The Glimmer Man (1996)


“Suffice to say, to the people he hunted for us, he was known as the Glimmer Man. There’d be nothing but jungle, then a glimmer… Then you’d be dead! ” – Mr. Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two police detective try to catch a serial killer who is murdering whole families and seems to somehow be tied to the Russian mafia.

My Take on it – Steven Seagal was quite popular during the late 80’s and early 90’s and gave us some enjoyable martial art films during that period.

This isn’t one of them..

This movie is horrendous and as things move along, it’s easy to see the story get more and more silly because it makes no sense whatsoever.

The movie mostly feels as if it is just going through the motion sin order to find a way to allow Seagal to show off his martial art sills, even at points where i isn’t really necessary t do so.

The villains in this film feel quite unoriginal and cliched.

They are meant to be menacing and villainous but instead come across as seeming quite silly especially when they are suppose to give of an aura of evil as they do evil and despicable things.

This film is meant to be a buddy-buddy cop film with Seagal and Keenan Ivory Wayans being paired up here.

Unfortunately, they have such terrible chemistry together that it doesn’t at all seem so plausible that they would be put together to work as partners on any kind of case since they ever give us the impression that they even know HOW to work well with a new partner.

Bottom Line – Terrible Seagal movie that remains among his very worst, The story and plot make so little sense and they seem to just be going through the motions in order to give the main character the chance to show off his martial art skills.  The villains are far too cliched and superficial and one never really gets the impression that they are menacing or in any way acting evil as they do evil things. As a buddy-buddy cop movie, they also completely fail here. Seagal and Wayans have horrendous chemistry here and it’s so hard to truly believe that they are meant to be partners in this story because they don’t work well together at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Keenen Ivory Wayans, one time during production, after waiting for a long time for Steven Seagal to finally show up on the set (he was known for not caring for the time when filming was to start, and would always show up very late), Seagal appeared with some script and said how it was the greatest script he ever read in his entire life. When Wayans asked him who wrote it, Seagal responded by saying; “I did.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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One thought on “The Glimmer Man (1996)

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