by Lorie Lewis Ham
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Having seen and enjoyed past Alex Cross movies staring Morgan Freeman, I was hesitant to see Alex Cross, which is the new movie based on the book Cross by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry. My first thought was how can Tyler Perry take on a role played by the phenomenal Morgan Freeman? But I went anyway–I mean it was a mystery/suspense movie and KRL had just reviewed the book.
In Alex Cross, detective/psychologist Alex Cross finds himself trying to catch a very insane serial killer/hit man, played by Lost actor Matthew Fox, who is targeting high-powered executives. We also see bits of Cross’ personal life with his family and his team, which includes his long time best friend Tommy Kane played by another former TV, actor Edward Burns. Cross quickly discovers that the killer, Picasso (I don’t believe that is the character’s name in the book) has a pattern to his brutal torture and murders–but sadly it is a pattern that Picasso is willing to break when Cross foils him on one of his murder attempts–something that will cost Cross greatly. After that point, this all becomes personal for Cross.
This story is set before the Morgan Freeman movies and shows how Cross ends up an FBI profiler, instead of a homicide cop–so it does serve a purpose there. There is also a nice twist at the end which helped prop up an otherwise weak movie. I read another review that said that this was a B movie thriller and I think that sums it up really well. They took a plot from a book and really didn’t leave enough in. Perry wasn’t bad as Cross, Matthew Fox was good and very over the top as the killer, and everyone really was “okay”. But I felt more like I was watching a TV pilot. There just wasn’t enough there to make you really care about what happened to the characters and there were some big plot holes. I have to say that it wasn’t the acting here that was the biggest problem–it was the weak script and directing. So I would be willing to consider trying another Cross movie starring Perry. One of the best things about this movie though was spotting all of the many TV actors peppered throughout the film.
Overall it was a passable movie. If you want to go to the theater just to see some action and mystery, go ahead and see it–just don’t expect much depth and don’t expect it to be anything like the Morgan Freeman movies.
Alex Cross are now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.