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  • Actors: Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno
  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OGIRP2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Based on the character created by James Patterson and poularised by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider, Tyler Perry takes over as Dr. Alex Cross, a homicide detective/psychologist with the Detroit Police Department. Cross meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

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Having cornered the market on his signature brand of inspirational comedy, Tyler Perry makes a bid for action-movie supremacy with this grisly adaptation of author James Patterson's most popular character. Loosely based on the 12th novel in the series (2007's Cross), the plot follows the early days of the title character, a genius police detective/psychologist trying to clean up the mean streets of Detroit while keeping his family out of the line of fire. As he mulls over accepting a job with the FBI, he and his team are forced to match wits with a psychotic contract killer (Matthew Fox), who displays a disturbing commitment towards seeing his job through. Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, XXX) knows this turf well, delivering an effective mix of creeping thriller sequences and go-for-broke action scenes. Faced with the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Morgan Freeman (who played the character in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider), Perry does a credible job in portraying both the tender and vengeful aspects of his character, even if the script often falls into the trap of having other characters exclaiming how brilliant Cross is, rather than letting the viewers see the deductive process for themselves. Based on his first attempt, any future entries in the franchise appear to be in good hands. Ultimately, however, the other elements of Alex Cross pale in comparison to Fox, who goes all out--and then some--in giving the audience someone to hiss at. He's shorn down to what appears to be a negative body-fat ratio, and occasionally literally froths at the mouth--and his dedication to creating a villain for the ages quickly overpowers the material. Once this freaky beanpole starts chewing the scenery, you'll be glad that the filmmakers decided against shooting in 3-D. --Andrew Wright

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
Alex Cross is the name of titular character played by Tyler Perry (Precious) - a hard-hitting psychologist detective. With his partner Tommy Kane (Edward Burns - Man on a Ledge) they are the top detectives in the Detroit Police Department and are put on to the case of a seemingly gang-related multiple homicide. When it becomes clear that they are after a killer with multiple targets, they assume the killer's ultimate target is corporate bigwig Mercier (Jean Reno - Leon). As the killer works his way closer to Mercier, can Cross stop him? And if so, at what cost to himself?

Well, where to begin? The killer is played by a massively slimmed down Matthew Fox (Jack from Lost) who is in incredible shape and really had to get down to some ridiculously low fat percentage to play this role. He deserves credit for the dedication but is let down by shoddy direction and a flimsy script. Infuriatingly, if you have seen the trailer for Alex Cross, you have seen the best bits of the movie - the main action sequence makes up the majority of the trailer (swimming the water pipe, a bomb, the spread arms with a gun in hand etcetera) Heck, most of that is revealed on the cover of the DVD!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
So we get the sort of prequel to the other movies, and the first thing you realise is that the film is woefully miscast.

Perry should stick to wearing a dress, because he is the poor mans Alex Cross, and I couldn't help but think that he just couldn't be bothered.

Saying that though, it's not as bad as many say. It's not good, but then I have a penchant for thrillers that were released in the very late nineties (Switchback, 8MM, The Jackal, Mercury Rising) and this feels so much like one of those.

Fox and Burns are the best things in the movie, while Jean Reno makes a special guest appearance playing an embarrassed fat European in a turkey, much like Gerard Depiedieu (whatever) in Babylon A.D.

The film never really bothers the grey matter, The villain is pantomime evil, and Perry has a fight at the end hanging from a ceiling.

I do hate myself for enjoying the film as much as I did, but then again, any film with a rocket launcher can't be that bad.

It's predictable, with some atrocious characters (Hi Mom!), but somehow, it's watchable.

Welcome back 1997.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. A. Maltby on 19 May 2013
Format: DVD
I watched this film after being a fan of James Patterson's books for nearly 10 years. I have read all of his novels and his biggest strength always appears to be creating a strong story line and characters that you feel you really want to root for.

The problems with all 3 James Patterson adaptations is that the story line is superb and very cleverly written, throwing in so many red herrings to mislead you throughout the plot. In the films, they don't seem to do this. It is all action based, which isn't what Patterson is all about.

If you are not a fan of the books (and cringing in horror that for some reason that Alex Cross has a white best friend for some reason - why they would get rid of Sampson I cannot fathom), then this is an OK film. It does what it sets out to do. Have a bad guy, attempts to trip up the cops, ultimately, they win.

As a fan of the books, I wasn't as let down as I thought I would be. I thought it would be much worse than what it actually was, especially if you read some reviews out there. It isn't going to be one of those films we all talk about in years to come (unless you are a fan and you moan about how we still haven't had a good adaptation). It is a simple film that works, but not for the Alex Cross lovers and purists out there.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
My title probably sums up the whole review. If you are a fan of the Alex Cross books then you will be disappointed with this film. The only real connection is the ethnicity of the star and the make up of his family. Its a while since I read a Cross novel but I'm sure his partner was a very big black man not an average sized white guy. Rob Cohen must have seen 'Bad Boys' so he knows a film can be successful with two black leads.
The beginning of the film sets Cross up as a black Sherlock Holmes with excellent deductive skills but it soon degenerates into the standard paint by numbers American action thriller as our heroes run around trying to thwart a psychotic hitman who is out to kill a French tycoon. I guessed the hitman's employer in the first half hour before we'd even met him.
I'm not saying that this isn't an enjoyable film and if you've never read any of the books you will probably not be disappointed but if you're a fan then you might wish to stick to Morgan Freeman's potrayal of your hero.
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