Alex Cross- the movie, my review...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I'm a huge James Patterson fan.  I have my shelves filled with the bird kids, the women's murder club and Alex Cross tales.  Sometimes I can read a book and pass it on to someone else and be happy I read it, but for my favorite authors I will loan you the book, but in the end I want it on my shelf so I can revisit and read it again.  I inherited this trait from my parents.

So last night I went to see Tyler Perry play Alex Cross with an open mind.  When you are a reader I've found you have to "let go" of the knowledge you have about the characters and pretend that it's a new story.  The first time I saw "What dreams may come" I was so disappointed.  I read the book again and decided that if they had really been successful in adapting the book to a script for a movie I would have had to be at the theater for about 8 hours.  It happens, they have to change things.

But the movie as a stand alone was fantastic.  I cheered, I sat on the edge of my seat and I cried.  And when one movie can pull all those responses and emotions out of me, it's a great movie.  My surprise was how much I hated Matthew Fox.  You loved him lost, you pulled for him and cheered for him and I never expected such a great "bad guy".  I'm looking forward to seeing if I can like him again in his next role.  For me that's the true test for an actor.  Make me hate you, then make me love you again in a new role and you're great. 

Years ago when I saw Jeff Bridges in the vanishing he became that character to me.  He hasn't been able to convince me he's not "that" bad guy since.  And that's two decades of me not liking Jeff Bridges.

Bearing that in mind, if you read the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, don't expect a completely accurate account.  Just think of it as taking the characters you know and love from the book and letting them play a little different part. So I do recommend you see Alex Cross, but don't expect James Patterson's excellent characters to be there.  They sadly are not.  But viewing it as "just a movie" and with an open mind, I enjoyed it.  I saw hints of Alex and Matthew Fox did a fantastic job.



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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Tammy..I was a bit Surprised by Tyler Perry as Alex Cross - I too have read everything Patterson has written from the Violets are blue - to the Maximum Overdrive series (the Bird kids) right through the 4th of July and all the numbers sense. I'll have to see this one - thanks for the review. :o)  Steve,

Oct 20, 2012 04:01 AM #1
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

It was great to hear you say you liked it.  Our local reviewer panned it.  Chief Cook is a big fan of what dreams may come,too!

And, kudos to you for looking out for the trick or treaters, Tammy!

Oct 20, 2012 05:12 AM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Ron- I never trust "professional" critics opinions. I rarely agree with them.

Steve- I love the bird kids.  Just loaned that series to someone.

Oct 20, 2012 05:18 AM #3
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hi Tammy,

Glad to see that you wrote this review.  I am a huge fan of action adventure thrillers, and I was a little skeptical about seeing this one because of how I relate to the Tyler Perry Madea character.  I am glad to see that Tyler is expanding his character range.  And I just have to remember that he is an actor.

As far as reading the book and seeing the movie I had that experience of the strange difference between the two genres when I read 'The Color Purple' and went to see the movie.  Slight differences than made both the book and movie desirable.

So now I HAVE to see Alex Cross the movie, and I may pick up the book.  Thank you for your review!

Oct 20, 2012 05:19 AM #4
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Tammy,

Okay it was on my list of movies to see and now I will definitely go! I too like Alex Cross and if you feel the movie is good..I'm going! Thanks for the share!!

Oct 20, 2012 06:04 AM #5
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

A very cool review... Tammy!  I haven't read the book, but I love Tyler Perry and this role is totally different for him.  Can't wait to see the movie!

Oct 20, 2012 07:11 AM #6
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Tammy ~> Thanks for the review. We love the Alex Cross series and were reluctant to see the movie.  Still might wait for the Redbox pickup??

Oct 20, 2012 08:19 AM #7
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Thank you for sharing your experience  - I had wanted to see it because I like Alex Cross books too!  You have me so excited, I think we will go tonight!

Oct 20, 2012 08:20 AM #8
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Oh great, am I the only person in the world that has no idea what we are talking about? I need to get out more.

Oct 20, 2012 09:30 AM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Jordon- Never a hint of the madea character and I kept looking for it.

Dorie- I had to check my ideas of Alex and Morgan Freeman at the door, but I really enjoyed it.

Mel- very different

Frank and Karen- I do that a lot these days  only my "redbox" is netflix

Joy- I'll have to find out what YOU think

Richard- you better start taking the wife to the movies.

Oct 20, 2012 11:57 AM #10
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Wow...Richard has spent all his free hours in the Smokies and now pop culture is foreign lol.  I've got to go see it and am glad to hear your opinion.  Tyler Perry seemed like too much of a clown for this character but my mind is wide open.

Oct 21, 2012 02:37 PM #11
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Mona- a very few times I saw "Tyler Perry" for a fleeting second, but I realized I was looking for him, so I sat back to enjoy the movie.  Let me know what you think when you see it.

Oct 21, 2012 11:12 PM #12
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