11.11.10Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of...... more
11.11.10Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most hated public figures: a corrupt congressman and an underhanded lobbyist. As more crooked politicians are picked off with similar long-range shots, public opinion is divided -
Having cornered the market on his signature brand of inspirational comedy, Tyler Perry makes a bid for action-movie supremacy with this grisly adaptation of...... more
Having cornered the market on his signature brand of inspirational comedy, Tyler Perry makes a bid for action-movie supremacy with this grisly adaptation of author James Patterson's most popular character. Loosely based on the 12th novel in the series (2007's Cross), the plot follows the early days of the title character, a genius police detective/psychologist trying to clean up the mean streets of Detroit while keeping his family out of the line of fire. As he mulls over accepting a job with the FBI, he and his team are forced to match wits with a psychotic contract killer (Matthew Fox), who displays a disturbing commitment towards seeing his job through. Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, XXX) knows this turf well, delivering an effective mix of creeping thriller sequences and go-for-broke action scenes. Faced with the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Morgan Freeman (who played the character in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider), Perry does a credible job in portraying both the tender and vengeful aspects of his character, even if the script often falls into the trap of having other characters exclaiming how brilliant Cross is, rather than letting the viewers see the deductive process for themselves. Based on his first attempt, any future entries in the franchise appear to be in good hands. Ultimately, however, the other elements of Alex Cross pale in comparison to Fox, who goes all out--and then some--in giving the audience someone to hiss at. He's shorn down to what appears to be a negative body-fat ratio, and occasionally literally froths at the mouth--and his dedication to creating a villain for the ages quickly overpowers the material. Once this freaky beanpole starts chewing the scenery, you'll be glad that the filmmakers decided against shooting in 3-D. --Andrew Wright
Advantages: A big adventure, characters Disadvantages: Nothing massive
...About the book Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. It was published by Puffin on 24th November and the book is 384 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.
Plot In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by...
Advantages: Very moving in parts, particularly towards the end Disadvantages: Some awful writing early on
..., ''Cross Roads''.
By all the measures that he cares to use, Anthony Spencer is a success. He has made large amounts of money and owns a lot of property. His personal life has not gone so well, with a son who dies young, an ex-wife who he married and divorced twice and an estranged daughter who hates him. His mother died when he and his brother were young and he harbours resentment for what he sees as...
Advantages: Brilliant design, enormous play value for any little girl who loves her dolls Disadvantages: The back flap of the hood is very, very irritating
...~x~x~x~ Hollie And I Do Pushchair Addiction ~x~x~x~
My name is Chris and I'm a pram/pushchair addict. There, it's said. I have four children and have owned over one hundred assorted prams, pushchairs and strollers - I seem to have passed this addiction on to five year old Hollie who, at her great age, is already on her seventh dolls pram, although I must say this fabulous Silver Cross...