With all the various versions of Sherlock Holmes out there you could mistake Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) for the next version. This is a guy who can look at a scene and immediately know exactly what kind of person has done it and why. Situational-awareness does not even begin to describe him; I bet he would clean up at partycasino.com, simply due to the fact that he would have his opponents figured out before the flop even hits the table. His wife can’t surprise him about her pregnancy because even though she hid it he already know because of some missing or new things in the house. He’s a cop who seems to be able to solve everything and is called out to check out a murder scene, which was executed by one of the best hitmen there is, Picasso (Matthew Fox). Will he be able to catch him?
Knowing that Tyler Perry was playing the main character I was expecting this movie to get a hard time. His movies are not widely loved and only watched by a dedicated audience so him in a starring role was bound to cause controversy. With an open mind I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt (I do think he’s funny when he’s Madea), but after seeing the movie I do understand the negativity. At first his character is like Sherlock Holmes, as he’s good at his work, but when the movie requires emotion I felt he wasn’t able to convincingly convey it. He’s on the hunt for a man who’s responsible for hurting someone he cares for, but it just doesn’t show. What doesn’t help either is that the script didn’t feel very strong and could have easily been mistaken for one for an 80′s action movie. It’s a genre I can enjoy even though this isn’t a great movie.
Still I did kind of enjoy the film, especially the character which Matthew Fox plays. He’s almost unrecognisable if the last time you saw him was in Lost. He lost a lot of weight for the role and is convincing as this twisted, cold-blooded killer.
There are a lot of better action movies out there, but if you can look past the 80′s action movie script and a disappointing performance from Tyler Perry there is something left to be enjoyed. Just don’t expect a very emotional ride with deeply detailed characters.