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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!!

Whilst Alex Cross sells itself as a thoroughbred action film - what it neglects to mention is that the majority of the 101 minute-duration is spent developing characters such as his partner's love interest, Cross' family life and mundane police-desk scenes - the pacing is awful as we alternate from 100mph action sequences to snails-pace romantic dinner between Cross and his wife. Cross comes out with some truly dogmatic lines of absolute certainty about the killer, statements that are pure conjecture yet form the basis of his investigation. A scene of contrition when he gets something wrong is cringe worthy. The killer's motivations/origin are a complete mystery and his utter vindictiveness is just a stretch too far without any explanation.

Continuity is rubbish; we see Cross tool-up with the standard all black get up complete with the ridiculous numbers of handguns and a sawn-off - his mother begs him not to leave and do something he will regret. The next scene, he is wearing a blue jacket with no guns in sight. The following scene he is back in the all black outfit... We see the killer trouncing some local-UFC-champion with ease in the early scenes yet he loses to a chubby policeman hand-to-hand. There is some sort of time-machine in Cross' office door as everyone is using contemporary computers outside, yet there a 4ft-high 1970s magnetic tape machine inside his office - it's all a bit nonsensical.

In conclusion, claims to be all killer and action but really is a house-cat posing as a predator. Matthew Fox is unsettling in his role as a psychotic killer, but ultimately it's a bit of ridiculous story that isn't all that interesting.
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on 23 January 2014
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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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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on 20 May 2013
The film has only a little character build for master detective Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) who pays attention to details and then reconstructs the scene, always correctly. In this film Tyler Perry doesn't play his own mom...which may have been an improvement. Alex Cross becomes involved in a complex cat and mouse game with a highly skilled assassin in Matthew Fox.

Cross is aided by his partner Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) and Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols). The film lacked originality and a good twist. Tyler Perry played a very stiff character, if you can believe that. Tyler's ability to figure things out from little clues should have been the fun part of the film. It worked well in the early scene with his wife (Carmen Ejogo). Instead it was very stiff and infrequently used. His partner should have said a sarcastic, "Brilliant Holmes!" at least once.

Parental Guide: Minor F-bomb usage. Implied sex. No nudity. Some torture. 3 stars is pushing it. I thought newly released "Fire with Fire" was better.
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on 19 May 2013
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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on 22 May 2014
I went into this film having not read the books but judged on its own merits this film is like any other action movie I have seen before. I liked the chemistry between Tyler Perry and Edward Burns although at times it seems a little forced. Matthew Fox is the real stand out performance also the movie itself looks stylish. However some of the dialogue was horrendous and I was not sure whether it was trying to be funny or serious plus the last twenty minutes was ludicrous; a WTF moment leading to the usual sentimental stuff which was totally unmoving. I would recommend the movie if you want to have a laugh and you want to leave your brain at the door for this average movie.
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I have watched the previous two adaptions of James Patterson's novels with Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross more than once because I found them well paced,edge-of-your seat thrillers---this latest version will sadly gather dust in my collection,not even being recommended to friends and lent out.

Poor,weak and miscast actors and absolutely no tension to the direction and script.
Waste of a great novel and probably will make film producers think twice about using another Patterson novel as a basis for a film.
An extra star from me for a very good story line that was submerged under bland acting,a poor script and mundane direction.
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VINE VOICEon 11 May 2013
"Alex Cross" is an instantly forgettable ,predictable action thriller-by-numbers that I seriously thought about turning off halfway through. The film is about a Detroit detective on the trail of (yawn) a psychotic serial killer. There's nothing in this film that hasn't already been done (much better) before. I thought that the acting wasn't great ,especially Tyler Perry in the leading role as Alex Cross, that the dialogue was cliched and uninspired and that the plot was very ordinary. This film adds nothing to the serial killer/action thriller genre.It is pretty much sub standard , dumbed down "entertainment".
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on 12 May 2013
'Alex Cross' is an crime-action film that released in 2012 and was panned by the critics. The film also deservedly flopped at the box-office. This character Alex Cross is the main protagonist in numerous books authored by James Patterson. This movie is a loose adaptation of the 2006 novel, 'Cross'. Previously Morgan Freeman played Alex Cross in the adaptations, Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). Unlike the latest installment, both were critical and financial successes and Morgan Freeman was fantastic.

The movie shows how Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) who is a Psychologist/Police Lieutenant, attempts to hunt down a cold blooded serial killer called Picasso (Matthew Fox).

On first look, the premise was appetizing as I've got a soft spot for crime-action features involving a serial killer. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be a damp squib with a predictable and boring story. Combined with awful performances, an uneven script and so many senseless scenes, the flop status had been cemented

Apologies, forgot to mention a positive aspect, not that it makes a difference, but the production values are up to the mark.

Tyler Perry is a total miscast in the role and in my opinion, his acting was cringe-worthy and really unconvincing. He deserves a Golden Raspberry Award. Matthew Fox looks the part as the villain even though his acting also fails him.

The direction by Rob Cohen is lazy and incoherent, almost like he didn't care when making the movie. A number of scenes are out of place, the pace is erratic and the characters are completely out of sorts.

'Alex Cross' is a clichéd mess.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 October 2013
Alex Cross (Perry) is a Sherlock Holmes-esque genius who can deduce & deduct every detail, no matter how small & rarely makes mistakes. As a Detroit police detective, Crosses team is given the task to investigate the murder of a wealthy Detroit citizen, that somehow mysteriously links into a big businesses mogul & an assassin known as 'Picasso' for his artistic clues. Whom soon takes offence to Alex Cross meddling in his affairs, and it's not long before it get's personal.

Now, iv'e not read the books by James Patterson, but i do recall the previous films, you may too ? Kiss The Girls & Along Came A Spider, with Morgan Freeman in the Dr. Alex Cross role. Which were, like this it turns out, are watchable affairs while not particularly excelling. Alex Cross is an attempt at rekindling the character on the big screen into a more successful franchise than it turned out with the usually bankable, Morgan Freeman. This time with a much younger Tyler Perry at the helm, they attempt to give things a bit of a shake up with a more action orientated Cross. But sadly it can't maintain any quality control throughout. While the story is semi-interesting for the most part, and it did draw me in quite well in places such as the crime scene investigation or Picasso's imaginative approach to his work , but it does do some silly things to discredit all the good that has come just before it, like the great build up to the finale that ends in a silly damp squib. And while they do add some more action, the sequences are either well done, quite subtle yet tense, or being a bit OTT. The explosive special effects also leave a little to be desired in places.

The cast are a little hit & miss, with a distinct lack of chemistry between them being the main culprit. The so called best friends Cross & Kane (Edward Burns -Saving Private Ryan) epitomized this with hollow 'tender' buddy moments. Tyler Perry himself, whom iv'e never heard of TBH, a man mountain, was hard to believe as this deductive genius, but did shine in the more emotional scenes & was at home wielding his shotgun or throwing a skinny chemist across the room in a menacing & brutish fashion. Matthew Fox (Lost) as the muscular yet skinny assassin, Picasso, who takes delight in dealing & receiving pain (Paul Bettany in the Da Vinci Code springs to mind). Is good as the menacing & scary baddie, but sadly, the role gradually becomes quite bland & loses that original mystic. Also co-stars Jean Reno (Ronin) who is lumped with an unforgettably laughable flabbergasted end scene which marred an otherwise good performance from him, while Rachel Nichols (Continuum ) , John C. McGinley (Scrubs) , Carmen Ejogo (AC) , Cicely Tyson (Sounder) & Giancarlo Esposito (Revolution ) make creditable, albeit brief, appearances.

In conclusion, Alex Cross is watchable at best, it has it's moments in places, but is sadly far too inconsistent & doesn't string you along as immersively as it should. Adds a little more action to the franchise, but not a lot. Worth a watch.
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