Film » Film Features

Opening This Week

Alex Cross

by

comment
Set in Detroit but primarily filmed in Cleveland, Alex Cross pulls a switch and bait doesn’t work, especially since the filmmakers didn’t bother to change the street signs in downtown Cleveland to ensure they’d be consistent with the film’s Detroit-centric script. But the lack of attention to detail is really the least of this film’s problems. Based on the James Patterson series of novels that revolve around brainy detective Alex Cross, the movie suffers from the miscasting of funnyman Tyler Perry, who’s really out of sorts here as the film’s title character. It’s not just that Perry, who's most famous for putting on women’s clothes to the play the crotchety old woman Madea in his own movies, is a crappy actor. He’s not an incompetent; he’s just not right for the role. And the same goes for Edward Burns, who plays his crime-fighting sidekick Tommy. Together the two try to stop a cold-blooded serial killer who goes by the name of Picasso (Matthew Fox) and his plans to take out a Detroit developer. But instead of coming off as a couple of heroes, Alex and Tommy seem more like a couple of crime-fighting clowns. (Niesel)

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.