Out Of The Blue

Out Of The Blue

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Out Of The Blue
Based on the true & inexplicable events of Aramoana, November 13 1990: our country's largest mass murder. 13 people died from the gun of David Gray.

The film begins by hopscotching across the small costal town’s various characters. One clearly stands out: the reclusive and increasingly paranoid Gray (Sunderland). An ongoing feud between Gray and his neighbour erupts in a shouting match about half an hour into the film. He cusses, goes back inside, re-appears a second later with a gun, and shoots his neighbour. His sudden & violent rampage begins and no one is spared, from children to the elderly.

The film focuses on the action of the stunned locals and under prepared police, trying to cope with the 22 hours while Gray was at large.
Best Film, Director, Actor (Sunderland), Supporting Actor (Urban), Cinematography and Editing at the NZ Film Awards 2008.
2006Rating: R15, contains violence & content that may disturb110 minsNew Zealand
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Not suited for the big screen.

"Out of the Blue" may be suitable for a TV documentary with added footage and witnesses interviews, but on the big screen the script is too unsignificant. I watched it on TV and it is not memorable. On its own, the movie really struggles to take the viewer anywhere with its very slow pace and lack of everything: dialogues and general ideas. The storyline: a...

1.0
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Stunningly emotional!!!

I saw this last night 01/08/2009 on TV 3. As I said above, stunningly emotional! I was in my late teens when this happened and while it was shocking back then the movie brought it home in a way that only well-developed and balanced drama (and the maturity to appreciate such drama) can. I'm a bit of an armchair film critic and I absolutely love the classic...

4.0
0

Thrilling, frightening and moving, a Kiwi masterpiece...

I loved this movie, it has perfect cinematography and great acting, this movie is really worth a watch. I knew little about the Aramoana Massacre before I watched this movie and didn't really look into it until after. I know the people at Aramoana were reluctant for this to be filmed there, most of the filming was done in Dunedin. No one will truly feel...

4.0
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Seat-gripper told it as it happened

I watched this film for the first time last night. Two aspects especially stuck out. The first was the building tension that gripped me to my seat as the film moved toward its terrifying and inevitable conclusion. The second was how the film portrayed the events of November 1990 in a way that neither glorified nor sanitised them. Highly...

5.0
0

Brilliant

As someone who lived in Dunedin when this happened and knew Stu & Nick I think this film was excellent, my partner from the UK thought so too. Just one thing I want to know is, was the part where Nick hesitated to shoot David Gray twice true? Because that's what I was told happend. Cheers Faye

5.0
0

Who would have believed that in little Aramoana

This is a must see part of NZ's, al beit undesirable, history. Well portrayed and acted in most senses.

4.0
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Out of the Few!

The movie started very cautiously and the story line was like a documentry. The mad man was very convincing and gave an insight of how his state of mind was. The actual killing spree was realistic and gives the viewer a reason to be scared. I do know 2 of the main characters in real life and it was emotional for me. I cannot get over how beautiful Aramoana...

4.0
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My review

Definetly affecting and worth a watch since it happened, as part of our recent history. But parts of it are annoyingly done, i hated the fancy focus which was distracting. And it certainly isn't fun to watch.

2.0
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harrowing

i think they did an amazing job on the film, it is extremely harrowing, i have personal connections to aramoana and one of the people portrayed in the film is one of my best mates that i grew up with. this movie was extremely hard to sit through, but they did the story justice, im glad they made it the way they did, as it was sensitive yet powerful. well...

5.0
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My review

Interestingly done, but I didn't find it as intense as other here have. Mathew Sunderland was great.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

An effectively harrowing and non-exploitative recap of real-life events... Chilling, often moving docudrama focuses not so much on the mayhem or murderer, but on the bewildered, occasionally courageous reactions of ordinary citizens caught in the inexplicable violence...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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It can show us what it felt like to be there. And if that makes it a film to be survived more than enjoyed, it also means it's succeeded as one of the most powerful pieces of New Zealand cinema in an age...

5.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

With Out of the Blue, Rob Sarkies cements his place among our great film makers, crafting, in my view, the most important new zealand film ever made...

5.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

In its distilled, composed articulation of tragedy amidst a prolonged drought of truly courageous local films, Out of the Blue can perhaps in time, be considered something of a watershed in New Zealand cinema. It is far too important to avoid, though may be too painful for some. It is at once paralysing and cathartic. I don’t think I’ll ever see it again...

4.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

A thoughtful and sensitive dramatisation of one of New Zealand's blackest days... Unfortunately, the filmmakers' desire not to offend means the emotional impact of the film is somewhat muted...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An effectively harrowing and non-exploitative recap of real-life events... Chilling, often moving docudrama focuses not so much on the mayhem or murderer, but on the bewildered, occasionally courageous reactions of ordinary citizens caught in the inexplicable violence...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It can show us what it felt like to be there. And if that makes it a film to be survived more than enjoyed, it also means it's succeeded as one of the most powerful pieces of New Zealand cinema in an age...

5.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

With Out of the Blue, Rob Sarkies cements his place among our great film makers, crafting, in my view, the most important new zealand film ever made...

5.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

In its distilled, composed articulation of tragedy amidst a prolonged drought of truly courageous local films, Out of the Blue can perhaps in time, be considered something of a watershed in New Zealand cinema. It is far too important to avoid, though may be too painful for some. It is at once paralysing and cathartic. I don’t think I’ll ever see it again...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

A thoughtful and sensitive dramatisation of one of New Zealand's blackest days... Unfortunately, the filmmakers' desire not to offend means the emotional impact of the film is somewhat muted...

3.0
0

Not suited for the big screen.

"Out of the Blue" may be suitable for a TV documentary with added footage and witnesses interviews, but on the big screen the script is too unsignificant. I watched it on TV and it is not memorable. On its own, the movie really struggles to take the viewer anywhere with its very slow pace and lack of everything: dialogues and general ideas. The storyline:...

1.0
0

Stunningly emotional!!!

I saw this last night 01/08/2009 on TV 3. As I said above, stunningly emotional! I was in my late teens when this happened and while it was shocking back then the movie brought it home in a way that only well-developed and balanced drama (and the maturity to appreciate such drama) can. I'm a bit of an armchair film critic and I absolutely love the classic...

4.0
0

Thrilling, frightening and moving, a Kiwi masterpiece...

I loved this movie, it has perfect cinematography and great acting, this movie is really worth a watch. I knew little about the Aramoana Massacre before I watched this movie and didn't really look into it until after. I know the people at Aramoana were reluctant for this to be filmed there, most of the filming was done in Dunedin. No one will truly feel...

4.0
0

Seat-gripper told it as it happened

I watched this film for the first time last night. Two aspects especially stuck out. The first was the building tension that gripped me to my seat as the film moved toward its terrifying and inevitable conclusion. The second was how the film portrayed the events of November 1990 in a way that neither glorified nor sanitised them. Highly...

5.0
0

Brilliant

As someone who lived in Dunedin when this happened and knew Stu & Nick I think this film was excellent, my partner from the UK thought so too. Just one thing I want to know is, was the part where Nick hesitated to shoot David Gray twice true? Because that's what I was told happend. Cheers Faye

5.0
0

Who would have believed that in little Aramoana

This is a must see part of NZ's, al beit undesirable, history. Well portrayed and acted in most senses.

4.0
0

Out of the Few!

The movie started very cautiously and the story line was like a documentry. The mad man was very convincing and gave an insight of how his state of mind was. The actual killing spree was realistic and gives the viewer a reason to be scared. I do know 2 of the main characters in real life and it was emotional for me. I cannot get over how beautiful...

4.0
0

My review

Definetly affecting and worth a watch since it happened, as part of our recent history. But parts of it are annoyingly done, i hated the fancy focus which was distracting. And it certainly isn't fun to watch.

2.0
0

harrowing

i think they did an amazing job on the film, it is extremely harrowing, i have personal connections to aramoana and one of the people portrayed in the film is one of my best mates that i grew up with. this movie was extremely hard to sit through, but they did the story justice, im glad they made it the way they did, as it was sensitive yet powerful. well...

5.0
0

My review

Interestingly done, but I didn't find it as intense as other here have. Mathew Sunderland was great.

3.0
0