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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Casey's Movie Mania: ALEX CROSS (2012)

3/10
Author: caseymoviemania from Malaysia
4 December 2012

Before I go straight with the review, picture this: Tyler Perry, who made a fortune playing a cross-dressing, gun-toting mama in the lucrative MADEA series, tries to reinvent himself into a different actor. An action star, to be exact. For those who have seen his MADEA series before, some of you might be thinking: seriously? Frankly, an actor who is primarily known in comedy genre can make a smooth transition as an action star. Take Bruce Willis, for instance, who had successfully became an action icon when he did DIE HARD back in 1988 after a short stint in TV's Moonlighting. Unfortunately, Tyler Perry looks uncomfortable playing his first action-oriented role in ALEX CROSS -- a loose prequel to 1997's KISS THE GIRLS and 2001's ALONG CAME A SPIDER (both starred Morgan Freeman). Shame about the movie as well, which is nothing more than a clunky and haphazard thriller.

Long before we get to know the older Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) as a brilliant FBI agent in KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, we are introduced to a younger version (Tyler Perry), who first working as a Detroit-based police detective. Cross and his team -- partner and best friend Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) and beautiful rookie Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols) -- are called in by police chief Richard Brookwell (John C. McGinley) after a wealthy woman named Fan Yau (Stephanie Jacobsen) and her bodyguards are found brutally massacred in her Detroit mansion. Apparently it was done by a psychotic killer nicknamed Picasso (Matthew Fox), who is actually targeting the city's wealthy elite and slowly made his way up to Leon Mercier (Jean Reno), an oily French business tycoon with plans for reinventing Detroit city. Things goes out of hand when the killer himself starts messing around with Cross, killing one of his teams as well as one of his family members. Devastated, Cross turns the case into a personal vendetta to seek vengeance against Picasso.

Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson's screenplay is strictly by-the-numbers, and everything here plays out like a typical serial-killer thriller you used to watch during the 1990s heyday. Actually, there's nothing wrong being nostalgic here but it's a shame that the story is unimaginative and lackluster. Even veteran action director Rob Cohen (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, xXx) is out of his element here. The action (which often his forte) is disappointingly shot with shaky-cam and one particular climactic fight set-piece between Cross and Picasso is so incomprehensibly shaky it's impossible to figure out what's really going on.

As mentioned earlier, Tyler Perry is out of depth here. It's actually good to see him venturing out something different, but it turns out the actor's range is more limited than expected. As awkward as he looks playing an action role, he remains comfortably at ease whenever the scenes involve him with his wife and his family. Both Edward Burns and Rachel Nichols are nothing more than showing up in thankless roles, while Jean Reno (looking really old) is just as forgettable. Matthew Fox, who lost a huge amount of weight to look scarily skinny, is suitably cast as a sadistic psychopath. Too bad his character is given little room for development.

ALEX CROSS is actually meant to jump-start a new franchise based on James Patterson's crime novels, but this prequel itself is already a failure. So much for the anticipation.

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Alex Cross Review

2/10
Author: mozoloman from Johannesburg
12 November 2012

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I went for a month of no movies just hoping and waiting that something spectacular would come along, no such luck I'm afraid. When I saw Perry on the poster I didn't know what to expect so I went in there really action desperate- disappointed. So here it goes.

Cross didn't bother itself with crossing the line it played it safe and we all know that safe is boring. My mistake, safe is just plain old desperation to gross. Firstly the name is dull for an action film, secondly the storyline lacks a background that's compelling enough to want to see it again. After all the trouble that he went through turns out the villain is not the real bad guy, and the bad guy "is clean." I absolutely hate such films they make you feel naive, and we see Hollywood doing this all the damn time. Mr.Assassin kills people and we don't know why plus he loves doing it.

Cross' wife takes a bullet while pregnant very clever let's give the hero motivation to hunt down 'o mr.Assassin, because wasn't already on the case? Everything about this film is too predictable.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Why i give it 2 instead of 1?

2/10
Author: Ricardo Pinheiro (ricardo-pinheiro@live.com.pt) from Lisbon
29 December 2012

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This flick should only receive 1, but then there is Matthew Fox, with a good performing, and i have to give it 2. The rest is simply awful. The story it's good. A nice idea for a film, but the script ruins it. The performance from Mr. Perry its pretty disgusting. I don't know where to start. I could talk about the poor soundtrack, the scenes without any meaning or continuity for the story, the stupid details emerging all over the film, but i will summit it all with this: In the beginning of the movie we see 2 characters: the daughter and the mother of Perry's character. Roughly one hour later, (spoiler) at the Perry character wife funeral, we see those 2 characters again... with the exactly same clothes as before! OMG! Even the f******* wardrobe was wrong! Everything is wrong! Except the bad guy, Fox's character. What a shame. A good director, good screen writing and specially, good actors could turn this originally good idea in a good movie, instead of crap.

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Alex Cross (2012) - Madea is the New Morgan Freeman? Seriously?

3/10
Author: nickmesafilms (nickmesafilms@yahoo.com) from United States
21 December 2012

From director Rob Cohen, a guy whom has been known for making a string of mediocre action movies, "Alex Cross" is the third film appearance of, you guessed it, Alex Cross, who is known as the main character in James Patterson's series of crime novels. At a pace of 101-minutes, Tyler Perry stars as the title character, a psychological police detective who can tell what happened in a crime, when did it happen, why did it happen, or how did it happen. Now, he must try to take down a psychopathic assassin, played by Matthew Fox, sadly following the tired and formulaic cop story. Not only unoriginal and predictable, but also painful and uncomfortable to sit through, "Alex Cross" is one of the very worst movies of the whole year. Although Tyler Perry is really trying his best to make something good out of this tired material, he sadly fails to bring a lot of charm to a character that was once portrayed by Morgan Freeman, and he sadly felt miscast-ed. Nothing god-awful or anything, I just can't take Tyler Perry seriously in a dramatic role, since all he does in his career is be in drag the whole time as Madea. But, hey, at least he tried! But, don't even get me started on Matthew Fox. Although he's a very talented actor and also tries hard in this film, he tries way too hard, going way over-the-top, in one of the most unintentionally laughable performances of the whole year. Edward Burns, Rachel Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Jean Reno, and Giancarlo Esposito, all star in the supporting cast, given literally nothing to say or do than just read lines from such a horrendous script. Luckily most of these actors have higher talent than these writers, and they are really trying their best. Sappy and melodramatic moments, childish writing, over-the-top performances, and unoriginal story might have been enough, but the main problem of the whole movie involves all the action scenes, provided by director Rob Cohen and the cinematographer. Horribly directed and filmed, the action scenes left me uninterested, but most of all, it gave my brain a major meltdown. Delivered with some of the worst use of shaky-cam, it feels more like the camera-man is literally shaking the camera back and forth, which I bet actually happened. The scenes are all over the place, totally inconsistent, and Rob Cohen should stop making action movies! Generic, bland, inconsistent, sappy, over-the-top, and annoying are the perfect verbs, nouns, or adjectives to describe my hate for this film. But, if I had to correct anything to make this a good movie, I would have casted Idris Elba as Alex Cross, have very talented writers known for making very good cop movies, and a director who takes these films very seriously. Sadly, this movie doesn't give us any of that. "Alex Cross", in my review, "waste of potential, formulaic and indulgent".

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Cross? You will be...

3/10
Author: Tony Bush from United Kingdom
14 December 2012

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Last time I saw the titular character on screen he was played as a more cerebral type of detective by Morgan Freeman. Freeman is an actor who has an effortless natural cool and gravitas, a crumpled sort of chic dignity, careworn and human. He can manage sharp and business-like, thoughtful and compassionate, passive and aggressive, by turns and make them all convincing components of the same character. This is because first and foremost he is a character actor.

Tyler Perry plays Alex Cross in this film and his incarnation is more of an action hero type. A physically chunky gun-toting ass-kicker who fancies himself as a profiling modern day Sherlock Holmes hunting down the bad guys. I don't know what the character of the books is like, having never read them, but I do know that Perry ain't no Morgan Freeman and that this Alex Cross is a one-dimensional shop window dummy with all the personality of a paper plate.

He's not alone here, though, because all of the characters run on rails like bland cardboard cut-outs wheeling through a CGI shooting gallery. None are particularly engaging or resonate on any meaningful emotional level and I didn't really care about the fate of any of them.

The film is a brash and crass churn through a dumb and irrational narrative that fails to sustain much interest after the first twenty minutes or so. There are some moments of jaw-dropping unintentional comedy. My favourite is when Cross employs his Sherlock Holmesian deductive techniques on his wife. It was almost like something out of THE NAKED GUN. To paraphrase:

"I deduce you have been for coffee."

Wife looks astonished at the sheer brilliance of his investigative prowess.

"Judging by the froth on your blouse, I can conclude it was a latte!"

Cut to wife and huge stain on her blouse that looks like half a pint of Camel slobber.

Wife is sooooo impressed that her husband is sooooo smart. Gazes at him with awestruck adoration

She's pregnant. She gets killed soon. That get's Alex cross and so it's time for a little revenge-seeking.

The story is something about a sociopathic assassin (are there any other kind?) bumping off foreign corporate types. He turns his attention to Cross and his team when they thwart one of his attempted hits. Much else I can't relate because I had tuned-out and was just waiting for it to run its course. I'd paid to see it so I was going to hang on in there till the bitter end.

If you are expecting something of the calibre of KISS THE GIRLS or ALONG CAME A SPIDER then don't. This isn't in the same league. Cross this one off your list.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Tyler Perry is NO actor and this was a pitiful farce

Author: flakfan from face of the earth
15 November 2012

Tyler Perry might be funny if he hasn't worn out his shuck-n-jive shtick with "Madea" out completely with everyone but blacks, maybe even them. This movie was just awful. Even my foreign born wife who knows good movies thought it was horrible and funny. I am ashamed of Jean Reno even consenting to be cast in it, he is one of the great living actors in the world. The whole movie had great potential but became an intolerable disaster. And BTW, just how many wigs does Cicely Tyson have? At least three or four bad ones in this movie at least.

I would be embarrassed to have my name in the credits even if my face wasn't seen. I mean really...............Tyler Perry as a brilliant crime solving detective with intuition to boot and who is NEVER wrong? Give me a break "shugah chile".

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

poorly done formula movie

3/10
Author: xcell444 from canada
15 December 2012

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could be spoilers but I don't think so I'm not being too specific

well this movie was not as good as it should be with today's talent. The plot had pieces missing then all of a sudden your someplace else. But what killed me is every action seen they use a hand-held camera and started to shake it. I was getting sick. Cheapest special effects why did the director call for this. Anyway overall a poor formula movie totally predictable and disappointing. If you don't mind brainless action and acting then it's great. But if you're looking for something well made this is not for you.

What gets me even more is how the writers and director expected us to believe the impossible collision and capture of the villain completely by accident. There's no real plot here of trying to capture or hunt down your psychotic killer it's just he will be handed to you on a platter completely by accident. I almost started laughing but painfully this expert bad guy seem to lose all his talent even his acting talent right at that crucial moment. They should have made this a little bit more suspenseful instead it's like they just through the script away. Just a waste of writing and acting.today's movies with all the wealth of information and skill on how a movie should be made I still wonder how these ones get produced with such obvious lack of insight and skill

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

What.. was that?

3/10
Author: killer1h from United States
22 October 2012

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I'm a big fan of the Alex Cross series, now after watching the first 2 movies where he was depicted correctly and played great, I just have to say. What in the hell happen here? This was a movie but it definitely has nothing to do with Alex Cross.

Let's Start at the beginning. Instead of being a profiler and knowing that giving the subject exactly what he wants is always a mistake he goes right along with playing his game and as a result loses on every front possible. Now lets look at the actual comparative of the way the movie fairs against how the other movies did. Instead of following a string of clues designed to lead to an ultimate destination this was just a run around shooter the entire time. This version of "Alex Cross" acted like a complete amateur and did nothing in the way of psychological detecting all he did was guess here and there until finally something panned out. The only time he got into the mind of the killer was right before the killer blew up his mark thus making it a complete and utter waste of time.

This movie was a great action flick and would have brought in quite a bit if some idiot didn't decide to stick the name Alex Cross on the cover and call it one of the series. The only redeemable quality I saw in the entire movie was the killer himself(Matthew fox). He did an amazing job and if you look at it from a hired assassins point of view an absolutely brilliant performance. It was very sad when he died at the end I thought it would have been a much better ending if he had killed Alex Cross which after watching this movie I'm sure the backers of this sad abomination would agree would be the highlight of all of our days.

3/10 great action movie, not even close to an Alex Cross novel.

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Book vs. Movie

3/10
Author: mdavis803 from Columbia, SC
20 October 2012

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Not only was this movie not like the book, it wasn't even the same story. Where's John Sampson? The Butcher of Sligo is supposed to be handsome...that's how he picks up women, but that didn't happen in the movie. It took place in Detroit not Washington, D.C. Also, where's Ali, Alex's youngest son?

I'm further PO'd that James Patterson would release the book Alex Cross (which is a re-publication of Cross) with the movie promo picture, but the story bears no resemblance to the movie.

If you've never read any of the Alex Cross books, then it's probably an OK movie. It had some good special effects.

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8 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

3.5/10, go on a cheap day

3/10
Author: scifiactionfan from Canada
20 October 2012

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Really boring.

The was lots of action but very little excitement.

The ending was a nice twist but it isn't enough to make it a decent movie.

It was totally unbelievable that Alex Cross could beat Picasso in hand to hand especially after Picasso showed what he could do.

It would have been nice if they told more about Picasso's background. It's hard to believe they never profiled him in depth.

It was a bad movie and it won't surprise me when it doesn't stay in theaters very long.

I give it a 3.5/10 and my friend also gives it a low rating.

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12 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

None of the 'so called' talent attached does anything to make it bearable!

5/10
Author: Hellmant from United States
24 October 2012

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'ALEX CROSS': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Tyler Perry takes over the titular role from Morgan Freeman (who previously played the detective in 1997's 'KISS THE GIRLS' and 2001's 'ALONG CAME A SPIDER'). The film also co-stars Matthew Fox (looking very slim) and Edward Burns and was directed by Rob Cohen (the popular B action film director of hits like 'THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS', 'XXX' and 'THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR'). It was written by Marc Moss (who also wrote 'ALONG CAME A SPIDER') and first time feature film writer Kerry Williamson and based on the book 'Cross' by James Patterson (writer of the entire 'Alex Cross' book series). Patterson also served as a producer on the film. As far as reboots go this one took the series in a seriously wrong direction (and there's already a sequel planned with Perry reprising his role called 'DOUBLE CROSS', adapted from the thirteenth novel featuring the character). The films with Morgan Freeman were much more respectable crime thrillers. This isn't even 'so bad it's good'!

This film centers on Alex Cross (Perry) discovering his wife (Carmen Ejogo) is pregnant with their third child as he's also offered a job working for the FBI. He breaks the news to his partner Tommy Kane (Burns) who also breaks the news to Cross that he's began relations with another officer on their team, Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols), much to the disapproval of Cross. The two respond to a murder scene where a madman (Fox) tortured and murdered a young woman (Stephanie Jacobson) and her bodyguards. Clues lead them (and Officer Ashe) to the offices of a businessman known as Erich Nunemacher (Werner Daehn), who they realize is the insane assassin's next target. They engage in a conflict with the killer before he escapes. This causes the three detectives to be marked for death by the killer and all hell breaks loose when the Cross family is put in harm's way.

The movie, like most of Cohen's work, is heavy on action and extremely light on plot and character development. The characters aren't really fleshed out at all, despite whatever moves the plot along in typical 'cops chasing killer' crime thriller fashion. The dialogue is dull and the acting is even worse. Fox is somewhat creepy as the psychopath bad guy but given his atrocious real life image as a women beating asshole it's not hard to dislike him at all. Burns is wasted and Nichols looks beautiful but offers the film nothing else. Perry is severely miscast. I've only seen one of his awful 'Madea' movies but it was enough (along with the trailers for the others) to know I'd never want to go through the pain of watching one again. He might actually be better in action films like this but he's still no actor and he's definitely no Morgan Freeman! I had heard Idris Elba was originally cast in the film instead of Perry. He would have made the movie much more intriguing and fun. As it is it's pretty bad and none of the 'so called' talent attached does anything to make it anymore bearable.

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A tough act to follow

7/10
Author: bowmanblue from United Kingdom
6 June 2014

In 'Alex Cross' Tyler Perry steps up to try and fill the shoes of Morgan Freeman, who played the titular character in both Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Unfortunately, although he gives it his best shot, he does seem to fall a little short of the mark. When Freeman played the role, he gave it an air of quiet dignity where he was always ready to outwit his opponent. Perry is a big man, therefore a big gun suits him and he comes across more like he's ready to star in an action movie.

However, the lead role aside, the film chugs along quite nicely. It's based on the book of the same name and is quite tense and thrilling (if a little far-fetched in places). It's a buddy-cop film where the law enforcement are on the hunt of a killer/hit-man known by the alias 'Picasso.' There's nothing new to see here, but if you're a fan of the genre, you can certainly do worse. However, you could probably read a newspaper while watching it and still completely understand everything that goes on.

Worth a watch if there's nothing else.

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Poor production values

4/10
Author: lbmoniz
10 May 2014

Lacks the class and drama of previous efforts with Morgan Freeman who is a superior actor. I guess being succinct isn't allowed so I'll have to repeat these lines over again. Lacks the class and drama of previous efforts with Morgan Freeman who is a superior actor. Lacks the class and drama of previous efforts with Morgan Freeman who is a superior actor. Lacks the class and drama of previous efforts with Morgan Freeman who is a superior actor. Lacks the class and drama of previous efforts with Morgan Freeman who is a superior actor. Lacks the class and drama of previous efforts with Morgan Freeman who is a superior actor.

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Far from brilliant, but is it enjoyable, yes.

6/10
Author: superal1966 from United Kingdom
14 October 2013

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I have never read any of the books and watched Alex Cross after reading a few of the reviews on here, so my expectations weren't too high, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

There are without a doubt negatives in Alex Cross. There is little, if any, character development, and the relationship between Alex Cross and his partner feels more like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover than that of two childhood friends. The direction is awful in parts as well; one particular fight near the end of the film springs to mind where one would be forgiven for thinking the cameraman was drunk. It was pretty hard to see what was going on.

That said, it has a decent plot for an action film and makes for a good light and easy watch with a pizza and a few beers. Yes it is predictable, and no the acting isn't going to win any Academy Awards, but was it fun, yes.

I think some films are just meant to be enjoyed while overlooking any faults, and this is certainly one of them. If you can do that then I would recommend watching Alex Cross.

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Better then I expected

8/10
Author: beavanjb from United States
21 July 2013

First, I've never watched a Tyler Perry movie or TV show, so unlike most on here I'm not judging the movie simply by that. Also, I'm not trying to compare him to Morgan Freeman. So, if you can get past that you'll see that Alex Cross is actually a good movie, based on the reviews here people went in with way too many biases to enjoy it no matter how good it was. Again, Mathew Fox puts in a very good performance that was not what you would expect from him. The only performance that feels mailed in is that of Edward Burns. Anyway, I know Perry is known for comedy and this movie is pretty serious and dark throughout. A nice thrill ride if you are open to the actors involved.

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Cross it off your watch list!

3/10
Author: Chris Ironside from Aberdeen, Scotland
21 June 2013

I was quite looking forward to seeing this film, but it disappointed in every way. Dr Benton was average, Dr Cox was a let down and I found Matthew Fox's over-acting quite a distraction. Jean Reno and Ed Burns gave reasonable performances but they were battling against quite something with the film itself.

The story is reasonable (I haven't read the books), but it was very poorly executed. A shaky-camera technique appeared to be preferred for fight scenes, but I didn't appreciate it.

Most of my disappointment originated with Fox though. I can only presume Fox's character is intended as skillful, intelligent, cold and psychotic... but just comes across as mental! Avoid if you're hoping for a reasonable action film. This is no Bourne!

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Crazy

4/10
Author: kosmasp
9 June 2013

Matthew Fox (most will recognize him from the TV show Lost) gives a borderline performance here. Although you might argue he goes over the top more than once in this movie. It's tough to watch and not to laugh at his mannerisms. Even though they often do result in brutal scenes. Also a Tyler Perry is not entirely convincing in the lead role. It's not that he's bad, but he isn't really that good. And I haven't seen him in drag (though he does have a reputation in America, which might have led to the fact, that the movie did not work over there).

The cast overall is pretty good. But even people with small roles cannot leave their mark as usual (John C. McGinley to name one, who phones in his performance, but might still be better than the underused Jean Reno). There's also a twist towards the end of the movie, you might not care about. It's just too much in a movie that at least does not hold back punches ...

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The Morgan Freeman efforts must have got the tone much better than this

4/10
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom
5 June 2013

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Respected Detective Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) finds himself on the trail of a killer named Picasso (Matthew Fox), who's targeting a group of figures in the financial world and leaving a gruesome trail behind after himself. Cross uses his intellect and experienced knowledge of killer's to hunt his prey, but when his own wife is murdered, he throws caution to the wind and wages a one man war against his prey.

I quite like my thrillers, especially the more darker ones, so it's a surprise I never saw Morgan Freeman's original outing as the titular detective from the novels, Kiss the Girls. I think I caught Along Came a Spider once, but the previous film probably would have given me a deeper understanding of Cross before this flashy, more modern effort came along, trying to give the character an edge to a modern day audience with a younger, more vibrant star (who probably hasn't started falling asleep during interviews yet!) and a slick, glossy new style of filming. However, the tone just doesn't fit with the material and isn't and doesn't provide a satisfying pay off in the end.

As if these problems weren't enough, the film just feels like such a mechanical effort, lazily connecting one dot to another and one genre cliché to the last one, before the big red herring of the plot in the shape of Cross's wife's murder comes along, which feels like such a preposterous and unbelievable turn of events, but one which it feels the plot rests on to prevent it becoming too tedious. By the end, Cross has become such an immoral, unlikable character (even condemning a man to death in the name of petty revenge!) it's thrown all his credibility as a hero out the window.

Even with a support cast including Ed Burns and Jean Reno, this misguided, misfiring effort fails to get any more class. **

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The thriller production line

4/10
Author: cmoyton from United Kingdom
2 June 2013

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Alex Cross does just about enough to make you want to see it through to the end but will not make you want to recommend to others. Although difficult it is best to leave comparisons with Freeman behind - it was never going to be that good. The biggest failing really is the derivative script. The killer is a lean mean killing machine cypher, hired by a multi million rich financier who has been burned in the financial crisis. Loose ends need to be eliminated.

Thats as deep as it gets - as shallow as a puddle. Bar some saccharine snapshots from the Cross family portfolio there is zero character development. Some of the actions sequences are good , just not enough of them and the direction is slick, but would you wear that cornflower tie at your own wife's funeral?.

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Alex Cross, an action movie aiming to entertain.

7/10
Author: tropicasia1992 from Greece
24 May 2013

Hi people, this is my first review of a film, although I've seen dozens of movies. I decided to write a critic about "Alex Cross" because I saw many bad reviews and wondered about what is going wrong. At first I saw the "4.9" rate at the IMDb and I thought: "Hmmm, is this movie that bad?" and wondered if it worths my time. I was almost ready to watch another one because of such a low rate but at last I decided to give it a chance. First of all the aim of Action Movies is to entertain people. People all around the world see dozens of actions films NOT for the actors, NOT for the plot, NOT for the acting, JUST for entertainment. These are not my words, if you disagree with me just check at the box offices of action movies. So, "Alex Cross" is a lot entertaining and keeps some thrilling till the end. It has a lot of action and the adventure which a cop film must contain. Now, which action movie is not predictable? Hmmm, none! We all know what is going to happen next, the point is if the movie keeps the adrenaline high. And Alex Cross does. As for the scenario part, it's indeed very simple, like most of the movies which are being produced every year. I would like also to add that in such movies it's not required to explain why is happening something or how. If you want some reality, or scientific facts, with proofs, go to see a documentary. The balance between drama and action was exactly at the perfect spot. The film succeeds to inform the audience for the personal, psychological and professional situation of the main heroes without being wearing or boring. The problems I spotted are the decision of the director to make the cameras shaking in some action scenes and the "fast-forward" part at the end. I can't explain it better, those who will see it you'll understand. Thanks for reading, Chris van der Mass.

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I like this movie a lot!

6/10
Author: joe chang (joechang@freenet.de) from Taiwan
18 May 2013

I don't understand why the rating of this movie is so low? It should be a 6.5 rather than 4.9. The horrible Die Hard 5 has got a decent 5.6 and the stupid Transporter got 6.7!

Sometimes I wonder the ratings are rated by Aliens, for example The Hurt Locker got high ratings (7.7) and beat Avatar at the Oscar. Let's be honest who would want to rent The Hurt Locker DVD on a Friday night?

Maybe I got poor tastes at clothes and I admit I love fast foods, but Alex Cross is not a bad movie! It is far better than the 6.4 Killer Elite and more entertaining than the 6.5 Mechanic.

Alex Cross has got good actors (Edward Burns is one of my all time favorite actors) and good story, it's photography needs a bit improvements though. This is a must see if you want to watch a DVD by yourself.

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Anyone Can Cross Alex Cross?Any Doubts! Hell No

3/10
Author: M MALIK from Pakistan
4 May 2013

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this is the line came from my mouth after i saw this mess of a film.Alex cross is bases on a novel now every movie Hollywood ever made either on games or novels or short stories they are only money makers.but despite that i enjoy many films when this came to me few months ago i remembered max Payne but this is a mass insult to the action genre.

the special effects & the climax was ridiculous.the main thing i liked was Picasso & middle story of the film.but i was expecting too much from it.

plot goes as a guy named Picasso is killing people now Alex cross(Tyler perry) a cop gets involved & things gets personal.

now what was the point here when too many films show us that the villain somehow cant shoot the hero then why repeat the same thing man.now as for this character Alex cross is to me he don't have what it takes to be a hero period.

the cast never impressed me except Rachel Nichols as a fan of her i say she got wasted in this nonsense.

my rating is 3/10 for the good effort by the team who made Alex cross & made some nice action scenes but the result is failure.i want people to stay away from this film its not worth your money.

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It's "Watchable"

6/10
Author: Chris L. from United States
14 February 2013

Alex Cross wasn't a action packed, edge of your seat type of movie. I do believe that was what it was supposed to be. The movie is what I would call "watchable". That means you can watch it from start to finish, without trying to poke your eyes out afterwards. It was a decent movie. Let me just say, it was better that anything else I've seen Tyler Perry in. The acting was okay.But let be real people...there was no Bruce Willis, or Selvester Stallone in it. If so, Alex Cross would get much higher than a "6" rating from me. I'm not going to say it was my favorite movie, I'm not going to say it was my most hated movie. Now it is not something I would constantly spend money on, like Star Wars. But, decent enough to watch.

P.s: Cicely Tyson needs to fire her agent fast. She is too good for this.

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It was okay

5/10
Author: (bob-rutzel-1) from United States
12 February 2013

Detroit Detective Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) goes up against Picasso (Matthew Fox) an accomplished Hit-man who specializes in torture and pain for his victims. But, this time catching a killer is different because Picasso takes something from Cross.

Too often this felt rushed. The pacing was too fast when the police and Cross are talking about the case and following the leads. However when the story dealt with Cross' family this slowed to a crawl and too much time was spent there. Keep in mind that they had to give Cicely Tyson more screen time as Alex's mother.

The acting was good all around. Matthew Fox can play a scary dude. One might say John C. McGinley as Captain Rockwell exhibited forced anger (but that's his shtick) at times and it didn't fit some scenes as it was too over the top. Jean Reno, always good, has a small part in here.

Some good stunts and limited CGI rounded out the action for the most part. However (there you go again) the fight with Picasso was in subdued lighting and the cameraman had a hard time following the action as did we. The fight didn't end this. Cross needs to get the man who hired Picasso. See, we are still not done.

This must have been an earlier James Patterson novel made to a movie because in here Cross is considering joining the FBI in Washington, DC. The other two novels - also made into movies - are: ALONG CAME A SPIDER and KISS THE GIRLS both starring Morgan Freeman as Dr. Alex Cross and both movies had him in DC. But with the FBI? Cannot recall. Still this was okay. (5/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Torture: Yes, in the beginning. Hollywood seems to like torture. Language: Soft stuff and very brief.

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When devotion becomes a bit too much to ask

4/10
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States
6 February 2013

We've seen Alex Cross before, in numerous other detective films, and even if we haven't, or can't quite recall where, somehow we arrive at the expected conclusion in our heads roughly twenty-five minutes before the characters of the film do. This isn't the first time the title character, spawned from numerous novels by acclaimed author James Patterson (none of which read by me), has made his appearance on film, with Morgan Freeman last inhabiting the role in Along Came a Spider in 2001, which was a sequel to Kiss the Girls in 1997.

Now, in 2012, the filmmakers of Alex Cross clearly want two things to happen. They want to foster an action franchise with known cross-dressing comedian Tyler Perry in the title role, and they want his devoted fans, who show up opening weekend for his "Madea" films, to watch these films out of blatant curiosity. Despite not enjoying two of his previous pictures, I came to liking Tyler Perry in the role of an apparently smart detective. I employ the phrase "apparently smart" to note that never do we see just why Cross has gone on to receive that comment by all his colleagues and close friends. I guess when you enter a room filled with dead people and immediately state that one person committed the homicides is stunning confidence, everyone around you just goes along for the ride.

As established, our title character is Tyler Perry, a detective and psychologist living in Detroit with his loving wife Maria (Carmen Ejogo). Cross works with Tommy (Edward Burns) and Monica (Rachel Nichols), his partners who are secretly having an affair behind his back. It's also made clear that Cross and his wife Maria want to leave Detroit, because she is pregnant and wants to free both of them from the seamy Detroit area.

Yet with these stories there's always an "until..." Until a sociopathic killer who calls himself "Picasso" (Matthew Fox) enters the picture, after killing a woman named Fan Yau (Stephanie Jacobsen), who assists in running an enormous corporation. Cross predicts that the other heads of the corporation may be next, such as Giles Mercier (Jean Reno), and so the race to stop "Picasso" begins.

Give the performers some deserved credit. Perry plays his role with marginal sophistication, clearing establishing to his fanbase that may or may not be in the audience, and to others who have undoubtedly heard his name a few times, that he has the ability or the ambition to be diverse and layered. Fox also plays a convincing villain, although he's thanklessly underwritten and left without really much elaborate to do, thanks to the neutered PG-13 rating.

But the rather mild nature of Alex Cross doesn't bother me as much as the needlessness for this project or the half-baked story. From the lukewarm reception of Morgan Freeman's "Cross" films, to the uninspired aftertaste this film left many viewers, it's apparent to the public that while Alex Cross can certainly give a book a title and a legion of fans, it doesn't guarantee cinematic success. As much as I loathe the ignorant phrase of "the book is better than the movie," it would appear that the book can not be efficiently adapted to a movie. Writers Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson juggle juggle too many characters, a feeble plot, and Rob Cohen conducts exposition with boredom and action sequences with incoherency. The climatic fight between Cross and "Picasso" not only feels forced, but features some of the worst videography and direction I've seen this year - right up there with Olivier Megaton's Taken 2.

If Tyler Perry's legion of followers sought out Alex Cross, I commend them for their devotion and optimism. Whether or not they liked it is a mystery to me, but things aren't looking so hot in terms of overall reception. For them to seek out a sequel would be asking too much.

Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Cicely Tyson, and Jean Reno. Directed by: Rob Cohen.

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A step above a generic action movie because of Fox's character. Movie is OK and worth seeing but Perry was a bad choice. I say B

6/10
Author: Tony Heck (cosmo_tiger@hotmail.com) from United States
4 February 2013

"I'm just looking for a bad guy." Homicide detective Alex Cross (Perry) is on the trail of a vicious serial killer (Fox). After wreaking havoc over the town Alex risks everything when his wife becomes a victim. He must use all his skills to stop the madman from killing again. I haven't seen the movies Kiss The Girls or Along Came A Spider so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one. This is a "prequal" of sorts so I guess this is a good one to start with. I have to admit that the movie itself was OK. A little generic but saved by Matthew Fox. He was over the top creepy in this and really kept me interested. The down side was Tyler Perry. I will say that I am not a big fan of his but at least he stays in his comfort zone and knows what his fans want. This role is a departure for him but I just don't buy him as an action star at all. I don't know if it was him or his acting but I seemed distracted by him almost the entire time. Again though the movie itself is OK and worth seeing at least once. Overall, not a bad movie but would have been better if Perry wasn't the lead. I give it a B.

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A peculiar thriller... With comic characters and tragic events

5/10
Author: Bene Cumb from Estonia
8 January 2013

The plot is rather weak, like a mixed porridge, lots of clichés, unlikely actions/activities and predictable ending. The titular character is played by Tyler Perry - who is totally unknown to me, and he is beneath notice in comparison with Morgan Freeman, who has played Alex Cross twice before. Supporting characters are more catchy, first and foremost Matthew Fox as Picasso (convincing villain), Jean Reno as Giles Mercier (glib billionaire) and Edward Burns as Tommy Kane (reckless cop); they probably agreed to play is this movie due to reputation of the director Rob Cohen, I guess.

There are hundreds of crime thrillers better than this out there, even in 2012; for instance, Safe House with Denzel Washington. Alex Cross is a kind of killing-time stuff, nothing special (however, not a flop either).

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I really wanted to like this, but....

4/10
Author: scottcloney
30 October 2012

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I was very excited when I heard about this movie, Alex Cross has always been one of my favorite characters and I was a big fan of the two older movies. I knew they would have to replace Morgan Freeman as he was too old to convincingly play Alex Cross anymore and I'll admit that I was not terribly happy to start with whom they chose.

However, Tyler Perry is not the problem with this movie. The actors in this film( Perry, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno and Matthew Fox) all do relatively good jobs with what they are given. The acting was never so bad that it distracted me from the movie and at times was pretty good. The writing and directing were nothing short of pathetic though.

I watched this movie and couldn't help but feel that they rushed the whole thing. No plot point is ever explained and no character development ever occurs. All characters except for Det. Cross are never, ever given any kind of development and very little of what these characters do makes any sense. Why would a professional assassin, who presumably has been doing this for a while, suddenly completely deviate from the way he does things to go after some police officers ,who managed to almost stop him only from a clue he gave them for no apparent reason to begin with. How could this guy have managed to kill people for so long if he was so erratic? Why does MAJOR SPOILER**** Jean Reno hire the hit-man in the first place, surely there are better ways to fake your death to cover money laundering than to hire a psychotic hit-man that you can't control.

This movie could have used another ten to fifteen minutes to develop some story lines and flesh out the ones they have. I wanted to like this movie, but in the end it made about the least sense of any movie I have seen in 10 years. I'd love to see Perry get another crack at Dr. Cross but as this is bombing pretty bad, I am pretty sure they have killed this character.

So very sad....

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Why Was This Movie Even Made?

1/10
Author: thelastplace from United States
10 May 2014

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I've been reading James Patterson for 20 years and have read ALL the Alex Cross books. This piece of crap was made for the money and no other reason. And from the posted gross, that didn't work either. First, the two previous movies were based on Alex Cross books, 'Along Came A Spider' and 'Kiss the Girls'. This was a made up story that is too predictable. Second, the partner, Thomas Kane, is NOT Cross' partner. He has NEVER had a partner except John Sampson. Third, Maria would have been dead BEFORE this movie, not in this movie. Fourth, set in DETROIT, not D.C. where it should have been set. I don't remember a single story where Alex Cross worked in Detroit, let alone lived there. Fifth, Cicely Tyson, as good as she is, was WRONG for the role of Nana Mama. Should I go on? If you love Alex Cross, stay away from this piece of garbage.

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Perry's Cross to Bear

2/10
Author: whatashleyknows from Canada
23 December 2012

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I am generally a pretty big fan of Tyler Perry's films, though he is "hated on" a lot, I do feel that his stories are worth telling, HOWEVER, he should stick to his own films because it has been an awfully long time since I forced myself to sit through such a horrible film. From the opening scene to the closing, this was one frustrating scene after another.

The opening scene...where do I start? The cheesiest, tackiest film shots, music, and dialogue I've ever seen in a "serious" film since the 70's. And it continues from there. One particular shot where the "bad guy", Fox, cuts off the fingers of a victim yet there appears to be no blood on the weapon that he is holding in his hands in the same scene. What kind of director misses that?!?! The acting is atrocious as is the character development. There is no flow in any way shape or form.

I can't seem to find anything positive to review about this film so I'll leave it at that.

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Waste of good material

4/10
Author: kevinmorice from United Kingdom
20 December 2012

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How you take an Alex Cross book, add Matthew Fox as the villain, and turn out this nonsense is beyond me.

Surely at the very worst you watch the Morgan Freeman movies and hire someone to do an impression? Or at least look at the scripts of those and see what worked?

Some of the action is so silly that it is hilarious. Picasso is such a good fighter he takes on the local MMA champion and ends his career with minimal effort, but he can't beat an out-of- shape, middle-age Cross who has a broken arm.

Some of the suspense is even worse. One of the cops is tortured and killed off and it isn't even referenced. His wife is killed off and he is back at work the day after and chasing the killer.

And then there are the stupid things that they add in just to make visuals. Why on earth are there a load of viewing hatches in the water pipe? This is so obviously done just so we can watch the villain in the pipe and is beyond stupid.

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Crippled by a weak supporting cast and a poor script!

5/10
Author: varghesejunior from India
18 December 2012

Let me start by confessing that I never considered Tyler Perry to be the right match to play the legendary doctor-detective Alex cross on the big screen.

The only reason I was drawn toward this film was Matthew Fox. I felt this movie watching this movie would be the only way I could appreciate his dedication and hard work, clearly evident by the effort he put into chiseling his body to suit the appearance of a psycho-sadist serial killer.

I was however pleasantly surprised by Perry's performance, contrary to my opinion he pulls of this role quite appreciably, although I still believe Idris Alba would've been a better choice. What is strikingly disappointing about this film is the poor performance of the supporting actors. Starting from the Chief of police to Tyler's partner Thomas Kane everyone looks misplaced, Kane struggles to reproduce even the most basic of emotions on screen.

The next obvious flaw about this film is the script, in one particular scene of the movie, Alex cross talks to his wife about getting a job with the FBI because it has a better pay & 'dental' that should probably sum it up for you.

Apart from the reasonably good performances by Perry and Fox the only other appreciable points of this movie are probably the score and a couple of well filmed action scenes. It's worth a miss.

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I knew it...

6/10
Author: Beauq81 from Belgrade
13 December 2012

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Whenever I see a "how it was made" on TV and hear the cast and crew talk about the movie, the characters and each other with adoration, I just know the movie will suck. When I heard Rachel Nichols talk about her character, it reminded me of Keri Russell talking about hers in Mission Impossible 3, and I was right - just like Lindsey Farris, Monica Ashe dies in the first half of the movie. And you can just see it throughout the movie that her faith is sealed.

Tyler Perry and Rob Cohen praised Morgan Freeman's portrayal and said that Perry will bring a new perspective and freshness to the role. Let me tell you, I really would have preferred to see Freeman, even at his age - especially at his age - wield a shotgun and fight Picasso. Tyler Perry just doesn't have the same emotional depth, though, I have to admit, he does look scary when he's out for blood.

I won't say it was a complete waste of time, but it still was. There were some scenes that reminded me more of a soap opera, than of an action thriller. Everyone overacted their parts and the dialog was pretty cheesy, but I can't really blame the actors for that, because it's the director who, well - directs.

I have nothing against bad movies. It is the best way to see what is good, but, please, at least make them cheap! I hate to see all that money go to waste when there are people with more creativity, but less funding.

P.S. A month ago, when I wrote the first part, I hadn't yet read a single Alex Cross book. Since then, I read the first 3 and started the 4th and, though most of my previous statements still stand, I do have to say that Tyler Perry is physically closer to the image of Cross I had while reading the book, than Morgan Freeman.

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Funniest tag-line of the year.

6/10
Author: FlashCallahan from Leicester, United Kingdom
10 December 2012

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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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His best movie

7/10
Author: Pamela Foster from United States
27 October 2012

I know I am in the minority here but I really enjoyed Tyler getting out of that dress and playing a masculine role. Some have commented on his acting skills..yes there is a lot for him to work on but this is by far his best role!! So many people have complained that he was pigeon holing himself with his Madea character and I do agree. However he is trying to cross (no pun intended) over into a new genre and now people are up in arms about that. You can't win for losing with some. I really believe he can transform into an "actor" if he keeps receiving parts that actually challenge him and not stay in his comfort zone and cash cow characters. All in all I was impressed that he took a chance.

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the glass is half full

5/10
Author: buli-gadol from bangkok, thailand
26 October 2012

it could have been a great movie...it had a good script,great actor Matthew Fox as never seen before - reminded me the joker Heath Ledger version a bit... but other than that....disappointing. a lot of boring dialogs,fast forwarding important parts in the tail on the other hand ???!!! and ending fight scene that looked like it was shoot on a smart phone camera that made everybody in the cinema feel dizzy :)))

it's a shame really...i hope we get to see Matthew fox again soon but under a better director.

not of a cinema movie anyway as too lack of action or 3d special effects i guess it will go out to your nearest blockbuster soon if nothing else is available...take it :)

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Tyler Perry isn't the problem........

6/10
Author: julianmarksmith from United Kingdom
8 November 2012

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I'm a big fan and current reader of another James Patterson novel. I must admit though, that in my head, I see Morgan Freeman in the role as I read and was not looking forward to seeing another actor take his place.

I'll further add that I'm English and had no idea who Tyler Perry was before looking him up on IMDb. Having said that I thought he did a pretty good job.

My overall criticism of this movie is that it's just not that good. I know it's rare that a book translates to the screen in the same way but with Patterson on the team I thought it'd work better than this. The books build suspense page after page and you're gripped, on the edge of your seat at every turn, but this movie just 'got things done' asap! Oohhh! someone is murdered, oohhh! someone is in trouble, oohhh the hero's wife is murdered, so we're supposed to care more and then the cop goes 'rogue' against the political Captain's wishes but is saved in the end by his partner 'who knows him better than anyone else'!! Such a shame, James Patterson's books are awesome, however, their translations never are...........!

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Not Bad...

7/10
Author: popimassey from United States
1 November 2012

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I admit that I was very hesitant to see this movie after reading the user reviews, but I must say that it was better than I thought. Although Tyler Perry, who is known more for his comedic roles than drama/action, wasn't a Denzel, he held his own on this one and with more opportunities, could be a pretty good action hero.

You can only do so much with what you're given, and **SPOILER ALERT** they focused a bit to much on some of the more somber parts of the movie, it still added to the emotion of why Cross wanted to capture Picasso.

Overall, I would recommend seeing it on the big screen if you're a fan of Tyler Perry, or just want to go and see a decent action flick.

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Fox's finest hour.

5/10
Author: groovin_moovin_dancer
4 December 2012

So this film is not a masterpiece of action cinema and I most likely won't be watching this film again. But, despite what everyone is saying, I found this film enjoyable while it lasted.

I found both the antagonist and the protagonist engaging enough to hold my interest until the final act, especially Fox who really delivered a brilliant performance here. The support performances aren't great, and they seem to have no real heart as characters, but there are sideline characters that are really brilliant.

The action sequences are a little blurry and it is hard to tell who is punching who, but they do their job and they aren't overburdened throughout the film.

Everything in this film is pulled off well enough to keep you engaged, and although you won't be blown away I don't think you will be disappointed either.

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Tyler Perry is no Morgan Freeman

7/10
Author: DarkVulcan29 (DarkVulcan29@aol.com) from United States
22 October 2012

Alex Cross(Tyler Perry) a cop, who becomes a target by a crazed hired killer(Matthew Fox), after Cross and his team thwarted a hit of his. Now Cross gets pulled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. He must think like him, in order to stop him, but the question is will he?

Tyler Perry is so miscast here, watching him in the movie, to me he just seems so out of place. But I'll give him credit, he does play the part to the best of his advantage, although Idris Elba would have been a better choice. Now Matthew Fox really takes this film, has the hired killer who really loves his job a little too much. He is just flat out creepy, I think he was channeling Malcolm McDowell from A Clockwork Orange(1971). There are some good tense scenes, but others rely on shaky cam and that got really annoying. Morgan Freeman made this role in Kiss The Girls(1997) and Along Came a Spider(2001). Tyler Perry is awesome,but let's face it he is no Morgan Freeman.

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Decent action flick

Author: raisleygordon from Ladson, SC
25 November 2012

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"Alex Cross", fortunately, is not as mediocre as I thought it would be. It's a pretty decent movie, if you can make it past, say, the setup. But Perry is no Morgan Freeman. He's not bad, but if he wants to play this character again, or even star in anything non-Madea, or anything not based on his plays, then he'll have to keep doing movies like this (or anything else non-Madea) to make his acting truly worthwhile. One of the highlights of the movie: When the villain blows up some of Downtown Ohio (or Detroit, I don't know where this takes place) from the subway.

*** out of ****

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It's an OK movie, but not Alex Cross from any of the books.

6/10
Author: cmdinny
21 October 2012

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I read several reviews of this movie before I went and I was expecting the worst movie ever, but for the first show price of $6, I figured I try it anyway. Overall, it wasn't as bad as people said. When I heard this movie was being made with Tyler Perry, I was so excited. Alex Cross is one of my favorite characters of all time.I had seen the other movies with Morgan Freeman, which I loved, but Morgan Freeman was too old and physically not the Alex Cross of the books. I love James Patterson's flair for bringing to life such a strong, likable, noble character. The Alex Cross of this movie was not that man. Tyler Perry's Alex was strong and likable and mostly noble, but he was not the literary character I love. Tyler Perry definitely had the feel for him, but the writing of this screenplay was terrible. I understand that by moving the setting from DC to Detroit, film makers gave a much needed boost to the depressed economy in Detroit. I applaud that. However, one of the key elements in Alex Cross's character is his devotion to the neighborhood he grew up in and its people. John Sampson is his best friend, and a black man. Adding Edward Burns' character made this more appealing to white viewers, I guess. Another change seems to be that Nana Mama is now Alex's mother, not grandmother and Janelle (daughter) is older than Damon (son). There were one or two other nods to the various novels, but different. Stupid little changes that Hollywood made, but it looks like James Patterson signed off on, if the JP Enterprises that produced this film is his company. I am glad I saw this movie. It was certainly better than other action movies in the last few years, but it was disappointing. I assume they'll make another one. I'll see that too probably since I am a fan of both Tyler Perry and Edward Burns. The best part of this movie, acting-wise, was Matthew Fox. He was so out of character as the psycho killer and almost hard to look at with his physical changes (weight loss, hair cut). He was downright creepy and his unique ways of carrying out his plans kept my interest. Go see it. Worth at a matinée price.

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Alex wanna be Bond

2/10
Author: pensman from United States
19 October 2012

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What happened? Did Patterson just sell the title of the novel and pocket the money? This is not Alex Cross. If you are a Tyler Perry fan then maybe this is the movie for you but if you are a fan of the character then stay with the books or wait for better casting. When did Cross go from being a profiler to action hero? Morgan Freeman nailed the character and maybe he felt himself too old but Perry? There is the requisite noise here with explosions and such but overall this is a very cheap man's Bond and I mean cheap. If there was a budget it isn't up there on the screen. Thank God my friends shelled out for this because I thought this should have gone straight to DVD.

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Where's Morgan?

5/10
Author: Catt Jones (cattjones@chixchatonfilm.com) from TX, United States
19 October 2012

I want to start off by saying that I have never read a James Patterson novel, nor did I see Morgan Freeman's interpretation of Alex Cross. This film is about a gun for hire who takes particular enjoyment in sadistically killing his marks. I think that the story was okay, but there was nothing fantastic about it. It was pretty much your run of the mill crime drama that could have probably aired on Criminal Minds on television. Tyler Perry (Dr. Alex Cross) steps out of his usual comedic role to take a stab at the action genre. I don't think that Tyler did a bad job, but I guess that the role would have been more believable with Denzel or Indris. It just seems like some of the emotional aspects of his acting seemed a bit forced, but I have to say that the fight scenes were well choreographed. It seems like Cicely Tyson (Nana Mama) appears in every film that Tyler is in or makes. I like Cicely and I am just glad that she is still getting roles and getting paid. You go, girl! Matthew Fox (Picasso) plays one crazy nut job. However, some of the stuff that he does in this film, I have seen before. His tactics was not new or surprising. I would have really liked it if the writers would have come up with a new and more twisted torture method. Not that I am into torture or anything, but I am into originality. Edward Burns (Tommy Kane) is Alex's partner and lifelong friend. He is ultimately as eager as Alex to hunt down this lunatic for reasons that become clear in the film. Giancarlo Esposito (Daramus Holiday) appears to be popping up all over the place lately. I remember first seeing him in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and now he also has a major role in Revolution on television. Good for him. To sum things up, the film did keep my attention and the story was good, but I am not sure that this is a film that belongs on the big screen. I hope that they are not thinking about turning this into a franchise, but that probably depends on how well the film does at the box office. Maybe Morgan Freeman did a better job than Tyler. I may have to go back and check out his version. I give this film an amber light.

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Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox are the best part 6/10

Author: Cunnilingilator from United States
9 July 2012

I have not ready the books or seen either of the previous films. Also I have only seen parts of Tyler Perry's other movies and that was enough to let me know I didn't want to watch any more. That being said, I felt that Tyler Perry's performance was very believable and very different than what I was expecting. At points in the film he is a bad-ass (albeit a bit overweight, but hey not all heroes hit the treadmill) and at others he is quite likable. He has some some quick and funny dialogue that he looked very at home with. All in all I now believe he is a pretty decent actor especially when comparing to his other "characters."

Matthew Fox plays an intense dude. Check out the images section to see what I'm talking about. He plays the insanity factor pretty hard and at times feels like he is nearing the "full retard" line but he never quite jumps the shark. It's sort of hit and miss. At times it's extremely effective and at others it seems a bit overdone. As a whole, pretty effective, and definitely crazy.

I liked Edward Burns as Alex's partner and Rachel Nicols as the third in their team. I was disappointed with basically everything else in the movie. Acting was for the rest of the characters pretty downright bad (with the exception of Dr. Cox who was acceptable). The stunts, aside from a cool fight scene in a business office, were pretty lame. The cinematography was average. The script was too heavy handed and convenient. The dialogue was good but the situations were not so much. It sort of felt like they were trying too hard to be gritty and raw.

Seriously though Tyler Perry is BY FAR better than you are expecting. Go see it just to have your perception of him shattered a bit.

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Very good film !

8/10
Author: Alex Hawkridge from England
19 March 2013

This film was amazing i came on IMDb to look at the rating and i was shocked to see it so low after i watched the trailer and now i have watched the film i can not understand why ? WHY ? isn't this a good film it has a very good storyline , it has good acting in it which i saw was criticized a lot and the whole film was awesome and bursting with action and thrill so it is beyond me why people hate it seriously i don't understand like people what is wrong with you half of the reviews and 'film buffs' i see on this site are silly your just petty and its like someone saying that there food wasn't good cos a chip was a different shape but yeah great film , great story and great acting GO WATCH NOW !!!!!!!!!!

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An Entertaining Cop Film without unnecessary gore

7/10
Author: MJ_Brewer from United States
9 March 2013

James Patterson is a favorite writer and always manages to pull action out of any scenario; be great to see this fabricated action in a school setting. But Alex Cross is a terrific character, although Tyler Perry doesn't fit the mold as this character, as Alex is described as tall and confident, but without the paunch Tyler boasts in the shirtless scene.

The storyline was good, although some of the parts were skimmed over and not a lot of thought put into them. When Ed Burns is injured and instead of asking, "What the hell happened?" simply says, "Yeah, go ahead," giving his approval for his partner to leave him stunned and bloody.

The editing was okay, but Rob Cohen failed miserably in the last big fight. He had the cameraman shaking so much it appeared as if he were part of the brawl. The audience is trying hard to figure out where they are themselves, that the scene itself is secondary and the adrenaline is replaced by confusion. Bad, Rob, bad.

The casting of characters was adequate, such as Yara Shahidi as his daughter, who was able to cry at the right point. The continuous squinting to force the tears took away from the acting. The already present tears would have served better than additional forced ones. But the gasping and choking she did was fantastic.

The use of tetrodotoxin was fairly original, but I'm unsure if the place it would be found would be a seedy and dilapidating hotel room, since it is contrived from pufferfish and other water based creatures. Usually obtained from someone a bit more "money"? Plus it takes less than half a milligram to kill a 170 lb. person. The dose the killer used was about 2 ounces... overkill, Mr. Professional Killer? I think so, seeing how it 100 times more toxic than potassium cyanide. Again, an oversight of the director. And while most might not observe this, there are those that do pay attention and they want to be entertained.

Despite the observations for improvement, I was intrigued enough to watch the entire film and enjoyed myself.

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Matthew Fox OWNS this film, worth it for his performance

7/10
Author: elmeeksio from United Kingdom
18 December 2012

For those of you who maybe haven't heard of Alex Cross before let me give you a couple of other names… 'Morgan Freeman'..'Along Came the Spider'… ring any bells now? Yes this is Alex Cross as in the Sherlock-esque police detective Freeman brought to screen in two previous 90's movies, however this new story arc stands on it's own and quite frankly I think this film has been given an unfair rap. It isn't the best movie out there, no, but it certainly doesn't deserve the amount of 1 or 2 star reviews I have been reading.

In fairness there was one major thing I liked about this film…but it was such a big part that it made the film for me…that was…Matthew Fox.

I LOVED his role in this film. It's almost as though the film deserved to be about him and not Tyler Perry's Alex Cross. Fox plays 'Picasso' a truly twisted and violent hit-man for hire. He starts the film on a clear path to carry out the assassination of 3 high profile people, and after the first is taken care of we see him suddenly sparking the attention of Alex Cross and his team. This is when the film changes. and so does Picasso. Fox plays this character so believably sinister and unpredictable that you are genuinely not sure what he is going to do next. For fans of him from 'Lost'..you won't believe how he looks in this film. He must have lost around 3 stone in fat, yet bulked up on muscle at the same time..he looks unbelievably bad ass!! When he's on screen you're on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen, and in a totally non-sicko way, I found myself routing for him the entire film.

Now the bad bits… I thought Tyler Perry was wrong for this film. We are used to seeing him in drag in stupid terrible comedies and letting him take on a role made famous by Morgan 'frickin' Freeman was a mistake. He does nothing to command the screen and every time he is there doing his sherlocky CSI sh*t I was waiting for him to go away so I could see Picasso again. Not a good sign for your leading man.

I would actually love to see a spin off based on Fox's character..i would definitely pay to see that, but otherwise this one is probably going to end up going under the radar as one of those under-rated movies that only a few people appreciate.

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A nice movie but...

5/10
Author: Jens Chr. Thomsen from Denmark
14 December 2012

I like this movie it was a nice story and okay plot. The characters was okay, but I did not recognize Matthew Fox, just after when I went to IMDb to comment the movie i saw it was him. He did play really good in this movie. He was a cold killer and he did it good.

I just did not like most of the actions scenes. I really hate it when they move the camera to fast. Why do they do that now? I hate it. For me it does not make it more realistic it makes me sick to watch. I hope they will stop this in future films.

So okay movie but please cut out those fast moving cameras.

Sorry for my bad English I'm danish. And I'm new to IMDb.

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Tyler Perry is no Morgan Freeman

5/10
Author: jaxbubba from THE FARIS REEL on Facebook
29 October 2012

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A very promising film with plenty of potential; however, it fails miserably in delivery. Although adapted from the worldwide best-selling novels of James Patterson, director Rob Cohen and actor Tyler Perry are unable to bring to the screen the highly intellectual/analytical skills that author James Patterson and actor Morgan Freeman are able to develop from within the pages of Mr. Patterson's manuscript. This is not a horrendous motion picture; however, it pales in comparison to other films of this movie character/genre (Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider, Se7en).

Tyler Perry of the infamous Madea franchise is Alex Cross. Cross is a Detroit homicide detective and psychologist, who possesses a highly honed skill of perception and deduction. During the initial crime scene investigation of a local influential Detroit socialite, Detective Cross is able to thwart the film's antagonist, Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan, next projected victim. "The Butcher" played wonderfully by Matthew Fox (LOST), decides to turn his attentions to Detective Cross and his team. Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan (Fox) is a masochist, who relishes in inflicting pain and torture on his victims; however, this is another issue that isn't really clearly brought across well to the audience. I believe if this film would have been centered more on "the Butcher" character, it would have been a better film, he was far more interesting than the Cross character.

Again this is not an awful film; by all accounts it's a very mediocre film. Tyler Perry is no Morgan Freeman!! Where Perry decides to use brute force and inflict pain to get answers to track down the film's antagonist; Morgan would use his brain and superior intellect. Where Perry is motivated by revenge; Freeman would be seeking justice. It's just two different interpretations of the same resource material. My recommendation would be to re-watch the Morgan Freeman's persona of the Alex Cross character (i.e.- Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider), and leave Tyler Perry to personify his Madea character.

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Trailer Enticed, Movie Didn't Deliver

Author: DannaAnna from United States
28 October 2012

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The movie's trailer is better than the movie! The trailer seem to be an indication that at least someone knows what the audience wants to see however, they fail to deliver the movie promised. The best scenes were in the trailer. Ah, don't you just hate when this type of enticement happens. The movie was too predictable (I volunteered to go and get the popcorn and drinks refilled); the development of storyline was haphazardly done; and sadly, you found yourself rooting for the bad guy. (I am looking forward to Matthew Fox's next action movie.)

This director should take lessons from the directors of action stars such as Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Will Smith,etc. These directors all seem to have been educated at school of "knowing what the audience wants and delivering it." The characters these actors portray always seems to get into the thick of it and yes they end up bloodied and bruised, but still the heroes. Tyler Perry's character gets blown across the room and get up and nothings broken or bruised and he didn't even lose a button. Although, I must admit to enjoying the exchange between the actors when they were deciding who would use the finger to open the safe. This may have possibly been the best exchange between them in the entire movie.

The person or persons that put together the movie's trailer should have directed the movie. If they are one in the same, then I say that you should have used the trailer as an outline to make a better movie.

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A Nutshell Review: Alex Cross

5/10
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore
1 December 2012

James Patterson's fictional creation, the forensic psychologist Alex Cross, is no stranger to the world of movies, after having graced the big screen in films like Kiss the Girls, and Along Came a Spider, both of which were productions more than a decade ago, with the leading character played by Morgan Freeman. In Alex Cross, Tyler Perry takes over the mantle to play a much younger Cross at the cusp of his joining the FBI, subject to gaining the approval of his wife Maria (Carmen Ejogo) to uproot the family to Washington D.C, but now having to face an assassin (Matthew Fox) who is running around town performing his assigned hits.

Like Sherlock Holmes, this cinematic interpretation of Alex Cross bears the same uncanny powers of deduction, but that's it, with few scenes to show off that prowess, then decided it's best that Cross also becomes as brawny as he is brainy. It's certain of an attempt to build a much larger universe for the character to operate in for future installments, but alas having key supporting characters laid to waste, which is a pity. Edward Burns, playing Tommy Kane, who should be the equivalent of Cross' best friend John Sampson in the books, gets largely isolated from the trailers and promotional materials, that for a role that's quite meaty here, it just spells trouble. And true enough, the many subplots introduced in this film, all get discarded when convenient, and you have that niggling feeling they're there to pad the film to make it feature length, because Tyler Perry versus Matthew Fox as hero against villain doesn't have too much ring to it, nor have too much material to get these two temporal adversaries going.

So in the end, this is quite unlike any of James Patterson's novel, other than in name and the featuring of few key characters. This is Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson's interpretation of the character, with making things up along the way, and in essence, turning Alex Cross into a generic hero who's lacking in personality and distinction to stand out from the crowded cop- action-thriller genres. And it'll be interesting to know if director Rob Cohen have had his wings clipped somewhat through the lack of a reasonably sized budget to deal with the action sequences he had in mind, because they were at best, rudimentary, with heavy use of poorly rendered CG to try and convince audiences that things really got blown up.

Drama isn't Cohen's forte, but Alex Cross is steeped in it, making the film seemed quite half- assed especially in pacing, with dramatic scenes inserted quite haphazardly that it makes the pace erratic. For instance, Cross and Kane get called into an investigation when a body turns up, and it took them quite a while in finally getting to the scene of the crime, which along the way we're treated to the two men's awkward banter about their relationships with their other half, and Cross' warning for Kane that business and pleasure don't mix well. By now you'll see the expected plot development coming, with the story trying to make audiences relate to and identify with these two working adults with their respective relationship woes. Their private issues become mixed up in their pursuit, and this provides for a more vested interest in closing the case with vendetta on their minds, which I thought was supposed to be a good move, should the scenes that follow contain a lot more emotional impact. What Tyler Perry and Edward Burns managed to do, is to only read their lines one at a time, totally blowing any acting awards out of the water.

Perhaps it was left to Matthew Fox to save the day. After all, his career in Tinseltown didn't really take off, and his radical role here may turn a lot more heads. As the tattooed, sociopath hit-man with a penchant for pain, both inflicted onto his victims and onto himself, for a while he brings about a somewhat refreshing take with his chiseled body used as a weapon to take down opponents, then turned bland rather quickly. But his character is more of an enigma, appearing at the beginning to show off what three million dollars can buy, with hits being exercised with precision, accuracy and the sick need to tear his victims apart. Like Cross, once the novelty wore off, he degenerated into yet another routine, a villain whose status got elevated just because he's the character who inflicted the most pain on Alex Cross, although their tough-talking with each other lacked the intensity one would expect since their adversity has become personal.

Alex Cross had promise and potential, after all there was two films in the past. However if this was intended to kickstart yet another franchise, I suppose the house has got to be in order, and to get the right director to tell the kind of story that needs to be told from any of James Patterson's source material.

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Adequate crime thriller

7/10
Author: Neil Welch from United Kingdom
7 December 2012

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James Patterson's character Dr Alex Cross is a Detroit detective who gets involved in the search for a hit-man who begins to take things a bit personally.

This film reintroduces us to Patterson's signature character in an adaptation of the first of many novels. Filling the shoes occupied by Morgan Freeman in two earlier films is Tyler Perry, an enormous fellow about whom I know nothing (although a quick wiki shows him to be quite industrious in areas which have failed to cross the Atlantic). Perry (like most elements of this movie) is adequate, in a generic "brainy cop chasing killer who is always one step ahead" crime thriller: this will be a tolerable film to catch when it comes round on TV.

There are two elements which are better than "adequate", however. One is some of the staging of some of the action sequences, which are genuinely exciting. And the other is Matthew Fox - yes, that nice Matthew Fox from Lost - whose hit-man is deeply unsettling. Unfortunately, by the end of the movie you know nothing about who he is or why he is like that, which is a shame: giving him some depth would have improved the story enormously.

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Tyler Perry IS Alex Cross

8/10
Author: Lursa from Jackson, Mississippi
28 October 2012

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!!Spoilers Ahead!! I went in prepared not to like this movie. I read some of the reviews and I was sure I was wasting my money. But I love Alex Cross. I have devoured the books and I know James Patterson has created on of the best characters ever. I was a bit worried about the casting of Tyler Perry. I detest the Madea movies and was praying that I would not see any camera mugging.

I was so surprised to actually enjoy the film and Tyler Perry's nuanced performance as Alex Cross. No disrespect to Morgan Freeman who is a monumental talent...but he was too old to play Alex Cross. I thought so at the time but he was all we had so I went with it. Tyler Perry is closer to the Alex of the books. He looks like I imagined Alex to look. He behaves in the way I have grown to expect from the books. I have read all the books and this is the first Alex Cross movie where I could see the character.

Tyler Perry can act! I didn't believe it but he can and he's GOOD! I've had issues in the past with his writing...but the man has some serious acting chops. His relationships with his children, Nana Mama, and Maria are all believable. His skills as a profiler are shown in several scenes and he doesn't push it over the top.

Matthew Fox was awesome as the assassin/bad guy Picasso/The Butcher of Sligo. He reveled in his evil and, while he tittered on the edge, always kept a hint of reality to his part. Matthew was scarily good. Thank god Rob Cohen didn't try to make the character sympathetic by trying to get us to 'understand' why he does what he does. The character is seriously twisted but smart enough to get someone to pay him to do what he does best. I'm so tired of the movie/TV villain getting 'Dexterized'. As James Patterson shows us in his books...sometimes evil just IS...there's no rational reason for it.

The reasons this review does not give the movie a higher rating are these...The location was changed from DC to Detroit...why? No reason except to set up the sequel. The kids are older than they should be at the time of Maria's death...okay I can go with that to a point. John Sampson is not in the movie. Granted who I was seeing in the part is the late Micheal Clarke Duncan and that didn't happen. Tyler is a big guy so it would take another big actor to fill the role of 'man mountain'...but still...I felt cheated with Tommy.

I'm giving Rob Cohen a pass here to make up for these points in the sequel. There had better be a sequel because one dose of Tyler Perry as Alex Cross is just not enough.

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Tyler Perry Crosses Over 2 Become An Action Star

8/10
Author: zardoz-13 from United States
23 October 2012

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Taking Tyler Perry seriously in the role of the forensic psychologist that Morgan Freeman originated in the routine thriller "Kiss the Girls" (1997) and reprised in "Along Came A Spider" (2001) may challenge the African-American actor's fans who cannot envisage him without a wig and a dress. Aside from his most recent Madea comedy "Madea's Witness Protection," Perry has been testing the waters for such a move. He made a cameo appearance in the "Star Trek" reboot, and he played it straight in his own epic "Good Deeds." "Good Deeds" wasn't the standard-issue, Perry potboiler. Religious themes and comedic tropes were conspicuous by their absences in this entertaining melodrama. "Alex Cross" represents Perry's boldest move to alter his image. Actually, the New Orleans native doesn't appear as out of place as an action hero as many of his fans as well as critics proclaim. Helmed by Rob Cohen, who directed "The Fast and the Furious," "xXx," and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon," "Alex Cross" qualifies as a gritty, fast-paced, no-holds-barred, above-average police procedural with the title character committing criminal acts to thwart a sadistic professional assassin. Basically, when he isn't channeling Sherlock Holmes with his shrewd insights into the behavior of others, Perry strives to be like Dirty Harry Callahan. Indeed, our gun-toting hero breaks the very laws that he was sworn to uphold so he can nab a sadistic murderer who craves to inflict pain. You've got to give Perry credit for having the nerve to make such an outlandish change in his cinematic modus operandi.

A dastardly contract killer who calls himself the Butcher of Sligo (Matthew Fox of "Vantage Point") enjoys torturing the victims that he neither shoots nor blasts to smithereens. Motor City Detective Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry), his long-time friend & colleague Detective Tommy Kane (Edward Burns of "Saving Private Ryan") and Detective Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols of "Conan the Barbarian") set out to apprehend this felon after he kills a wealthy woman, Fan Yau (Stephanie Jacobsen), and guns down three bodyguards. This reprobate shears off several of Fan Yau's fingers before he obtains the information that he needs about his prime target. The Butcher of Sligo sets his sights on an affluent Frenchman, Leon Mercier (Jean Reno of "Armored"), who dreams about revitalizing Detroit. Cross knows they are contending with an expert who has already figured out every move and counter move that the police will make to catch him. When Cross and company confront the Butcher the first time in a high-rise where the villain has targeted white-collar types, they prove they aren't the usual doughnut munchers. Although the cunning killer eludes the police, Kane draws blood when one of his bullets nicks the bad guy in the shoulder. Nevertheless, the authorities cannot make a positive identification because this sadist has no criminal record. Eventually, Cross discovers that not even the man who hired the killer can identify him. After they find charcoal sketches that the killer plants at the crime scene, the cops nickname him 'Picasso.' Cross is surprised when this homicidal maniac goes after his unit and himself. One of the biggest surprises occurs when the killer botches an attempt on Cross, but not before he ices somebody close to our hero.

"Along Came A Spider" scenarists Marc Moss and freshman scribe Kerry Williamson have adapted James Patterson's twelfth novel and penned what would otherwise be an above-average crime thriller. Half of what makes "Alex Cross" so entertaining is the casting of Perry himself as an action hero. He delivers a believable, compelling performance as a Detroit detective pitted against a ruthless assassin. Director Rob Cohen handles the cat and mouse game between the hero and the villain with verve. While Perry acquits himself well in the role, Matthew Fox steals the show as a scary killer who tools around in a Cadillac. Reportedly, the former "Lost" TV star dropped about 40 pounds to make himself look not only emaciated but also vicious. In one amusing scene, as 'Picasso,' the villain kills three guys who try to bully him. Cohen stages a terrific fight between Cross and the villain in the rafters of the decrepit Michigan Theater. Compared with the two earlier Freeman movies, "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider," "Alex Cross" emerges as a superior saga and a new franchise for Perry to show his serious side as an actor.

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Underrated, competent movie

7/10
Author: januaryman-1 from Stephens County, OK
2 November 2013

Alex Cross was poorly received at the box office and by critics, but I don't share in the sentiment. The film didn't boil with drama as most Hollywood blockbusters do. Instead, it simmered along with determination that didn't leave the viewer shell-shocked. I can't really compare Tyler Perry's portrayal of Alex Cross to his other work because I haven't watched his other work—not my cup of tea. Perry's portrayal of Cross was very effective and believable. His anger was palpable but he controlled and focused it without running around like a lunatic. It was very elegant compared to other cop movie heroes.

And why was Cross angry? Matthew Fox. Fox's depiction of sadistic killer Picasso was flawless. Picasso could have easily become a caricature, but Fox played him just right.

Edward Burns played Cross's partner Thomas Kane and Rachel Nichols plays copy Monica Ashe. These two and Perry gave the impression of people who worked together for years with their easy interactions. We didn't see a lot of Ashe and Burns seemed understated, but both were supporting roles. Perry and Fox were the stars of this show. The lovely Carmen Ejogo plays Cross's wife Maria.

Alex Cross is out on DVD and won't cost you the chunk of change that a theater viewing would. Spend a few bucks and rent the movie. I think you'll be happy with it.

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Acting talent not required

1/10
Author: jennifer-alongi-richmond from United States
27 October 2013

WORST acting ever. Script is cheesy and predictable. I quit watching it after 20 minutes. Matthew Fox was even just so-so; he is capable of much better. Boo BOOOOOO!! I think I would rather go to a funeral than watch this movie. There would be real emotion at a funeral. If you gave me $10 to watch this movie, I wouldn't. Not even for $20. Actually, I think $100 is the minimum amount of money that it would take to make me watch this movie from start to finish. Back to the Netflix warehouse as quick as I can to get the next Mad Men disc. I'm not sure why anyone would pay money to see this movie. It also has ruined any chance of me ever trying to read a James Patterson book. Next time, maybe Spielberg should be considered to produce. This nonsense would not have occurred if someone like Spielberg had been making the decisions. At first I thought it was bad acting. Then I thought it was a bad script. But I have come to the conclusion that it is both. Hands down the worst movie ever.

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Mediocre film with some amazing moments

7/10
Author: Lars Liebrand from Netherlands
11 December 2012

Alex Cross isn't the best movie out there, by far. let's be clear about that. Some directors choices I thought were poorly thought through and Cohen really took a quite deep story to put on the screen, while we know him from some of the easier to digest action flicks.

So why the 7? Why watch this while there are so many gems out there?

To be honest, Matthew Fox. I loved his role in this movie, he's truly sinister and when he's on screen you'll be at the tip of your seat wondering what he will do next! I personally didn't dislike Tyler Perry as well, I believed him in some of the more emotional scenes in the movie.

don't get me wrong, this isn't my recommended movie for 2012. But it is a roller-coaster ride you'll enjoy as long as you see it for what it is: A action movie that touches the thriller genre in some nice ways. But never really becomes great.

Thanks Matthew Fox, you MADE this movie Perry, keep it up, you'll get there

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Underrated movie

7/10
Author: imran3000
9 December 2012

I watched this movie, not expecting much, but it turned out to be not bad at all. Movie starts slow and is wayward in beginning, somehow lacking focus and grip, but comes back on track rather quickly. Once its back on track, excitement is there, and keeps getting stronger by the middle of it.

Serial killer role is played well and convincing by Fox, story is strong, Tyler Perry's role is miscast or poorly written, minus that weakness, movie is worth watching. I think if lead was played by Will Smith or big name, movie might have been a blockbuster. But its worth watching, nonetheless.

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Great Movie - No matter what anybody else says.

9/10
Author: belindar-2 from United States
4 December 2013

I enjoyed this movie as a thrill seeking exciting journey and found it realistic. This movie moves at a pace that is not too fast or too slow. It is just right. There are enough special effects in the movie to make it interesting. Tyler Perry in this role was different, but he handled it very well. Matthew Fox played a great villain and made you hate him and want him done in. If you have not seen this movie, go to see it with an open mind and I guarantee you will really enjoy it. I also want to comment on the director because the journey he takes the audience on is enjoyable and exciting. The audience will love the ending. This is truly the best of the Alex Cross movies.

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I love this face of Alex ... oh!! and the movie was good too.

9/10
Author: fernbascoe1
22 May 2013

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So I finally come up for air and was able to watched this movie. Tyler Perry nailed down Alex Cross' character for me. The problem was that I spent so much time trying to figure out which book I was into that I almost lost out on a good movie. I mean, I have read miles of 'Alex Cross' since the one with the Butcher of Sligo but, boy was I confused? Then I had to wrap my head around the fact that his friend was not African American (no problem with that) but I got a headache waiting to see Sampson. When I gave up my expectations and started watching, I enjoyed putting a face to Alex. I'm sure I'll enjoy all future 'Crosses' (pun may be intended) from now on.

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Don't go off all the bad reviews judge for yourself

7/10
Author: DaTruth510 from United States
29 January 2013

Why do people keep saying where's Morgan freeman or Perry is no Freeman! I'm sorry did u see his name on the cast list or him in the trailer?

U can't go in expecting him to compare to Freeman, but I was impressed.

I'm not a Tyler Perry fan at all and I think his movies or lame but by the end of the movie he made me believe he was a beast, something I thought I would never say about perry.

Yes a lot of things could have been better but still worth watching. The Hero and the villain make it worth your while. I don't know why so many terrible reviews

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not bad could have been better

7/10
Author: nitrams2000 from daytona
10 December 2012

The movie is worth watching but there are no surprises and no tricks, you know exactly what is going to happen every second of the way. There is some good news though, Tyler is a great actor and even though this isn't a comedy I thought it was fun, lots of action, things blowing up and people dieing. The bad guy in the film was a pretty good actor. Sure there are a lot of better films to watch but if you want to see some good action and you don't have nothing greet to do tonight then this movie is for you. Don't listen to the nay-Sayers on here. The movie works and gets the job done. A+ effects, with a great cast and a mediocre plot that is very predictable, don't see at the theater, wait for DVD

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Books better than the film

Author: radical-retriever
1 November 2012

I haven't seen this movie yet and was very excited to see this movie but after reading the comments it sounds as if it is going to be an enormous let down.

I just wanted to comment and let everyone know that the Alex Cross Series of books by James Patterson are actually amazing!!!!! And if this movie is bad then it has nothing to do with the real books, and I would totally recommend for everyone to go read the books because they are so unbelievably good!

It's my favourite series of books ever, so I would totally recommend them all. don't be put off by this movie, the books are amazing!

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Not bad at all

7/10
Author: RussCordes from United Kingdom
11 January 2013

All I will say is this is a decent movie and well worth a watch. All those people giving it bad reviews are way out of order,I was expecting a crap movie Tyler Perry etc,but I was nicely surprised that this was entertaining and well acted.

I do hate Madea type rubbish but credit where it is due,this was well worth a watch even if it is only to make my own mind up. When it comes to movies if you know the books that they derive from then it is always a losing battle creating a film that will always upset the book fans,but I don't know the books and I can only comment on whether it was worth the time to watch and for me I would definitely watch any sequels. A steady 7 for me.

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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Very good movie and very unfair ratings by others!

7/10
Author: disa-meyer from United Kingdom
16 December 2012

Okay so its not going to win any Oscars, but I really believe people have given this a bad rap for no reason. I have seen plenty of crap movies in my time and movies that have got higher ratings when they deserved far less. Yes, Tyler Perry is not Morgan Freeman, but he plays the role well. It is an action movie, and yes the books are thrillers. But all the same this is a good movie. A clever twist, and Matthew Fox plays the bad guy really well. Not once did I find this boring or very bad. There have been a number of crap scary movies out there that have got higher ratings and yet they are seriously crap!! This is an enjoyable movie and I don't think the acting was rubbish as so many people have stated. I think its just fine. Judge for yourself and don't read the reviews until you have seen the movie. Make your own mind up and stop being so critical. Its enjoyable.

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Alex Cross is a 2012 American crime thriller film starring Tyler Perry as the titular character and Matthew Fox as the antagonist.WIKIPEDIA)

10/10
Author: adreanrussell from Toronto, On
29 October 2012

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Regardless of all the mean reviews and the low rating for this movie, I believe that Tyler Perry did an excellent job. This actor showed the soft side of Alex Cross, which is often depicted by James Patterson and he perfectly plays the role, but it is not the acting which would make me watch this movie another time but rather the plot. The plot of this movie is eccentric. If you are a regular Alex Cross fan you will enjoy this movie a bit more ordinary than the person who has no background. This movie however, is worth every penny. A lot of reviews have been written opposing all sorts of stuffs in this movie, but they have done a great job making this movie. The ending of this movie is probably the most disappointing, even though we know that in the book series Alex Cross is athletic and not much like Tyler. I found the fight scene at the ending pretty weak, as though they were girls, we were brought to a pinnacle and then let down by the director. A midst the shaky fight at the ending scene this movie is watchable and still enjoyable...

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

surprisingly excellent movie overall!

10/10
Author: tunegospel from United States
26 October 2012

Surprisingly because we have never really seen Perry do this type of movie before. Normally, he stars as Medea as a comedy. I don't know exactly why there are so many negative reviews for this movie. I went to see the movie two days ago at the theater and actually enjoyed the movie and would pay to see it again! Alex Cross (2012) is like watching a movie with elements from both "Shaft" and "Dredd." One of my most favorite this year. If you don't mind Tyler Perry taking over the role of Alex Cross, go see the movie for yourself. I know people are used to Morgan Freeman starring as Alex Cross and I also liked Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross. Tyler Perry did just as good as Morgan Freeman starring as Detective Cross. Perry played more of a younger version of Alex Cross and the movie was much more intense. This movie was also full of action and suspense! I don't know whether this movie is a prequel to "Kiss the Girls" or "Along Came A Spider." It could just very well be a reboot, with no connections at all to the first two movies. I never knew Matthew Fox could play a villain so well! All the actors did a wonderful job in this movie and Tyler Perry surprisingly did a fitting job (Tyler Perry was perfect for the role as an Alex Cross)! It truly was Tyler Perry like you've never seen him before! I'm very much looking forward to seeing Tyler Perry do more Alex Cross movies! As a matter of fact this has to be the very best movie Tyler Perry has ever starred in. Better than his Madea movies

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Good action movie

10/10
Author: sync76 from United Kingdom
9 December 2012

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I've given it 10 stars because it has been criticised unfairly and it will be a shame to fall at the bottom of the 2012 films list. I've seen a lot worse than that and much better rated. OK, so it's probably nothing like the book, but who cares? I haven't read the book and it didn't stop me from enjoying this otherwise perfectly entertaining movie. I'm sure many people haven't read it so for them it doesn't matter really. What many of us want is just to watch something for the fun of it and not check it for accuracies or fallacies. It's a gripping thriller with all the good ingredients: a bit of love, some drama, suspense, detective, high tech (but definitely contained) cat and mouse chase against the clock etc. Is it too simplistic and somewhat predictable? Maybe. But not so it ruins the show. It's a movie that might not change your life but it wouldn't fail to entertain you either. Got some time? Not sure what to watch and there are no Oscar winners out there? Just buy yourself some tickets to this one. Make sure you don't forget the popcorn. You will enjoy it.

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Good action Movie

10/10
Author: jay cooper from United States
29 October 2012

Can't believe all the hate on this movie. I thought it was one of the best action movies I've seen in a long time, and I'm usually a tough critic on movies. Reminded me a little of the Lethal Weapon series. I thought all the actors did a good job, Perry and the other guy had pretty good chemistry. I grew up watching all the old action movies with Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, etc..

Seems if you're into the Alex Cross series people don't like this movie, frankly I never heard of it before this one. If you keep an open mind and watch it with no expectations you should enjoy this movie. Action alone it was a good movie.

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12 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

Tyler Perry nailed this performance.

7/10
Author: dan jones from United States
19 October 2012

I am so upset at the number of people who said this movie deserved only one star. This was by the far the best I have ever seen Tyler Perry. The Movie is based on cop "Alex Cross" which is a character from series of books written by acclaimed author "James Patterson". The movie is far from whats actually in the book but lets be honest most movies from books are. Tyler Perry's team of cops look to hunt down an assassin which is wreaking havoc in Detroit. Going into this movie you will be thinking of Tyler Perry as madea but you quickly get to see a side that you never seen of him before. I agree that the movie didn't really get into why the bad guy was so cruel but for what its worth every movie does not have the perfect script. The cast did a great job and its an all around good movie despite the people that said they hated it.

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