by Justine Love, contributing writer

If you are a fan of James Patterson’s series, featuring “Alex Cross,” you will be pleasantly surprised by Director Rob Cohen’s adaptation of Patterson’s hero in his newest film.

The film is filled with in-your-face, jump-out-of-your-seat action … so hold onto your popcorn.

The headline star in Cohen’s star-studded film is Hollywood filmmaker, Tyler Perry, making his dramatic acting debut. The film also features Edward Burns as “Tommy Kane” and Rachel Nichol as “Monica Ashe — both are part of Cross’s police team. Cross’s wife is played by Sparkle and Avenger star, Carmen Ejogo. The surprise actor was legendary Cecily Tyson who plays Cross’s mother, “Nana Mama.”

The film opens up with Cross and his partners engaged in a hot pursuit of a criminal. As the story unfolds, Cross is on the hunt for a serial killer who challenges his morals and ethics.

The film is a pulse-pounding, 101-minute psychological thriller. Actor Matthew Fox, who plays a downright evil paid assassin, draws Cross into his demented plot.

Burns is believable and engaging, while Nichols performance is flat-lined. Ejogo’s performance was short-lived, yet memorable. The selection of Tyson was an excellent choice for the portrayal of the character in Patterson’s books.

Now let’s talk about Perry’s performance:

Surprise, surprise, surprise … he was amazingly good. His embodiment of a younger Cross was a candid and convincing choice for this role. I hope Perry will continue in this role because there needs to be a sequel.

In a nutshell, and in Reel Talk fashion, I give this movie 5 Heartbeats.

A must see! See you at the concession stand!

Justine Love is the director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Washington, including WPGC. Check back for more Reel Talk reviews.


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