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Alex Cross
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Feb 12, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Rob Cohen

Actors:
Tyler Perry
Matthew Fox
Edward Burns

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Detective Alex Cross is tested and pushed beyond his limits by an obsessive serial killer who specializes in pain and torture.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I suppose it's only fair to start this review by highlighting a valuable fact: I am indeed a James Patterson/Alex Cross fan. I've read the books, seen the movies and upon first hearing of this newest endeavor (ALEX CROSS), I was pumped. This news came with two juicy tidbits that had me smiling ear to ear; one, Alex Cross would be played by the great Idris Elba, and two, it would be based upon the novel CROSS, which is one of my favorite Cross novels in recent years. My enthusiasm however, was short lived. By the time current news on the subject surfaced, director David Twohy (PITCH BLACK) was replaced by Rob Cohen (XXX), Elba was replaced by Tyler Perry and the storyline had absolutely nothing to do with the novel it was based upon. How's that for an old fashioned shot to the nutsack?

How do you go from having everything right, to totally riding the toilet wave? God knows, but despite all evidence pointing toward floater territory, I still had hope. I was letdown. Hard. No offense to Tyler Perry for finding a niche that works for him, but how in hell am I to root for an "Alex Cross" who's known worldwide as a cross-dressing buffoon? The Madea films are all kinds of terrible, but it works for Perry and he's become renown for it. I just couldn't get him as Alex Cross though, no matter how hard I tried. Another great casting call for Cross would've been Billy Brown (DEXTER, SONS OF ANARCHY, THE FOLLOWING). He'd have killed it. In his defense, Perry wasn't terrible, he did what he could and obviously wanted to be there, but the pieces just didn't fit.

That said, the script was dreadful and felt like they'd tore it apart and built it back up dozens of times. In the novel CROSS, Alex gets the chance to take on his wife's killer, but it's years later and he had no contact with the guy up until this discovery is made via the plot. There's no Picasso (again, Matthew Fox does what he can for the role, but the writing just isn't there), the killer's name was The Butcher and his MO wasn't anything like Picasso's. I get that it's impossible to layer a killer's motives and movements like the book in a two hour film, but if you can't live up to the book on some level (or at least visibly try), then why bother? And don't say money, because you're just going to let the fans down and take five steps backward anyway.

ALEX CROSS is a travesty to both film goers and fans of the Patterson novels alike. If you're not too busy trying to dissect Perry as Alex Cross, you'll no doubt be asking yourselves an array of other questions as you watch the film, among them may be; why is Picasso a MMA type fighter? What are his motives and why would he paint pictures with clues in them? Where the hell is Alex's real partner, the six foot behemoth Mike Sampson and who 's this asshat they replaced him with? How can Alex call every shot in this film...except the one that mattered most and had the potential for the most collateral damage? And there's plenty more where those came from I assure you. Case in point, this movie is a sub-par, direct to DVD wannabe addition to this collection.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: There were four short scenes that could have easily stayed in the film. It would've been no less a shit show, but I'd have kept them in nonetheless.

Commentary with Director Rob Cohen: This comes off as a bit of a comedy when Cohen starts raving about the importance of casting. Sure Rob, sure. Other than that he goes on about Matthew Fox and his abilities, but I lost focus after the casting bit.

The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting & Filming Alex Cross: This is painful to watch, it truly is. From James Patterson gushing about Perry and the awesomeness of the film, to Cohen boasting about the authenticity of the novel. Sigh. I can hear Morgan Freeman laughing again.

Previews: There are a couple trailers that run before the feature as well as an added Digital and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The only good feeling I had when this movie finished came via a distinctly vivid picture in my head of Morgan Freeman sitting in a dark room with a cigar in his mouth laughing himself into tears. In the extras James Patterson raves about this being the best Alex Cross film yet. I'm amazed he could say it with a straight face, but then again, he probably didn't watch it.
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10:13AM on 02/12/2013
Good review...
Good review...
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