Our 16-year-old film blogger Jack Bool reviews Alex Cross
PUBLISHED: 10:12 04 December 2012
Tyler Perry, a man widely known for his outlandish offerings as transvestite Madea in the Madea movies so when you hear he’s going to be playing the role of Alex Cross, a character formerly played by Morgan Freeman you can’t help but scratch your head in confusion but believe it or not despite how bad Alex Cross is as a movie Tyler Perry has certainly proven himself an actor.
In Alex Cross homicide detective Alex Cross is pushed to the brink of his physical limits as well as his morality when he encounters a highly skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain.
Now I know absolutely nothing about the character of Alex Cross. I’ve caught glimpses of Morgan Freeman in the role and I’ve never read the books so it’s safe to say I am not a fan of the character but whether you like the character or not you should definitely be aware that Alex Cross is a terrible film that makes me wonder how on Earth it got a cinematic release as its got straight to DVD written all over it. By no means is the acting bad in the film as I stated Tyler Perry is surprisingly good so if he’s looking to branch out as an actor then his performance in this has certainly quashed any of my doubts and Matthew Fox who plays the films villain, serial killer Picasso is also very good but despite the two’s best efforts they simply cannot save the film which really is a shame as you can see they have definitely put a lot of work into it. I honestly wouldn’t blame the actors for anything in this movie as I feel it comes down to the crew behind the film. The plot is weak despite one twist half-way through, the characters are essentially undeveloped, it’s boring and the camera work is some of the worst I have ever seen. For example the camera angles make it basically impossible for you to see what is going on during specific sequences most notably, the ones including action. It’s not just a slight shake it actually feels as if the cameraman is doing it deliberately it’s that bad, it’s impossible to see what is going on.
The film is just a continuous drag despite being rather short and a lot of the scenes feel very long winded indeed. The character of Alex Cross is average as he simply isn’t as interesting as he could be; once again I blame this on the script-writers. Some of the stunts he pulls would put Sherlock Holmes to shame and to me this film actually reminded me of the most recent Sherlock Holmes minus the colossus budget, it’s bad because of how it is made and that’s the only thing that springs to mind when I think of Alex Cross.