Excerpt: How bad is "Alex Cross"? Even CBS, the home of the mindless police procedural, wouldn't touch this thing with a ten foot pole. Filled to the brim with bad performances, worse dialogue, ridiculous plot contrivances and inept camera work, it's a sincere struggle to find anything worthwhile in this 1 hour 41 minute waste of time.
REVIEW: Tyler Perry Isn't In Drag But He Is A Drag In 'Alex Cross'
9 April 2013
Excerpt: It's a curious truth about Tyler Perry that, when not in drag and playing the outsized role of Madea , he's a recessive screen presence, appearing a little uncomfortable in his own body, awkward and not particularly emotive. When he gives himself a role like the one in Good Deeds, it fits as part of the character, but anchoring a potential action franchise like Alex Cross , he looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.
Excerpt: Bemoan the casting of Tyler Perry to the role of Alex Cross if you must. It is undoubtedly a bad call, especially given the slate of other potential stars who could step into the role. Heck, back in 2001 Morgan Freeman snagged the role in Along Came a Spider . Even as the grizzled veteran, the aging star was still better for this action-y role. Beyond that, the rest of the casting is equally baffling in the limited cat & mouse thriller.
Excerpt: The Film Tyler Perry is known for wearing multiple hats (and multiple dresses) for all of his theatrical productions. However, when he hangs up his Madea wig and sticks to one job, we get Alex Cross . Based on James Patterson's fictional character, Alex Cross actually marks the third time that we've seen the psychologist/cop on screen. Morgan Freeman played the Cross character in 1997's Kiss the Girls and 2001's Along Came a Spider .
Conclusion: Infamous for its mediocrity, 'Alex Cross' mostly lives up to its poor reputation. Despite well-meaning attempts from the cast, Perry and Fox are both led astray by lackluster direction and terrible scripting. The flick has some mindless entertainment value, but it's not enough to really warrant a look. On the plus side, the disc is home to a strong video transfer and a powerful audio mix.
Conclusion: Alex Cross probably isn't the complete disaster that some critics made it out to be in its theatrical release, but that doesn't mean it's great, either. There's just a jarring disconnect between the relatively realistic (if awfully deductive) Alex Cross and the over the top villain he's pitted against. It's beyond even a showdown between, say, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty and plays more like Sherlock Holmes against Magneto.
Excerpt: The character Alex Cross doesn’t exactly have a great cinematic tradition. Within the last 15 years the book-born detective/psychiatrist has made his way to the big screen twice, first in 1997 with Kiss The Girls and again in 2001 with Along Came A Spider , and both were critical disappointments. The latest in the franchise, directed by Rob Cohen, not only fails to buck the trend, but will hopefully kill any future on-screen endeavors for the character.