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Kiss the Girls
Smart Girls. Pretty Girls. Missing Girls.
Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail leads to Los Angeles, where the duo discovers that the psychopath may not be working alone.
Morgan Freeman brings his top-notch class to this brilliant thriller. Recommended.
Alex Cross is on the case again, this time on the trail of his abducted niece. He will be forced out of his comfort zone and into the stomping grounds of a sick killer as he traverses the country on the hunt for answers.
Morgan Freeman is pretty damn good as Alex Cross, bringing his calm demeanor to the detective/doctor's leather jacket. Freeman is complimented by a serviceable performance from Ashley Judd, who looks pretty damn good, considering it's been over 15 years since this movie was made.
Given I'd seen this before, I wanted to pay special attention to see if the script/direction telegraphs its late twist, and it seemed it did every chance it got. I'd love to see Freeman's Alex Cross meet up with Tyler Perry's Alex Cross in an Alex Cross time travel film in which solving the murder requires Alex Cross to "Cross" the "streams" and possibly destroy the space-time continuum.
James Patterson's Alex Cross books have always been a decent read. I was intrigued to see what Gary Fleder would make of good source material and just how Morgan Freeman would bring forensic psychologist Cross to life.
Freeman's Cross is a clever and methodical thinker. Thinking outside of the box with a keen criminal mind, he adds a touch of class to a movie that chills and thrills in equal measure. A serial rapist and abductor who "collects" young women is on Cross's radar after his niece is kidnapped. Featuring a strong cast that includes Brian Cox, Cary Elwes,Jeremy Piven and the gorgeous Ashley Judd this has a creep factor with serial killers and escalating fetishists to make your skin…
I came acros this movie on tv and realised again that the James Patterson novel(s) is/are so much better. Although first class actors, the film lacks the intense suspense which you'll find reading the original book.
This is more than just an ordinary thriller because of its several strengths such as plot, story, acting and characters which I think are much more interesting and reasonable when compared to most contemporary suspense films in general. Besides, the film is also supported by several well-known stars such as Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. Scene after scene was presented without exaggeration, all delivered beautifully at an exact composition. The film, which is an adaptation of James Patterson’s novel and directed by Gary Fleder is really worth watching because it is able to maintain the great thriller elements with its decent complexities without having to baffle the audience. Gary Fleder could somehow build up the film tension while still preserving the audience curiosity cleverly though some might see resemblances with se7en, The Bone Collector and even the great Silence of the Lambs. Freeman and Judd really show the perfect chemistry.
Judd's commited performance is the one element that saves this mundane thriller from immediate oblivion.
The book was better.
A decent thriller with a very predictable twist. Feels alot like a poor man's "Silence of the Lambs", but still pretty entertaining.
I am amazed by how much I enjoyed this movie. Morgan Freeman makes an excellent Dr. Cross and there are plenty of good actors in the other roles, but what blew me away was Ashley Judd. Her performance is good, but the role she's playing is so well written; it has to be one of the strongest female roles I've seen in years. She's constantly managing to get out of bad situations on her own, without need of rescue, and the movie does an excellent job in the climax of sticking to that paradigm, while still giving Freeman a chance to be a hero. The mystery (or at least, parts of the mystery) are somewhat predictable, but eventually that's not why I was watching anymore. The humans were much more interesting than the plot.
watched this approximately one million times in college. pretty sure my roommate had a crush on ashley judd. cary elwes' southern accent still up there for worst movie accent ever.
I don't know why I felt the need to watch the Alex Cross movies. I have the vague idea I've watched it before on TV years ago and forgot it all promptly.
This is mostly a bad Law and Order episode with more violence, more twists, and an A-list cast.
Post Se7en and Silence of the Lambs psycho-horror-thriller which, while captivating early, fails to maintain the interest throughout and quickly becomes generic and forgettable.
I like these Alex Cross stories, they feel like some of the best episodes of CSI. Morgan Freeman is excellent in the lead and the story, based on another of James Patterson's novels, makes a very clever thriller.
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