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Watch Tyler Perry Play Detective In 1st Trailer For 'Alex Cross' (And So It Begins...)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 26, 2012 7:09 AM
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Well, here it is folks... no intro necessary.

My only question is, is there enough here to convince you to want to see the rest of it?

What I will say is that, I can't help but notice that, just like in the poster that debuted yesterday, Matthew Fox's character seems to dominate the trailer as well. He gets just as much screen time in the 2 1/2 minutes, as the man whose name is the title of the film. And he gets most of the "action" sequences. Tyler spends a lot of time on the phone, or pontificating. He feels like less of a presence, despite the tagline being "Don't ever cross Alex Cross," suggesting some heavy-lifting by the title character.

I was hoping we'd get a glimpse of some of those "brutal and realistic" fight sequences that stunt/fight coordinator Mark Hicks said were shot for the film.

I'm not entirely convinced based on what I'm seeing here; and, as I stated, I feel like Lionsgate isn't either, based on the poster and now, today's trailer. They really seem to be intentionally pushing Matthew Fox's image.

And I'm surprised we don't really get a look at Giancarlo Esposito in this. He's in the movie, and given how much more aware maintream audiences have become of him lately (thanks to his performance in Breaking Bad, and all the critical acclaim that's come with that), you'd think that they'd want to capitalize on some of that notoriety. Plus, he's a well-respected actor.

Will I see Alex Cross? Of course! I wouldn't miss this for anything!

It opens October 19.


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  • Mimi | October 14, 2012 2:40 AMReply

    I hate when they give too much away in a trailer cause when they do you know the movie's gonna suck. I think we need to give the guy a chance. Tyler Perry is awesome & I know he's gonna do a good job. Tyler Perry is brilliant in everything he does. So stop being haters.

  • M.&M. | October 5, 2012 8:53 PMReply

    I've read a lot of Alex Cross books and he was the coolest cop and so damn sexy I was a instant fan.He just had it all,my first black superman.And I'm really sorry Mr. Perry but you just don't do it for me, all I see is Madea and Why Didn't you stay bauld. I can't lie I like you as a actor but this isn't your break out role.I see you more as a Barney Miller type cope then a Alex cross cop .I'vejust seen the trailer but I'm planning on seeing the movie I sure hope you can pullit off, Maybe you should read pop goes the weasel by Mr. Patterson made me think the man was black. In that book he got inside the cops and villians heads so in they are believeable ,made you want to watch the man at work.That's what you do when you want to make a damn good break out flick.Go to cops , go to the FBI,Talk to the family, and go to the crimnal.I really like you Mr. Perry but that part you have to work hard for my money. Peace and Love M&M

  • CareyCarey | June 27, 2012 12:40 PMReply

    I got my pimp stool down ( driver's armrest) driving my great big Cadillac. Gangster whitewalls, tv antenna in the back. Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin the scene with my ganster lean. I'm standing tall through it all as I drive down snobbery lane. I am driving this car because some of my black brethren seem to have the movie game jammed in a stuffy analytical bottle. In other words, they done jack the shit up. I mean, what analytical genius, aka Mr. & Mrs. Snobby Dooby, goes to a film with the intent to figure out whether or not they should laugh? And what blue-eyed brown skinned monster, views a movie cringing in fear with the thought of "Now the rest of the world will believe that's how we ALL do." I mean, seriously, that's some f'd up shit, ain't it. Most people go to a movie to be entertained. For many, it's also a means of escape. What type of person sits in a movie with pen and paper in hand, jotting down the alleged errs of the writers and director? I believe that person or persons are in a small minority. I mean, what type of snobs burden themselves with trying to figure out what moves them emotionally, while other folks are free of such silly "anaylisis"? More importantly, why should someone give a fat fk about what another person thinks about them? Well, I don't know either, that's why I'm gonna continue to drive my machine with a ganster lean, right down haters street & bashers avenue. And I don't care if Billy Bob or Suzy Snob don't like it. GO TYLER! Do your thang.

  • LegenDeri | June 27, 2012 1:11 AMReply

    Going to see it regardless of what you say... I support TP... not because he's black, but because this deserves a chance unlike all the other b.s. ya'll put up on this site to talk about, that I generally skip over until I see something working looking at.

  • NO BRAINER | June 27, 2012 5:04 PM

    "but because this deserves a chance unlike all the other b.s. ya'll put up on this site to talk about, that I generally skip over until I see something working looking at." said LEGENDERI, and well said indeed.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    "all the other b.s. ya'll put up on this site to talk about" Care to cite any examples?

  • Joseph G. | June 26, 2012 11:59 PMReply

    I just come to this site because they keep me informed on the latest in black film, but there is definitely a nasty spirit when it comes to black people who are "too" successful for these people.
    Saying you are not hating means nothing when you actually are means nothing. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, it's a fine line between constructive criticism and just criticizing with no reasons to back it up.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    So are you saying you think this movie will be good? That Tyler Perry is a good actor? Just a couple of questions.

  • Laura | June 26, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    I hope people reading the comments are not thinking that we are Tyler bashing. This film look as if it's a first run original for TNT, TBS or any other basic cable channel. The script sound amateurish. Tyler Perry is just plain miscasted. Ed Burns is blah, Matthew Fox is trying too hard. There's nothing in the trailer that pops, that calls for a big screen treatment. I mean as badly as John Carter was panned, it had a big screen feel. This film looks as if it was made for a small screen. Nothing jumps at you. This is something that when a commercial break comes, you go to the bathroom or get something to snack. This fail of this movie is much deeper than Tyler Perry playing Alex Cross.

  • Mimi | October 14, 2012 2:50 AM

    Laura, the script isn't amateurish because it's based on a book written by James Patterson & all his books are great. He wrote, "along came a spider," & "kiss the girls" & they both were turned into movies that Morgan Freeman starred in. I didn't know there were commercial breaks in movie theaters.

  • Laura | June 28, 2012 1:23 AM

    Uh, oh NO BRAIN. I hurt your widdle feelings. You still can not come back with an argument against my assessment this film is more suited for television. So you came with snark. But I understand snark for you is a substitute for critical thinking. I get that. So the question remains am I incorrect and why? **birds chirping**. Your comeback was reactionary (typical of a snarky people) and so off based by comparing a no-low budget indie black film to a studio produced film. That's why I had to correct you ask you to mentioned Black studio directors. **More birds chirping**. Sorry you don't understand the basic concept of pop when it comes to film and cinema. Hint, check out Ed Burns' performance. But I understand. You don't have much of an analytic mind so you hide behind snark. That's cool. I know you can't help yourself. And since your widdle ego got bruised, you're ready to battle me. But better yet you won't because I'm not at your level. Sound like some high school taunts if you asked me. BWAA. BWAA. I'm so scared of you. BWAAAAAAAAAA.

  • the black police | June 27, 2012 11:42 PM

    Whoa that was really harsh!

  • NO BRAINER | June 27, 2012 11:31 PM

    I'm going by what you said, you nonsensical little girl. You're the one here talking about things popping in trailers. What do you want? A commercial for a movie or a commercial for Orville Redenbacher popcorn? And talk about bad comparisons, you're comparing this basic action flick to John Carter? Cross is more of a Lethal Weapon type of action flick while Carter is an obvious sci-fi fantasy extravaganza. Like you said, apples and zucchini. And whenever you want to battle someone about cinema, look me up. Then again, don't. I can tell you're not at my level and what I would expect to be a debate would end up with me teaching you a thing or two.

  • Laura | June 27, 2012 8:40 PM

    Of course NO BRAIN does not understand that there is difference in cinematic treatment of art film --which most (low budget) black indie films are, as oppose to mainstream action films such as "Alex Cross". If you are going to critique what I said about "Alex Cross" at least compare this work from "this great genius" Rob Cohen to the Black directors mentioned on this blog who made action films such as F. Gary Grey, Tim Story or the Hughes Brothers. You're comparing apples to zucchini. **By the way, you need to drop the ER from you name**

  • NO BRAINER | June 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    "There's nothing in the trailer that pops, that calls for a big screen treatment. I mean as badly as John Carter was panned, it had a big screen feel. This film looks as if it was made for a small screen. Nothing jumps at you." said LAURA, as if all those black indie films S&A seem to praise have that "big screen feel" as she described. Most of them, if not all of them don't so such criticism needs to be put aside to discuss the bigger problems with what little we have seen of this film so far.

  • Laura | June 27, 2012 3:08 PM

    @Orville. I know that you know that this website is not anti Perry. This was really for the casual, fly-by-night readers, not the die hards like us. Furthermore I was commenting on this particular post, not the website it self.

  • Orville | June 27, 2012 2:54 PM

    Come on Laura this website is anti Tyler Perry everyone knows that. It upsets some people that Tyler continues to expand move beyond the whole Madea drag queen movies into the mainstream. The problem with the haters is they want Tyler to make movies they like or appeal to them. Tyler has a brand but in I Alex Cross he's actually doing something different he's in an action dramatic film role. The haters are also upset because an ugly British actor Idris Elba didn't get the male lead in I Alex Cross. Even though James Patterson the author of the book WANTED Tyler NOT Idirs! Read Entertainment Weekly, Patterson WANTED a black star not some unknown British actor with critical acclaim and NO box office success on his own.

    There is a lot of jealousy by some blacks because they hate the fact Tyler is so successful. Tyler Perry was named by Forbes Magazine to be the richest male entertainer in Hollywood last year. Perry has a fortune over $400 million dollars. Perry also has a devoted audience.

  • Lovebabz | June 26, 2012 10:42 PMReply

    I'll see it. I like Tyler. I like Matthew. I got no beef with neither one. I am no movie critic. It's not that serious... I like a movie with a little action. I don't need it to be believable... I got a real life. I want a little entertainment. I want to see a Black Man being the good guy... plus seeing Cicely Tyson is well worth the price of admission.

    I have no need to pontificate my thoughts on a film that I didn't make, that I can chose to see or not. What does anyone get out of tearing people apart over a role in a film? Don't see it. Damn.

  • NO BRAINER | June 27, 2012 4:56 PM

    Well said, LOVEBABZ.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:41 PM

    " seeing Cicely Tyson is well worth the price of admission." Huh? She's been playing Miss Jane Pittman for the past 40 years.

  • sergio | June 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    Boy, you're REAL easy to please ain't ya?

  • MASTER BLASTER | June 26, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    so um...yeah...PASS...

  • Mandla | June 26, 2012 10:26 PMReply

    After watching the trailer the bottom line is Tyler Perry just isn't believable. And if you can't be believable in a slam bam quick cutting trailer then....

  • Akimbo | June 26, 2012 7:39 PMReply

    Tyler's not doing it; he sounds like he's giving a speech in every scene. More importantly, I checked the cast list: Matthew Fox AND Ed Burns are in this? Is that even allowed? Why not throw in Michael Vartan, Ben Affleck, Luke Wilson, maybe a Wahlberg or two and just have a bunch of vaguely similar, world-weary looking dudes running around, confusing everyone?

  • noel | June 27, 2012 9:32 AM

    Ha! This is so funny. Well said

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:38 PM

    Man, you noticed that too? LMBAO It's like the difference between Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney.

  • CareyCarey | June 26, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    In the early morning, the dark figure stood on the shore, but the disciples did realize who it was. Some thought it was Tambay, others cried out Sergio's name. He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "no," they answered. He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." The regular disciples did just that. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of Tyler fish. "Oh boy," one was heard saying in glee, "we've made it to the promised land," . They carried on in their usual negro merriment; shuckin' & jiving, peepin' & hiding; talking that thang. Now although the usual suspect (regular disciples) had grown accustom and somewhat tierd of the diet of Tyler Perry, nothing soothed their souls more than pureed Alex Cross. Yet, one lone subject, stricken with guilt and same, dropped his head and mumbled a few wise words, "We should not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good". Those wise words infuriated the crowd sitting around the S&A campfire. One fired back, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah blah blah, there's absolutely nothing wrong with analysis and critiques". Trapped like fat black rats with nowhere to go, the rest of the minions continued to gorge themselves on the scrambled perry eggs. The most gluttonous of the group cleared the greasy drippings from her mouth long enough to offer a defense of their evil ways, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head". Off in the distance there was a mighty roar, Sergio yelled: "AMEN sista-gurl, think I'll pass on this one, down with Tyler's head. Pass the peas and who has the hot sauce?"

  • COMMENT POLICE | June 28, 2012 3:52 PM


  • CareyCarey | June 28, 2012 3:37 PM

    Here we go again... SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES. Where -- exactly -- did I say everyone kisses Tambay's ass? Huh-bring my quote. What have I lied about?!I believe I said that most individual's shy away from situations and/or predicaments, that "could" find them on the firing line. Consequently, kissing Tambay's ass is not the issue. And whether or not you understand it, or accept it, this is his blog, therefore, it's safe to say he is speaking to individuals who agree with his direction, purpose, likes and dislike in the film industry, which has nothing to do with them kissing his ass. And I, personally, agree with much of what he says, and the films that he highlights. So what are you talking abou? But wait, I don't necessarily blame you for your apparent deficiencies. I mean, it's highly possible your middle school cirriculum has not reached a level of adult cognitive thinking (what are you doing out of school today anyway?). And maybe... just maybe, I have your age all wrong, so maybe none of this was on your GED exam? But let me ask you, prove me wrong, again, when I said "the optimum word IS "Criticism", the substance of which is the pertinent point of contention, did you understand? And when I said, "the devil is in the details", do you know what that means? AND again, would you define "constructive criticism" as personal attacks, name calling, bashing, unsubstantiated opinions and porous opinions? Now mind you, before you go off on another tangent, I did not say you participated in any of those wayward activities (where did that come from?), nor have I not, but the point of my whole concern in this post, was whether or not some indiviiduals hide behind the banner (as you so elequently stated) that NO ONE IS ABOVE CRITICISM, NOT THE WRITERS HERE AND DAMN SURE NOT TYLER PERRY. PEOPLE DON'T GIVE A FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK WHO YOU ARE!". And whether or not that proclamation is ambiguous and rooted in shortsighted(mess) and/or garden variety stupidity? Btw, if you choose to reply, could you please drop the caps because they're hurting my eye and they give the impression that you're hollering at me :-0.

  • COMMENT POLICE | June 27, 2012 10:13 PM


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  • CareyCarey | June 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    Dain't tryin' youngblood, I did call you out. But I can kick myself in the ass for doing so. I should have asked for a permission slip from your mother before I engaged you in comversation. I mean, who but a snotty nose 5th grader would comment in all caps and type FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK like that's so cool? Damn, just think, I could get arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. But it's not too late, so Shoo, fly, don't bother me, Shoo, fly, don't bother me, Shoo, fly, don't bother me, tell nobody you spoke to thee.

  • COMMENT POLICE | June 27, 2012 8:12 PM


  • CareyCarey | June 27, 2012 7:58 PM

    @ The silent COMMENT POLICE. Hark the herald angel sings, but nothing falls out. I am suggesting that you sir, used bold caps but you didn't say anything of substance. I mean, if I am not mistaken, the optimum word IS "Criticism". The substance of which is the pertinent point of contention. In other words, the devil is in the details. So yes, I agree, NO ONE IS ABOVE CRITICISM but would you ma'am, define personal attacks, name calling, bashing, unsubstantiated opinions and porous opinions as "constructive criticism?". Well, I have a message for you. It's Cryin' Time Again by -->

  • COMMENT POLICE | June 27, 2012 6:18 PM


  • CareyCarey | June 27, 2012 6:03 PM

    Ouch NO BRAINER, you better duck because men have been shot for less. However, much of what you've said is true. S&A seems to cultivate their readers, lavishing praise upon films that better suits their sensibility. But I have to say that I am a S&A reader, so we should not haphazardly throw a blanket over all it's readers. Also, I believe it should be noted that Tambay, the blog's host, makes no apologies nor excuses for his movie "taste". So it's not that S&A's readers are in a evil form of collusion. I believe many find no reasons to challenge his words. On the contrary, many take jabs at Sergio, Vanessa and other contributors without hesitation. But I'd agree that as the head goes, many will follow (and there's many reasons behind that decision making process). Now I've said this before but it's worth repeating. Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideals hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different. ― Martin Luther King Jr.. So NO BRAINER, I believe the fear of being different, ostracized and/or called out, keeps many from going against the flow. And Tyler Perry IS a "HIT" maker, if you know what I mean. In regards to blog hits, he's like a super fine women wearing a light dress during a gusting wind. When that dress flies up around her neck, everybody (most men) will bend their necks to get a peek of that ass.

  • COMMENT POLICE | June 27, 2012 5:17 PM


  • NO BRAINER | June 27, 2012 4:53 PM

    Notice it (the trend here)? The thing I thought just before reading your response was, "Man, when S&A posts anything relating to Tyler Perry, those articles average about 70 comments." It's as if the line goes around the corner just to take a swipe at Tyler Perry. Case in point - on the article about the new poster for Middle of Nowhere, some genuine person sang the praises of said film and an S&A loyalist responds encouragingly to the person for loving the film, ending it with a swipe at Tyler Perry. What does he have to do with Middle of Nowhere being good or not? I'm a bit disgusted by the hate. Sure, I have criticism of Tyler Perry but only when it comes to his craft. That's it! I truly believe he's not very good at filmmaking but there is more than enough room for his type of filmmaking. I appreciate him like a brother and will let him know what he does right while letting him know what he does wrong. I would dare to say that most of the S&A readers are conditioned to dislike Tyler Perry and look down upon any film by any filmmaker that is commercially viable. S&A seems to cultivate their readers, lavishing praise upon films that better suits their sensibility. And the readers don't challenge S&A at all. What they say, goes. S&A could come here criticizing greats like LA Confidential and The Godfather, and the readers would find themselves agreeing with the criticism despite being fans of the films prior to ingesting the opinionated article. It's sad but speaks volumes on the black communities inability to have individual thoughts. We're the only community with leaders. S&A has unfortunately become one of those leaders in black entertainment. I'm just glad I don't rely on a livelihood within this industry and I don't have to bow down to the likes of S&A, begging them for support.

  • CareyCarey | June 27, 2012 2:41 AM

    Well NO BRAINER, I am a child of ol'school discussion boards. In the last 4-6 years, twitter and drive-by comments seem to be the play of the day(iPODS and comments on the run). Anyway, when a person is around long enough, they will notice a "popular" contingent of "voices" who have similar thinking patterns, agendas, likes and dislikes. In this case, this post on Tyler Perry, some of those voices will speak in protest of everything "Tyler Perry". Now of course if you listen to them, they will say they're not hating, but only "crtiquing" his film (this film). And they will feign ignorance. However, in most cases (again if you've been around) one will notice their tone and rethoric never changes regardless of the film's genre. Also, much of their "critique" borders on personal attacks, not his art. Some even bend the truth to justify their "criticism". Case in point, in one vengeful attack, someone said he (Tyler Perry) does not support other black artist, and that's why they harbor contempt for him. Yeah, imagine that when he has worked with several of the leading black actors in the business. Yet, as someone mentioned, those same individuals (commenters) will promote a film that I would not take my dog to see. In short NO BRAINER, like others have said, I come to this site because they keep me informed on the latest in black films ( I love all movies). However, just as many folks believe it's their responsibility and right to address movies with negative messages, I feel that same responsibility when negative comments hit the floor. If they are not addressed, someone might take them as facts (or be influenced by them), and then pass that message(s) on to another. And I've found it effective to do my thang in a different kind of way. I appreciate your comment. Thanks.

  • NO BRAINER | June 26, 2012 11:42 PM

    You have to be the most creative cat on S&

  • Tamara | June 26, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    I did not cringe. Not once. That's a good sign. Will I go see this? Probably not. I will rent it, though the plot and everything about it seems quite predictable. Also, Matthew Fox is a lean, mean, wannabe-Patrick Bateman/Tyler Durden, ultimate-fighter-fighting machine. Or something.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    I only cringe when he's cooning. Immediately I think, "Now the rest of the world will believe that's how we ALL do."

  • turner | June 26, 2012 4:04 PMReply

    He can't act but he's a megalomaniac so he won't let a trivial thing like talent stop him.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:33 PM

    But so many of his fans don't even know what a megalomaniac is -- something demonic, possibly. lol

  • NO BRAINER | June 26, 2012 3:54 PMReply

    Eh. Looks okay. The poster is better than the trailer. Tyler Perry doesn't look very comfortable in his role. And the plot seems heavy-handed. I never saw so much action in an Alex Cross type film. I'm glad Idris Elba didn't do this film.

  • Josh | June 26, 2012 3:30 PMReply

    Patterson is a hack writer and I have found the Cross books to be down right goofy. Lots of product placement and plotholes. I see Cross' wife is in this. Thats weird, she was supposed to have been killed by "the butcher", a bad guy who likes to kill with a knife and bow towards his victims.

  • Orville | June 27, 2012 2:56 PM

    Whatever Josh Patterson is also on the New York Times best seller list multiple times for his books. Have you ever written anything that has appeared on the NY Times best sellers list? It is really tacky for people to attack Patterson when he knows what he is doing. He wanted a BLACK MALE STAR to be the lead in his film NOT some unknown British actor like Idris Elba. Elba is NOT a star he's never had a successful movie based on his name. By contrast, Tyler has had multiple hit movies based on his brand his name alone. Tyler is a star Idris is NOT.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:32 PM

    My mother, a hardcore Patterson fan, brought this up to me after I sent her the trailer (which damn near killed her). I told her it could mean that his wife will be killed off in this film, sparking some knockoff "Quantum of Solace"-type sequel where he's on the warpath for... REVENGE!!!

  • JDoe | June 26, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    Once a film is in the can. The amount I like or dislike an actor or director dissipates. My hunger for film, brings me back to curious. The thing with this is, I didn't believe one single performance. They all have awkward, non plausible footing. Idea vs Substance. The "idea of a character" vs "becoming a human." Big budget or not, the characters must become 'people'. This trailer is laced with a series of talking heads.
    This film could've rolled on an escalated 'Se7en' type vibe, if they chose a complex director and brought on Idris' or Chiwetel's level of force/natural ability to layer &nuance.
    Bummer for us domestic but I bet it does well oversees.

  • sergio | June 26, 2012 2:44 PMReply

    One more thing one before I quit, the real test is how this trailer will play in a theater full of people and not watching it online. I've seen many a trailer just die a bloody death in a theater because of negative audience reaction. How will people react to this one? Will they say "Yeah I've got to see this NOW!" or breakdown into howls of uncontrolled laughter? My guess is the latter or they may "haven't I see this all before?" yawn. Either case if they do the film is doomed

  • Frank | June 26, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    Sergio, Rob Cohen's best movie was not the first "The Fast And The Furious" movie. It was "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story".

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:26 PM

    I could watch "Dragon" a dozen times a week and still be crunk about it. Meanwhile, I'm gonna have to thug my way through this one (at the barbershop [for nada]).

  • Sergio | June 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    Forgot about that one. That was back when Cohen looked like he had talent. But F & F is still a good fun B movie. And the trailer doesn't mention Dragon because it's an older film. F & F is fresher in people's memories and was a massive hit at the b.o.

  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green | June 26, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    Just watched the trailer. What the hell is that voice that Tyler is doing? Does he always talk like that? That low, strained, "Wanna-be Sexy Minneapolis Late Night DJ" voice? Oh man, my feeling is someone higher-up is going to lose their job over this dud.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:24 PM

    HA!!! X_X You know the sound team laughed A LOT.

  • Jug | June 26, 2012 2:23 PM

    @JMac & James-LMBAO

  • JMac | June 26, 2012 2:16 PM

    I got that Quiet Storm vibe too. I suppose he's trying to be tough, sexy, and manly. I just want him to play some New Edition and DeBarge.

  • that dude | June 26, 2012 1:58 PMReply

    Man, that script could not be more generic. How many TV episodes have we seen like this, let alone movies? And poor Matthew Fox...when he was on LOST, he really looked like a contender. I hope he gets another good TV series soon. As for Tyler, did they really start the trailer with him romancing some woman? C'mon, son.

    It's not that Tyler's career is based in comedy...there are good comedic actors who can make credible dramatic turns. But Tyler isn't one of them. When he plays a "regular guy", whether in his films or others, his painfully limited range is obvious.

    I can't imagine a man, straight or gay, who wants to see this. So the question is, will his female fanbase support the film to box office success?

  • tamara | June 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    I was skeptical at first of Fox as a villain....well, a villain of this caliber. I like what I saw in the trailer so my initial reaction has changed. However, as many have mentioned his character, this plot is pretty basic. The film will be entertaining to most (if not boring to some); it is quite predictable. Imagine Fox's character better written: could he do it? Judging by this trailer, I think so. As for Perry, I'm surprised I didn't flinch. He seems pretty solid, but this is only the trailer. And with Perry's name attached I'm sure the bulk of his fanbase (female or no) will come out and support.

  • Jug | June 26, 2012 1:27 PMReply

    Wow. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. But not good either. Really does feel like throwback, 90's direct-to-video. Kudos to Tyler tho for doing something where he actually seems decent. That tagline is horrible tho.

  • Tamara | June 26, 2012 4:43 PM

    Wait. Stealth made 44 million? *dead faints* They released it around Oscar season when Jamie won, didn't they? Biel is Blah and Lucas (Josh) has YET to break through as a true leading man... I give 40 of that 44 million to "artificial intelligent stealth fighting machine goes rogue" and the other 4 to Jamie. LOL. Hated that movie. And The Kingdom? Don't get me started. Bombs over Blankenship-by-way-of-Baghdad, tactical maneuvers and military warfare are the main attraction. Obviously has to be for such features to do so well, elsewhere, right? I'm inclined to agree with what you posit.

  • Jug | June 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    And please believe, I am NOT saying this movie will do well or that I think it's good LOL I'm just that a good marketing attack & a skillful trailer can work wonders. Just ask anybody who saw CLASH OF THE TITANS.

  • Jug | June 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    I would agree with you AV, until I saw the numbers for THE TOURIST. Complete piece of steaming feces of a movie, but made almost 300 Mil worldwide. Granted it, it was Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie, but I would have thought it would die a horrible death or at least be in a deep coma. Nope, it killed. That showed me that global audiences go to the movies differently than Americans do for different reasons. FAST & FURIOUS franchise killed overseas, with nowhere near the level of star power in it, just a lot of T&A & hot cars. I'm not so sure people around the world will go see it as an "Alex Cross" movie. I think they'll go see it as an "American, people gettin' murdered and shit blowing up" movie-if it's sold right. And those work. And Tyler Perry's lack of success as Madea overseas could benefit him. I know when I saw the trailer all I could think of was "Heller" LOL and I had to fight through that. Someone who's never seen a Madea movie doesn't have that block. Like it said "from Rob Cohen, the man who brought you FAST & FURIOUS." I wouldn't buy too much into the media hype. The idea "we don't sell overseas", is True in a certain standpoint. Movies with Black leads may not do Tom Cruise, Will Smith numbers, but it's also about the type of film-not the stars. Films by Black filmmakers or with Black casts tend to be either dramas or comedies (budget) & they tend to center on the Black American experience. It's the reverse of Hong Kong Films-the action ones do well abroad but the ones that are about being Chinese & their history-being occupied by the Japanese & stuff, we don't care about. I just checked out Jamie Foxx's movies that are action-driven and they did well overseas-THE KINGDOM $39 mil, MIAMI VICE $100 Mil, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN $53 Mil, STEALTH $44 Mil. Yes, you could make a great case about the movies that did better had the more known white co-lead (Butler, Ferrell) but the KINGDOM did almost as well internationally as it did domestically & STEALTH did better internationally then it did in the US while still bombing. Basically I'm saying if you market it right, you market the genre, not the guy. Universal said one of the reasons the FAST & FURIOUS franchise blew up was because they marketed it as a car flick, not a Latin flick tho they put things in there that Latinos would want to see (Latin reggaeton stars, Latin actors). Their data showed that when films were marketed as "Latin" films, Latinos & Hispanics didn't want to see them & the movies died a horrible death-hence throwing on Rob Cohen's "prowess" as a director in the trailer. In the grand scheme of things, maybe that's a note that Black filmmakers can take.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 26, 2012 1:40 PM

    It it bombs here in America it almost surely will bomb around the globe. Most of the fans of James Patterson, that substantial audience whom you count on to give the film a boost, are Americans. White Americans. If they are turned off by the casting or look of the flick then you are left with Tyler Perry fans who are also mostly Americans. African Americans. If they don't go for it what do you have left? The media keeps telling us that foreign viewers stay away from any type of films with black leads not named Denzel, Will and a few other exceptions. I don't see much of an audience outside of America. Especially if the film is a piece of shit.

  • Jug | June 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    I do wonder if there's method in the madness. The movie will probably bomb here, but flicks like this kill overseas, especially in Asia (Russia & the like) & Latin territories. He might be trying to build himself an overseas fanbase and then slip in his TP films, finally get that global money. Chocolate coated pill (no pun intended). Hmm....

  • Orville | June 26, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    I think sometimes in life people just have to accept you can't please everybody. People have complained about Tyler Perry on this board making the same kind of movies. Now, Tyler branches out and people complain about a short trailer. Why rush so quickly to make a decision?

    I am glad Idris Elba didn't get this part that's for sure because he is not a star and Tyler Perry is definitely a star. Whether people want to admit it or not Tyler Perry is more famous in Hollywood than Idris Elba.

    I will definitely see I Alex Cross because this is the first time Tyler Perry is taking a risk in his career and trying to show the world he is a serious actor. The trailer looks excellent. I am also
    interested to see how Matthew Fox does he seems to be convincing in his role as well.

  • Joseph G. | June 26, 2012 11:54 PM

    @JMAC It's not his job to give other directors, producers, etc a chance to tell a story the way he wants it to be told with his own films. Make your own opportunities. What you said just sounds like that typical crab in a bucket syndrome, that a lot of us as black people have with each other. Once someone gets too successful, people want to hate. I know those weren't your exact words, but it's seen so clear in all the comments on this site. Because you have so many like minded people on here, it will probably make people feel like they have backing to attack this comment, but I have to call it as I see it.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:20 PM

    @JMAC: Slow hand clap for you. @James: Yes, Lawd! Perry's acting was so wooden I thought he was gonna have a whole house built by the end of the trailer.

  • Ghost | June 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    Folks want Tyler to branch out-however Tyler has to find the right role to do that. This may or may not be it. No one is hating Tyler for trying but who is really going to see this? Patterson fans are white and already know plenty about Tyler from his Madea empire. I can only image what they are saying-Tyler might be a turnoff for them too.

  • JMac | June 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    I think the "branching out" people are referring to is TP helping other black filmmakers, directors, screenwriters, actors get their moment in the sun instead of going out and stealing their opportunities or trying to maintain some kind of monopoly for his own selfish needs. I'm glad Idris (or any serious black actor) isn't in this movie. If the trailer is any indication, it's nowhere near good enough to star in.

  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green | June 26, 2012 2:06 PM

    Orville, I think the real problem you seem to be having isn't so much that folks hate on TP, it's that you seem to have a striking inability to detect garbage when you see it. I wonder what your kitchen looks like.

  • MACUFFIN | June 26, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    Fatherly, preachy, asexual Tyler Perry as the lead in a dramatic thriller with a romantic love interest? Their tagline should be, "This isn't your Dad's action movie...well actually, it kinda is."

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 27, 2012 11:39 AM

    @Marie: I think I'm in love. lol

  • Marie | June 27, 2012 10:02 AM

    @ Orville: you are greatly overstating Tyler Perry's stature in Hollywood. As many do, you confuse monetary success with quality of craft. First, Perry is NOT big in Hollywood. Hollywood is run by white people and Perry is NOT on their radar. Nor is he on the radar of the average white moviegoer. Perry owes much of his success to black people who are so desperate to see themselves that they go to his movies and watch his tv shows. Second, we're not doubting Perry's financial success. There's nothing to doubt there. What we doubt are his SKILLS. His acting, writing and directing are at best amateurish. As I've argued elsewhere, Perry is not improving with each film. His last film is as poorly written, acted and directed as his first. I expect a professional athlete to excel in his sport; I expect a writer/director to excel in his craft. Perry simply does not excel. He has made an industry of mediocrity. We Perry "haters" hate only one thing: mediocrity.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 11:15 PM

    Patterson is a novelist, not a casting director (just to be clear).

  • Orville | June 26, 2012 1:19 PM

    You know people can hate on Tyler all they want the point is James Patterson told Entertainment Weekly we WANTED Tyler Perry NOT Idris Elba. Now if the author of the book wanted Tyler and Idris this should tell people something. Idris Elba is an overrated British actor that has never had a hit movie on his own in his entire career. By contrast, Tyler Perry has directed and starred in multiple hit movies making over $400 million dollars. It is not hard to see why Tyler is a star and Idris Elba is not.

  • Nadell | June 26, 2012 12:32 PMReply

    It looks interesting (the storyline) although I am having a mental block of seeing Perry as Madea....always
    Perhaps this role will urge him into retiring Mabel Simmons.

  • Orville | June 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    @Marie and you're downplaying Tyler's success James Patterson sought OUT Tyler Perry not the other way around. Patterson didn't want Idris Elba because he knew some unknown British actor that has no box office success is NOT going to do well. Patterson got it right he chose Tyler because he believes in him. I do detect some hate against Tyler on these boards people bitch and complain about how he's supposed to help out other black actors and screenwriters. Why don't those black writers and screenwriters help themselves? Nobody helped Tyler to reach the top or create his own empire. Tyler Perry is an amazing success story he's the first gay black man in Hollywood to be so powerful. Lee Daniels another gay black man might have critical acclaim but he needed Tyler's money to help produce Precious. Tyler Perry is a wonderful success story for the black gay and lesbian community.

  • ShebaBaby | June 26, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    *uncontrollable laughter*...oh wait, this isn't a comedy? oops

  • Cherish | June 26, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    I giggled during certain scenes. I don't believe that was the reaction the producers were going for...

  • REricThomas | June 26, 2012 10:54 AMReply

    Seeing this just makes me wish all the more that Idris had gotten this part. Alex Cross is an American, less damaged John Luther and he would've devoured the role.

  • misha | June 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    You must not be paying attention then, AV because there ARE people here who mention black actors not named Idris. Perhaps they don't meet your standard but others are indeed mentioned.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    No argument there. But even though Elba would have been a better choice he still wasn't the best look for the character either IMO. Not if you go by how James Patterson physically described Cross. Nonetheless this is what happens when you have a shallow pool of black leading men to choose from. Everyhwhere I turn on this site people keep writing their "should have chosen Idris" remarks for virtually every role that goes to a black actor other than Elba. There is still a problem if he is the lone black actor people can come up with.

  • etomi | June 26, 2012 10:37 AMReply

    I might go, just because of Ms. Tyson, Ms. Ejogo, and Jean Renoir (all of whom I like) , but I swear to the Almighty that if Madea shows up, I'm leaving and will demand a refund.

  • lauren | June 26, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    Watching TP using the hacksaw cracked me up!

  • misha | June 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    I must admit that I thought that part was hilarious too, Lauren!

  • george | June 26, 2012 10:11 AMReply

    If both Ebert and Roeper give it a decent review then I'll check it out. The trailer really does not sell any of the performances. It seems like they were going for Slick and Pulpy but ended up with Ridiculous trying to hard to be complex character driven crime drama.

  • turner | June 26, 2012 10:10 AMReply


  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 26, 2012 9:53 AMReply

    Like I said, they made a great poster. LOL

  • Michele B | June 26, 2012 9:44 AMReply

    I agree with Sergio and Marie.
    Tyler has spent more than a decade doing comedy, and in drag none the less.
    I've watched his plays and most of his films and its hard for me to take him seriously.
    It MIGHT make it's budget back, I have no idea what its Box office competition will be in Oct. but I doubt this will be a new franchise, it looks straight to DVD at best.
    They would have been better going with an unknown lead, and I'm not buying Matthew Fox as a psycho killer either.

  • Marie | June 26, 2012 9:27 AMReply

    As usual, this trailer tells the entire story. I know who the bad guy is so it's just a matter of the good guy catching him. Snore. Initially while watching this I was imagining Idris Elba as Luther as Alex Cross but once I realized that the script was trite, I decided it doesn't matter who the star is. After hearing the on-the-nose dialogue, I'm glad that Elba didn't make this movie. And Perry is exactly as I expected…uninspired.

  • Laura | June 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    It was the on-the-nose-dialogue that had me say oh this is bad. This is has a movie made for network tv vibe. I think it's on the nose because how else or you going to convince the audience that Tyler is Alex Cross and Fox is a psychopathic serial killer. And Ed Burns, meh, talk about white bread. This is going to go over like a lead balloon. Yeah probably a lot of people were offered the Cross and psychopath roles and said "um, no".

  • sergio | June 26, 2012 7:39 AMReply

    Let's see now: routine generic "seen-it-before-a-1000-times" script, PG-13 rating, Rob Cohen as director (notice how the film mentions the ONLY good film he's ever made?) and oh yes, there's Perry. Think I'll pass on this one. I think maybe Elba was smart to sit this one out. I'm still trying to figure out who's going to see this film. Those who would usually go see something like this will stay away because of its tame rating and Perry is in it. And Perry fans will mostly stay away because this is not their kind of film or and he's not right for the part. Who do you have left?

  • Jason | June 26, 2012 7:34 PM

    Rob Cohen's made a good film? I must've missed it.

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