The Glimmer Man Reviews

  • Jul 01, 2020

    Jack Cole (Steven Seagal) was once a CIA operative known as "The Glimmer Man," because he could move so quickly and quietly through the jungle that his victims would only see a glimmer before they died. Having retired from Central Intelligence, Cole–versed in Buddhism and unaccustomed to working with others–has become a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Cole is partnered with tough, no-nonsense detective Jim Campbell (Keenen Ivory Wayans) who has little patience for Cole's New Age philosophies and "outsider" attitude. Cole and Campbell must set aside their differences when they're assigned to track down a serial killer known as "The Family Man," named for his habit of killing entire households. The Family Man's latest victims turn out to be Cole's former wife Ellen and her current husband Andrew Dunleavy. When Cole's fingerprints are found on Ellen's body, he and Campbell suspect that Smith - Jack's former superior in the CIA - may be connected with the killings. Cole contacts Smith, who (unbeknownst to him and Campbell) has been working with local crime boss Frank Deverell. Cole and Campbell receive a tip which leads them to Christopher Maynard. Maynard insists that the Family Man murders were actually committed by more than one killer. Only the slayings that occurred prior to Jack's arrival in Los Angeles were Maynard's work; more recently, a second party has been massacring households and blaming it on Maynard whom Cole is forced to shoot in self defense. Seeking a lead on the "other" Family Man, Cole goes to the home of Celia Rostov: Deverell's Russian translator and a recent victim of the serial killer. Jack finds out that the Rostovs had tickets to Russia, paid for by Deverell's company. The Family Man makes an unsuccessful attempt on the lives of both Cole and Campbell, blowing up the latter's apartment. It is revealed that the Family Man works for both Deverell and Smith, who have murder contracts out on both of the detectives and also on Johnny, Deverell's own stepson... The film received mostly negative reviews from the film critics. Critic Lawrence van Gelder, writing for The New York Times, did not like the film. He wrote, "Short on suspense, routine in its action and monotonous in its performances, this movie opened yesterday without benefit of press screenings, usually a sign that the distributors have detected cinematic rigor mortis before audiences formally withdraw such life support systems as tickets, popcorn and the glucose drip of spilled Coke." Movie historian Leonard Maltin seemed to agree, giving the picture 1.5 out of a possible 4 stars and citing it as "Tired even by Seagal's fairly-low standards." "The Glimmer Man" is a very generic and stereotypical Steven Seagal action film directed by John Gray. The storyline is not really that exciting (and there´s not a full on solution either in the end) and stupid at times, the violence over the top (what´s new..) and the pairing of Seagal and Wayans is not really working. Trivia: "The Glimmer Man" was originally envisioned as a much larger action picture, similar in scope to "The Last Boy Scout" (1991). Several action scenes were removed to cut down the budget. They included the bombing of a boat owned by Campbell (who lived on a houseboat instead of in an apartment), an encounter between Cole and a SWAT team that has raided his house and the final confrontation and gunfight at the Los Angeles museum.

    Jack Cole (Steven Seagal) was once a CIA operative known as "The Glimmer Man," because he could move so quickly and quietly through the jungle that his victims would only see a glimmer before they died. Having retired from Central Intelligence, Cole–versed in Buddhism and unaccustomed to working with others–has become a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Cole is partnered with tough, no-nonsense detective Jim Campbell (Keenen Ivory Wayans) who has little patience for Cole's New Age philosophies and "outsider" attitude. Cole and Campbell must set aside their differences when they're assigned to track down a serial killer known as "The Family Man," named for his habit of killing entire households. The Family Man's latest victims turn out to be Cole's former wife Ellen and her current husband Andrew Dunleavy. When Cole's fingerprints are found on Ellen's body, he and Campbell suspect that Smith - Jack's former superior in the CIA - may be connected with the killings. Cole contacts Smith, who (unbeknownst to him and Campbell) has been working with local crime boss Frank Deverell. Cole and Campbell receive a tip which leads them to Christopher Maynard. Maynard insists that the Family Man murders were actually committed by more than one killer. Only the slayings that occurred prior to Jack's arrival in Los Angeles were Maynard's work; more recently, a second party has been massacring households and blaming it on Maynard whom Cole is forced to shoot in self defense. Seeking a lead on the "other" Family Man, Cole goes to the home of Celia Rostov: Deverell's Russian translator and a recent victim of the serial killer. Jack finds out that the Rostovs had tickets to Russia, paid for by Deverell's company. The Family Man makes an unsuccessful attempt on the lives of both Cole and Campbell, blowing up the latter's apartment. It is revealed that the Family Man works for both Deverell and Smith, who have murder contracts out on both of the detectives and also on Johnny, Deverell's own stepson... The film received mostly negative reviews from the film critics. Critic Lawrence van Gelder, writing for The New York Times, did not like the film. He wrote, "Short on suspense, routine in its action and monotonous in its performances, this movie opened yesterday without benefit of press screenings, usually a sign that the distributors have detected cinematic rigor mortis before audiences formally withdraw such life support systems as tickets, popcorn and the glucose drip of spilled Coke." Movie historian Leonard Maltin seemed to agree, giving the picture 1.5 out of a possible 4 stars and citing it as "Tired even by Seagal's fairly-low standards." "The Glimmer Man" is a very generic and stereotypical Steven Seagal action film directed by John Gray. The storyline is not really that exciting (and there´s not a full on solution either in the end) and stupid at times, the violence over the top (what´s new..) and the pairing of Seagal and Wayans is not really working. Trivia: "The Glimmer Man" was originally envisioned as a much larger action picture, similar in scope to "The Last Boy Scout" (1991). Several action scenes were removed to cut down the budget. They included the bombing of a boat owned by Campbell (who lived on a houseboat instead of in an apartment), an encounter between Cole and a SWAT team that has raided his house and the final confrontation and gunfight at the Los Angeles museum.

  • Sep 22, 2019

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 25, 2018

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 17, 2017

    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?

    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?

  • Jul 01, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Jun 15, 2016

    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!!

    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!!

  • Apr 14, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Apr 28, 2015

    The ego of Seagal has no bounds but his crappy acting does..

    The ego of Seagal has no bounds but his crappy acting does..

  • Mar 14, 2015

    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.

    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.

  • Apr 13, 2014

    "Cliché martial art cop movie... all the résumé elements..." ***1/2 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)

    "Cliché martial art cop movie... all the résumé elements..." ***1/2 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)