Powder Blue [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide. Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker and Eddie Redmayne lead a top-notch cast in this powerful thriller about an overwhelmed erotic dancer, a grieving husband who has lost his will to live, a terminally ill ex-con and a pathologically shy mortician. With Kris Kristofferson, Lisa Kudrow and Patrick Swayze in unforgettable supporting roles, this film movingly chronicles the imperfect lives of people teetering on the edge of despair and the miracles that bring them back.
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Instead we have an idea and some well known actors, but actors are simply mules - without a story they just pour on the emotion without any rhyme or reason.
and so it is here, and here is a list of Powder Blue's cliche's: tragic tart with a heart who has a dying child; ex-con, gangster who regrets his wasted life - who is also dying; black guy who wants to kill himself after his wife dies; transexual tart with a heart who does kill herself; nerdy geek who finds love. Morbido and libido in abundance but no mojo.
And in the midst of all the despair and darkness we have ludicrous fantasy sequences about heaven and the afterlife.
It's all just a total mess!
Ray Liotta has moments of greatness but even he could not help save this flop.
Jessica Biel is a great stripper, but couldn't she be allowed to be sexy and finish a strip without running off stage in self-indulgent tears?!
This movie should be shown to all aspiring filmmakers as an example of how NOT to make a movie...
Forest is a great actor with his own signature style and is late in getting the recognition that his talent deserves. He excels in the movie "The Butler" that I would also recommend. Buy BOTH if you like Forest !
First of all, I didn't like it. But it is quite a long film and I persevered. Now, looking back on it, I'm glad I did. It's not as good as Crash and it is kind of overloaded with sentimentality - every scene seems to be trying to get you to cry for each and every character. Perhaps it was nice to see some Hollywood characters feeling as down and miserable as the rest of us?
Either way, the performances are pretty good - naturally from Forest Whittaker and Ray Liotta, but also from Jessica Biel (who comes in for more than her fair share of acting criticism these days).
It is certainly a slow-burner. Not much happens during the beginning and it takes a while to get going. So, although it doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel in terms of film-making, it's not a bad little piece, but I feel it's one of those films that you have to be well in the mood for to really appreciate. It should probably come with a warning not to watch it if you don't want to be depressed or brought down by one tale of woe after the next.
A generous 4/5 stars.