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Powder Blue Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 3, 2016
A dark and disturbing character drama, Powder Blue explores the search for redemption as several peoples' lives intersect in the days leading up to Christmas. Starring Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, and Eddie Redmayne, the film has an impressive cast. However, the tone is a rather bleak and depressing. And, the resolutions to the character stories come off as contrived, with unearned emotional catharses. Yet there are some interesting things going on, and director Timothy Linh Bui creates some remarkably evocative imagery. Power Blue has lofty aspirations, but it does quite come together and fails to tell a compelling story.
January 27, 2016
Great cast (except for Mr.Whitaker) and a decent plot. Not a bad idea to cast Jessica Biel as a stripper... =)
May 27, 2015
A wonderful movie with a great cast. An interrelated group of lonely people who are on the verge of losing, or have lost, everything that made their lives worth living, have their stories come together on Christmas Eve, touchingly told.
½ April 17, 2015
Liked Biel , Liotta and Forest ofcours ! They made this a barreble movie to watch ! Good Enough SOMDVD
February 20, 2015
This movie will be remembered as Patrick Swayze's last film and the movie Jessica Biel took her clothes off and nothing else.
Robbanflix
Super Reviewer
January 1, 2015
I haven't read much or heard about this movie before i watched it , just some things about Jessica Biel's hot dancing scenes and thats a part of the story. The story follows actually a few people with problems and tragedies in their lives and they are brought together in different circumstances on Christmas time. Its a very powerful drama and quite interesting to follow i thought. The acting are on top notch with a bunch of famous like Jessica Biel , Ray Liotta , Forest Withaker and Patrick Swayze to name a few and very nice perfomances from all them. If you like good dramas this could be a flick to recommendation , not for all but for many.
½ July 23, 2014
5.5/10
Little above average drama
½ July 6, 2014
This is a showcase for Jessica Biel - every beautiful inch of her. She carries the bulk of the storyline with the other intersecting portions mostly revolving around her, and she carries it off nicely. Amazed to see Patrick Swayze as Velvet Larry; had to do a double take to make sure I wasn't mistaken. The stories fold into each other well, and the remainder of the ensemble cast perform admirably. Too bad the movie had little point.
½ April 10, 2014
Great movie! I think this is Jessica best film acting yet. A bit slow but that's how this film gets its point across. A very touching film about different people lives overlapping with 1 thing in common. They all need love to survive.
½ March 18, 2014
Loved it
Great and different performances from a fab cast
and who can complain about Jessica Biel enjoying every moment!
½ January 19, 2014
Powder Blue fails to execute its story properly, but it doesn't even have a story worth telling anyway.

The script of Powder Blue can be simply put as being bland. It isn't that insightful into understanding its characters and doesn't give much clever for actors such as Jessica Biel or Patrick Swayze to work with instead of pushing them through cliche and uncreative dialogue. It's more fair in treating Lisa Kudrow and occasionally Forest Whitaker, but it really needs improvement to helm a complex path crossing story with many talented actors. It's the kind of script that is still in its drafting stages but seems to have been rushed ahead to production before it could have its flaws figured out and fixed. And with with amateur direction Timothy Linh Bui it falters in telling its story by using a stupid story structure too. But the story is ridiculous. It's excessively pessimistic and has stupid moments of optimism which aren't the slightest bit sensible to the story and just proves how idiotic Timothy Linh Bui is as a filmmaker for making the dumbest attempt to mimic Paul Thomas Anderson's magnificent Magnolia ever. I mean the story is ridiculous. It's repetitive and just piles on stupid drama more and more until a senselessly optimistic ending which is just utterly stupendous.
Powder Blue is memorable for very few things. The cast are those few.
Ray Liotta isn't given much of a character at all. In fact it seems like all he was told to do was sit there and look perplexed by Timothy Linh Bui because that's what he spends most of the film doing. His character goes through strange dynamics and no really chance to develop as a character, but Ray Liotta does give a decent performance in such a limited character role.
And Forest Whitaker deserves much more as an Academy Award winnings actor than he is given in Powder Blue, because the sadness of his character is spawned from the fact that he was dumb enough to try filming while driving, so his character is stupid. But Forest Whitaker does what he can and so the result is semi-decent.
Patrick Swayze does a decent job though, and the only actor in the film that does a genuinely good job is Lisa Kudrow who brings over all the sweetness and kind line delivery which makes her a strong actress, and it makes Powder Blue slightly more bearable. Kris Kristofferson is also a genial presence.
Jessica Biel unfortunately doesn't do much at all. While she makes the film memorable because Powder Blue benefits from her nudity appearing in the film, her performance plays second fiddle to her breasts. She overacts in the dramatic moments and even smiles during the more sad sequences. It doesn't make sense, unless it makes sense to say that she isn't such a great actress. If anything, Powder Blue supports that notion.

Powder Blue is just an abysmally grim pile of ridiculous stories and characters, and the only moments that have any appeal are when Lisa Kudrow and Forest Whitaker share the screen, or when Jessica Biel has taken her clothes off. Unfortunately, neither of these are present in the film enough to justify its terrible quality.
June 22, 2013
Los Angeles, a city of over 10 million inhabitants, is fabled the world over for a flashy landscape punctuated by the promise of fame and glamour. But beneath the tabloid headlines and the flashing bulbs lies a city whose people clamour every day to simply find a place for themselves.

In Powder Blue, four people embark on different journeys that lead them through the same place. A place where loneliness abounds and everything wrings the heart, but where truths and revealed and human connections are found.

stars Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Redmayne and Lisa Kudrow.

directed by Timnothy Linh Bui
½ May 4, 2013
I like ensemble movies. This one started off quite promising, but the intertwined stories became less and less convincing as the movie progressed.
April 2, 2013
A drama following the difficult lives os several Los Angeles inhabitants: a grieving widower, a shy mortician, a lap dancer with a child in a coma and a terminally ill ex-con intersect in an unfriendly city. We get to see their situations and their reactions to guilt, pain and sorrow. There are several cameo roles, Kris Kristofferson as a mafia man, Lisa Kudrow as a dinner waitress and Patrick Swayze as a owner of night club-in his last appearance in a film.
It is a movie with certain originality, it is well built and acted, however there are some loose ends: why is the boy in a coma? what makes the mortician so shy? where is the connection between Forest Whittaker's character and Jessica Biel's story?
Plus, for some reason this is advertised as a thriller, I don't think that is right, there is a gangster and a gun but there are not chases or shootings. This is indeed a journey through the human soul, painful but with a good chance of redemption.
March 27, 2013
Below average drama which offers very little.
February 17, 2013
Bah. Running out of things to watch on Netflix. This story was so not fascinating.
February 7, 2013
A little too dark but great acting and great cast. I loved that it wasn't your typical predictable ending but it also was a little slow and not very entertaining. The cast and the ending gets it 2 stars.
February 1, 2013
some of the worst dialogue ever. its only redeming qualities are jessica biel topless and patrick swayze as a dick strip club owner
January 21, 2013
Good movie...def sad and many could Prob relate to the loss and love of the story. A fathers true sacrifice and the beautiful cross over to life after death is comforting.
January 13, 2013
Jessica Biel, need I say more!
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