Elevated by the presence of Morgan Freeman, Lee Tamahori's "Along Came a Spider" is a solid but routine crime thriller. Focusing on Alex Cross, the brilliant profiler, the film follows as Cross and company take on kidnappers who have targeted a prep school. The film follows typical plot beats, but, as Cross, Freeman keeps things compelling.
A mystery revolving around the abduction of a Senator's daughter, the narrative does enough to engage its audience. Predictable patches alternate with solid thrills, and, though the mystery unravels quickly, there is enough in the plot to generate interest. The production is slick if nondescript, and Freeman does his best to add weight to the enterprise. Monica Potter makes an intriguing partner, and the whole affair moves at a good rate.
"Along Came a Spider" shrugs off its narrative and production-level flatness to rate as a mostly solid thriller. Freeman is its greatest asset and helps the experience rise above being only average.