Alex Cross is a reboot of the film franchise based on James Patterson's novel series featuring the titular detective Cross - a character who has already been portrayed onscreen by Morgan Freeman in films like Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. The idea was to take the story back to the earlier days of Cross, casting a younger face to portray the younger version of the detective. For a moment there, Luther and Prometheus star Idris Elba was the man to take up the mantle - before the role was passed to writer/director/producer/mogul Tyler Perry.
Fan reaction has teetered between skepticism and disappointment, with many people still pining for Elba. But with today's Alex Cross trailer, Perry will get his first chance to turn the tide of fan opinion to his side.
...though that might not be an accomplishment this first trailer can claim. The two biggest takeaways (for me at least) are:
- Lost star Matthew Fox looks crazy as the serial killer/sadist, Picasso. And not in a good way.
- Tyler Perry's speech about 'Meeting [Picasso's] soul at the gates of hell,' just sounds strange coming out of the mouth of Tyler Perry. Oddly enough, it would sound much better coming from Madea.
Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) is directing the film, and on the whole, it looks like a standard action/thriller - featuring a crazy skinny Matthew Fox. However, considering the quality of Kiss the Girls (and to lesser extent, Along Came a Spider), a "standard action/thriller" is something of a letdown.
The previous Cross films were bolstered by the acting talent of Morgan Freeman, who crafted a wise and cunning detective (as only he can). Perry yells a lot, and runs a lot, and his Cross does a lot of a action stunts... which pretty much puts him in league with a dozen other action movie hero cop detectives, rather than being the distinguished and unique Cross of the Freeman era. But hey, if it worked for Sherlock Holmes...
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Alex Cross will be in theaters on October 19, 2012.