Alex Cross Movie Review
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Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is a detective on the Detroit beat. He’s specializes in psychology and can figure out criminal behavior better than anyone. He’s backed up by Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) and Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols).
A psychotic assassin is on the loose in Detroit, they call him Picasso (Matthew Fox) because of the charcoal drawings he tends to leave behind with his victims.
Picasso hasn’t taken lightly to Cross’s interference in his current assassination attempts. This doesn’t fit Cross’s profile of Picasso and thus he suffers a serious consequence of his missed evaluation. Now that things are personal, Cross will stop at nothing to bring this criminal to justice.
I’m going to shoot right to the point. Alex Cross is bad. On the surface, it’s a serious psychological thriller, written by famed novelist, James Patterson. What you get is a poorly written screenplay emphasized by highly melodramatic acting.
There’s a certain amount of respect to be given to Tyler Perry for taking on a role completely outside his comfort zone (you know, the one where he dresses up as a cranky old woman). To Perry’s defense, he plays Cross with a high level of respect and seriousness. You cannot deny the charm of Tyler Perry, but its his curse here. Patterson’s Cross isn’t a hard edged cop, he’s a model servant of the community and a family man at heart. While Perry would certainly fill those shoes most of the time, when it comes time for Cross to perform his detective speciality, Perry just isn’t beleivable.
Not much can be said about the remaining cast. With the possible exception of Matthew Fox, everyone else tends to play this as an ordinary Lifetime special. It accentuates the really big issue for Cross – writing and direction.
Plot points are predictable, the screenplay laughable at best. It’s a wonder any studio gave the green light to release this abomination. And I’m being nice. The film’s director, Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) show’s a complete lack of respect for the genre. This is a mystery/thriller, Cohen spits out a melodramatic police procedural.
Skip it, forget it ever existed. You’d have better luck renting a Madea film.