Scott Glenn is one of Hollywood’s most unassuming and underappreciated actors. He has done leading roles, supporting roles, bad guys, good guys and everything in between. He currently has 93 roles on his IMDB page spanning 60 years and you would be hard pressed to find one of them be lackluster. Even in his smallest roles Glenn always stands out and impresses. His latest film, The Barber, gives Glenn the whole of the spotlight and he doesn’t waste one moment of it.
Glenn plays Eugene Van Wingerdt, a barber in a small town, a man who everybody seems to like but who disappears into the background of most people’s lives. But John McCormack (Chris Coy of The Walking Dead) knows better. He thinks Van Wingerdt is a serial killer that his father, a cop, could never catch. John confronts Eugene and tries to immerse himself into Eugene’s life, trying to bring the truth out of him so he can finally find peace after his father committed suicide, apparently after not being able to capture Eugene. But John isn’t the only one playing games and no truth is absolute as the two men start a deadly dance that could end badly for everyone.
The Barber is such a great showpiece for Glenn’s talents as an actor. His Eugene keeps you guessing throughout the whole film as to who he is, what he has done and what he has planned. He is a smiling old man to anyone who enters his shop and transforms with a glance into a potential harbinger of evil. He is a brilliant chameleon and Glenn puts all the characters colors on full display. Much is to be said for Chris Coy as well as the tortured John. After playing the despicable Martin on The Walking Dead it is hard to like him but his character is just as multi-layered as Glenn’s. A son looking for justice for his father but also a man who is teetering on the edge of madness himself. The two actors play off of each other with a tangible electricity. The Barber is tense, well written and acted and a great thriller. Highly recommended.