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Out of the Blue

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7.11 h 43 min2007X-Ray15
Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings) stars in the horrifying true story of New Zealand's biggest-ever mass murder, a terrifying 22 hour ordeal which saw lone gunman, David Gray, massacre those he'd known all his life, and hold an entire town hostage through the night.
Directors
Robert Sarkies
Starring
Karl UrbanWilliam KircherTandi Wright
Genres
Drama
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Bruce Phillips
Producers
Steven O'MeagherTimothy White
Studio
Icon Film Distribution
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3.7 out of 5 stars

427 global ratings

  1. 38% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 23% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 23% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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smileymummyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A hidden gem
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I came across this film completely by accident. It's an absolute gem of a movie! It deals with what could have been a very sensationalised topic, with care and dignity. The acting, writing and direction are excellent. The characters and the scene are well established as that of a sleepy town, with resources ill equipped with what befalls the town. I'm not going to lie: there are some harrowing moments, but they are dealt with respectfully.
5 people found this helpful
Ron WrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Decent film but yet again false date from Amazon !
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This film was made in 2006, sixteen years ago, and yet it is advertised by Amazon as being made in 2021; just the latest in a tsunami of releases being falsely advertised as made in 2021 on the site. One of my favourite films, Scottish comedy classic Gregory's Girl, is listed as 2021 - it was made in 1982, it's FORTY years old !!! Amazon MUST stop this, it is fraudulent advertising. Maybe it's accidental ? But they need to stop it now. As for the film, it's quite realistic and gripping, not as good as it could've been but very watchable.
3 people found this helpful
Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
that was so real
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What do we give stars for? Is it a moment of how we feel? An impulse that a film gives us, or in this case a film that makes something feel so real. I could feel the fear of those police officers, and did you not feel the dread for that family with kids on the bikes? I was horrified, and it makes you think how real this is, and it was real for those people in NZ who suffered this tragedy. I even felt glad that the army guys put al lthose bullets in that killer and left him to writh in pain and die.
THe big thing is it humbled me in the end nad made me feel meek and I sent money to the red cross for the Ukrainian tragedy. It really touched a nerved.
WinterpantsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Memorable and original factual drama
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A melancholic approach to a dramatic and tragic true life subject, with some great lens work. The acting is decent enough. There are a couple of minus points; there are moments that lapse into filler that kill the pace e.g. a wife reuniting with her in-the-firing-line husband spend 30 seconds having a hug, or lingering shots of a distant forest for no apparent reason. There is also a big list of factual errors, which can be quickly garnered by spending 5 mins afterwards on Wikipedia. But overall, it's a memorable and original treatment that gives respect to the victims
Rowan Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartbreaking, good film
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I just can't believe how cowardly and stupid the local police force were, shouting to an active killer to put his gun down is like blowing a whistle before running head-on into machine gun fire. Idiotic!
2 people found this helpful
Vincent GibbonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
NZ crime?
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You don`t expect a land as perfect as NZ to experience shoot outs.. But this true story just shows looneys are everywhere.. Well presented and expertly told true story..
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David RowlandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 November 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Out of the blue
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"Out of the blue" sums up neatly what happened when David Gray an embittered, angry and unsociable loner living in a small, very quiet coastal settlement in rural New Zealand convinces himself that the whole world, especially his neighbours, are all against him and as he cannot destroy the whole world he decides to destroy his neighbours by indiscriminately gunning down men, women and children.

In the excellent features section of the DVD the makers of the film describe how they visited the settlement and talked to local people to get the background story and they have produced a very fine work that is sensitive, sober, tasteful, intelligent and bleak and there is no attempt to expolit the violence as would have probably happened if the film had been made by Hollywood where the violence would be graphically shown, probably in slow motion with music rising to a crescendo so that we could enjoy the gore at our leisure. In fact there is very little music in the film and the natural sounds in a peaceful, beautiful landscape add to the unsettling effect during the massacre. The film proceeds slowly as Gray relentlessly hunts down his neighbours and he always seems to be one step ahead of the police as they try to apprehend him whilst also tending to the wounded people they keep coming across as they trail him. I agree with reviewers that some of the dialogue is so quiet in this part of the film that it is difficult to hear what is being said by the policemen.

Gray is eventually tracked down, smoked out of a house by tear gas and shot. He is bound with a leather strap and whilst he is writhing on the ground before he dies the policemen are standing nearby talking together and enjoying a quiet smoke after a job well done.

Matthew Sunderland is very impressive as the smouldering menacing Gray and the whole cast is involved in making a film that is memorable, thought provoking and an object lesson in how to make a film of true horror without the need to make the screen awash with rivers of blood, graphic violence and hysteria.
2 people found this helpful
AMZ reviewerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
5* movie
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Very sad, true event. Very good account of the incident, and very well acted. 5*.
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