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This movie starts out bad, actually gets better as it goes and while stretching ideas rather thin to eke a twist out of hiding here and there, it does the job of being a middle of the road thriller quite well.
Basically, I believe this was the first book in a series of Alex Cross (played by Morgan Freeman) profiler thrillers written by James Patterson. Oddly, the studios chose to make Kiss The Girls prior to this which is a warning sign in terms of story to me on anything. Both were huge hits, and while I was never a huge fan of Kiss The Girls I give it the same sort of mild thumb up approach. They are both solid entertainment but never really break out beyond the genre to make them individuals in their fields.
Having said that, the one smart choice is the ongoing one of having Morgan Freeman playing the profiler Alex Cross. Freeman walks on screen and exudes a calm intellect that other actors would have to spiel reams of dialogue to come off as sharp.
This time out Alex Cross is trying to track down a man who kidnapped the daughter of a senator. Alex would normally have nothing to do with the case but the kidnapper, so sure of his intellect and mind games, taunts Cross by sending him a boot from the girl and calls him to get involved and respect the work he has put into this caper.
Monica Potter, an actress who has yet to annoy or astound me, remains on an even keel. She is an attractive lady, that is undeniable, but her acting seems...well, safe. She doesn't seem to go out on a limb that the characters she has played may have benefitted from. Still, she comes off as reliable and not totally false whereas some others might have.
A good Sunday afternoon rental but this is not a title I would be throwing my hard earned cash at when the DVD is available, unless there are some astounding extras available...even a commentary wouldn't do it for me this time out.
Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
The DVD Review:
This is a pretty skimpy disk in terms of perks. It has a 20 minute 'making of' featurette that recaps the first half of the movie, has the typical 'how great is this cast' banter and so on. One stand out moment in the featurette worth checking out...Monica Potter talking about how she was complimented by the director that she doesn't blink her eyes when she fires a gun. This is noteworthy because the king of the action genre, Arnie himself once said, if you want to be an action star, you can not blink when firing a gun.
So Potter's statement sounds impressive...until they show about six shots of her immediately following this statement and she is blinking in almost all of them as the guns go off. Too funny.
I still stick by my original summary though. I wouldn't be picking up this DVD anytime soon...for the fans really. Maybe it's me but I can only think of a few thrillers I want to watch more than once...the Spacey tag-team of Usual Suspects and Seven and The Game are a couple of them.
There are the standard offerings of a theatrical trailer and interactive menus but even then it just doesn't seem as if a lot of care was put into this first edition of this disk. I am going to assume we will see a Special Edition somewhere down the line!