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"Don't Ever Cross Alex Cross"
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 5.2  (35,286)
  • 30

Alex Cross is a 2012 crime thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, and Rachel Nichols. It is based on James Patterson's novel Cross. The story begins with Alex Cross, a brilliant homicide detective based in Detroit, who is tasked with solving a series of gruesome murders that are somehow linked to a mysterious and dangerous assassin named Picasso. Cross and his partner Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) discover that Picasso is not just a ruthless killer, but also a gifted artist who enjoys taunting them with his cryptic messages and clues.

As the investigation progresses, Cross is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with Picasso, who seems to have a personal vendetta against him. Cross is forced to use all his intelligence and cunning to stay one step ahead of the assassin, who is always several moves ahead.

Things take a turn for the worse when Picasso kidnaps and murders Cross's pregnant wife, Maria (Carmen Ejogo). Fueled by grief and vengeance, Cross becomes obsessed with catching Picasso at any cost, even if it means putting himself and his loved ones in danger.

The movie's narrative is action-packed, gripping, and suspenseful. It explores themes of revenge, trauma, and the lengths people will go to protect their families. The acting, particularly by Perry and Fox, is exceptional and adds depth and complexity to the characters.

Tyler Perry shines in his role as Alex Cross, showing a range beyond his typical comedic roles. He brings a gravitas to the character, portraying him as a family man who is both deeply committed to his job and fiercely protective of his loved ones. Matthew Fox, who is virtually unrecognizable in his role as Picasso, delivers a chilling performance as a sociopath who revels in the thrill of the hunt and the power he holds over his prey.

The cinematography is also noteworthy, with sweeping aerial shots of Detroit capturing the gritty urban landscape and adding a sense of foreboding to the story. The film's action sequences are well-choreographed, with the fight scenes between Cross and Picasso being particularly intense.

However, the film is not without its flaws. The pacing is sometimes uneven, with the story lagging in some parts and rushing in others. The script, while intriguing, could have been fleshed out more. Additionally, some of the characters, such as Cross's partner Kane and love interest Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols), feel underdeveloped and fail to leave a lasting impression.

Overall, Alex Cross is an entertaining and thrilling movie that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. It may not be a perfect film, but it delivers a gripping narrative, strong performances, and plenty of action. Fans of crime thrillers, James Patterson's novels, or Tyler Perry's work may find it worth checking out.

Alex Cross is a 2012 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2 and a MetaScore of 30.

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