Having read most of James Patterson’s Alex Cross mystery/thriller series, I was not disappointed by the “Alex Cross” introductory movie. It was exciting, well-written, well-acted, well-directed, and very intense…
Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is a Detroit detective/psychologist, partnered with his longtime friend, Tommy Kane (Edward Burns). A gruesome assassin, Picasso (Matthew Fox), is drugging, torturing, and killing certain people for an unknown client. He is devious, intelligent, former black ops, and totally insane; he leaves charcoal Picasso-like drawings with clues to the next victim.
After Cross thwarts him from killing an intended victim and Kane manages to shoot him in the arm before he escapes, Picasso turns his rage and focus onto Cross and his family. Cicely Tyson plays Cross’ irascible mother, Nana Mama, who lives with him, his wife, Maria (Carmen Ejogo), and their two children. After Maria reveals that she is pregnant, Cross decides to take a consulting job with the FBI in D.C…I do not want to give away more of the plot and spoil the viewing for anyone. Perry can do serious stuff. Tyson is a pistol. Fox is right-on evil.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.