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Alex Cross [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (2012)

Tyler Perry , Edward Burns , Rob Cohen  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (779 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Matthew Fox, Jean Reno, Carmen Ejogo
  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Writers: Marc Moss, Kerry Williamson, James Patterson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (779 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008FCWZJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Having cornered the market on his signature brand of inspirational comedy, Tyler Perry makes a bid for action-movie supremacy with this grisly adaptation of author James Patterson's most popular character. Loosely based on the 12th novel in the series (2007's Cross), the plot follows the early days of the title character, a genius police detective/psychologist trying to clean up the mean streets of Detroit while keeping his family out of the line of fire. As he mulls over accepting a job with the FBI, he and his team are forced to match wits with a psychotic contract killer (Matthew Fox), who displays a disturbing commitment towards seeing his job through. Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, XXX) knows this turf well, delivering an effective mix of creeping thriller sequences and go-for-broke action scenes. (Parents should be warned that the crime scenes glimpsed here push the PG-13 rating to the urpy limits and beyond.) Faced with the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Morgan Freeman (who played the character in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider), Perry does a credible job in portraying both the tender and vengeful aspects of his character, even if the script often falls into the trap of having other characters exclaiming how brilliant Cross is, rather than letting the viewers see the deductive process for themselves. Based on his first attempt, any future entries in the franchise appear to be in good hands. Ultimately, however, the other elements of Alex Cross pale in comparison to Fox, who goes all out--and then some--in giving the audience someone to hiss at. He's shorn down to what appears to be a negative body-fat ratio, and occasionally literally froths at the mouth--and his dedication to creating a villain for the ages quickly overpowers the material. Once this freaky beanpole starts chewing the scenery, you'll be glad that the filmmakers decided against shooting in 3-D. --Andrew Wright

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Based on the character created by James Patterson and poularized by Morgan Freeman in KissThe Girls and Along Came a Spider, Tyler Perry takes over as Dr. Alex Cross, a homicide detective/psychologist with the Detroit Police Department. Cross meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

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93 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 24, 2012
Format:DVD
Saw ALEX CROSS the movie yesterday. Pleasantly surprised by Tyler Perry's dramatic acting, had only seen him in comedic roles, and Matthew Fox did a great job Cross' creepy psychotic nemesis, Picasso. The special effects were impressive and the movie raced along keeping everyone on the edge of their seats until the conclusion, which was an obvious set up for a sequel. Yes, I enjoyed the movie, but as a fan of James Patterson's Cross books from the very first one I was disappointed that some of the main characters, who seem like old friends, were changed: Cross' childhood buddy, Samson, was replaced by "Tommy" a somewhat wimpy white guy played by Edward Burns, and 'Nana Mama", Cross' feisty little old Grandmother, was little but not old and grumpy rather than feisty. In all, the movie felt as if it had taken parts from many of the books and tried to sew 'em together. Fine as a couple of hours entertainment for someone who has not read the books, but didn't work for this long time fan.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Momma's Alex Cross February 7, 2013
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You will not be bored or lose interest in this movie, and Tyler Perry's dramatic acting was very good. However, this Alex Cross isn't exactly the one James Patterson created.

The dialogue failed in many places and the Chief of Police was so corny I was hoping someone would take him out. Some of the characters were cliche'(the Frenchman's hat), but I liked the movie in spite of the sophomoric directing and script.

Tyler Perry will definitely make it as a dramatic actor.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Template Production October 27, 2012
By MadMacs
Format:DVD
Straight up: Didn't think Tyler Perry could do drama. But then I thought about the old saying that the best comedians typically grow up enduring the worst kind of abuses, their humor an outgrowth reflection of pain. So I have respect for Perry crossing over to challenge a new stage, likely using that pain to help him become a more complex, non-comedic, character.

This prequel version of a younger Alex Cross gives us his story before joining the FBI. Already a brilliant investigator, he and his team of cops are suddenly thrust into a strange series of murders. Bad enough the bodies are piling up, but these are not your typical victims. Detroit's elite one-percenters are suddenly being hunted by an insidious killer; one who doesn't appreciate being interrupted or distracted from his mission.

Perry was not bad. Nothing quite like the original, but then who could be? Morgan Freeman is, cinematically speaking, a cultural icon exponentially cubed. Still, all things taken into consideration, his rebooted replacement was very decent. Thankfully, the producers didn't go for an MTV type of recast, hiring some slick songster wanting to break into films. For that alone I'm very grateful.

The choice of Matthew Fox was interesting. He's one of those performers that seemingly found his one role. Of course, actors who find that role often learn to detest it, treating it like an albatross hanging from the neck of one's career. Most end up forever boxed. But in this film I found his execution not shabby at all and better than expected; hinting that he has more to offer as a performer.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In a role made famous by Morgan Freeman, Tyler Perry takes over the character of Alex Cross. "Alex Cross" is based on a character created by writer James Patterson. Freeman played the character previously in "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider". This movie is a prequel to the prior films. In "Alex Cross", Cross is a homicide detective, not yet an FBI agent. His career has yet to take off and that is somewhat the premise of the film.

When a hitman's mark is left in a fancy neighborhood, tied to a bed and violently tortured, Cross is awoken in the middle of the night to investigate. There is pressure to clean up the case, being so high profile, but quickly Cross discovers that this will be no ordinary case. He has a keen eye, better than most, and his investigation leads him onto the trail of a single man who had the skill to take out three bodyguards and still eliminate his target.

"Alex Cross" is a mixed bag and will leave a mixed opinion with its audience. The script is interesting. It's always moving and there are many twists and turns. It focuses ample time on the personal connections, as well as the action. For the most part, the actions scenes are well done, especially one that occurs in a high-rise corporate building where they are saddled with the protection of a target in a safe room and are dealing with a skilled assassin. Then there are some scenes that are poorly handled with not just a shaky camera, but a frantically shaky camera. Whether it's the case or not, shaky cameras, in my opinion, are used to cover up actors who aren't good fight actors. This camera was shaking so much, the actors must have been supremely awful.

I couldn't help thinking as the movie played out, that the material was better than the talent on screen and behind the camera.
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50 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please... Stick to Cross dressing, Tyler Perry. January 9, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Tyler Perry as it turns out, is no Morgan Freeman. But in his defense, Morgan Freeman couldn't have made this garbage heap of a "film" any better. In fact Tyler Perry, in an unusual display of restraint on his part, is the best thing about this movie. When Tyler Perry is the best part of your movie... you have problems.

Where to begin... The script is an incoherent mess! Alex Cross is a detective, a doctor, and a brilliant mind. How do we know this? We are told. Repeatedly. One character even goes out of his way several times to call him "Detective Doctor Cross". But the only actual detective work we see him do, is to decipher how On-star works, and deduce that a drawing the bad guy left at a murder scene is in actuality a mad fold-in revealing his next target. He is followed around by his best friend, whose only purpose in the film seems to be to constantly spout "we've been best friends all our lives." He does NOTHING else in the movie. Also in this movie is Alex Cross's wife, who we are told is pregnant, and whose sole purpose is to get killed, and provide motivation for our hero. ALSO starring is Rachael Nicols, playing the same character she did in Criminal Minds (and who was thankfully written out) who is apparently banging Cross's best friend. This is, according to several characters, against the rules. Why? No one says, but then no one really seems to care anyhow. She'll be dead twenty minutes in anyway so Cross's best friend also gets his motivation to... tell Cross they've been best friends all their lives. The script constantly "tells" us everything. Characters aren't developed, we are only "told" who they are supposed to be. The story is completely incoherent, making one illogical leap after another.
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