Rated: PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 19, 2012 Released by: Summit Entertainment
ALEX CROSS is dominated by the villain, Picasso (Matthew Fox) something like the James Bond villains, he is over the top and nearly invincible.
Twists at the end help the script but the Lone Ranger scenes by Tyler Perry while over the top for action make little sense in the scheme of things.
The car show in Detroit generally GM cars is worth a look at the background while the case is discussed.
Edward Burns is the loyal sidekick who arrives just in time and Rachel Nichols is Monica Ashe the third member of the team chasing the killer and attempting to determine who he is and why he is hitting certain people after torturing them.
Cicely Tyson is Cross' mother who lives with the family and apparently is the cook and bottle washer for the family as well as the philosopher for Alex and Maria (Carme Ejogo), the parents of two kids.
Director Rob Cohen has a solid cast to work with, Jean Reno is the French big guy in the underworld who is protected in many ways. Most of the performances work as we would expect but poor John C. McGinley is stuck as the pompous cop who looks for his public relations more than the good of the department or the city.
The murder scenes are brutal to watch but play to the idea that Picasso is driven and crazy and must complete his murders as planned being sure to extract the most pain he can.
The climatic scene between Picasso and Alex Cross is over done and silly but its location in a hollow old theatre makes it work.
A little more background on Picasso would have helped the script, but the twist at the end eases that need even if it does not eliminate it.