Directed by: Rob Cohen
Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Giancarlo Esposito, Jean Reno, Edward Burns and John C. McGinley.
It's amazing how a man who's created his million dollar empire based on the Medea franchise and TV series spinoffs, that on the first weekend the movie would perform so poorly, especially since it's an action genre. This is Tyler Perry's first spotlight as an action hero of sorts, a criminal specialist psychologist doning the moniker Alex Cross. The actor to have portrayed such a character before was none other than the legendary Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.
Now, normally I would have reviewed the previous films, but, given that I don't own them, which is quite shocking, I decided to play it safe and just go in blind. The closest I know to anything Cross related is the TV spot trailer for Along Came a Spider years ago when I was younger. So, there I am in the theater with an impressive amount of attendants and the movie kicked off, and though some of the script lacked some taste and direction, the lead performances and decent action made up for it's rotten tomatoes.
Alex Cross meets his newest adversary: an elite assassin/serial killer. It is quite a potent combination, as sinister creature know no bounds. His name is Picasso (Fox) and he has a hard-on for pain. Matthew Fox, if you know, is good old Jack Shepard from Lost. I've always considered him to be a light version of Tom Cruise. His performance as the antagonist is the best I've seen from a TV star on the silver screen this year and in a long time. Congruently, his performance matches is physical physique. We know of many actors who change that body to match their character roles, and most of the time, they succeed. Fox has potential and a bright future to even be a lead in future roles. I know nothing of his personal problems, nor do I care, but if he can deliver this much in good pace, he can have my seven dollars.
Perry, well, what can I say? There were times when I expected him to pull out the lipstick and white wig and act like a mad black woman. Stepping out of his comfort zone was a sound decision for his career, even though the idea seemed ridiculous to me at first. Would have been interesting to see how Idris Elba would have faired as Mr. Cross. Even if there is a sequel, it was probably for the best. Actors can do so much if the script and director can't back up the idea well enough.
Some of the action was good, some had too much CGI to pass off as acceptable, but for a mini major like Summit Entertainment, even with the merger and the billion's they have made with Twilight, they still are in no position to risk more dime than they should. My advice would be to polish their work before they package it for customers, but what is my voice compared to green?
Overall, a good reboot/remake or whatever they are calling it. I'd call it a rental if I wanted too, but I give it my soft spot rating.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.