Alex Cross

  • 15
  • Rob Cohen (2012)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Tyler Perry has made a fortune from his Madea series of films, in which he plays a mouthy, gun-totin' grandmother in a floral-print dress. This makes him an unusual choice to take on the role of homicide detective/forensic psychologist Alex Cross, the creation of bestselling author James Patterson and already played by Morgan Freeman in two films (Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider). It was not the wisest of moves by Perry, as this is a thoroughly ordinary thriller, featuring an incoherent plot, some laughably dumb dialogue and a couple of ham-fisted performances. Set in Detroit, the film follows Cross as he hunts a sadistic killer who begins to target the cop's nearest and dearest. Matthew Fox makes a suitably unhinged baddie and there are some half-decent action scenes, but the film has little else to offer.

Plot Summary

Mystery thriller based on the book by James Patterson, starring Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox. Homicide detective and forensic psychologist Alex Cross is pushed to the limited as he hunts a sadistic serial killer who turns his attention to the cops on his trail.

Cast and crew


Alex Cross
Tyler Perry
Matthew Fox
Thomas Kane
Edward Burns
Monica Ashe
Rachel Nichols
Nana Mama
Cicely Tyson
Maria Cross
Carmen Ejogo
Daramus Holiday
Giancarlo Esposito
Captain Richard Brockwell
John C McGinley
Giles Mercier
Jean Reno


Rob Cohen

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, drug references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Entertainment in Video Ltd