(WLTX) - Tyler Perry ditches his pumps for pistols in the latest James Patterson adaptation, "Alex Cross." People may remember Morgan Freeman playing the character in the late nineties. This, however, serves as a reboot and takes us to the tough streets of Detroit, before he landed his more familiar job with the FBI.
At the start of the film, his life couldn't be happier. His family is healthy and about to welcome a new member. Then, a demented cage fighter comes to town, making life miserable (and terminal) for everyone he meets. Things quickly get personal between these bitter rivals. But we all know...you don't ever cross Alex Cross!
Perhaps it may take a little time for people to warm up to Madea as a crimefighting profiler - but he's not the only one here acting against type. Nice guy, Matthew Fox, works very hard at overplaying a maniacal supervillain. While his portrayal is ridiculous, it's also easily the most entertaining thing in the movie.
Unfortunately, the real problem with "Alex Cross" has more to do with script and direction than two leads trying to alter their images. Casting choices aside, this still comes across as "B movie" quality.
Regardless, they'll be heading back to the drawing board. Perry is already slated to play the character again in "Double Cross." And it may fare better if they try a different director.
This, however, made for a rather forgetful experience. Ironically, "Alex Cross" was a drag.
By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer