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Blu-ray Review: Alex Cross

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A bit of something interesting comes our way this week, folks, as our friends at Lionsgate sent out a copy of “Alex Cross” for us to review, and this represents one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a long time.

“Alex Cross”–based on the James Patterson novel “Cross”–follows the title character as he takes on a serial killer running amok throughout the area. But when that serial killer takes things to a whole new level of horror, Alex Cross is going to have to do things that he never imagined himself have to do. He–and his family–may well not survive the encounter.

For those familiar with Alex Cross the character, you’ve seen him before. Morgan Freeman played him in his previous versions, found previously in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came A Spider”. But now the torch has been passed in what may well be the most unlikely of directions: Tyler Perry. Yes, Tyler Perry is playing an action / suspense hero, and that makes this one of the strangest concepts that I’ve seen since, well, since the last time I sat down for an evening of Japanese horror.

Oddly, it’s a concept that works. It may be bizarre, but it fits. Tyler Perry has played a family man on several occasions previously, so seeing him do so again with Alex Cross makes plenty of sense. Thankfully, Perry had nothing to do with the script, the direction, or the original source material that engendered it, so his penchant for melodrama will be delightfully restrained. The rest of the cast is also bringing in good material, especially the guy playing the serial killer. He’s almost like a skinny Riddick with a lot more brain power. Very much worth watching.

“Alex Cross” may well be Tyler Perry’s best movie, which is strange to consider at the very least. But still, it’s a very sharp performance overall that’s got a lot of good twists. About the only thing bad that can be said about it is that it’s a bit abrupt in the ending. There’s a nice twist at the end, which helps, but it’s still really rather abrupt.

Special features will be plentiful here, featuring an audio commentary track, a making-of featurette, a slate of deleted scenes, trailers for “The Cold Light of Day”, “Good Deeds”, “Man on a Ledge”, and “Madea’s Witness Protection”. Additionally, there will be a slate of audio options to customize according to available audio systems, and your choice of English or Spanish subtitles.

“Alex Cross” is a well put-together production that takes some very good actors and puts them in a terrific script. The end result is one that’s very much worth watching. Action, thriller, suspense, and crime drama buffs alike should find plenty to love here.

 

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