Powder Blue is a 2008 drama film with an ensemble cast featuring several interconnected story arcs. It was written and directed by Timothy Linh Bui, and features Patrick Swayzes last film role. The film saw only limited theatrical release in the USA and was ultimately released principally on DVD in May 2009. The film was subsequently released in Kazakhstan and Russia and on US cable television premium movie channels in late 2009.
Several Angelenos meet on Christmas Eve through chance, tragedy and divine intervention. Swayze will play the sleazy owner of the strip club where Biel's character dances. Redmayne will portray a mortician who falls in love with her. Kristofferson will play the head of a corporate crime organization who tries to convince his former employee (Liotta) not to seek vengeance on his former co-workers.
Several Los Angeles residents meet on Christmas Eve through chance, tragedy, loss and divine intervention.
Patrick Swayze plays the sleazy owner of the strip club where Jessica Biels character dances. Biels character, Rose-Johnny, is a dancer and single mother whose young son is in a coma. Eddie Redmayne portrays a young mortician who falls in love with her. Kris Kristofferson plays the head of a corporate crime organization who tries to convince his former employee (Ray Liotta) not to seek vengeance on his co-workers. Liottas character later reveals to Rose-Johnny that he is her father. Forest Whitaker, who also serves as a producer on the film, is a suicidal ex-priest. Alejandro Romero plays a transvestite prostitute who shares an unexpected emotional bond with the priest.
Patrick Swayze and Forest Whitaker appear in Powder Blue and Green Dragon. Normal (2003). Some of My Best Friends Are (1971). Forest Whitaker and Ray Liotta appear in Powder Blue and Article 99. Princesa (2001).
According to Variety magazine, "the heartstring-pulling contrivances of the film, set during Christmastime, go way over the top...Biel often overacts even more than her role requires." The magazine calls director Buis "trumpeting of the power of love in the city of lonely hearts ... both ear-splittingly loud and tone-deaf at the same time" with "Jonathan Selas color palette of nightmarish reds and blues and blinding whites, simply enforc[ing] the pics borderline hysteria."
Rotten Tomatoes collected only eight reviews for Powder Blue with an average rating of 3.7 out of 10.