A senator's daughter, under protection from the Secret Service, is kidnapped while attending her private school in Washington D.C. Alex Cross, a detective and psychologist, teams up with a Secret Service agent in order to put together the clues that lead to the missing girl. At the same time, they work on finding answers to the streak of murders that are taking place in the city, possibly linked to the kidnapping. All signs point in the direction of a man named Gary Soneji; who doesn't want a ransom for the kidnapping, but rather wants to go down in the history books for his meticulous skills. Cross and the Secret Service agent now face the hardest challenge yet, trying to stop Soneji before it is too late.
Morgan Freeman plays Dr. Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist who is soon knee deep in a high-profile kidnapping case. An archvillain named Soneji has abducted a senator's daughter from her private school, a crime he is determined to make as big as the Lindbergh case. "Spider" couldn't be better served than it is by Mr. Freeman, whose prickly smarts and silken impatience bring believability to a classless, underdeveloped thriller. Still, he is wasted in this impersonal film. Sadder still, it was directed by Lee Tamahori, whose fresh "Once Were Warriors" was all insolent temperament. Shackled to this by-the-numbers picture, all he can do is keep things in focus. — Elvis Mitchell
2001-04-06 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Along Came A Spider