ALEX CROSS (eOne, 2012) D: Rob Cohen, w/ Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NN
A Detroit police detective/psychologist with Sherlockian powers of observation battles a sadistic, sociopathic assassin with heavy-duty military training in this competent thriller that feels too familiar to muster much tension.
The acting here is the best reason to watch. Tyler Perry, best known as a comic actor in the Madea movies, handles complex emotions with assurance as the titular sleuth, and Matthew Fox is creepy and scary as the violent head case. The always wonderful Cicely Tyson makes a powerhouse of Cross's mother, a role that in other hands could have been tepidly cozy.
Director Rob Cohen and company have found some Detroit locations interesting enough to upstage the action. When he's not busy cheerleading for his movie, he talks about that and other creative decisions on his commentary.
EXTRAS: Director commentary, making-of doc, deleted scenes. English, French audio. English subtitles.