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Why, for All that is Holy, would You make a Movie about a Modern Day
Sherlock Holmes with a Doctorate in Psychology who is an Analytical
Detective by way of Being Police, and then Disregard all of that with a
Brain Dead Script with Little Deduction and even Less Detecting. He is
called Detective Doctor Cross Many Times just for Source Material
But there is Action Movie Money to be Made so all of that Brainiac Stuff is too Cerebral for the Masses so no one will Notice. But they did. This Movie was a Disaster at the Box Office and Took a Critical Whipping on Most Posts.
So there. It should be a Lesson Learned but don't Hold Your Breath Expecting too many Complex Thrillers to come from Hollywood Anytime Soon. Aside from Lack of Intelligence in a Movie about an Intellectual Crime Fighter, the Action Parts of the Film are nothing worth Analysis Except in a Word or Two. Boring...Uneventful.
The Final Fight between our Hero and Villain is so Shaky Camera and the Image Bobs Up and Down so Frequently and So Fast that it Might just get the Award for the Shakiest Camera Scene Ever and that's No Mean Feat Considering the Competition.
Finally, a Tyler Perry movie that is actually funny. Sorry, I couldn't
This is the third Alex Cross movie. It ranks fourth after Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, both starring Morgan Freeman. You can't replace Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and you can't replace Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross.
Weak acting, a sorry script, lousy directing; I could go on, but you get the idea.
It's a good thing we had The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and Battleship last year or this movie would have swept the worst movie awards.
Please don't tell me there is a sequel planned.
Disappointing. Started well, and looked set to be a good game of
intrigue between the two main protagonists. However, just when it
started to ramp up the tension, it all got released in a rush by
becoming a conventional action-thriller and sprinting to the
Some more character development, especially of the killer, was required. Might be one of the few movies I wished was longer.
Tyler Perry seems out of his depth as an action hero. His ideal roles are more intellectual. Matthew Fox is great as the killer though. No real stand-out performances among the supporting cast.
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As someone who has not read any of the novels, and had not known much
about the character or of it's plot, I still found Alex Cross to be
subpar. Alex Cross played itself as a brainless and not too interesting
thriller with several cheesy moments and silly dialogue. From the
beginning, the way Picasso (Matthew Fox) was introduced was hard to
believe. His character came down to an MMA sporting event, simply hands
one of the mangers money then is put up to fight an opponent in a
matter of minutes. Although Picasso was the best part of the film and
Matthew Fox played his character great at points but it wasn't enough
to save the film.
Tyler Perry did a decent job as the serious lead of Alex Cross, but having not read the novels, I am not aware of how the character was supposed to act. I did enjoy some of the action scenes including Picasso. "Alex Cross" plays itself as the typical film where the villain and lead first make their encounter, then the villain continuously stalks the lead wanting something of his, the lead being scared and having to to avoid it, and up to the end the lead takes his revenge and eventually kills the villain. There was some violence towards women in the film specifically where Picasso kills Alex Cross's wife (whom was months due pregnant), which was a cheap shot for a "professional" villain in which it happened. This is where and why Alex Cross goes after Picasso, as it does make sense but it could have been done different as we have seen many revenge seeking films before.
Like many of these type of films, it suffers from an interesting plot, though it does have some okay scenes but it isn't enough to keep those truly entertained to not notice its flaws. I also didn't find much of the chemistry between Tyler Perry and Edward Burns. "Alex Cross" simply felt cheesy and could have been done with another lead and a far better script, with re writes.
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I have never seen the Madea films so this is the first time I have seen
Tyler Perry in action. As Alex Cross he is stepping into the shoes of
Morgan Freeman in this reboot. Well Freeman is a hard act to follow
although I am unsure as to who Perry's Cross is by the end of the film.
The main star of the film is actually Matthew Fox as the hired killer Picasso. He buffed himself up and lost a lot of weight as the callous and amoral killer.
The biggest problem with the film is the screenplay. It has more holes than Swiss cheese. It means the performers are actually hampered with nonsensical flaws.
At the beginning Fox in a suit pays someone to get involved in a MMA fight. The spectators laugh at him even though when he takes his shirt off he has ripped muscles and tattoos. Even his opponent a seasoned fighter does not twig this guy is a ringer and gets paralysed. His performance is so impressive that an Oriental woman at the fight takes a shine to him, takes him to her home and gets involved in bondage with dire results.
Yet at the end of the film we have a prospect of Perry (a slightly overweight actor best known for appearing in drag) going one on one with Fox even though we have seen at the beginning of the film what he did to the MMA fighter!
In between this Fox who is a gun for hire seemingly gets personal for no reason other than getting shot by the police who are actually just doing their job and takes a detour by going after Perry and his comrades.
Not to forget that one of Fox's hit depends on split second timing depending on a train being on a certain position whilst at the same time his intended victims just arriving somewhere else. How he has planned all this when he is busy going after Perry and co makes the mind boggle.
Also Jean Reno the guy who played the treacherous agent in the first Mission Impossible turns up for a few minutes as the main chief executive of a corporation whose employees are being targeted by the assassin and who is the ultimate target. I wonder who the actual mastermind will be!
This is not to say that its all daftly entertaining. Its just that this is a different Alex Cross as portrayed by Morgan Freeman. We are told Cross is clever and he has his 'Sherlock Holmes' moment at the beginning but very little as to how he arrives with his conclusions.
Its a mash up of an action film and something cerebral. It passes away the time but I doubt this will be a successful rebooted franchise.
This movie is a great one.
I understand some people may not like it as it's not "Hollywood classic style".
It's still very enjoyable to watch though.
Watch it if you like action films with lot of suspense.
It's a very nice story, with ups and downs, an epic manhunt with a psychopath... Wonderful.
It also contain emotion, since some of the main characters are killed.
But the main interest of this movie is the chase.
Very nice movie.
Tyler Perry is taking over Morgan Freeman as the fictional
doctor/police detective. Morgan had played him in the previous two
installments of the series, Kiss the girls and Along Came a Spider.
Sadly Tyler Perry is an inferior lead.
This time Alex Cross is confronting an assassin played by Matthew Fox who is taking on a rich and powerful business. Matthew is looking completely different here. He is gaunt and unlike any of the warm-hearted nice guys he usually plays.
There is a nice tight thriller here. Tyler Perry doesn't help. But he's not so bad as to break it. He is somewhat stiff and a little clunky. He doesn't have the gravitas of Morgan Freeman. But it's also too easy to demean him.
The greatest problem in this movie is how it's been conceived, with the whole plot seeming extremely unlikely. Nothing about this thriller is thrilling, everything's clichéd and quite tedious. Furthermore much of the dialogue feels forced as blatant exposition is placed throughout normal conversations. Even when the movie (rarely) surprises the audience the script offers very little. When you think the movie has manipulated you into trying to care about these characters, all of a sudden it reveals an unnecessary. "Alex Cross" tries to be a grand thriller but fails on nearly every level. It's the script and the plot making this Cross unbearable.
Let's start off with the director. I don't dislike Rob Cohen. Many people believe that "XXX: State of the union" was a flop because of him. However, I think he was walking into a bad one to start with. Knight Rider was iffy at best. Honestly, the last movie that he was involved in that I would give a couple of thumbs up to would be Running Man. Still a classic. Being handed a gauntlet as big as the Alex Cross books is not an easy thing to hold on to. The books were amazing, but we have seen that they can be converted into great movies simply by watching "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls". I feel that he most likely over directed the movie. The characters were too boxed in. The lines, facial expressions and body motions looked choppy and uncomfortable. However, was this his fault? Not necessarily. The actors in the movie were simply incorrect for it. First of all, I cannot classify Tyler Perry as a top of the line actor, but he is not horrible. He has been in some good movies and has had me rolling on the floor a couple of times. Not only was he working out of his comfort zone (very noticeably so), but he was following the work of... wait for it... MORGAN EFFING FREEMAN. Not many can follow that. I think the most over directed person was probably Matthew Fox. The character he played made no sense. His actions and personality did not in any way shape or form link up with the books. The facial expressions and movements looked like they would work in a video game, but definitely not in a movie. We have seen him play a character with this type of background, so it could not be all his fault. I cannot describe what is wrong with Nana Mama in this movie. She showed none of the characteristics from the books that made me fall for the character. She acted almost as psychotic as the assassin. Fudged story line, over directing, character mismatches, failed relationship connections, on and on and on.
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I'm not a big Tyler Perry fan, and in portraying Alex Cross he was
stepping into some pretty big shoes, since the character had been twice
played by Morgan Freeman (In Along Came A Spider and Kiss The Girls) -
who I do like. So my expectation weren't exactly at a premium coming
in. As far as Perry was concerned, I'd say he was all right in the
role. He was nothing special; he wasn't Morgan Freeman. But he was all
right. He had his own unique take on the character. Alex Cross in this
movie is rougher, coarser, more violent - but just as cerebral in his
own way. That evolution of the character was undoubtedly to allow this
to take on more of an action feel, and it was fuelled by the plot
device of having Cross's wife killed off by the serial killer he's
trying to find. So for at least half of this movie, Cross is less the
psychologist/detective and more the grieving husband seeking vengeance
against his wife's killer. Honestly, it made the character somewhat
less noble, and it made the movie somewhat over the top at times.
One thing that was definitely needed was a little better explanation of the serial killer and his motives - and of the motives of the guy who hired him. Another thing that would have helped would have been a bit more passion or energy in the performances. No one (including Perry) really stood out in this and took hold of the movie. I also wasn't clear on the need to kill off Monica (Rachel Nichols) - Cross's colleague. She was involved with Cross's other partner Kane (Edward Burns) but killing her off at virtually the same time Cross's wife was killed made her death fade away into the background a bit and we never really thought about it all that much.
However, there were some things that worked well. There were a few "cover your eyes" moments at the beginning, as the torture of the first victim was portrayed. The killing of Cross's wife (although it seemed, as I said, contrived more as a way of evolving the character than an integral and necessary part of the film) certainly brought some emotional reactions forth, and the final confrontation between Cross and the killer was pretty well done.
I wouldn't call this a failure. It's received some pretty bad reviews. I'm going to rate it as a 6/10, but I don't think it was good enough to result in any ongoing Alex Cross movies, if that was the intention of the producers.
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