Out of the Blue (Aramoana)
Out of the Blue (Aramoana) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 19, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Fear
Time Out

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.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Cath Clarke

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

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

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.

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Matthew Turner

Brilliantly directed, thoroughly gripping thriller that is both deeply moving and genuinely terrifying -- this is one of the best films of the year.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Robert Sarkies' dramatization of that event is as sensitive to its subject as it is stark in its rendering.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

There's some nifty soft-focus cinematography and fine performances, but otherwise, not much to resonate on this side of the pond.

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Christopher Null

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
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… More
Juli Ryan
This was a beautiful and disturbing film about a madman in New Zealand. Based on a true story.
Brian De Guelle
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… More
Gordon Anderson
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… More