Alex Cross is a prequel of sorts to Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, in which Morgan Freeman played detective Alex Cross. Now, Tyler Perry takes over the role in a case that strikes particularly close to home.
I have not, to my great shame, ever read any James Patterson books, and that is stupid of me, because they’re darn successful and the movies aren’t half bad. One of his greater creations is Alex Cross, a detective with a knack for getting involved in and solving serial murder cases. But why is this man so involved in solving murders? Besides being a detective.
Maybe because his pregnant wife was MURDERED!!! Dun dun duh.
Early in his career, long before Along Came a Spider or Kiss the Girls, Alex Cross was married and had a kid on the way. He came home one night to find her murdered. Over the course of his hunt for the killer Cross discovers his wife was not the first victim of this sick mofo. Now he has to stop him before more are found dead. And then stuff happens. Hopefully exciting stuff, cause Tyler Perry is no Morgan Freeman.
Although, to be fair, Morgan Freeman is no Tyler Perry. Imagine Red from The Shawshank Redemption in drag. I shudder to think.
Alex Cross is coming to us courtesy of director Rob Cohen, who I think we can all agree is an American treasure. From his cinematic masterpieces xXx, The Fast and the Furious, Stealth, Daylight, Dragonheart, and of course The Skulls, Mr. Cohen has long made this world a little more bearable. Long, lonely nights are a little less lonely because of his invisible presence.
How could Alex Cross NOT be good?
Alex Cross Trailer
Movie Release Date
October 26, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Rachel Nichols … Monica Ashe
Giancarlo Esposito … Daramus Holiday
Matthew Fox … Picasso
Tyler Perry … Dr. Alex Cross
Jean Reno … Leon Mercier
Edward Burns … Tommy Kane
What’s Good About Alex Cross?
Um… Jack from Lost is seriously ripped, which strikes me as odd and intruging. Also, while I don’t consider him as fine an actor as Morgan Freeman, I do think he has more chops than most would give him credit for, and I’d rather see him taking over the role than most other actors in Hollywood.
What’s Bad About Alex Cross?
Kiss the Girls wasn’t half bad, but Along Came a Spider was sorta crap in my opinion. I’m not sure there are that many good stories for Detective Alex Cross.
Also, come on. It’s a Rob Cohen film.
Our Clever Prediction
I’m actually sorta curious about how well Alex Cross will do. I don’t expect it to be very good, but it might be a mildly entertaining detective story, and Tyler Perry has the most devoted following in movies right now. If anyone can put asses in the seats, it’s him.
Him and Batman.