Okay, this is awkward. I don't know what's more uncomfortable: Tyler Perry out of his Madea granny outfit, or watching him try to be a real actor (even if it's just in a two-minute clip).
You be the judge. In the first trailer released for Alex Cross, the latest thriller adapted from James Patterson's bestselling series, Perry reprises the title role of the jilted Washington DC cop formerly played by Morgan Freeman.
Pause for reaction. Yes, we're supposed to believe Perry can take on Freeman's leftovers. Judging by the trailer, it doesn't seem plausible. Perry plays a street-wise detective who sets out on a mission to avenge the death of a family member at the hands of a serial killer who goes by the name Picasso (Matthew Fox). Eh...Perry really doesn't look like he can chase after anyone. And he doesn't seem as foreboding as Freeman's Alex was in the previous movies.
On the other hand, Party of Five and Lost alum Fox sure looks like he's shed the remnants of his past famous characters in this new role. Donning a body covered with tattoos, a shaved head, and Stallone muscles, he's barely recognizable in the trailer. But he looks threatening enough, for sure, especially for a character played by Perry.
Someone who's not featured in the clip is Breaking Bad and Do the Ring Thing star Giancarlo Esposito. He plays crime lord Daramus Holiday and, without even seeing him, I know he probably delivers (as always).
Jena Reno (The Professional), Edward Burns and Cicely Tyson also co-star in the film. So, by the look of things, Perry may be the weakest link. What say you?
Alex Cross hits theaters October 19th.