Weekly rewind: October 25
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, October 25, 2012
10/25/12 at 4:24 AM
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Rating: (on a scale of zero to four stars)
"Alex Cross," Tyler Perry's latest movie, is a step up from his last two films.
The slow pace of "Good Deeds" and the repetitiveness of "Madea's Witness Protection" are gone with this fast-action crime thriller that will keep you glued to your seat till the very end.
The suspense-laden film follows Detroit police detective Alex Cross, played by Perry, as he tries to capture and stop a psychotic assassin who seems to be out to kill a high-profile businessman and his associates. When Cross and his team thwart one of his assassination attempts, he adds them to his hit list.
Matthew Fox, of "Lost" fame, plays the role of the assassin who tortures his victims to death and takes pleasure in their pain.
When the killings personally touch Cross and his partner, played by Edward Burns, the pair vows revenge, no matter what it takes.
There's plenty of gun-shooting and punch-swinging in this film, along with a few torture scenes that may leave you queasy. But, as a PG-13 movie, the images show you just enough to let the disturbing factor come from what you imagine in your head, rather than what's actually on screen.
Cross is based on a character in a series of crime novels written by James Patterson. Morgan Freeman played the role of Cross in "Kiss the Girls" (1997) and "Along Came a Spider" (2001). Compared to his own performances in recent films, Perry gives us a well-done portrayal of a tough, sharp cop who's also a loving husband and father.
Fox gives a great performance. Constantly cracking his neck and stabbing knives into pictures of his targets, Fox shows sudden angry outbursts that are perfect for the role of a nutty yet shrewd killer.
|Movie ||Rating (on 4 scale)|
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower|| |
|The Master |
|End of Watch|| |
|The Dark Knight Rises|| |
|Hope Springs |
|Alex Cross |
|Here Comes the Boom |
|Pitch Perfect|| |
|Trouble With the Curve|| |
|Hotel Transylvania|| |
— MICHAEL SMITH AND NOUR HABIB, World Scene Writers
Tyler Perry (left) turns in a well-done portrayal of the title character "Alex Cross." Courtesy