Out of Blue

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The hunt for a killer draws a detective into an even larger mystery: the nature of the universe itself. Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is an unconventional New Orleans cop investigating the murder of renowned astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer), a black hole expert found shot to death in her observatory. As Mike tumbles down the rabbit hole of the disturbing, labyrinthine case, she finds herself grappling with increasingly existential questions of quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and exploding stars--cosmic secrets that may hold the key to unraveling the crime, while throwing into doubt her very understanding of reality. Awash in dreamlike, neo-noir atmosphere, this one-of-a-kind thriller is both a tantalizing whodunnit and a rich, metaphysical mind-bender.


Patricia Clarkson
as Mike Hoolihan
Toby Jones
as Ian Strammi
Jacki Weaver
as Miriam Rockwell
James Caan
as Colonel Tom Rockwell
Mamie Gummer
as Jennifer Rockwell
Aaron Tveit
as Tony Silvero
Yolonda Ross
as Janey Mac
Jonathan Majors
as Duncan Reynolds
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

If "Out of Blue" is meant sincerely, why is so little care given to psychology or plot? And if it's meant as pastiche, why isn't it more fun?

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Part police procedural, part supernatural thriller, part lesson in metaphysics and all neo-noir, Carol Morley's Out of Blue never gels into a convincing whole.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Out of Blue is one of those films you're not sure if you really enjoyed viewing, but you're immensely glad that it exists, cheered to know the film industry still has room for maverick, boundary-smudging work like this.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Morley sustains a vibe of low-key Lynchian weirdness throughout, enough to keep your mind from wandering even as the investigation meanders this way and that.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A flawed film, but a valuable one.

Sep 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Loosely adapted from Martin Amis' novel Night Train, this is a bold thriller with a big idea at its core, and although it fells short of its aims there's some good stuff along the way.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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