Alex Cross 2012

Alex Cross

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Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox do their best, but they're trampled by Rob Cohen's frustrating direction and a tasteless, lazily written screenplay.

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Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) works as a detective/psychologist for the Detroit Police Department along with his lifelong friend, Tommy Kane (Edward Burns), and detective Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols). Cross' latest case puts him on a collision course with Picasso (Matthew Fox), a cunning serial killer whose ultimate target is multinational industrialist Giles Mercier (Jean Reno). Cross must find a way inside Picasso's head not only to catch the killer but also to stem the violent urges Cross feels.

Cast & Crew

Tyler Perry
Dr. Alex Cross
Edward Burns
Thomas Kane
Jean Reno
Leon Mercier
Carmen Ejogo
Maria Cross
Giancarlo Esposito
Daramus Holiday
John C. McGinley
Capt. Richard Brookwell
Rob Cohen
Director
Marc Moss
Screenwriter
Paul Hanson
Producer
George Furla
Executive Producer
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  • Oct 05, 2014
    The movie starts with detectives Alex Cross(Tyler Perry), Monica Ashe(Rachel Nichols) and Thomas Kane(Ed Burns) apprehending a serial rapist, but not before chasing him all over an abandoned warehouse, drop kicking him off a floor and shooting him in the leg. Even after all of that, a mystery man(Matthew Fox) is none too impressed. Still, he impresses Fan Yau Lee(Stephanie Jacobsen) with his bare fist martial arts prowess. When she turns up brutally murdered the following morning, the detectives are on the scene, not only to find her murderer but to stop him from striking again. On the one hand, "Alex Cross" is a more faithful rendering of James Patterson's hero than previously done, giving us a much more robust character than portrayed elsewhere by Morgan Freeman. But honestly, all that really means is that this version adheres much closer to Patterson's simplistic worldview of demonic evil vs angelic good. That's not to mention the empty sadism and misogyny on display here. As the cast is going off in every direction imaginable, they make little difference, even Giancarlo Esposito with a cameo in the Henry Ford Museum. Speaking of which, at least the movie takes full advantage of Detroit locations, especially in the climax.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2014
    James Patterson's detective series is rebooted by Tyler Perry with Alex Cross. The story follows Detroit homicide detective Alex Cross and his team as they investigate a series of murders by a contract killer. Starring Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, and Matthew Fox, the film has a decent cast. However, it's hard to live up to Morgan Freeman's portrayal of the Cross character, but Perry tries (and fails). It's actually Matthew Fox who steals the film, giving a captivating performance as a ruthless and sadistic killer. Yet the plot is formulaic, and has been done a dozen times over. In the end Alex Cross is a mediocre thriller that covers the basics, but doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2014
    Miscasting is one of the major problems with this film. Tyler Perry was the wrong choice to play Alex Cross. He is no Morgan Freeman. They should have casted someone like Terrence Howard or Jeffrey Wright. They would have been awesome in the role. Perry seems out of place in this action film. The film also needed a rewrite. A lot of the dialog seemed sloppy. Also the film was predictable. I wasn't surprised by some of the things that happened in the film. I knew right away who hired Matthew Fox's character. Matthew Fox is the best reason to watch the film. He is really good as the killer Picasso. He was also good when he played the villain in Vantage Point. I would love to see him do more villain roles. The problem here is that he doesn't have a good foil in Perry. Perry also doesn't have a good on screen chemistry with Ed Burns. Ed seems like he is trying to make it work as best as he can. Of the 3 Alex Cross films that were made, Along Came a Spider, would be my favorite. As for this film, check it out for Matthew Fox's performance. If you want to see a good Alex Cross film, then check out, Along Came A Spider.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2013
    A movie Tyler Perry is in sucks. That really isn't a surprising statement as the majority of the films he's in, minus Star Trek, end up being horrible because of his creative involvement, when he's not really that good at writing a decent script. The one surprise in this film, if it can be considered that, is that the film would've sucked regardless if, instead of Tyler, you cast Denzel Washington instead. I don't mean to say the guy is great in this film, but he's fairly passable and doesn't, in any way, detract from an already terrible film. The script is just awful. It's generic and dull. In a post-Seven era...hell in a post-Girl with a Dragon Tattoo era, you just need to do better than this tripe. The film fails to build suspense at all. Things that happen are quickly forgotten about in the next scene, the whole film just does not flow well at all. Not to mention the story being completely nonsensical. Something about a french jerk hiring a ruthless assassin to take out his partners in his company for one reason or another. Do you ever get that reason? No, not really. The editing is also just absolutely disgraceful to the art of editing. I think the film, from an editing standpoint, falls apart in the climax. There's one scene, that's edited to look like it's one continuous shot, of Matthew Fox driving out of a parking lot and Alex driving right into his car. And the editing of this scene is just outright awful. If there's one thing that even remotely redeeming about the film is Matthew Fox's performance. I mean, some of his lines are really corny and I think he's too over-the-top at times, but he's still a highlight in an otherwise terrible film. I thought he was very committed to the role, even if the script outright failed him. As mentioned, Tyler Perry is passable. I thought he tried to play the character too low-key and sometimes he came across as lacking charisma. But, again, he wasn't bad and doesn't make the film any worse than it already is. As it stands this is just an awful movie that's just, technically, a mess from top to bottom.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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