The first trailer for “Alex Cross” has hit the web. The film stars Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox and is directed by Rob Cohen. It has been adapted by screenwriters Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson from James Patterson’s novel, “Cross.” Watch the trailer below and stay tuned for the synopsis and some thoughts:
Synopsis: After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.
Thoughts: It takes a second to realize that the same Tyler Perry running around with a shotgun in this trailer makes his living by dressing up as a fat woman named Madea. Surprisingly, however, Perry looks like he’s up to the challenge of taking on one of the most popular modern literary detectives. The role was previously played by Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba was considered before Perry took the role. It was an odd choice and Perry has some big shoes to fill, but he certainly looks capable judging from this trailer. Fox, in one of his first post- “Lost” roles, also looks very capable. He looks truly unhinged and we may be in for one hell of a villain from him in this movie.
The biggest concern would have to be the film’s director: Rob Cohen. He’s not exactly known for his character pieces. He’s directed mindless action films like “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” and “Stealth.” Hopefully, he gives his actors enough room to dazzle us with some great performances.
Overall, however, the flick looks great. The look and feel of what’s being pitched hints at a cop drama that is a little more old school than most of what we are fed today. We could be up for something close in feel to a “Dirty Harry” or a “French Connection.” Let’s hope Cohen and company can pull it off.
“Alex Cross” hits theaters on October 19th and “Cross” by James Patterson is available wherever books are sold.