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Alex Cross

By ERIK MCCLANAHAN

Remember Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider? Those generic, detective-on-the-trail-of-a-serial-killer movies, starring Morgan Freeman as the brilliant Alex Cross? No? Well, Cross is back, and this time he’s played by Tyler Perry, of Madea fame. Alex Cross, directed by schlock peddler Rob Cohen (xXx, The Fast and the Furious), is the worst kind of Hollywood product: middling, forgettable and kind of sad. As the film begins, Cross learns there’s a psycho killer on the loose he must track down using his astonishing mind powers, because—that’s right—he can get inside the minds of killers. The biggest unintentional laugh comes when Ed Burns (as Perry’s partner and best buddy) yells at Cross to “get inside his head!” Matthew Fox plays the seriously gaunt killer. If he lost the weight in some attempt at Method acting, then it’s even more of a shame, because this is one spectacularly awful performance. Fox distills every psychopathic villain from the past 20 years of cinema and reduces them to twitches, bug-eyed stares and overly mannered pauses with every line reading. You’d think Alex Cross would have us begging for the return of Freeman, because Perry is to Freeman as Coyote is to Road Runner: He just can’t win. But no—it’s really just best to forget this franchise exists at all.

 
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Disturbing Images, Drug References, Language, Nudity, Sexual Content, Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: D-
  • Starring: Tyler Perry [Dr. Alex Cross], Matthew Fox [Picasso], Edward Burns [Thomas Kane], Rachel Nichols [Monica Ashe], Jean Reno [Leon Mercier], Cicely Tyson [Nana Mama], Carmen Ejogo [Maria Cross], Giancarlo Esposito [Daramus Holiday], John C. McGinley [Capt. Richard Brookwell], Stephanie Jacobsen [Fan Yau Lee], Werner Daehn [Erich Nunemacher], Yara Shahidi [Janelle Cross], Sayeed Shahidi [Damon Cross], Bonnie Bentley [Detective Jody Klebanoff], Chad Lindberg [Chemist], Simenona Martinez [Pop Pop Jones]
  • Directed by: Rob Cohen [Director], Marc Moss [Screenwriter], Kerry Williamson [Screenwriter], Bill Block [Producer], Paul Hanson [Producer], James Patterson [Producer], Steve Bowen [Producer], Randall Emmett [Producer], Leopoldo Gout [Producer], George Furla [Executive Producer], Stepan Martirosyan [Executive Producer], Remington Chase [Executive Producer], Jeff Rice [Executive Producer], Ethan Smith [Executive Producer], John Friedberg [Executive Producer], Christopher Corabi [Executive Producer], Jan Kornelin [Executive Producer], Marina Grasic [Executive Producer], Steven Bocsi [Executive Producer], Ricardo Rosa [Cinematographer], Laura Fox [Production Design], Thom Noble [Film Editor], Matt Diezel [Film Editor], Abigail Murray [Costume Designer], John Debney [Original Music], Joe Perry [Original Music], Ronna Kress [Casting], Charles Varga [Art Director], Gabriella Villareal [Set Decoration]
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