The Glimmer Man is a truly disgraceful outing that amounts to little
more than an unbelievable Steven Seagal self-love fest.
Steven Seagal is Detective Jack Cole, a special forces operative
in Vietnam who went native, and is now working under a cover name
in the homicide department in L.A. His partner is Detective Jim
Campbell (Keenen Ivory Wayans), a veteran of homicide who isn't
too keen on his new partner's anonymity. The pair begin working
the case of a prolific serial killer, The Family Man (Steven Tobolowsky),
who kills, then crucifies, entire families. However, Jack Cole soon
gets the idea that there may be more than just serial killing at work here.
This outlandish plot tosses such unnecessary elements such as credibility
and enjoyment aside. While watching it, I was amazed at the similarities
between Seagal's Cole and Apocalypse Now's Col. Kurtz. Both were special
forces operatives who got a little kooky, went native, and grew both in
ego and in girth. Now imagine Kurtz as a cop in L.A. without Brando's acting ability to back
him up, and...whoa...Steven Seagal! As one of the most unsympathetic
heroes in recent memory, he is cocky, cruel and practices torture, both on
his victims and the audience. Keenen Ivory Wayans gets little development
and fewer laughs as the second wheel on this, Seagal's self-worshiping unicycle.
All but the most rabid Seagal fans should avoid this one...
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