(insidepulse.com) Alex Cross is a movie that knows full well how ridiculous it is but manages to keep a straight face throughout the entire proceeding. Even as characters drop outrageous bits of product placement or espouse laugh-out-loud bits of dialogue, everybody remains super serious about the affair. This barely restrained camp manages to actually heighten the experience. Alex Cross is like watching an elaborate prank pulled off by a group of extremely talented professionals who at any given moment are on the verge of breaking out into uncontrollably hysterical fits of lunacy. The prank being that Tyler Perry actually somehow managed to transform himself into an action star but he only way to subdue the star’s unwieldy baggage was to surround himself with an over-the-top villain and a Hiroshima shadow of a supporting cast. Tyler Perry has finally found his breakout role – too bad the rest of the movie is just as uninviting and inexplicable as the rest of the actor’s oeuvre.