Alex Cross

Wednesday, December 07 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Alex Cross

JOY REVIEW

Alex Cross is based on the James Patterson books, of which there are a gazillion, and I think I’ve read every single one of them. This one, lamentably, stars Tyler Perry as Alex Cross. I must admit he looks the part, although he is really huge! If they’re going to cast him in a movie, they need to make sure that they have bigger people as the supporting players. Matthew Fox is terrific, but he’s not very big. Edward Burns is terrific and he’s 6’1″, but his head is half the size of Tyler Perry’s. Tyler Perry is like 6’6″ or something, and he’s just huge. I think he does have potential, because he looks great in the role, except they have to get a bigger supporting cast, as I said, but he can’t really act and he can’t move, and this is a hero that is a psychologist for heaven’s sake. So he’s supposed to be more visceral and thoughtful than clunky, and he is clunky. Having said that, this is an incredibly sadistic movie, needlessly so I would argue, although James Patterson does tend to write fairly sadistic books. All that being said, Edward Burns as the sidekick is fine, the cute kid who plays his daughter, who is also in Butter, is adorable, and everybody can act except poor old Tyler. And he grimaces.  Maybe there are some acting lessons here, and maybe there should have been a stepping-stone between Madea and Alex Cross. I don’t know, maybe voice-overs or something. At any rate, this is a hard sell because he’s not very good, and he’s the title character. The movie is very sadistic. But having said that, it is mildly entertaining, so I’ll give it two and a half stars.

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