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The Glimmer Man 1996 R CC

4.1 out of 5 stars (98) IMDb 5.3/10

When a serial killer plunges L.A. into terror, the LAPD is forced to summon the one man whose understanding of the criminal mind in unrivaled: The Glimmer Man.

Starring:
Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Comedy
Director John Gray
Starring Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Supporting actors Bob Gunton, Brian Cox, John M. Jackson, Michelle Johnson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Peter Jason, Ryan Cutrona, Richard Gant, Johnny Strong, Robert Mailhouse, Jesse Stock, Alexa PenaVega, Nikki Cox, Wendy Robie, Harris Laskawy, Dennis Cockrum, Blake Lindsley, John Bluto
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It is admitted that Steven Seagal, as an actor, is not of the "method" school of Brando and De Niro. You don't watch his films to see him act. If you want to see acting, then watch the powerhouses Humphrey Bogart or Jack Nicholson, but not Seagal, the seventh dan black belt aikidoist. His films are primarily made to thrill and entertain. With his erect posture, powerful build and frowning expression, he exerts an intimidating screen presence. Like a tornado sweeping across the torrid zone, he leaves the bad guys annihilated and in brief, hard-trimmed action scenes, he despatches villain after villain with either a bullet to the head, a chop to the throat, a thrust with a knife or a kick to the face. In this film at least, he also manages to be mildly humorous and even self-deprecating in his portrayal of a bead-wearing Buddhist cop. This is the first film in which he actually draws blood during a conflict with a bad guy. The action scenes are supreme. The dialogue is post-Tarantino tart and the film, as a whole, is wonderfully self-mocking.
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O.K.-- Steven Seagal was not considered for a Best Actor award for this movie (nor for any of his other flicks). This is, however, an enjoyable little movie -- you just have to get past Seagal's wooden acting, his love beads, and the huge holes in the plot. Keenen Ivory Wayans' character worked well -- he gets credit for all of the intentional humor, including one particularly funny line.
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I am impressed first and foremost by the casting. I would have never guessed that a Wayans and Segal would work well together, but they really do. The compliment each others abilities quite well. With that in mind I should say that this really isn't your average run-of-the-mill police movie. We all know that Segal has been in a bunch of those. There is still plenty of action, and a lot of humerous scenes, so I don't think you will be dissapointed. I wasn't.
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I regard this movie as the beginning of the first downward spiral of Seagal's career. After the epic action of Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [Blu-ray] and Executive Decision it was a bad mistake to sign-up for The Glimmer Man. When I went to the cinema to see this film on November 2nd 1996 they didn't even tear my ticket stub. Of the thousands of cinema tickets I've kept it's the only one that hasn't been torn. Not even the employees of the long-gone ABC Cinema could be bothered keeping tabs on the audience. Needless to say that the film wasn't screened for critics and every review in the papers that week was nothing but waffling on presumptions of what a typical Seagal film would be. I am making up for that now with a proper review.

The fundamental flaw in The Glimmer Man is that it's just far too contrived. The 80s 'mis-matched cops' cliché didn't help either. Plus, the film was yet another Seven [Blu-ray Book] wannabe, a sub-genre that flooded cinemas post October 1995.

Seagal plays Jack Cole, a weirdo New York cop transferred to Los Angeles for reasons that are never clearly defined. He's teamed-up with wisecracking Detective Jim Campbell (Keenan Ivory Wayans, who did not like Seagal) to catch 'The Family Man'; a serial killer who crucifies families (actually just the parents).
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Steven Segal fights back in one of his best movies to date (the best being the Under Siege series). Plenty of kung fu fighting (it's nice to see Steve kicking baddies instead of just punching, knifing and shooting them all the time) and plenty of one liners from Wayans (the scene where he is watching Casablanca is hilarious). The only real let down in the movie is that Steve is trying to be a soft spoken Clint Eastwood type character, and you can't understand a word he says. Apart from that, top entertainment.
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With Under Siege 2: Dark Territory behind him, Steven Seagal's Hollywood career began a slow descent, beginning with "The Glimmer Man" here. While it's something out of the ordinary for the Buddhist Bonecrusher, this is nevertheless our hero's most narcissistic film prior his DTV outings, and a fairly lazy production in general. The movie is still far removed from Seagal's worst offerings, but when it comes to his theatrical releases, this definitely shouldn't be your choice to introduce yourself or a friend to the aikido master.

The story: eccentric detective Jack Cole (Seagal) is transferred to the West Coast to aid the investigation of a brutal serial killer. Finding a reluctant partner in Lt. Jim Campbell (Keenan Ivory Wayans), the pair must work their way through the killer's web of religious and political motives...before discovering that there may be more than one killer, and more than one reason behind the slayings.

The screenplay panders to Seagal's character ad nauseum: aside from being an unbeatable fighting machine (" ...like Bruce Lee, even better") and a philosophy-spouting guru, he regularly outdoes his partner in the humor department. Apparently Keenan Wayans - who's penned totally un-funny material like In Living Color and directed laughless films like Scary Movie - is comedically-challenged in this movie, becoming Seagal's whipping boy by being tricked into eating animal genitals and routinely being shown up by 'Mister Laughs' Seagal.
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