Tyler Perry has officially redeemed himself. I was gettin a lil scurred cuz I payed $9.50 (not in NYC) to see Meet The Browns and really wanted my money back. However, tonight at the premiere of The Family That Preys, I saw a film that is by far one of Perry's best. Now for you Madea fans out there--you won't see her make a cameo or notice the eccentric sense of humor that comes with her films. Instead you will see a "Dynasty-esque" drama about two families torn between greed and scandal. Each family deals with it in their own unique way and fate seems to twist and turn itself into something unexpected on both ends in this melodramatic tale.
The film has stunning performances from Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard who should hear the name Oscar calling them repeatedly after delivering a magnifying spectacle in this film. My personal favorite performance was from that of underrated actress Taraji P Henson who was not only the comic relief of the film, but also a great balance between both families.
The Family That Preys was inspired by "an old country song" Perry said at the movie premiere. He stated that he wants to make films that inspire people and make people think and analyze about their own lives. He also says to "always live for today". This film will most certainly force you to reassess your own personal situation and know that every action you take in this life has a consequence....good or evil.
The film hits theaters nationwide September 12th.