This could’ve been such a great movie. I know that James Patterson is something of a shit-one-out a week crime fiction writer (Fact: One of every 15 bestsellers sold in the United States in a James Patterson novel), but I also know that plenty of folks have an attachment to the Alex Cross series. And when you think of replacing Morgan Freeman with a younger model, no one thinks Tyler Perry. Morgan Freeman shits Tyler Perrys for breakfast.
In fact, Idris Elba was originally set to play Alex Cross in the film, but he was booted. Not because of creative differences, and not because of scheduling conflicts. The producers tossed Elba asides because the opportunity to get Tyler Perry arose, and they acted quickly to push out Elba for what they thought would be the more commercial choice (meanwhile, Elba’s star has risen exponentially thanks to “Luther,” Thor, and Prometheus, while Perry’s latest films have soured at the box office).
All well. I guess if you’re going to get Tyler Perry, you need an equally hacky director, which they’ve found in Rob Cohen (Stealth, xXx, The Skulls) and a TV actor as the main villain. How does Matthew Fox look in the role? Amusingly evil, as in: Laugh-your-ass-off bad guy. In fact, he may be the B-movie successor to Vincent D’Onofrio, which means he’s probably about two years from filling the void left by Billy Zane after some Tarantino motherfucker resurrects Zane’s career.
Here’s the trailer. It’s laughable, but almost in a good way.