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"The Barber" is one of those did-he-or-didn't-he? thrillers that more readily asks another question, the answer to which is: Yes, they did ... make a seriously dumb movie.
An apparent serial-killer-wannabe tracks down his would-be mentor in this underwhelming thriller.
The film ... delivers its plot twists muddily and doesn't really distinguish itself from the countless other creepy-killer tales out there.
An ambitious, if wildly uneven, character study that relies on a taut script, snappy dialogue, and a few well-placed plot twists ...
What remains rote is how easily the fiend's victims fall for his tricks. It's almost as if they've seen too many movies like "The Barber," and shaved away all common sense.
Only Glenn, whose taciturn performance is punctuated by flashes of genuine menace, lifts The Barber to "watchable."
The acting and the direction shows enough promise to keep it from being buried alive, but it might not be the worst idea to put "The Barber" out of its misery and ignore it.
Well-cast, well-played, sharply cut...but it talks talks talks you to death in the third act
With a slow-burn sensibility and veteran actor Scott Glenn used to strong effect, this modest thriller will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up
Pretty interesting. Nothing really that noteworthy about this, but I liked the twist towards the end.
They say that serial killers are driven to kill and are unable to stop, but Eugene Van Wingerdt (Scott Glenn) did stop. He stopped nearly thirty years ago and moved away to a small town, where he became the local barber and beloved member of the local community. One day, out of the blue, the son of the cop who originally investigated his crimes, tracks him down. The cop, posing as a budding serial killer, wants advice from Eugene, who continuing to claim he's not who the boy thinks he is. Eugene feels sorry for him and forms a bond with the young man, trying to lead him away from a life of crime, but as he does, will those old feelings come back to the surface, or is Eugene really just a misunderstood old man? The premise of the new independent film, The Barber, is certainly unique and to me it seemed as though there were many different directions this film could have gone in, but the path chosen, was the road less traveled, and the result was just a really boring and predictable story. This is one of those film where nothing really happens until the end, and by that point, the viewer is just so bored and sick of the whole thing that they just want it to be over. Scott Glenn stars and is far too old to be believable. I can understand wanting to be active and not simply take on the role of grandpa, but a mentor for a serial killer, it just doesn't fit. Glenn is paired with newcomer Chris Coy, who honestly couldn't act his way into a high school play, much less play a character with duel personalities. By the end of this film, I literally cringed every time the guy opened his mouth. The story here is solid, but the way producers go about telling it and the people they cast to star in it leave a lot to be desired.
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