Once again we are thrust into the world of Alex Cross, which is a series of novels written by author James Patterson. In the two previous movies god himself Morgan Freeman played the beloved character. This time around we get Tyler Perry as the title character. If this sounds like something you're going to enjoy, you probably will. For the rest of you, it is what it is. What it is, is not good movie by any stretch of the imagination.
Here we have some what of a reboot or prequal to the previous movies as we see Cross (Perry) a homicide detective criminal profiler on the Detroit police force. He's got a wife, who is pregnant with his third child and a best friend Tommy (Ed Burns) who also happens to be his partner. We learn very early on in the movie that Cross is extremely good at what he does when he is able to profile a killer named Picasso who is played not so well by Matthew Fox. He's a crazy psychopath MMA fighter/artist/assassin. After Cross examines a crime scene and figures out the killer's next move, he is instantly put on the top of the killer's list. From here on we get a series of events that in the end don't really add up and to be perfectly honest with you, you've probably seen 1,000 times in even the worst television cop procedurals.
The problems with this movie are many including bad acting, a terrible script, an extremely predictable plot and one of the worst fight sequences I have ever seen in my entire life. For starters, Tyler Perry is not a good actor. He's got very little range and he cannot seem to break away from his stage play acting style. The script didn't help either as the monologues he was given when he was tasked with profiling the killer were laugh out loud funny when they were not supposed to be. Ed Burns as his partner did the best he could with what he had to work with. He played the same character he always plays which is funny because he cannot seem to drop his New York accent which doesn't fit when you're born and raised in Detroit, but whatever. Then we have Matthew Fox as villain. I'm not quite sure what he was going for in his portrayal but it damn sure didn't work. I can only assume he was having fun with the character but once again poor line delivery and odd acting choices made the character comical. There are some supporting characters but nothing is actually worth mentioning. The final nail in the coffin for this movie was the directing itself. There were scenes where the camera would pan from one person to the next and then inexplicably pan to an inanimate object only to pan back to the conversation. For those that are not fond of the shakey cam, there is a scene in this movie that will probably make you throw up. I've never seen anything quite like it before.
With all this movies faults, it somehow manages to stay slightly entertaining I guess. I mean I didn't walk out so that's saying something. This could have easily gone straight to DVD but then again I've got a feeling it's going to make its money back based off of Tyler Perry alone. All in all it is not the worst movie I've ever seen but it isn't any good either. I can't stress that enough.
Stick to Madea out of 5!!
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