Out of the Blue

2006, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 1h 42m

25 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A dramatization of real-life terror that's rendered all the more powerful through its sensitivity, Out of the Blue succeeds as a gripping drama as well as a moving commemoration. Read critic reviews

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A middle-aged loner becomes the perpetrator of New Zealand's largest mass murder when an argument between neighbors ends in a shooting. After killing his neighbor, David Gray (Matthew Sunderland) sets fire to the man's house with children inside, then shoots anyone else who wanders into range. Authorities are helpless to rescue the victims, and a long night begins as townspeople huddle in their homes as Gray rages on outside.

Cast & Crew

Karl Urban
Nick Harvey
Simon Ferry
Garry Holden
Tandi Wright
Julie-Anne Bryson
Georgia Fabish
Chiquita Holden
Fayth Rasmussen
Stacey Percy
Greig Fraser
Cinematographer
Annie Collins
Film Editor
Victoria Kelly
Original Music
Philip Ivey
Production Design
Ken Turner
Art Direction
Lesley Burkes-Harding
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Rachel Bullock
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Critic Reviews for Out of the Blue

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (4)

  • A claustrophobic dramatic reconstruction of a 22-hour shooting spree in the sleepy coastal town of Aramoana, New Zealand, that left 13 people dead.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/6
  • Scrupulously avoiding sensationalism, the film concentrates much less on the killer, than on the other locals engulfed in the tragedy.

    March 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A haunting, uplifting and never-exploitative portrayal of a terrifying real-life tragedy.

    March 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Compelling but flawed.

    March 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A claustrophobic dramatic reconstruction of a 22-hour shooting spree in the sleepy coastal town of Aramoana, New Zealand, that left 13 people dead.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/6
  • Scrupulously avoiding sensationalism, the film concentrates much less on the killer, than on the other locals engulfed in the tragedy.

    March 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A haunting, uplifting and never-exploitative portrayal of a terrifying real-life tragedy.

    March 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Brilliantly directed, thoroughly gripping thriller that is both deeply moving and genuinely terrifying -- this is one of the best films of the year.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is not a feel-good movie by any stretch, but it gets amazing marks on almost every front and really needs to be seen.

    June 24, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5

Audience Reviews for Out of the Blue

  • Aug 01, 2009
    This was a beautiful and disturbing film about a madman in New Zealand. Based on a true story.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2009
    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.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2008
    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.
    Brian D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2008
    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.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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