Cross opens with the credits playing out in panels as though the story were a comic-book. This sets a promising tone. Alas, the show soon becomes overburdened by too many supporting characters who are all given freeze-frame introductions with three-to-four word bios whenever they appear. A more comic-book-like film would have spent time giving each of them individual quirks but most of them just disappear into the scenery as anonymous supporting heavies. Also, it goes without saying, if you are going to introduce a team with specialist skills that they should at least get an opportunity to display such skills throughout whereas most of them do not.
That said, there are several actors who stand out. In particular, the film comes to life whenever it gets Michael Clarke Duncan and Vinnie Jones together. Michael Clarke Duncan is all booming gravitas, giving a performance with the power of his magnificently mellifluous voice alone, while former British footballer Vinnie Jones is gravelly voiced and at his most lethal. It is to Crosss disappointment that the two dont have more scenes together. Michael Clarke Duncan has a magnificent sequence where he employs threats around a pool table but Jones becomes progressively more campier after he is left to be the sole villain in the latter scenes. Even former Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000) star Brian Austin Green, an actor who has never much impressed one before, plays with a good deal of laidback charismatic ease in the lead role. On the other hand, Robert Carradine gives an awfully silly performance in what is otherwise a Jeffrey Combs role as a bug-eyed crazy scientist.
Cross is also the only of these action team films of 2010 that actually enters into fantasy. However, these elements seem half-baked and rather silly crosses of invulnerability, bloodlines descended from the gods, the need for sacrifices to activate a staff of power, immortal villains seeking to bring about the end of the world so they can die. There is some vague mythological justification for this but the film freely mixes Ancient Egyptian, Judaic and Greek mythology without concern for incongruity (or quite possibly even having read up on any of the figures it throws in). These elements are displayed with little imagination for all Brian Austin Greens magic cross of the title, it gets to do surprisingly little in the film and could have easily been stripped out as all that we have is at heart a routine action film.
Patrick Durham (who also plays War, one of the members of the action team) makes his debut as director with the film. Unfortunately, for him, the film is operating on a B-budget and, although it tries hard, the action looks cheap and unprofessionally shot. The action scenes are okay, little to write home about, but more than anything feels like a group of wannabes, earnestly and enthusiastically trying to imitate their superiors. Patrick Durham is better known as a producer and has been responsible for a number of other low-budget films with the genre likes of Hoboken Hollow (2006), Tooth and Nail (2007), The Bleeding (2009), The Devils Dozen (2013), which he also directed, and The Wicked Within (2013).
Patrick Durham and many of the cast later returned with a sequel Cross Wars (2017).