A mind game with a profiler. I just wish that the film's screenplay had been as clever as the concept upon which the screenplay was based. This thriller is just that. A surprising twist makes for a very satisfying finale. Confirmed by copycat of the Lindenburgh kidnapping and books about the case found in his hideout. The movie certainly ends up on different floors than where I thought it would land, and it works to some extent.
I swear, it sounded like she'd been dubbed. Gee, we have never seen this idea before. Leonetti gives the film a dark, brooding visual richness, and Jerry Goldsmith contributes another thunderously effective thriller score. This may not be a blockbuster, but this solid and underrated thriller delivers what so few of them have to offer these days: a final plot twist that genuinely surprises. Alex Cross Morgan Freeman , the leader of the sting, goes into brooding isolation, but a year later, the daughter of a U. It is not really a sequel, but more a continuation of the adventures of Forensic Psychologist Alex Cross.
Every second counts as Alex and Jezzie attempt to track down the kidnapper before the spider claims another victim for its web. In the moment, while it's unfurling in front of you, the film's fast pace, engaging performances, and visual polish keep you intrigued, and allow you to overlook the plot's more outrageous contrivances and awkward reversals. Granted, Cross does not seem like a role that would overly tax a top-notch thespian like Freeman, but he doesn't sell it short either, giving the character his full, commanding force. We already know the killer's identity-but do we? Freeman's Alex Cross was dull and plodding; Potter's Jezzie Flannigan was nasal and humorless. He should have the Best Supporting Role awards piled up in his attic.
Michael Wincott plays the psycho as naturally he would; what else is Michael Wincott going to play in a film? Probably, so I'll drop it. I honestly cannot think of another modern actor who has done such consistently high-quality work. So I question: why do killers always want to play elaborate cat and mouse games with detectives? The screenplay had another weakness. Granted, I haven't read the novel by James Patterson upon which this film was based, so I may not be casting blame in the right place. Penelope Ann Miller is the Senator's wife.
As I watched the film, often spotting ample plot holes, I was astonished at how recycled so many of the scenes were. Probably the best acting is turned in by easy on the eye Ms. He then sends a note and a sneaker of the girl to Detective Alex Cross, hence forcing him out of his self-inflicted isolation, the reasons of which are explained in the opening scene. Every second counts as Alex and Jezzie attempt to track down the kidnapper before the spider claims another victim for its web. Although under the secret service protection by Jezzie Flannigan Monica Potter and Ben Devine Billy Burke , Soneji devised an articulate plan and now holds the girl captive on his boat. When the girl tries to escape from Soneji, I was hoping she would be caught, because I wanted Soneji to lay down more puzzle pieces for Cross.
I still think the movie could have had some more thrilling moments of suspense and chills instead of indulging in a crime case that is not really all that involving. It is a well-made movie with good performances and effective, unexpected plot twists and startling surprises, but so much of it is too conventional. And as everyone knows, that is about the highest compliment a film like this can be paid. What was the purpose of the weird Lindbergh website the kidnapper sets up? Michael Wincott plays the savvy kidnapper. A guilt-ridden detective Morgan Freeman and his Secret Service partner Monica Potter try to catch a psycho who abducts the child of a prominent family. Actually, we never really care if the killer is caught.
When will they learn that internet-related plot devices just don't work in films? The acting is also generally strong across the board. And the melodramatic music was manipulative and too loud. The film is aimed at viewers who like crime puzzles and mind games. We know this man as a school teacher named Mr. What was the point of the Russian kid who seems to play such a big role in the middle portion of the picture? There's lots of action and dark suspense. As the movie continues, it only becomes more absurd.
. Am I the only one who noticed this? There is a sequence that has Cross running throughout a busy city during rush hour to deliver a ransom. Cross is an expert profiler and is very successful in tracking down elusive criminals. Screenwriter Marc Moss keeps things moving nicely, and there are some clever moments throughout, but the film also raises unanswered questions. Monica Porter has a great performance, however, in one of the film's trickiest roles. Morgan Freeman is a little too calm and collected for such an intense situation, though. For instance, what if the detectives missed any of the killer's clues? I dare not reveal any more of the story.