Off the beaten path comes a movie called Spider, which does not feature Tobey Maguire swinging from rooftops but instead has Ralph Fiennes stumbling about and mumbling as he tries to keep what little sanity he has left.
Prematurely released from a mental institution, Daniel Clegg (Fiennes), a.k.a. Spider (his mom used to call him that for some reason), finds himself in a boarding house. Working out of his journal, he travels into the past to discover what happened to his mother and what happened to his mind. The events aren't pretty.
Some have praised this movie and Fiennes for this movie, but in reality there is little to be said about this dramatic thriller. Fiennes really does spend the entire movie walking around at half-speed and mumbling incoherently to himself; he probably only has about ten actual lines in the whole movie. Sure, he looks like a psycho, but is that enough to be called a good performance?
Furthermore, while Spider isn't necessarily a bad movie, it is incredibly boring, as very little happens in the first half, and in the second half. Most of the story is told in flashbacks of his childhood, where Fiennes is placed at the back of the scene to stand idly around. How exciting.
The only saving grace for the film is the thinker twist ending, but the rest of the film is so bland it was hardly worth the time to think over it.
Spider is a disappointing film that has a good ending but nothing to fill in the other ninety-five percent of the story.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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