Friday, October 19, 2012

Alex Cross Movie Review

Alex Cross Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello Director: Rob Cohen (‘The Fast and the Furious, ‘XXX’) Starring: Tyler Perry, Edward Burns and Rachel Nichols (‘Star Trek,’ ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’) Creating a suspenseful, intriguing action crime film adaptation of a novel by one of the world’s most popular authors is a daunting task. The adaptation can become even more unnerving when the film is a reboot of several moderately successful movies from over a decade ago. Such is the case with the new move ‘Alex Cross,’ which is not only based on James Patterson’s novel ‘Cross,’ but also reboots the well-known detective series starring Morgan Freeman. Director Rob Cohen seemed like the perfect choice for the job, after helming such action films as ‘The Fast and the Furious, ‘XXX’ and ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor;’ unfortunately, the multiple unsettled plot points and hectic cinematography he included took away from the well-intentioned film. ‘Alex Cross’ follows the title detective/psychologist (played by Tyler Perry), who picks up the case of the ruthless Four Rose Killer with his Detroit homicide unit, including his childhood friend, Tommy Kane (portrayed by Edward Burns) and Monica Ashe (played by Rachel Nichols). The team nicknames the assassin (portrayed by Matthew Fox), who is killing high-ranking executives, Picasso because he creates drawings of the murder victims that are reminiscent of the works of the famed artist. As the team, particularly Alex, becomes even more determined to stop the killer before he can kill again, he personally tries to throw the detectives off his trail by personally attacking them. Alex is pushed to his moral and psychological limits as he relentlessly, and at times illegally, pursues Picasso. While Alex pursues the assassin, he tries to convince his wife, Maria (Carmen Ejogo), that he should accept the FBI’s offer to work as a psychological profiler in their Washington, D.C. office, so that they could have a more stable home life. Cohen surprisingly cast Fox as the villainous and malicious Picasso. Despite the actor’s humane relatability that he has garnered from the beginning of his career and his small, unintiminating frame throughout ‘Alex Cross,’ Fox daringly pushed the boundaries of the ominous killer. The actor portrayed Picasso as vicious and continuously devoted to his mission of bringing down the executives, despite his subtle indications to Alex that he has suffered emotional pain himself. The assassin’s motives were rightfully motivated by his own painful past, leading him to take suspenseful means to inflict the same pain on others. To continue reading this review, please visit Shockya.

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