Alex Cross [DVD]
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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.
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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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!!Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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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Good film that seemed to disappear beneath the radar. Matthew Fox really transformed himself for the role and Tyler Perry is a decent lead.Published 2 months ago by Robert Laffan