- Director: Rob Cohen
- Genre: Thriller
- Award(s): Along Came a Spider, Kiss The Girls, Morgan Freeman
- Cert: 15A
- Details: US/101 mins
Alex Cross is the prequel to the average (Kiss The Girls) and poor (Along Came A Spider) crime thrillers based on James Patterson's pulpy yet hugely popular novels that centre around the genius detective Doctor, Alex Cross - previously played by Morgan Freeman. Here he has been replaced by Tyler Perry, a man not known much outside of the States, but who over there is hugely popular for his cross-dressing comedies. An Irish equivalent of this would be replacing Liam Neeson in the prequel to Taken with, for example, Brendan O'Carroll.
Dr. Cross has been assigned to the case of serial killer who seems to be targeting the highest members of a huge multinational corporation, but instead of there being any real detective work or intrigue as to who the killer is, we're introduced to him right at the start of the movie. Matthew Fox (aka Jack from Lost) has gone all method for the role, looking like a penis that has been raised on a diet of nothing but horse steroids. His villain is so extremely over the top - he's a top marksman, master of espionage AND a world class MMA fighter - that you can smell the ham coming off the screen. To aid Cross on the hunt for the killer is his partner Edward Burns (remember him?) and their chief John C. McGinley (still basically playing Dr. Cox from Scrubs).
Director Rob Cohen has had, to put it lightly, a checkered history - The Fast & The Furious, xXx, Stealth, Daylight - but even when his movies were bad, they still managed to be at least mildly diverting. But with Alex Cross, he has broken new ground in just how bad a career can get. The acting is so terrible, the direction so stilted, the dialogue so cringe-worthy... It truly is the Showgirls of the crime-thriller genre. There is a possibility that years from now this will be a movie you'll put on after a few pints, and laugh along at it with your mates. But for now... Put it this way; a woman in the movie has her fingers cut off as a form of torture; I'd rather endure that than try to watch this again.
Review by Rory Cashin | 16:37 | Friday 30th November 2012 | Movie Review
This film looks to have a lot of potential, Matthew Fox may have found his true calling as a villain.Posted 22:29 | Sat 30th Jun 2012
I don't know if you were going for irony by writing in hammed up fashion a la Mathew Fox but consider "The term "Showgirls-bad" has been adopted by film critics and fans to refer to films considered guilty pleasures, or "so-bad-they're-good". To date, Showgirls is the highest-grossing NC-17 production, earning $20,350,754 at the North American box office........Although the film was not successful when first released theatrically, it generated more than $100 million from video rentals  and became one of MGM's top 20 all-time bestsellers." From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showgirls. I reaalllly couldn't care less but this is no Showgirls and maybe horse steroids will help when writing reviews. Maybe aim for the lowest common denominator. Wouldn't it be funny if the hilarious reviewers used the word "penis". I give your review half a star out of five.Posted 05:35 | Mon 31st Dec 2012
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