Don’t Ever Cross Alex Cross!
Rob Cohen‘s ALEX CROSS (2012) is a crime/suspense thriller feature starring Tyler Perry as an impressive Detroit detective and psychologist, Alex Cross. The film is based on author James Patterson famous Alex Cross book series is an adapted version of the “Cross” novel and it manages to entertain despite plot spoiling cliches, and I am impressed by Perry’s performance in the film. Alex Cross (Perry) is a Detroit detective with excellent deduction and psychoanalytical skills. Mysterious deaths of wealthy people occur in the city, where Cross determines it is the work of a sole professional–a man known only as Picasso (Matthew Fox). But when Cross gets in the way of his chain of hits, everything becomes personal, and the brilliant detective finds himself wanting revenge.
The characters in the film are extremely well-developed, especially Perry’s Dr. Cross character. The storyline comes off cliched and is a typical thriller that involves cops chasing serial killers. A diverse selection of Detroit is present in Alex Cross, and the DVD clarity and audio are crisp. Overall, this is an excellent looking film. Variations of the movie environment depend on the surreal brutal moments depicted in the neighborhood, to the warmth of the Cross household and the abandoned buildings where violence takes place. Fox portrays an impressive, cold and calculating villain.
When the action picks up later in the film, everything becomes rushed and just like every other revenge movie in circulation. The action scenes were good, but nothing to get too excited over. The conclusion of the film moves at a steady pace, and all of the unanswered questions in the movie are resolved in the last few moments, leaving an unexpected and mediocre surprise.
Alex Cross isn’t the best detective film suspense thriller. Still, it’s nice to see Perry in a more complex character role for a change.