Summit Entertainment and the Internet Movie Database have revealed the first teaser trailer for Alex Cross. The title character, who first rose to prominence in a long-running series of novels by author James Patterson, is a tenacious Washington, D.C., police detective specializing in violent criminal pathology, and this new film finds him squaring off against a deranged serial killer (Matthew Fox, Lost) who takes a personal interest in Cross.
Alex Cross does not mark the detective's first screen appearance. In the Paramount Pictures thrillers Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) played Cross. Alex Cross sees Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) replacing Freeman; Perry won the part from a long list of potential candidates that included Idris Elba (Prometheus).
"Written by James Patterson" is pretty much like saying "Written by Wal-Mart"... The guy isn't an authur, he's a brand name who subs out the actual grunt work of writing the chapters derived from his outlines, then he puts the polishand his name on them. He's sort of like a widget company, excpet that he spits out pulp novels like a MacDonalds grinds out burgers...
Might rent this. I have no problem with Perry because I won't sit through a Madea film. I've often found that 'comedic' actors sometimes do better in drama. For example, I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan. "The Truman Show" & "The Majestic" are great flicks though. Also see Robin Williams in "Good Will Hunting", "Insomnia", etc...
I've also heard Elba hesitated because he felt the role would be too similar to "Luther"
I agree nathanp. This looks awful. I don't mind Matthew Fox but Tyler Perry is an awful choice as is Rob Cohen as director. I would have felt better with Denzel in the role. I have seen low budget Canadian Television shows with better production value.
Yeah, Tyler Perry is sooooooo not who I would have ever imagined as Alex Cross, but what the hell. Trailer doesn't look half bad. As long as there's no religious content, I'll give Perry the benefit of the doubt.
Tyler Perry is clearly miscast and Rob Cohen is an even poorer choice as Director here- the trailer looks more like one of those intentionally awful trailers you see in some comedies that are meant to make it's star look bad/pretentious/narcissistic. Some of the lines of dialogue in the trailer, and how Perry delivers them, are "Face Palm"-worthy. I was highly interested when this project involved another Director and was set to star Idris Elba- obviously that's changed and I'll be skipping this entirely. The PG-13 rating for this serial killer film ("Kiss the Girls" was rated R, "Along Came a Spider' was rated R) should be an enormous red flag.
Tagline featured on the poster for this film- "Don't Ever Cross Alex Cross" ... seriously?!?