Alex Cross


Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox fail to elevate a dull, chaotic thriller

Just as George Wendt is Norm, now and forever, just as James Gandolfini remains a Soprano, years past his expiration date, so will Tyler Perry continue to be Madea (in the US at least), the excitable drag-granny that has made Perry one of the most successful actor/directors.

You can certainly see why he’d want to slip on some pants once in awhile, and given his box-office heft, you can also see why Hollywood would give a Perry-led thriller the green light. But Alex Cross?

The homicide detective previously essayed by Morgan Freeman in icy-veined chillers Kiss The Girls (1997) and Along Came A Spider (2001)? From the outset, it seems like a casting session on acid.

After watching it, it feels more like someone lost a bet. In this prequel-y reboot (based like the Freeman films on a novel by James Patterson), Cross is a Detroit detective on the hunt for a psycho serial torturer/murderer named Picasso (Lost’s Matthew Fox), who leaves Cubist charcoal drawings behind to confound the police.

Things get personal when Picasso starts targeting Cross’ family.

Together with his crime-busting buddy Tommy Kane (Ed Burns), our too-tall detective hunts down his prey through the bleak wasteland of Motor City, quipping, grunting, and smashing into walls and doorframes as he goes.

Director Rob Cohen is known for mindless mayhem - xXx, The Fast And The Furious and The Mummy 3 - so it is entirely possible that Alex Cross was also his chance to spread his cinematic wings and tackle something more cerebral.

That did not happen. Alex Cross is mostly chaos and disorder, and definitely not of the thinking-man’s variety.

The problem here is that everyone involved is so unable to rise above each other’s mediocrities that we are left with an expensive mush that’s no better than any police procedural on TV.

Tyler, put the dress back on. It’s a much better fit.


Miscast and underwritten, Alex Cross does not reinvent Tyler Perry, or James Patterson’s character, or anything, really. The only appeal here is the sick kick of watching a franchise blow itself to bloody stumps.

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    • patches89

      Dec 1st 2012, 12:05


      I gotta say Total Film are being harsh with this its nowhere near as good as the Morgan Freeman films but it is entertaining enough for you to have a good time. My only major issue with it is the weak villain Matthew Fox played as he wasnt vindictive enough but overall a decent friday night movie that will keep people who want to relax in a cinema without too much to tax the brain entertained (i wish critics would learn this aspect)

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    • chrysler

      Dec 19th 2012, 23:16

      just watched this and I must say that TF is generous with 2 stars. How this got an international release is beyond me, its a TV film at best. I like action films and thrillers (kiss the girls etc) as much as the next guy, so please don't think I'm being some snob when I say that this film is really, really bad. I cant actually fathom the words to describe how utterly terrible this film is. the acting is dire and the characters are non-interesting. especially the title character of cross, who is exactly that.. a cross between a detective, a scholar, a psychologist, a humanitarian, a bad-a*s etc. the story is non-involving. It felt like a hyperactive child wrote this garbage. I thought that the actors (apart from Fox) just called in their lines. avoid it at all costs unless you happen to catch it on tv and there is absolutely nothing else on, hell even static would be preferable to this dross. 0 stars

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