Alex Cross 2012

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Crime thriller based on 'Cross', the 12th novel in James Patterson's detective series. Tyler Perry stars as detective Alex Cross, who meets his ultimate match in serial killer Picasso (Matthew Fox). As Cross begins to investigate Picasso's string of sadistic murders, he receives the horrific news that his own wife has been killed. Cross vows to hunt down the killer if it's the last thing he does - but finds himself up against a true master of evasion and manipulation.

Starring:
Stephanie Jacobsen, Jean Reno
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Stephanie Jacobsen, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, Edward Burns, Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols
Director Rob Cohen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 6 May 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Stephanie Jacobsen, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, Edward Burns, Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols
Director Rob Cohen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 6 May 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 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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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 Mr. Corey S. 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 500 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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