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Watch: It's Madea Vs. A Freaky Looking Matthew Fox In First Trailer For 'Alex Cross'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 26, 2012 8:02 AM
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He's put away the wigs and oversized floral dresses, and now Tyler Perry wants you to consider him as a Serious Actor. And we'd love to, but unfortunately "Alex Cross" unintentionally looks like a parody of the cat-and-mouse crime thriller.

The first trailer for the film, based on the best-selling James Patterson novel, could be direct-to-DVD fare if you removed Perry and Matthew Fox, but even with them in it, it barely looks much better. Basically the story is this: a freaktacular-looking Fox plays one of those bad guys who is seemingly able to hatch well-planned schemes, each more fiendish than the last, and is taking a particular delight in targeting Cross, a D.C. detective who vows to bring him down. Rob Cohen directs with all the nuance and subtlety of the many explosions that happen in the trailer (it seems Fox's psychopath/UFC fighter? has a particular penchant for entering or leaving a room and creating a path of destruction) overall, this just plain looks ridiculous.

Looking like your average, run-of-the-mill late Saturday night cable thriller, "Alex Cross" opens on October 19th. Watch below.

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  • Chris | June 26, 2012 11:37 AMReply

    Is it just me or does Perry look terrible in this? I was never impressed with his acting in any of his own movies, but taking a real role with somebody else behind the camera, I was at least curious. But he seems to be extraordinarily un-subtle. Almost embarrassingly so.

  • Huffy | June 26, 2012 12:02 PM

    To be fair it looks like that's what the movie is going for if that ridiculous "Gates of Hell" line is to be believed.

  • Mike | June 26, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    Yeah, now I get why Idris Elba was steering clear of this, & I wasn't aware Rob Cohen was involved.

  • Huffy | June 26, 2012 12:04 PM

    Elba would have been absolutely perfect in the role too. The script must be a real stinker for him to turn down what on the surface looks like a star-making role.

  • Lee | June 26, 2012 8:57 AMReply

    .....goodness gracious.

  • mpbstereo | June 26, 2012 10:16 AM

    And to think, someone got paid to APPROVE that tagline.

  • cirkusfolk | June 26, 2012 8:45 AMReply

    So this this already a spin off of The Bourne Legacy? Aaron Cross' brother?

  • Exley | June 26, 2012 8:56 AM

    Yeah... and I hear they're building a bigass ship in Belfast to spinoff Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's lurf story in Titanic.

    Bit harsh there. I'd gladly have some mindless entertainment if Fox's performance is as crazy as it seems. I think he'll be worth it.

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