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January 7, 2015
While the prior adaptation of James Patterson's first novel in the Alex Cross series Along Came a Spider was absolutely dreadful, I enjoyed the performance of Morgan Freeman enough to go ahead and see Kiss the Girls.

For reasons beyond my understanding, Kiss the Girls was adapted prior to Along Came a Spider even though the series chronologically begins with Along Came a Spider. But that issue was arbitrary because as I learned from Lee Tamahori's adaptation of Along Came a Spider, these adaptations are indifferent to exploring the depth or meaning behind the main character Alex Cross and are more likely to instead strip down to being merely a formulaic crime thriller. My expectations for Kiss the Girls were low, but considering the fact that the novel itself was not too impressive in terms of story I guess it was unlikely I would be too disappointed. The only problem was that the best part of Kiss the Girls was James Patterson's writing style, and so a film adaptation would have to ignore than in favour of actual tangible qualities. At most, I hoped for a semi decent, somewhat tense and well-acted crime thriller even though I still expected not to like the film.
It doesn't take long at all before it is revealed that Kiss the Girls will be a hollow adaptation of its source material. The scene which dictates this is the moment where it is revealed to Alex Cross that his niece has gone missing. In the book, this is a heartbreaking moment where the investigation becomes very personal for Alex and he sees his family matriarch known as Nana Mama burst into tears even though she swore she would never do that again. In the film, it is nothing more than a hollow and lifeless moment of uninvolving drama which comes into the story without appropriate time for a sensible tonal transition to occur. It honestly didn't surprise me but it still annoyed me, and so from that moment on I knew that Kiss the Girls would be another lifeless and generic crime thriller film which ignored the heart of its source material, its original story context and any sense of character.
Kiss the Girls was not the most exciting or interesting book in the first place, but seeing it drained of all its substance and life and turned into the generic product that it was gave me more appreciation for the book. I guess hoping that a film would be decent if it was based on only a decent novel was a bit much when it was another negatively received entry into the collection of Alex Cross adaptations.
The script in the film maintains little of the dialogue that was in the original novel. But to make up for it, the script does admittedly have some fairly effective language in it. Where the script fails in when it tries to tell its story. The screenplay skims over so many characters, exploration of complicated relationships between them, subplots and other elements which leaves the film bland and tasteless. When Gary Fleder is left unable to salvage the film beyond its visual appeal, viewers are left unable to enjoy it because the fact is that Kiss the Girls remains a poor adaptation of a somewhat dull story which means that it didn't have high standards in the first place but still ignored enough to pass off as a boring creation. Incidentally, Kiss the Girls gains little to no help from David Klass' screenplay and benefits slightly from Gary Fleder's direction.
The general style of the film doesn't mirror the slow burning tense tone of the original novel, but it does give the film a sense of movement and energy. There are some slow and tense moments, but the more effectively atmospheric scenes in the film are when things are really energetic and fast moving. Some scenes in the film are executed with a lot of style, such as the scene in which Kate McTiernan jumps from her captors into a river far below her. The scene is intense and the scenery is strong which makes it one of the best executed scenes in the film. Overall, although the universe does not match what was described in the novel perfectly due to some plot changes, it all looks nice and is captured with some really atmospheric cinematography which gives the film a sense of edge at times and makes it a decent treat on the eyes even if it is not one on the mind.
All that is left to take note of in Kiss the Girls is the cast, and the entire film can be broken down on the basis of the performances by Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Although Morgan Freeman is not the perfect fit for the role of Alex Cross due to the fact that he is significantly older than the character was described as being in the novel, he still brings two strong assets to the role: his ability to deal with high profile intense situations and his voice. For much of the film, Morgan Freeman is decent at best in the role of Alex Cross. But when the situations get severely dangerous, he acts quickly. He stands strong in the role grasping his weaponry with confidence and staring at his foes with visionary tension, and whenever he speaks any words during the film his natural wise tone of voice gives off the sense that he knows what he is talking about and how to handle the situations he is facing. Kiss the Girls is less of a good adaptation of the book than it is a starring vehicle for Morgan Freeman, but he works hard enough to ensure that his role in the film is not wasted by delivering an imperfect but still strong performance in the part of Alex Cross. He certainly remains a genial presence all throughout the film.
In the novel, Kate McTiernan was the spitting image of perfection: a beautiful, confident woman who was also able to put up a fight. Although Ashley Judd executes the strength of a believable fighter, for the rest of the film she seems rather spiritless. It seems as if she was going for a balance between confident and emotionally traumatic, but instead ended up reaching a character who is merely bereft of any sense of charisma whatsoever. Ashley Judd is monotonous most of the time in Kiss the Girls, and when she goes for sad it comes off as artificial. While her scenes with Morgan Freeman are good because he is able to build off of their interactions, she proves to be unable to perform in the role. She has her moments during some of the more casual scenes in the film, but for the most of the film she goes with the weak characterisation of Kate McTiernan and fails to implement in the slightest bit of legitimacy in her portrayal of a victim of kidnapping.

So despite Gary Fleder's stylish directorial work and a decent leading performance from Morgan Freeman, Kiss the Girls ignores enough of the plot elements in its source material to become a dull and predictable crime thriller without the clever twists that James Patterson was good at using.
December 27, 2014
a little uneven at times, and somewhat predictable, but fun nontheless
½ December 3, 2014
This wasn't unlike any other serial killer, mystery movie I have seen, but the stellar cast made it stand out slightly. Ashley Judd was a joy to watch as usual and Morgan Freeman played his usual, Morgan Freeman type role. There was a good amount of suspense and plenty of guessing to do but at times some parts seemed a bit dragged out and it went on just a little to long. There were plenty of moments where the characters did dumb things that got them into worse situations and the ending, while satisfying, could of been done much better. The shocking reveal of the killer at the end was nice and overall this was a decent film, great cast but it could of used a little something extra to make it "really" good.
October 5, 2014
Great Movie Washington, D.C.detective and forensic psychologistAlex Cross (Morgan Freeman) heads to Durham, North Carolina when his niece Naomi (Gina Ravera), a college student, is reported missing. He learns from the local police, including Nick Ruskin (Cary Elwes), that Naomi is the latest in a series of young women who have vanished. Soon after his arrival, one of the missing women is found dead, bound to a tree in a desolate forest, and shortly after that, intern Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) is kidnapped from her home.When she awakens from a drugged state, Kate discovers that she is being held captive by a masked man calling himself Casanova, and she is one of several prisoners trapped in his lair. She manages to escape and is severely injured when she jumps from a cliff and into a river to escape from his clutches. After she recuperates, she joins forces with Cross to track down her sadomasochist captor, who Cross concludes is a collector, not a killer, unless his victims fail to follow his rules. This means there is time to rescue the other imprisoned women, just as long as they remain subservient.
Super Reviewer
½ August 18, 2014
Full of intrigue, Kiss the Girls is a smart and suspenseful crime thriller. Based on a James Patterson novel, the story follows forensic specialist Dr. Alex Cross as he investigates the disappearance of his niece and comes to discover that she's become a victim of the serial killer known as "Casanova." Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, and Brian Cox, the cast is fairly strong (though Judd is a weak link that stands out a bit). There are also some underdeveloped elements of the plot that make it seem a bit contrived at times. However, the directing is well-done and does a good job at creating an atmospheric setting. Additionally, the film is able to be disturbing and violent without becoming morbid and gratuitous. Kiss the Girls isn't without its problems, but it still delivers a compelling mystery.
½ August 4, 2014
(First and only viewing - 4/24/2013)
July 30, 2014
Not Morgans best film but still enjoyable.
July 5, 2014
Could have been better cast but good anyway
½ June 29, 2014
"Kiss the Girls" is the first entry in the Alex Cross series, and the best one so far. But that's not saying much, with lackluster entries like "Along Came a Spider" and Tyler Perry's "Alex Cross" abomination. This movie has some build up, not too many implausible moments, and great performances by Judd and Freeman. It's not cinematic art, but it's a good watch for a Friday night in the summer.
May 26, 2014
I've actually never seen this movie and I really liked it. Suspenseful which I like.
½ April 28, 2014
Directed by Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Don't Say A Word (2001) and Runaway Jury (2003)) and adapted from James Patterson's 1995 best-selling novel of the same name, this dark crime thriller was the first film to be based on Patterson's Alex Cross series of novels, and it was intended to start a new franchise, it nearly did. It has some good performances in it, and a good mystery too. Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is a forensic psychologist and detective working for Washington D.C. police, and he's been called in to investigate the disappearance of his niece Naomi (Gina Ravera) in Durham, North Carolina. Cross is briefed by local policeman Nick Ruskin (Cary Elwes), and learns that Naomi is the latest in a series of kidnappings where young women have vanished. Things take a turn when police intern Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) is kidnapped, and she's held in a cellar. However, she manages to escape from her captor and Cross takes her in promising to protect her. It takes them to Los Angeles, where they find someone committing similar kidnappings. It is a taut and unsettling thriller, even though it was all done before with The Silence of the Lambs (1991), it makes for a good crime mystery if you like that sort of thing. Freeman returned for a sequel, Along Came A Spider (2001), before the franchise was rebooted with Alex Cross (2012).
½ March 16, 2014
macht auch nach jahren immer noch spass
February 22, 2014
Pretty good. More true to the book than along came a spider.
January 12, 2014
Kiss the girls brings out the acting artistry of Ashley Judd. Her works here is riveting, showing both range and depth. It is a pity that she has less movie roles these days. Morgan Freeman is doing Morgan Freeman so there is nothing to review. It does not drag and it does not have unnecessary dialogue. Whoever likes serial killer thrillers will certainly find Kiss the girl delightful.
½ December 25, 2013
Great movie. Very suspenseful, very well-written, and incredibly well-acted by Judd and Elwes, and great acting from Freeman.
December 22, 2013
Such an amazing and freaking scary thriller. I loved every single detail about this movie. It has no flaws; perfect acting, and perfect story. So scary and intense you will not be able to move.
½ December 20, 2013
I found this to be an effective thriller due to the underrated performance of Judd. She is so good here in my opinion. And of course Freeman so smooth and determined to catch the criminal as always. A surprise ending completes what is an effective thriller. Not perfect but good performances and a twist.
½ August 31, 2013
Kiss the Girls is like the one friend you had in high school you thought was good looking but just not attractive enough to date. The movie doesn't do anything terribly wrong, but it doesn't do anything incredibly impressive either. Kiss the Girls is a somewhat enjoyable yet predictable movie with a "made for TV" quality screenplay. Overall shallow performances by normally great actors whose characters respond preposterously to a mostly unbelievable plot. Morgan Freeman is the film's redemption. James Patterson's book comes to life, but Patterson's book wasn't that great anyway. Rent it, don't buy it.
August 26, 2013
Decent thriller/murder mystery which does have a bit of a surprise ending. Freeman(one of my favs.) and Judd carry the film above mediocrity.
½ August 20, 2013
A fairly standard, but serviceable, thriller with great performances by Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, and a pretty good twist to boot. Too bad they give most of the supporting characters short shrift.
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