Review: SPIDER IN THE WEB Doesn’t Catch Any Prey


Apart from a somewhat entertaining performance from Sir Ben Kingsley, Spider in the Web is a generic and forgettable B-movie spy thriller.
Technical Merit

Spider in the Web, directed by Eran Riklis, is a new spy thriller that is banking on the popularity of its stars to make people want to see it. Somehow managing to be generic and predictable despite being overly convoluted, this film is nonetheless watchable because of an enjoyable turn from Sir Ben Kingsley.

The movie has two main stories: one involving an aging Israeli agent who is investigating a potential chemical weapons deal involving a Middle Eastern dictatorship, and a younger operative who is sent to investigate him under the suspicion that he may be fabricating evidence. Although this sounds like an interesting concept on paper, it is ultimately developed in a way that is less than satisfying.

One of the biggest issues with this film is that the pacing is quite uneven. The runtime clocks in at slightly under two hours which, while not unusual for the genre, is simply too long for this story. Had some of the fluff and red herrings been trimmed, this could have been an admirably twisty spy drama, but as is, it feels bloated and forgettable.

Another thing that hurts the movie is the doubt that the film plants in the beginning of the movie regarding the legitimacy of its storyline. In the beginning of the film, it is established that Adereth (Kingsley), may be beyond his prime and acting irrationally. Although the movie tries its hardest on many occasions to prove to us that this was, in fact, an error, that inkling of doubt that rests in our mind prevents us from completely buying into the story.

spider in the web duo

Additionally, the character development is quite weak. Perhaps it is because they are supposed to be formless shadows, but neither Adereth nor Daniel has a particularly compelling personality, and as such, it becomes difficult to sympathize with either of them. That said, the dynamic that forms between the two is likely the most interesting part of the film. If only this was explored in more depth.

Kingsley gives an enjoyable performance as Adereth, but one can’t help but wonder where his days of getting Oscar-worthy roles have gone. Kingsley has a great range, so he is able to elevate anything in which he stars, including this, though you can tell he was likely still in it for the paycheck. The rest of the cast is largely unimpressive, as Itzik Cohen is mostly flat and emotionless, and Monica Bellucci is sadly underused.

On a technical level, the movie is even more generic than the script. The film lacks any sense of style or visual flair, feeling entirely uninspired. Had the movie looked more exciting, it would have been more exciting as a whole in turn. Instead, the visuals are thoroughly bland and only serve to compound the overly slow pace of the script.

Spider in the Web is kept afloat simply by the presence of Sir Ben Kingsley, but otherwise, it is a generic and bland spy film. Although it may be distraction enough to please some audiences, most will be left thinking of the better movies which this hoped to replicate.

Spider in the Web hits theaters and VOD on August 30.


AXIOS on HBO: Melinda Gates on U.S. Leadership & COVID-19 Crisis (Clip) | HBO

Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses leadership as the major determining factor in the impact of COVID-19 in the United States. #HBO #AxiosOnHBO #MelindaGates Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Known for delivering news, coverage, and insight with a distinctive brand of smart brevity, Axios on HBO helps viewers better…

Drag Queens Trixie Mattel & Katya React to Away | I Like to Watch | Netflix

Drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya react to scenes from the Netflix series Away, with Hilary Swank, in this episode of "I Like to Watch". Watch Away, Only on Netflix: SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series,…

Tell Me A Story | Season 1 Episode 8 | The Detective In Charge Scene | The CW

Stream new episodes of Tell Me A Story Wednesdays free only on The CW: SUBSCRIBE: About TELL ME A STORY: TELL ME A STORY takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized…

The Governor Kills Hershel | The Walking Dead Classic Scene

Rick opens up to try and make peace with the Governor, who has Hershel and Michonne as prisoners. Watch Classic Scenes from The Walking Dead: Subscribe to The Walking Dead on YouTube: #TWD #TheWalkingDead #HershelGreene THE WALKING DEAD: Like The Walking Dead on Facebook: Follow The Walking Dead on Twitter: Visit…

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Dark Reality of MMA (Promo) | HBO

It’s the dark, ugly reality of MMA. Fighters seeking an advantage cut drastic amounts of weight days before a bout, putting their lives at risk. Real Sports is all-new Tuesday, September 22 at 10PM on HBO and HBO Max. #HBO #RealSports Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Real Sports is television’s most-honored sports journalism program,…

We Are Who We Are: Meet the Characters | Fraser, Sarah, and Maggie | HBO

Jack Dylan Grazer, Chloë Sevigny, and Alice Braga introduce you to the characters they play in the new series from Luca Guadagnino. #HBO #WeAreWhoWeAre #JackDylanGrazer #ChloëSevigny #AliceBraga Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: From Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me By Your Name, We Are Who We Are follows a group of teens growing…

The Ready Room With Wil Wheaton | Official Trailer

Get ready for new installments of The Ready Room with host Wil Wheaton! The Ready Room is your behind-the-scenes one-stop-shop for all things Star Trek Universe, including interviews with cast members, Executive Producers, Showrunners and more.

The 100 | Season 7 Episode 15 | The Dying Of The Light Promo | The CW

Stream new episodes of The 100 Thursdays free only on The CW: SUBSCRIBE: About THE 100: The human race returns, after a 97-year exile in space, to a wildly transformed Earth...only to discover that the human race had never truly left. Clarke found herself forced to lead a band of disposable juvenile delinquents…
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here