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Tyler Perry delivers a dynamic performance as Detroit homicide detective/psychologist Dr. Alex Cross, the popular character created by best-selling novelist James Patterson. While tracking down a vicious serial killer (Matthew Fox), Cross nearly meets his match when the case shifts from a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse into a personal mission. Soon, the detective is pushed to the very edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut, exciting action-thriller.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 120
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 106
- Average Rating: 3.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent ...
Rotten: So cloddish, slapdash, gracelessly written, and visually fugly that it's difficult to distinguish Perry's limitations in the role from those of the whole unpleasant enterprise.
Rotten: [Cross] has a really bad temper, really big guns and really bad dialogue. He will use all of them excessively if pushed.
Rotten: A strong candidate for dumbest film of the year ...
DON'T CROSS WITH THIS BLAND EXCUSE FOR A THRILLER
It took about a half-hour of watching "Alex Cross" for me to realize that I wasn't watching a comedy and that it was supposed to be a suspense-filled action film along the lines of "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider" (other Alex Cross film adaptations from novels written by James Patterson) which starred Morgan Freeman as the titular character. While I wasn't exactly the biggest fan of either of those two much earlier flicks, the casting in them was respectable and it didn't contribute to any unintentional hilarity like much of "Alex Cross". The movie is about master detective Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) who toys around with his Sherlock-like abilities and holds a special advantage of homicidal intelligence over his partner Tommy Kane (Edward Burns). The two eventually come across a sadistic serial killer named Picasso (Matthew Fox) who enjoys torturing his victims to death, but when they spoil one of his attempted murders, he plots vengeance against their families and loved ones. The psychotic killer also has other targets in mind, and so the detectives have to juggle their responsibilities while tracking down a maniacal, ruthless murderer. Perry is just laughable in this movie as the central protagonist, and the film suffers because of it. The far-superior Idris Elba was initially rumored for the part, but since he doesn't have a household name, Perry was selected to possibly win over some of his regular Madea crowds. Boy, was that a huge mistake. From the awful editing to the embarrassing dialogue to the endless eye-rolling sentimental clichés, just about everything in this disaster of an action pic is woefully bad to the point of nausea. The only reason I ended up sitting through the entire movie was because of Matthew Fox's hysterically over-the-top role as the psychotic madman Picasso. Unfortunately, Fox ends up taking the character just way too far by the end, pretty much to the point of no return. At the end of the day, an effective suspense film should have every audience member anxiously clutching to the arm rests of their chairs out of fear, not covering their mouths just to muffle a laugh. Even the film's tagline - "Don't Ever Cross Alex Cross" - is ridiculously lame beyond compare. Sure, there's some decent tension that builds up around the final chase/action sequence, but because Perry practically phones in his role the entire time, it's next to impossible to fully enjoy the finale. In the end, "Alex Cross" is nothing more than a generic, uninspired action-thriller that collapses under the weight of its uneven direction, bland characters, and tasteless screenplay. If I were you, I wouldn't even bother watching the trailer, let alone the actual movie itself. It's just not worth any amount of your time.
This movie was made by Tyler Perry for Tyler Perry just so he could play a tough guy hero, and it's embarassingly obvious.
A bold move by Tyler Perry.
I think that every once in a while, an actor should step out of his or her comfort zone. Perry here did a really good job as an action hero. What will he do next, I wonder?