The trailer for “Alex Cross” is up and I’m not really feeling it. However, I will give Tyler Perry props for trying something different.
Up until recently, the actor, writer, producer and director has starred mostly in comedies. “Good Deeds” — a film that met heavy criticism — was Tyler’s first go at playing a strong leading man. “Alex Cross” will be his second.
The movie, based on the bestselling James Patterson novels, is about a Washington, D.C., detective on the hunt for a killer (Matthew Fox). Previously, the Alex Cross character was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the crime dramas “Kiss The Girls” and “Along Came A Spider.”
When casting news first came about for an Alex Cross series, Idris Elba’s name was at the top of the list and deservedly so. Anyone who’s watched the BBC series “Luther” or “The Wire” knows Elba would have been the perfect choice. Instead, Summit Entertainment went with an actor they believed could attract a broader audience.
Although Tyler Perry films rake in plenty of dough, “Good Deeds” was Perry’s second lowest opening. Could it be that audiences have grown tired of Perry or is he simply a tough sell in dramas? After watching the two-minute trailer, perhaps it’s more of the latter. As for Matthew Fox, he’s chewing up the scenery.
Watch the trailer and tell me what you think.
“Alex Cross” opens in theaters Oct. 19.
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