Can Tyler Perry fill the shoes so amply filled by the great Morgan Freeman?  We’re gonna find out as we check out the new to Blu-ray film "Alex Cross," out now from Summit Home Entertainment.  The review of the hunt lies below!


   Title: "Alex Cross"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns

   Director: Rob Cohen

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 101 minutes

   Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment



The Flick: I heard some seriously unflattering things about this title before watching it.  (Plus the fact that Pete “Quote Whore” Hammond has a blurb on the cover box doesn’t help!)  But for all the raspberry fun thrown at this one, it’s actually not a bad film.  The story, based on James Patterson’s famed best selling books, is interesting enough.  The supporting cast is fairly decent, with a creepy Matthew Fox (they should have given him much more to do!) and cool as ice Ed Burns.  So what’s the negative fuss about?  Tyler Perry.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never seen a Medea film or anything else Perry has acted in, but if it’s anything like the performance in this film I’m glad for my unintentional avoidance.  Perry here is dry, drone, emotionless and overall unimpressive as the detective of the title.  With the emotional range of a gnat (he plays happy and bitter...with the same blank expression!) and the likability of Carrot Top at a funeral, Perry simply comes off as acting – badly.  (The scenes where he meanignfully discusses human behavior are almost laughable!)  The fact that the actors around him are good only makes it worse and Perry certainly isn’t learning anything by observing.  Hammond is quoted on the box saying “Tyler Perry like you have never seen him before” – or ever will again Pete.   

Best Feature: I dug the featurette “The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting and Filming Alex Cross" solely due to the captivating insight into novelist James Patterson’s characters and writing process. 

Best Hidden Gem: Jean Reno, yes Leon himself, shows up here in a nice smarmy role – takes notes Tyler. 

Worth the Moola: Can you really recommend a film that you thought was decent except for the work of the lead actor in the film – probably not.