Alex Cross (film)

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Alex Cross
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Cohen
Produced by Bill Block
Steve Bowen
Randal Emmett
Leopoldo Gout
Paul Hanson
James Patterson
Steve Bocsi
Screenplay by Marc Moss
Kerry Williamson
Based on Cross 
by James Patterson
Starring Tyler Perry
Matthew Fox
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Ricardo Della Rosa
Edited by Matt Diezel
Thom Noble
QED International
Emmett/Furla Films
Envision Entertainment Corporation
IAC Productions
James Patterson Entertainment
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[1][2]
Box office $34.6 million[1]

Alex Cross is a 2012 American crime/action-thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Tyler Perry as the title character and Matthew Fox as the villain Picasso. The adapted screenplay was written by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. This is the third film appearance of the character Alex Cross, the main character in a series of novels by James Patterson. Cross was previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). In 2010, Idris Elba was hired to play Cross but was replaced by Perry. Filming took place in 2011. The film was released on October 19, 2012 in the United States and Canada.


Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is a psychologist and police lieutenant who lives in Detroit with his wife Maria (Carmen Ejogo) and their children. After learning Maria is pregnant, Cross considers accepting a job as an FBI profiler. Meanwhile, a man (Matthew Fox) participates in an underground fighting match and seduces businesswoman Fan Yau (Stephanie Jacobsen). The man is invited to Yau's house, where he kills her.

At the crime scene, Cross finds a charcoal sketch left behind by the killer in the style of the artist Picasso, leading to the murderer being nicknamed after him. While examining the sketch, Cross deduces that Picasso's next target is German businessman Erich Nunemarcher (Werner Daehn). Picasso attempts to kill Nunemarcher but is foiled by Cross, and escapes after being shot by Cross's partner Tommy Kane (Edward Burns). Cross deduces that Picasso also plans to target billionaire CEO Giles Mercier (Jean Reno).

As revenge for foiling his attack on Nunemarcher, Picasso attacks Cross and Kane's colleague, Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols), torturing her to death. Picasso then tracks down Cross, who is one a date with Maria, and kills her with a sniper rifle.

Picasso targets Nunemarcher and Mercier at a conference, killing Nunemarcher and seemingly Mercier. Cross and Kane track Picasso to the abandoned Michigan Theater. As Chase and Picasso fight, they fall through the crumbling theater ceiling. Picasso falls to his death, but Kane helps pull Cross to safety.

Cross deduces Picasso's employer was Mercier himself. Having embezzled money from his clients, Mercier asked for Yau and Nunemarcher's help to fake his death and flee to Bali, then hired Picasso to eliminate them and a double pretending to be the real Mercier. After Cross frames Mercier for drug smuggling, Mercier is arrested in Indonesia, where he will be condemned to death by firing squad. Having avenged Maria's murder, Cross decides to accept the job offer from the FBI and move to Washington with his family.



The character of Alex Cross was rebooted in 2010 when a project began development with a screenplay by Kerry Williamson and James Patterson.[3] David Twohy was attached as director with the responsibility of rewriting the screenplay. In August 2010, Idris Elba was cast as Cross.[4]

Towards the end of 2010, QED International purchased rights and the initial screenplay by Williamson and Patterson.[3] By January 2011, Tyler Perry had replaced Elba in the starring role, and Cohen was hired as director.[5] QED hired Marc Moss, who worked on the previous Alex Cross films, to refine the screenplay for Perry and Cohen.[3] With a production budget of $35 million,[1] filming began on August 8, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio and lasted until September 16, 2011. Filming locations in northeast Ohio served as a backdrop to Detroit, Michigan, where the character works for the Detroit Police Department. After Ohio, filming also took place in Detroit itself for two weeks.[6]

Fox developed an extremely muscular physique for his role as Picasso and lost most of his body fat.[7]

Summit Entertainment purchased domestic distribution rights in March 2011.[8] Summit originally set the release date for October 26, 2012.[9]

The theatrical release poster featured the tagline, "Don't ever cross Alex Cross." The Playlist at indieWire was critical of the tagline, saying, "It'll be impressive if anything dumber appears on a movie poster this year."[10]'


Box office[edit]

The film opened in 2,539 theaters in North America and grossed $11,396,768, with an average of $4,489 per theater and ranking #5 at the box office. The film ultimately earned $25,888,412 domestically and $8,730,455 internationally for a total of $34,618,867, on a $35 million production budget.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Alex Cross was highly panned by critics. It received a "rotten" score of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 119 reviews with an average rating of 3.5 out of 10. The critical consensus states: "Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox do their best, but they're trampled by Rob Cohen's frustrating direction and a tasteless, lazily written screenplay."[11] At Metacritic it received a score of 30 out of 100 based on 34 reviews.[12] Audiences, however, gave Alex Cross an "A" CinemaScore.[13] The film earned a Razzie Award nomination for Perry as Worst Actor.[citation needed]

Possible Sequel[edit]

Prior to the film's release, it was announced that Double Cross would be adapted into a film with Perry reprising his role.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alex Cross at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Weekend Box Office: Alex Cross Bombs And Paranormal Activity Plummets". Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Bierly, Mandi (February 1, 2011). "Tyler Perry in, Idris Elba out of Alex Cross reboot: Producer explains why". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 18, 2010). "Idris Elba Is New Alex Cross In Relaunched James Patterson Film Franchise". Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike (January 31, 2011). "Tyler Perry As Alex Cross In James Patterson Franchise Reboot". Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ O'Connor, Clint (October 12, 2012). "Tyler Perry tough-guy: The megastar talks about 'Alex Cross,' the new thriller he shot in Cleveland". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Matthew Fox has Lost some weight... and gained SERIOUS muscle for unrecognisable role in Alex Cross movie". Daily Mail. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (March 24, 2011). "Summit acquires U.S. rights to 'Cross'". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (February 7, 2012). "Summit sets 'Alex Cross' for October". Variety. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver (October 17, 2012). "Don't Ever Cross Alex Cross: The 10 Most Awful Movie Poster Taglines". The Playlist. indieWire. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Alex Cross at Rotten Tomatoes
  12. ^ Alex Cross at Metacritic
  13. ^ "'Paranormal Activity 4' Opens With $30M For $56.5M Global Weekend; Tyler Perry As 'Alex Cross' Low $12M; Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Holds". Deadline. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Trumbore, Dave. "Tyler Perry and James Patterson Finalize Deal for ALEX CROSS Sequel, DOUBLE CROSS". Retrieved October 17, 2012. 

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