, never grow tired of...You get bonus
thrills as these actor/actresses come of "Hollywood"
age! You simply go back and see them when...Basquiat's
celluloid has captured young-n-buff Jeffrey Wright, a super
slimy Del Toro shows up (again), a sexy Courtney Love, a spry
Gary Oldman, a bubbly Christopher Walken and Michael Wincott
( our chilling villain in Along Came a Spider). All this
testosterone in one hell of a film, directed by "out there"
visionary Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls), it's
simply a must have! And, Wincott
stole his scenes with every frame he passed through, not easy
in the company he was keeping. No siree Bob.
does a wonderful job of creeping us out, and keeping us on our
tense little toes here.Though his signature dying chainsaw voice
has been disturbingly "toned" down...
Boorem, one of Mel Gibson umpteen kids in The
Patriot, did a great job playing kidnapped Megan Rose.
She held her own gracefully and captivatingly with her elders.
Again kudos to both novelist and screenplay writer for her words
spoken as if from a real child in a real situation.
Service agent Jezzie, played by Monica Potter,
was annoying. She was confusing. Sometimes clever like the secret
agent should be and other times as dumb as Dahrma. It's a step
up from Potter's Head Over Heels role...So the jury still
out. Give her a chance and we'll see what this budding actress
chooses as time goes on.
recommendation: Tea and honey
Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, and Jay O. Sanders
by: Lee Tamahori