Plot: What’s it about?
It’s never a good sign when all you take away from a movie is what compelled the actors to star in it. Such a question crossed my mind as I viewed Reach Me. It features several famous names including: Danny Aiello, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Jane, and Tom Sizemore to name just a few. Sadly, none of them are given much to do and the story is all over the place. When a writer’s book goes viral, he is confronted by a journalist who is threatening to reveal his identity to several people who want to confront him. Tom Berenger plays the writer of the book Reach Me. A journalist played by Kevin Connolly is pressured by his boss (Stallone) to get the author’s identity out there or else he will be fired. This sets forth a string of various subplots all revolving around various characters wishing to meet the mysterious author. The film is a relatively short 90 minutes and change, but there are far too many characters here for such a short running time. The irony here is that I didn’t want to spend a single second longer with any of them. Writer/Director John Herzfeld did a much better job juggling multiple characters in his film 2 Days in the Valley than he does here. Valley had a much more intriguing story as well. Nothing here registers at all.
It’s hard to see what Herzfeld was going for here. As a character study, it’s too shallow, but there’s not a single interesting story thread here. What we get here is several good actors in a cruddy movie. I’m all in favor of a movie with several characters all meeting at one point or another, but when the story is so flimsy, it will eventually collapse under its own weight. That’s precisely what happens here. This flick should be avoided at all costs. Fans should check out Herzfeld’s 2 Days in the Valley instead. Heck, even his 15 Minutes, while flawed, is much better than this mess. Skip it.
Video: How’s it look?
The film might suck, but the transfer still satisfies. The print is clean and free of issues and colors always appeared nice and smooth. There are moments of grain on occasion, but nothing to cause any worry at all. There were plenty of details with faces and background shots as well. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The Dolby True HD track is also solid. The rear channels display some nice background noise throughout the film and vocals were always clear. We get a few actions scenes that display strong range as well. Like the transfer, this track will please fans, but I can’t imagine there are many out there.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Previews – That’s all we get here