Alex Cross

Alex Cross

(2012)

Don't ever cross Alex Cross.

Based on the 12th book of James Patterson’s series of crime novels, Alex Cross (Tyler Perry, Star Trek) is a homicide detective and psychologist who meets his match with a psychotic mob hitman (Matthew Fox, Lost). 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 limits.... More

Morgan Freeman previously played the role of Cross in the films Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.Hide

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With the idiotic trailer tagline "Don't cross Alex Cross", this superlatively generic thriller reboot signified early on its dedication to being as groan-inducing as possible.... More

Morgan Freeman was previously the titular brilliant maverick FBI profiler in 1997's Kiss The Girls and 2001's Along Came A Spider (directed by Lee Tamahori!), two moderately competent thrillers which seem like golden age classics next to Alex Cross.

After years of writing, directing and starring in his own superlatively successful independent films, one-man-industry Tyler Perry undoubtedly had many studio suitors trying to snap him up for a "proper movie". Alex Cross must've seemed like a sure thing on paper, but boy did he make the wrong call.

Perry is fatally miscast here, rarely projecting the interior world that buoys such a character. His reactions to extreme events seem off, and his chemistry with a partner played by Edward Burns is forced.

Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) has displayed action filmmaking competence before, but none of the set-pieces here are remotely exciting. It's sub-80s cop show type stuff.

And I haven't even mentioned poor old Matthew Fox, who clearly envisioned his psychotic killer role as a chance for a Christian Bale-esque transformation, but lacks the acting ability to do anything with his warped physique. Fox's character looms large on the film's poster, but it's a dire performance made all the more laughable for how seriously the actor seems to be taking it.

Cat-and-mouse serial killer thrillers are like pizza - even when they're bad, they're still kinda good. Consider this pizza to have fallen on the floor, face-down. It's an embarrassment for all involved.Hide


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BY wobbit superstar

Action ok, story forgettable, all too predictable


Say what you will about modern thriller fiction, but when it comes to highly entertaining, fast-moving page-turners that are instantly forgettable, but fun while they last, there's not much better than Lee Child's Jack Reacher series or James Patterson's Alex Cross books.

So why can't they make a decent movie out of Cross? Patterson's Washington DC psychologist, detective, father, family man and all round good guy is described in the books as tall and not dissimilar to the actor Denzel... More Washington... so Morgan Freeman was horribly miscast in the by-the-numbers 'Silence of the Lambs' knock-offs 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider.' But if you thought Freeman was miscast as Cross, wait till you get a load of his latest incarnation...

Tyler Perry shrugs off his drag persona, 'Medea,' and his attempt at acting is so bland that poor old Matthew Fox (Jack off the infuriating TV drama 'Lost') just seems ridiculous as the psychopath 'Picasso' - acting his heart out and trying so hard when everyone else just seems too embarrassed by Perry to even text in a performance.

John C. McGinley (who was so great in TV comedy 'Scrubs') is simply ridiculous as Cross' Police Captain and Edward Burns, playing Cross' partner, reminds us why he never became a Hollywood star. As for Jean Reno? I think he was almost as embarrassed to be in this as I was to watch it, but at least HE probably got oodles of cash to ease his guilt...

There are murder victims aplenty - but the real victim here is the book on which it is based which is sliced-up, mutilated and horribly tortured before your very eyes. It's sickening to behold, as the book is gratuitously sliced and diced until a script is spewed forth that would barely suffice for use on 'Murder She Wrote.'
In 2010 word was that Idris Elba was cast as Alex Cross. Elba would have been great casting - but I doubt even he could have overcome the one-dimensional script or the deadpan direction offered by Rob ('XXX' and 'The Fast and the Furious') Cohen. As a sub-'Silence of the Lambs' style psycho-killer thriller the film is a confused mess with little to no character development and direction so pedestrian it may as well be an episode of 'Magnum P.I.'
Late one rain-sodden night when you can't sleep, this will be fine to stumble upon on some god-forsaken TV channel. But as a film? This 'Alex Cross' just succeeded in making me cross and at a loss, because to be honest, Boss, it's dross, and, well gosh, I have more fun when I floss than suffering this utter tosh...Hide


The Press Reviews

12% of critics recommend.
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  • Rebooting novelist James Patterson's famous 'Alex Cross' character for the big screen, Tyler Perry aims at new cinematic territory and scores a bullseye as the Detroit detective embroiled in a hunt for a mega-evil killer that turns personal. Full Review

  • A disjointed thriller with t0o many characters rattling around. Full Review

  • You almost feel sorry for Tyler Perry, stepping out of his own universe for the first time to try to expand his range and finding himself in something as thoroughly dismal as Alex Cross. Full Review

  • Where Freeman was warm but enigmatic, Perry is warm but empty. Full Review

  • In drag or out of it, the soft-spoken star has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice. Full Review

  • It's downright painful to watch Perry struggle to take over James Patterson's forensic-psychologist hero Alex Cross ... Full Review

  • Cross has a really bad temper, really big guns and really bad dialogue. He will use all of them excessively if pushed. Full Review

  • As for Fox, he’s stuck playing an underwritten villain with no particular motivation for torturing victims in such gruesome fashion. So he goes way overboard, filling in the gaps with a twitchy, eye-bulging performance worthy of a Razzie Award. Full Review

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