YMMV / Alex Cross

  • Complete Monster: The sadistic "Picasso" is an assassin who was hired to eliminate Giles Mercier and his associates Fan Yau Lee and Erich Nunemacher who hired him? . After being invited to Fan Yau's house, he proceeds to sedate her with a paralyzing drug. Afterwards, he murders all of her bodyguards and tortures her to death by cutting off all of her fingers. He later goes after Nunemacher, but fails to kill him due to Alex Cross and his partners Monica and Tommy interfering. As punishment for their interference, Picasso breaks into Monica's apartment and tortures her to death, shortly before sending a photo of her body to Cross's cell phone. Picasso then makes it personal by murdering Maria, Cross's pregnant wife, and later calls him after her funeral, telling Cross that the only reason why he killed her instead of him was so he could make him suffer. Picasso then goes after Giles Mercier, attacking his convoy with a rocket and killing several police officers, along with Nunemacher and Mercier's double. During Picasso's final confrontation with Cross, Picasso subdues Cross and attempts to inject him with the same paralyzing drug as well.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some interpretations of the Mastermind.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Tommy jokes shortly after finding Fan Yau's safe that he'd want Cross to be wrong at least once. What are Cross' first words to Tommy after his wife is killed?
    Alex Cross: (tearfully) "I got it wrong, man..."
  • Moral Event Horizon: Geoffrey Shafer starts out as somewhat likable in an evil way until a certain point, but crosses the line with the murder of Patsy Hampton.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Matthew Fox shows some real impressive acting chops as Picasso.
    • Likewise, Tyler Perry is pretty impressive in the dramatic moments.
  • Narm: The tagline "Don't Cross Alex Cross" is a rather laughable use of the character's name.
  • Nausea Fuel: Picasso's first victim had all her fingers cut off and she could feel it all without reacting.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Giancarlo Esposito's (Breaking Bad and Revolution) quick scene as Daramus Holiday, the uncle of a teenager about to be convicted for murder.
  • Squick:
    • Alex using the first victim's severed thumb to open her safe.
    • Kiss the Girls. One scene in particular involves Casanova using warm milk to lead a live snake into the rectum of one of his victims. Many reviews cite this scene as so disturbing it ruins the entire novel. (Note: Snakes don't actually drink milk. Blame Arthur Conan Doyle for this one.)
    • The lovingly detailed description of The Mastermind having sex with a corpse in Roses Are Red.
    • I, Alex Cross has Zeus, who possibly tops Casanova in terms of being a disgusting murderous sex fiend.
    • Four Blind Mice has three contract killers (hence the title), and one of them is described as getting hard at the memory of murder.
  • Tear Jerker: Alex's wife getting killed by Picasso and especially the scene where he tries to comfort his daughter over her mother's death, relating it to his own father's death, which makes it even sadder.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Some viewers were upset that Monica Ashe was killed off and then forgotten about, mostly since she was the film's only Action Girl who was portrayed by a relatively good actress and had an ongoing subplot with Tommy.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Many people raised an eye brow when it was announced that Tyler Perry would be playing Alex Cross, though some critics did praise his acting.