Tyler Perry has become a mainstay in Hollywood delivering some really great powerful films on family and love. Besides his work as a director he is most notably known for playing his over the top Madea character in a lot of his films, but his latest role in Alex Cross couldn’t be further away from that. The character previously played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider marks one of the first starring vehicle Perry outside of his own projects, but is he up for an action thriller?
Alex Cross follows the doctor on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso who has been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. When things get personal, Cross will be pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits. The story here is pretty straight forward with a few unexpected moments but nothing all that new. As a whole the film is pretty average in that regard not brining anything unique to the genre, but with Perry and Fox playing this game against each other it works way better than it should. Perry does a great job in this role with not only the standard acting and emotions which he has showcased countless times, but also with the action side of it. Of course he doesn’t sport the vibe of the next great action star or anything, but could have found himself a new nitch with these crime thrillers. Fox steps out of the norm for himself as well playing this insane character perfectly. He transformed himself for this role both mentally and physically to create a memorable character that could have easily been forgettable.
Not sure how well this film did and would come as no surprise if it didn’t test all that well with audiences, but it would be interesting to see Perry back in this role with a more intriguing story. Hopefully Perry will keep at what he does with his own films, but be more inclined to continue step out of his zone for things like this as well. If you enjoyed the previous Cross related films, then give this one a try.