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Along Came a Spider (2001) star

Reviewed 2001-10-26: This is a sequel to Kiss the Girls, with the same character, Alex Cross, played by Morgan Freeman. The story takes place eight months after Cross sees his partner die during a botched undercover operation. He still Second Look Reviewhasn't forgiven himself or gotten on with his life, but Cross suddenly finds himself thrust into investigating a high-profile kidnapping case. An apparent schoolteacher, Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott, from Strange Days and the latest Alien film), has kidnapped the 12-year-old daughter of Senator (Michael Moriarty) and Mrs. Rose (Penelope Ann Miller, from Kindergarten Cop and The Relic). This, despite her being under Secret Service protection run by agents Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter, from ConAir) and Ben Devine (Billy Burke), and has decided to get Cross involved in the case.

Cross asks that Jezzie be allowed to assist on the case. While the FBI believes that the kidnapper is just after money, Cross discovers that Soneji appears to be fixated on the historic kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby from the 1930s. Alex and Jezzie try to decipher clues that they hope will eventually lead to him and the kidnapped girl.

My take on this film: I am told Kiss the Girls was pretty good (I haven't seen it). Well, take a truck and drive through all of the plot holes in this one and you might have more fun. And that doesn't even begin to address the absurdity of a kidnapper who isn't after money and who is insane enough to play guessing games with the detectives on his case. I'm not experienced in this, but isn't the point of a crime to get away with it? Why would you deliberately leave clues? If you ever get a chance to see this movie, pass it up.

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Ronald Bruce Meyer is a freelance reviewer.