Reach Me Blu-ray Review
Remember SEINFELD? It was the show about nothing. It’s ironic that that description was applied to one of the best television comedies of all time. That phrase itself should illicit negative feelings about what you’re watching. If you were truly watching something about nothing, you’d be frustrated. You don’t digest pop-culture for no reason; you watch it to experience something. You want to feel a negative or positive emotion. You want to laugh, cry, be scared, and many other wonderful things. Now before I get too philosophical about the deeper meaning in movies and television, my point is, that if you really wanted to watch something that felt like it was about nothing, REACH ME is it.
I wouldn’t know where to begin because my gut reaction for anyone asking about this would be, “Don’t bother.” The movie tries to build itself around the idea that a writer has written a popular book called “Reach Me” and it’s taking the world by storm. It’s helping to inspire and motivate those who read it, kind of like when “The Secret” came out. That’s about as much as I feel like describing because the rest of the movie starts spinning off into different plot threads revolving around characters that have some kind of connection to the book, whether they’ve read it or are searching for the elusive author.
I wasn’t quite able to keep track of all the different threads because they switch constantly without any kind of logical flow. There’s even times where cuts from different stories are less than two minutes and we’re already being thrown back into another. What’s even worse is, is that none of these are particularly interesting. Sure there are mobsters, a trigger happy cop, a well to-do former prisoner, an alcoholic priest and others, but with such a disjointed string of events that radically go from lame humor to dramedy, it’s hard to get emotionally invested in any of their plights or lives.
Now I know what’s you’re thinking. Is this like CRASH or PULP FICTION where it’s all cleverly tied together? No. Not really. Not only are some subplots not even tied in, but some are not even resolved. It’s almost like they ran out of money in the budget or halfway through the script they had completely forgotten about a certain character. The first 10 minutes are interesting because you’re trying to figure out what’s happening, but after 10 more minutes, you’re tempted to hit the eject button.
The film features an ensemble cast that you wish would have had something better to do. There’s Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Lauren Cohan, Tom Sizemore, Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly…and now I’m starting to worry about whether or not this will be a career killer for some of these fine actors and actresses. It feels like a fever dream watching this many well-established people in something so bad.
At a certain point, I began to wonder if this movie was simply lampooning the idea of self-help or maybe the concept of interwoven plotlines and nonlinear storytelling. If either of those were true, it did an incredibly poor job. But I’m not about to give the writer and director a miniscule amount of credit for either of my theories. To put it bluntly, he created nothing.
Video: (1080p Widescreen 2:40:1) Everything comes through nicely, but I couldn’t help but notice moments where the HD quality was lacking. Specifically during the night time scenes, but other than that it’s fine presentation.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) This is a straightforward mix. It has a cheesy soundtrack, decent SFX and clean transition between dialogue and music.