Director: Lee Tamahori
It's a classic case of one wrong twist spoiling a great show. Along Came The Spider is the kind of movie one would go to with a thinking friend. It starts with a cliché—a wise cop (Morgan Freeman) loses his partner and then spends months brooding over the tragedy. It then develops into an extraordinary plot—a trusted school-teacher kidnaps a senator's daughter and Freeman, who's not involved in the case, gets a call and the kidnapper leaves clues, as part, apparently, of a convoluted game. Freeman cracks the codes to discover a criminal whose motive is not money or thrills, but an intellectual recognition of his talents.
Monica Potter, failed secret service agent, joins Freeman in the hunt. The mindgame leads to the possibility of another startling kidnap. Freeman finally gets a more conventional call—a ransom demand. Suspicious about the sudden turn in the kidnapper's mind, he keeps the ransom...