October 22, 2012
The story finds Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) working as a detective in Detroit and mulling over an offer to move to DC and work with the FBI. He and his partner (Edward Burns) are then called into a murder involving a tortured woman and the indication that a sociopathic individual is behind it. So, the investigation begins and Cross becomes a target along the way. Everything builds to the inevitable conclusion where the truth is revealed. Blah, blah, blah.
This is purely paint by numbers. Heroic good guy willing to go all the way, a crazy bad guy who is deadly and intelligent, a personal involvement to push our hero, and a confrontation where only one can walk away. Nothing new here.
I found the screenplay to be weak, filled some atrocious dialogue that may look great on the page but lands with a thud when delivered by actors. The conclusion feels tacked on, as of they lost their way at some point and had to get back to why the murders started in the first place. The performances are not all that good, I just did not believe Tyler Perry for one minute, he always looked like he was acting. I will give Matthew Fox a pass, I liked his crazy killer. The problem is that he belonged in a better movie where his craziness was treated better.
Alex Cross is a flashy movie that goes nowhere fast. It is silly, simplistic, and even a bit predictable. It is instantly forgettable. You would be better off revisiting the Cross films starring Morgan Freeman.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 10/22/2012 09:56:00 PM
Labels: 2010s, 2012, Adaptation, Critical Capsule, Drama, Movie Review, Theatrical Release, Thriller
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.