The Glass Man (2011) Movie Review

Director: Christian Solimeno

Writer: Christian Solimeno (Screenplay)

Starring: Andy Nyman, James Cosmo, Neve Campbell, Brett Allen

Plot: The chilling story of a middle class man whose desperate weathering of the current economic crisis ends with the arrival one night of a debt collector with an offer that surely cannot be turned down.

Tagline – Knock Knock. Who’s There?

Runtime: 1 hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Glass Man starts as we meet Martin Pyrite (Nyman) who has recently been fired under unusually circumstances which he believes is unfair, he has kept this secret from his wife Julie (Campbell) and has seen his debts rising above anything he can afford.

When his wife starts to learn the truth, Martin needs to explain to her the truth, until a stranger Pecco (Cosmo) arrives at the door looking for his money. Pecco offers him a chance to clean up his debts by joining him on a one night mission into a world of crime.

Thoughts on The Glass Man

Characters – Martin has always lived a life above what he could afford, where he finds himself spending as quick as he earns, which has led to him needing to hide the fact he lost his job and owes more than he can pay off, he gets a one off night to try and fix his problems, where his eyes will be open to everything he has done wrong. Pecco is the loan shark that arrives in the middle of the night that offers Martin a way out of his problems, his imposing presence will only make Martin mind up. Julie is the wife of Martin, we don’t really learn much about her with most of her time just being around the home.

PerformancesAndy Nyman does do the most work in the film as the nervous figure that is seeing his life fall apart around him, while James Cosmo does make for a figure of pure fear. Neve Campbell does seem wasted in her role though, she does also struggle with the accent.

StoryThe story here follows a man that is living above his income that has seen his life spiral out of control and given a lifeline by a shady loan shark, where he will dive into a world of crime for his freedom. The story does hide some of the most important sides to everything, we don’t know how serious the issue that has caused Martin to be fired, while the journey does end up coming up with a story that gets caught up in trying to be something edgier than it actually is.

ThrillerThe film does try to keep us on the edge of our seats when it comes to the night out with the loan shark.

SettingsThe film does use the settings to show first how Martin is living in a big home, worked in a big office and then the life of crime causing him to step out of his normal world.

Final Thoughts The Glass Man is trying to be edgy with how everything unfolds, but ends up tripping over the final reveal.

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