The film Alex Cross opens in theaters this week. It's a prequel to the 90's serial killer movies Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. In those two films, Morgan freeman had the role of psychologist/detective Alex Cross but this time it falls to Tyler Perry who is making an attempt to break away from his Madea roles. It's directed by Rob Cohen with a script adapted from the novels of James Patterson. It's got everything going for it that a good pschological/action thriller needs: a hip director, a good cast, and good material from which it's based. It's not going to break any box office records and it probably won't be remembered a couple of months from now but this weekend, it should be able to give you what you're looking for, an entertaining film. The biggest question to ask yourself is whether or not Tyler Perry can carry the weight. I believe he did it.
Early in the week I spoke with Matthew Fox who plays the villain in the film. I asked him about his creation of the character.
"I read the script and I had that image in my head. I thought that he burns at a hyper, intense energy level and I thought that his philosophical construct that he builds for himself to deal with his own compulsions, to rationalize them it would almost consumer him. So, that was the idea that I had early on and going about accomplishing it was a challenge."
You can see my full interview with Matthew Fox by clicking the video link.
Also on in theaters this week is the annual return of the Paranormal Activity franchise. In this fourth installment, the frights are bigger and creepier. Next week, I'll have an interview with the two "child" stars of the film Kathryn Newton and Aidan Lovekamp.
Here's what's on DVD and Blu-Ray this week:
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
That's My Boy