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Glimmer man is awesome, it's funny, it's witty, Wayans and Seagal play well off of each other. Sure, it's not an epic masterpiece, nobody expected it to be, but it sure is a fun and entertaining film.
When I think of an Objectively Good Movie, Well Directed & Criminally Underrated.... The Glimmer Man is the 1st thing that comes to mind. Pay attention to the movie its a buddy cop movie throughout & starts off as a comedy but becomes serious toward the middle & end when Seagal found out his Ex-wife was killed, Seagal & Wayans dodging the Russian Mafia, tracking down who set them up & being 5 steps ahead of the curve, smart characters who connect dots & think logically. The "Forensic" aspect of this film is what makes it so compelling, discovering how the Family Man thinks & The Glimmer Man bringing him to justice is what this film gets right on so many levels.
A messy and rather stupid police procedural that somehow involves a serial killer, the Russian mob, a shady government operative, and a sinister rich guy. Of course it all ties together! Burning question: If the movie takes place in LA why is it always raining?
Steven Seagal gives the buddy cop movie a try. He's partnered with Keenen Ivory Wayans and the two opposite personalities are forced to work together to catch a serial killer known as "The Family Man." The action is not all that great and the story is not particularly interesting. However, Wayans is a good foil to Seagal's humorlessness (though Seagal does have some okay comedic moments) and although Seagal is hardly a good actor he's a compelling action hero to watch on-screen, even if he ever only had a small handful of decent films. The film features many other familiar faces and character actors, including Bob Gunton, Brian Cox, Michelle Johnson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Peter Jason, Richard Gant, and Nikki Cox. And somehow, at least according to IMDB and I have a hard time believing it, Roland Joffé, the director of "The Killing Fields" and "The Mission," was originally considered to direct the picture.
An @HDTGM classic! Steven Seagal at his BEST and WORST.
From the unintelligible plot to the whisper talking of Seagal and his "stay in one place" fight style this movie is CRAZY!!
I LOVE THIS MOVIE.
Partially because I love watching Steven Segal, but Wayans is a decent sidekick and the cast, namely: Gunton and Cox are interesting (always) actors to watch. This movie had it all and is still entertaining.
The ego of Seagal has no bounds but his crappy acting does..
This movie is so dumb-- the dialogue is flat out bad, the jokes are laughable but not in the way they're meant to be, the crimes are so cliché it's unbelievable, Seagal's character is so Seagal it's hilarious, there are so many straight up bad shots, ITS NEVER RAINED THAT MUCH IN LA EVER-- but that's why this is the perfect Seagal movie. A+++ exactly what I wanted.
"Cliché martial art cop movie... all the résumé elements..."
A typical cliché martial art cop movie that has all the résumé elements of fate leading the bad guys into conflict with the lead character cops that will spoil their grand plan at the climax...
I give this film a C (Common)
Steven Seagal is basically himself, a spiritual martial artist who is full of cheese, and is brought in to help with a serial killer called The Family Man. A killer who kills families and hangs them up in crucifixions. Sounds like it could be good, and I actually kind of enjoyed it. For a while, it felt incredibly tongue in cheek where they couldn't be serious about this. Then the plot started to unfold and I could see clear as day who the killer would be as soon as he walked on screen. He should have just twirled his mustache and looked sinister to make it even more so. So what follows is a pretty standard buddy cop affair. Only it doesn't have that charm it had at the beginning when it is obvious what's going to happen. Should have gone all in on the irony and this might have been good.