Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery Of Splendour' Cannes Review: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery Of Splendour'  Cannes Review: Joachim Trier’s ‘Louder Than Bombs’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne & Isabelle Huppert Cannes Review: Joachim Trier’s ‘Louder Than Bombs’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne & Isabelle Huppert Cannes Review: Maïwenn's 'Mon Roi' Starring Vincent Cassel & Emmanuelle Bercot Cannes Review: Maïwenn's 'Mon Roi' Starring Vincent Cassel & Emmanuelle Bercot Cannes Review: Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots & Patrick Stewart Cannes Review: Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots & Patrick Stewart Todd Haynes Is Working On A Limited TV Series About The '70s 'Source Family' Cult, Plus First 'Carol' Reactions From Cannes Todd Haynes Is Working On A Limited TV Series About The '70s 'Source Family' Cult, Plus First 'Carol' Reactions From Cannes Cannes Review: Andrew Cividino's Chilling Coming Of Age Debut 'Sleeping Giant' Cannes Review: Andrew Cividino's Chilling Coming Of Age Debut 'Sleeping Giant' Watch: First 2 Clips From Yorgos Lanthimos’ 'The Lobster' With Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, And More Watch: First 2 Clips From Yorgos Lanthimos’ 'The Lobster' With Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, And More Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' Outstanding 'The Lobster' Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz & John C Reilly Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' Outstanding 'The Lobster' Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz & John C Reilly Chris Pine & Elizabeth Olsen Jump Into 'Wind River,' Sharlto Copley Will Take On 'Free Fire' For Ben Wheatley Chris Pine & Elizabeth Olsen Jump Into 'Wind River,' Sharlto Copley Will Take On 'Free Fire' For Ben Wheatley Anne Hathaway To Star In 'Godzilla' Meets 'Lost In Translation' Monster Movie 'Colossal' Anne Hathaway To Star In 'Godzilla' Meets 'Lost In Translation' Monster Movie 'Colossal' The 22 Best Documentaries Of 2014 The 22 Best Documentaries Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Tom Hardy Downplays Rumored Beef With Charlize Theron During The Shooting Of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Tom Hardy Downplays Rumored Beef With Charlize Theron During The Shooting Of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ 21 Movies About Weird, Kinky Or Compulsive Sex 21 Movies About Weird, Kinky Or Compulsive Sex From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve’s Discusses Our "Best Shot Of The Year" 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve’s Discusses Our "Best Shot Of The Year"

Watch: Trailer For Drama 'Reach Me' Starring Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Terry Crews, Nelly & More

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist July 5, 2014 at 1:31PM

The last time Sylvester Stallone tried to take on a real dramatic role, the results were… creatively successful. He put on 40 lbs for James Mangold’s “Copland” in 1997, but reviews were semi-mixed. Mangold insists even though Stallone really delivered best intentions; he had engendered a lot of ill will with his mindless action films. “When ‘Cop Land’ came out, a lot of daggers were out for Sly,” Mangold said in 2011. “He had made a bunch of shittier moves, he’s the first to admit, that weren’t aimed for the highest result each time out.”
9
Reach Me

The last time Sylvester Stallone tried to take on a real dramatic role, the results were… creatively successful. He put on 40 lbs for James Mangold’s “Copland” in 1997, but reviews were semi-mixed. Mangold insists even though Stallone really delivered best intentions, he had engendered ill will among certain audiences with his mindless action films. “When ‘Cop Land’ came out, a lot of daggers were out for Sly,” Mangold said in 2011. “He had made a bunch of shittier moves, he’s the first to admit, that weren’t aimed for the highest result each time out.”

Even though the role did earn him good will in the end, Stallone claimed at the time, the movie hurt his career — a bit of a head scratcher when you consider it’s probably his best work since the early “Rocky” movies.

Evidently, he wasn’t fully discouraged from serious roles. Seventeen years later (minus the neo-noir “Shade” which he only co-starred in) Stallone's about to star in "Reach Me," a 2014 drama which we'll see later this year (though admittedly, it appears to be more of an ensemble than starring vehicle). Directed by John Herzfeld ("2 Days in the Valley," "15 Minutes" with Robert De Niro and Edward Burns) the film has a pretty huge cast. It stars Stallone, Cary Elwes, Terry Crews, Thomas Jane, Tom SizemoreLauren Cohan, rapper Nelly, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Ryan Kwanten and Tom Berenger. 

The drama is about a group of people that all have a connection to a self-help book written by a reclusive former football coach. And it appears that Berenger is said coach.

The trailer looks… a little unfantastic, to put it nicely, and resembles “Crash” if it were a straight-to-video B Movie and not an Oscar winner (funny how that happened, right?). But maybe it’s your thing? The movie will hit cinemas on October 24 in the U.S. 

Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.

This article is related to: Reach Me, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Terry Crews, Kevin Connolly, Film Trailers


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates