Review: Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry

Review: Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry

Shantel Pettway

Tyler Perry strays away from his gray wig, and floral patterned dresses, which he wears in his self-produced movie Madea. He crosses over to the intense, action character Alex Cross. Though the vulgar language, and intimidating demeanor would remind you of Madea, “Alex Cross” is far from it. Most thought this film would be a bust, but the only thing that busted were the doors that Tyler kicked through. The film gets four stars from me.

“Alex Cross” the new action film was released Oct. 19. Starring Tyler Perry, he is accompanied by Cicely Tyson who plays “NanaMama” who is actually grandmother. This is a role that fits Cicely well, being that she has played in many movies as a motherly figure, like ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion’. Edward Burns who has played in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ plays his partner, and best friend since grade school, Tommy Kane. Carmen Ejogo who played in the recent movie ‘Sparkle’ plays his wife, Maria. There are some notable names in this movie that attracted a crowd to the box office. The film only made 11.8 million in the box office opening weekend; this is mediocre for any of the actors in this film. Tyler’s Madea films make an average of 50 million in the box office opening weekend. Regardless of the box office, this movie is a must-see on my list.

Tyler Perry played a detective in this film. Tyler displayed vulgar language, toted huge guns, and didn’t tolerate anything when it came to protecting the victims of crimes and his loved ones. You’ll take Tyler more serious after going to see this film. Since this is his first action movie, I commend him.

Tyler is confronted by a serial killer, Picasso, played by Matthew Fox, who goes on a sniper spree, killing the upper class, rich people in the City of Washington, gracefully taking the lives away from so many. Tyler is strong-willed, and will not stop until Picasso and his evil ways are ceased.

The charcoal outlines aren’t the only thing that Matthew Fox leaves the audience with. He becomes Picasso. Fox gives the audience his all; the intense cage fights showed his strength, and joy in harming his opponent, and being being in control. Matthew found his inner psycho-killer leaving us “Lost” for words.

The scenes where Tyler dangles from buildings, engages in high-speed chases, and tries to stay ahead of Matthew lead me to believe that Tyler has potential to be a serious actor. He is more than Madea, and can surely merge into other productions that aren’t his own.