Out of the Blue (Aramoana) (2007)

Out of the Blue (Aramoana)

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Out of the Blue, New Zealand writer-director Robert Sarkies' long-awaited follow-up to his 1999 feature debut, Scarfies, recreates the events that led up to and surrounded David Gray's November 13, 1990 mass murder of 13 locals in the town of Aramoana, New Zealand. Sarkies, however, approaches the material not as exploitation nor as an action picture, but -- like Terrence Malick in his 1973 true crime picture Badlands -- as an understated and detached drama. Sarkies uses a contemplative and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Sarkies, Graeme Tetley, Graham Tetley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 2008
Runtime:
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Cast


as Nick Harvey

as Helen Dickson

as Garry Holden

as Julie-Anne Bryson

as Paul Knox

as Stu Guthrie

as Chiquita Holden

as Jimmy Dickson

as Ross Percy

as AOS/ATS Officer

as Stacey Percy

as Dorothy Crimp

as Bank Manager

as Aleki Tali

as Dion Percy

as Brian Wilson
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Critic Reviews for Out of the Blue (Aramoana)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

The usual dramatic affectations applied to such true-life material are largely absent; instead, Sarkies focuses on various quotidian elements that take on weight as the inevitable draws closer.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
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Sarkies avoids the genre's conventional trappings and prefers instead to concentrate on the ways in which the people of Aramoana deal with the unfolding event.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
New York Post
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Robert Sarkies' dramatization of that event is as sensitive to its subject as it is stark in its rendering.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
New York Daily News
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Without such thematic resonance, it plays like a more elaborate version of one of the dramatic re-creations seen on any number of true-crime television programs.

October 19, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Like Steven Spielberg's historical epics, the film shows the nastiest incidents from a great distance, or cuts away before a bullet's impact to show an onlooker's shocked reaction. The director confronts horror without wallowing in it.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
New York Times
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There's some nifty soft-focus cinematography and fine performances, but otherwise, not much to resonate on this side of the pond.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Out of the Blue (Aramoana)

½

I often sit back to watch a "BIG" film only to end up thinking "What's the point?". Take X-Men Origins: Wolverine for example, a prequel about an indestructible man. We know he lives, we know he can't really be hurt. Then I watch a film like Out of the Blue. All I knew was the title and that Karl Urban would be in it. The film builds up at a nice pace, showing people doing normal daily things. There's one "eccentric" that adds a nervous tone, and rightly so. To say more would be to spoil it. It is based on a true story, but one I hadn't heard of. The film was full of the kind of nail-biting tension and shocking moments that are absent from those big blockbusters. It's shot perfectly and punctuates the one hour set-piece with quick quiet moments. No emotional blackmail to speak of either, and the excitement comes from nerves and not an overbearing, blood pumping score.

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Luke Baldock

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½

One of the only movies to totally upset me.Based on the true story set in New Zealand about a lone gunman thats go's berserk killing 13 men,women and children in a rurul town in 1990.To make it unsettling is that it plays like a documantry and that the performances are so real that it makes you feel that your there.This is certanly no hollywood movie.There's no heros and no one man army to save the day just a real story with real people and a place in history that your won't forget easy after watching this movie.One stand out performance is from Karl Urban who prove more of a actor here than any of the hollywood movies he as been in lately.

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Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

½

Disturbing story of a lone gunman on a killing spree in New Zealand which is well handled but offers little by way of explanation for sn increasingly common phenomenon.

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Gordon A

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