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Total let down,
This review is from: Alex Cross [DVD] (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!!
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.