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Alex Cross

Alex Cross

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Alex Cross

Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Matthew Fox, Jean Reno, Carmen Ejogo

Alex Cross follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two f... read more read more...ace 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. -- (C) Lionsgate

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  • December 10, 2013
    I've not read any of the Alex Cross books so I can't say whether this is a good adaptation or not but I have seen the two other Alex Cross films and I think I liked them, it's hard to tell as my older reviews are crap but there is just as much to like as there is to dislike. I'm ... read moreunfamiliar with Tyler Perry, looking at his IMDB page though he does seem to be an odd choice, so I can see why people have questioned his casting. This is the first Edward Burns film I haven't hated, so that is a nice change. The conclusion was obvious 30 minutes into the film but I was mildly entertained throughout. My biggest reaction to the film though was 'Is that really Matthew Fox'? Seriously? Good work Mr. Fox, please reward yourself with cake, ice cream, a really big sandwich, fried chicken, anything, just please eat something. We do not need another Matthew McConaughey.
  • February 28, 2013
    "Alex Cross should have stayed in the books. Well, at least this time around. I've seen the other movies (Kiss the Girls being a fav). The movie felt like a made for T.V. flick. I thought Matthew Fox did a pretty good job at playing crazy. Freaked me out a little. But the ... read moreacting wasn't very good by him or Burns. But what really through me off the movie was Tyler Perry. He just did not belong in this role. His performance was bland and boring. I thought it would be interesting seeing him in an action role, and it was, but it wasn't very good. Rob Cohen could have done a better job here too. It's not something I would want to see again."
  • February 23, 2013
    As a fan of the original Alex Cross movies (Kiss the Girls & Along Came a Spider) I was both excited and hesitant for this new incarnation. It got terrible reviews and left the theater very quickly before I could see it. After taking it in on DVD I must say that it isn't at all a... read mores bad as people said it was. I thought Tyler Perry did a great job in the role and the story was compelling. I even liked Mathew Fox as the villain. It's not the greatest movie ever but it's one I would easily watch again and will buy to add to the collection.
  • February 18, 2013
    Tyler Perry equips himself admirably to the action hero role, but he is drowned out by the implausible plot, mediocre dialogue, and rushed pace. There's some decent action in this film, but the finale is probably the worst part. Alex Cross' descent into a cop on the edge is not b... read moreelievable, mainly because of everything being so rushed and implausible leading up to the finale. This is one of those films that ends with a 1 on 1 fight that is lackluster and feels out of place completely. This film definitely doesn't try to do anything new and it does almost nothing better than mediocre. Matthew Fox's overacts as the villain, Edward Burns felt miscast as the buddy cop, and all of the females in the film get the axe by half way point. There's times when this film comes across as tasteless. On the other hand, it can be reasonably entertaining. There was considerable news about whether Tyler Perry could handle this role or if he would ruin the movie, but the opposite ended up happening: the movie ruined it for Tyler Perry. It's not terrible, but Alex Cross will probably be the nail in the coffin for the James Patterson series for quite some time (or possibly for good).
  • November 18, 2012
    It`s one hell of a taunt, tense and exciting edge of your seat psychological action-thriller. An excellent movie. A crisp, sharp, thrilling and riveting cat and mouse game that grabs you until the very finish. It packs a full-clip of sizzling suspense and explosive action around ... read moreevery corner and a healthy dose of character development on top of it. A hard-hitting and wild ride that will knock you out. A heart-pounding, emotionally gripping and adrenaline-pumping thrill-machine. Director, Rob Cohen`s best film in years. A trio of powerhouse performances from its three amazing leads. Tyler Perry is sensational. Matthew Fox is electrifying. Edward Burns is terrific. It forces Perry and Fox to be seen in a a all new light, Perry proves well that hes more than capable to take on the iconic character of Alex Cross and Fox is a tremendous surprise as its lead villain, he makes your blood run cold and your pulse quicken. Perry and Burns have a great chemistry on screen together added the right amount of humor and drama. I loved it. Just as good as Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Even tho there are a lot of differences to Author, James Patterson`s novel, I`m able to excerpt these changes and for the film that was brought forth and was pleased.
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    I've seen better straight-to-DVD and made-for-TV action movies than this.
  • August 17, 2014
    James Patterson's detective series is rebooted by Tyler Perry with Alex Cross. The story follows Detroit homicide detective Alex Cross and his team as they investigate a series of murders by a contract killer. Starring Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, and Matthew Fox,... read more the film has a decent cast. However, it's hard to live up to Morgan Freeman's portrayal of the Cross character, but Perry tries (and fails). It's actually Matthew Fox who steals the film, giving a captivating performance as a ruthless and sadistic killer. Yet the plot is formulaic, and has been done a dozen times over. In the end Alex Cross is a mediocre thriller that covers the basics, but doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the genre.
  • December 3, 2012
    Fox is one of those classic movie serial killers with a ridiculously toned physique, creepy tattoos and a fondness for quoting Confucius. He doesn't do things by halves either. When we first meet him he's taking part in a cage fight just to get the attention of the girlfriend of ... read morea rich businessman. She invites him home where they indulge in some hilarious flirting based around their mutual love of eastern philosophy. He dispatches her along with her bodyguards who seem to have arrived straight from central casting. Called to the scene is Perry, Detroit's top homicide detective, and his "Irish" partner Burns. Like a cross between John Shaft and Sherlock Holmes, Perry figures it all out somehow and thanks to a bowl of severed fingers, follows the trail to a shady corporation staffed by comical German stereotypes. From there the plot gets more and more ridiculous.
    We've seen the character of Alex Cross before. In 1997's 'Kiss the Girls' and it's 2001 sequel 'Along Came a Spider' the part was essayed by no less than Morgan Freeman. For this latest incarnation the producers have opted for a casting choice well out of left-field. Perry is practically unknown on this side of the Atlantic but Stateside he's a big deal. Best known for a series of low-budget films in which he plays an elderly black matriarch named 'Madea', Perry has cornered a niche market and experienced a mind-boggling level of box-office success. Made for a pittance, his films usually end up in the top five on their opening weekends. At a time when Hollywood aims for the broadest audience possible, Perry has made a fortune doing just the opposite. 'Big Momma's House' has shown us there's a market for black cross-dressing movies but Perry narrows his audience down further by filling his movies with preachy evangelical Protestant themes. Now Hollywood is after a cut of this action but this movie couldn't be further away from the sort of light quasi-religious fluff he's made a name on.
    'Alex Cross' is hilariously bad but, despite the negative hype against him, Perry's not the main source of amusement here. He's not a bad actor but he certainly lacks the charisma to carry a lead role, especially one previously associated with Morgan Freeman. The problem rather lies with the abominably bad script. With each scene, the writers dig themselves deeper into a plot-hole so by the end nothing you've witnessed makes any sense. The dialogue is some of the worst I've heard this year, with gems like "You don't play the game, the game plays you" and "If you walk out that door, how you gonna walk back in?". Couple this with the ADD directing style of Rob Cohen and the whole affair feels like it was made by an Ed Wood disciple who won the state lottery.
    The attempts to please Perry's inbuilt audience amount to little more than racial stereotyping. Particularly dodgy is the character of Perry's mother (Tyson) who possesses so much sass you expect her to break out in an Aretha Franklin cover at any moment. She seems to live with her son and dispenses "soulful" wisdom and cooks chicken (what else?). It's easy to see why Freeman passed.
  • April 12, 2014
    Miscasting is one of the major problems with this film. Tyler Perry was the wrong choice to play Alex Cross. He is no Morgan Freeman. They should have casted someone like Terrence Howard or Jeffrey Wright. They would have been awesome in the role. Perry seems out of place in this... read more action film.

    The film also needed a rewrite. A lot of the dialog seemed sloppy. Also the film was predictable. I wasn't surprised by some of the things that happened in the film. I knew right away who hired Matthew Fox's character.

    Matthew Fox is the best reason to watch the film. He is really good as the killer Picasso. He was also good when he played the villain in Vantage Point. I would love to see him do more villain roles. The problem here is that he doesn't have a good foil in Perry. Perry also doesn't have a good on screen chemistry with Ed Burns. Ed seems like he is trying to make it work as best as he can.

    Of the 3 Alex Cross films that were made, Along Came a Spider, would be my favorite. As for this film, check it out for Matthew Fox's performance. If you want to see a good Alex Cross film, then check out, Along Came A Spider.
  • October 28, 2012
    A heady Cross for moviegoers to bear, this latest James Patterson adaptation just kisses the franchise goodbye. Along came a spider to the franchise and his name is Tyler Perry. A multi-hyphenate used to having his name placed possessively before the title, he gets owned here by ... read morea standard issue police procedural thriller. At first, it seems like he's performing one of cinema's greatest examples of underplaying the part, "throwing it away" naturalistically like understated turns by, say, Kevin Spacey or Edward Norton. The rest of the flick proves heavy-handed and over-directed, however, which just makes Perry's marquee performance look like bad community theater acting. Moviegoers who enjoyed Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider now have a reason to be Cross with H'Wood.


    In this PG-13-rated adaptation of James Patterson's novel Cross, Perry trades in Madea's dressing gown for the loafers of a homicide investigator/psychologist trying to take down a cage fighter moonlighting as a serial killer (Fox).

    Perry's not solely to blame, mind. After directing The Fast and the Furious, xXx, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor to overblown heights, Rob Cohen can't help but rely on style-over-substance showboating, pushing actors toward mustache-twirling acting, and hyper-kinetic editing to tell this tale...mustache-twirling except for Perry, that is. Even his co-star Edward Burns, an actor who cut his teeth in the real-as-it-gets DIY indie '90s scene, seems game for an arch adventure. If it weren't for Fox's lean-crazy mean performance as a sadomasochistic killer, Alex Cross would be a complete bupkis.

    Bottom line: Kiss the hurl.

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