Cobalt Blue is the story of three childhood friends—Ryoko (Masami Nagasawa), Kazuya (Shinji Rachi), and Daisuke (Seiji Fukushi)—who grow up together on a remote island of Okinawa. Ryoko’s mother, Yukiko Morishita (Misato Tanaka), is a world-renowned pianist who arrives from Tokyo to recuperate from an illness. She falls in love with a fisherman, Ryuji Nakamura, then marries him and gives birth to their daughter Ryoko shortly before passing away. Two boys, Daisuke and Kazuya, are born the same year as Ryoko, and the three children grow up like brothers and sisters. Kazuya decides to remain on the island to become a fisherman, while Daisuke is accepted into an art school in Naha (on the main island of Okinawa), and Ryoko considers leaving the island to study nursing. But during the spring of their 18th year, Kazuya sings a song of love, “Tubarama,” to Ryoko, forever changing the relationship between the three friends...
Christopher E (us) wrote: Although the intentions are pure, "Man Down" is an absolute mess with little to offer. When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), a hardnosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Johnathan (Charlie Shotwell), and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara).When I watched the trailers, I was actually very excited. I was really excited to see Shia LaBeouf's performance, as I really appreciate him as an actor. Here, he lived up to expectations and more. He gave an amazing performance and carried the entire film on his back. If this movie was any good, he'd probably be in contention for one of the best performances of the year. Too bad nothing else was really working. The story was a complete mess. In fact, I didn't even know what the intention of the story was until the last few minutes. Throughout the movie, there are about 3-4 separate story-lines going on at the same time and it makes everything really confusing. I understood what they were going for and the story was interesting enough, but it was a complete mess. The way they tried to weave the stories did not fit and it broke the movie down into a catastrophe. If they had only focused on 1 or 2 of the stories, it probably would've worked a lot better.The story, although it had potential, was extremely predictable. I'm not one who likes to call out obvious upcoming events or to guess what will happen because what's the fun in that? I don't like to think that far ahead because it makes the current situation feel more genuine and exciting. But here, I ended up guessing the entire film before it even got halfway. The trailer was very misleading. I actually loved how the trailer was mashed together but it made this movie out to be something that it's not. I don't know if that's the editing team's fault or the director, but they weren't on the same page when it came to creating the trailer. This movie is a war/sci-fi psychological drama, not a war movie alone. It's a film about extreme PTSD and it needed to be more clear on that. Although Shia had an amazing performance, the movie's intentions were encapsulated by the mess they called a story.
Erica W (ca) wrote: The only thing that stuck with me was the imagery of those creepy crawlers under the Gacy house.
Tom W (br) wrote: Yecch! What an ugly film. After seeing Ronit Elkabetz in THE BAND'S VISIT, I wanted to see more of her. I sure did, and completely nekkid to boot, though in a too graphic sex scene (do we really need to see her wipe off her lover's goo with a pair of his undies? Gross!) This was billed as a sort of Israeli MY BIG FAT WEDDING comedy, but don't believe the hype. It's only funny if you think the threat of honor killings and dysfunctional families who would make their children marry people they don't love in order to make their parents happy "funny." The pampered son who dumps Ronit to appease his parents is a total schlub - the most dramatic scene is when his momma takes his credit card away and then gives it back to him. Wow, that's true love! My Jewish friend said it was an accurate typication of the Middle east's Russian Jew emigre community. I hope not. It's not a very flattering picture if so.
Tim J (fr) wrote: Beautiful film noir about attempting to re-discover a lost love.
Guido S (ag) wrote: A stoner lives in house where a demon takes control and kills his mother before eventually taking control of his right hand. The kid has a crush on Jessica Alba who lives next door and Vivica A. Fox is a demon hunter on the trail of the demon who possessed his hand. Sounds like it would have been good, but it just never came together. It was mostly boring and it felt like the idea was never fully fleshed out. Could have been great.
Kody W (jp) wrote: Great performances from Hanks and Bacon, along with rest of cast in emotional thriller
Carol H (de) wrote: I saw this movie once in elementary school. A better title would be "Bland Check".
Erica S (ru) wrote: decent movie, story line tho is kind of corny.. something to watch with the family ..