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Out of the Blue

1 h 43 min2007NR
Based on the Aramoana Massacre. An unemployed gun collector, David Gray, shot and killed 13 people before being shot himself by law enforcement.
Robert Sarkies
Matthew SunderlandStuart MathiesonNatalie Ellis
English [CC]
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Karl Urban
Steven O'MeagherTim White
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3.9 out of 5 stars

79 global ratings

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tamiseena24Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Small towns aren't safe either
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Out of the Blue: A man just snaps one day and goes on a shooting spree, killing and hurting who comes near him in a small town.
Now, I think just the fact that it really happened, should be something that a person has going through their minds when they watch this movie. think about how you would feel if you were the old lady, the child, or heck even the killer himself....and how the movie was set up and displayed the director wanted you to be in that perspective, to feel what they feel and so on. To me that gives more of a rating than the special effects, the photography, the audio and whatever else that some people degrade a movie and lower its worth just because of those reasons. Yes its a lower budget film but just because it is dont mean its not a good movie. My issue is that at the beginning I was like WTF is going on and when is something going to happen. It seemed to have taken forever to get to that point but than its bam bam and than i was paying attention and into the movie. I giggled when he went into the bedroom and went to bed, hey he had a long day he needed to sleep. I liked the movie and am content of spending the money on getting it heck i think i spent only 3 bucks on it so hey, who knows i may watch it a few more times in my lifetime...
Jaime G.Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie given its subject matter
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I got this movie because I am a fan of Karl Urban. I love his action movies but he is capable of so much depth and emotion that I actively look for the movies that he does in his native New Zealand. This is based on the true story of a man who opens fire on his neighbors one day, killing many, including children, before he is stopped. Karl plays a police officer who arrives on the scene and is just one of many people who acted with courage throughout the shooting which lasted for hours. It's a emotional journey through the lives of the people that were involved and a well done tribute to those that were lost that day.
Steve KuehlReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
A respectful and thorough retelling...
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Very few films can tackle the horrors and details of such an event yet still address the sensitivities and desires to get it right. Describing the story in the film is not needed as it can be found in the book and online. The filmmakers painstakingly reproduced the events without much artistic license (like BHD and Bridge/Kwai) so I will review the R1 DVD version.

Karl Urban performed in his best role to date. He was very believable and showed a sense of compassion and fear that made the film revolve around him in a powerful way. Seeing him in the likes of Doom, Bourne and Pathfinder makes this title even more important in taking these kinds of roles. The supporting cast was very respectful in their portrayals even down to the darkness and psychosis of the shooter.

The DVD extras are outstanding in providing a lay person with the details and real footage of what happened that day. The producers and cast all poured their hearts into auditioning and making this movie, both elements of which are shown on the associated docus. The transfer was very clear and the menus easy to navigate. Once you see the footage of the crime scenes you realize they tried to get every detail remade down to the letter, including the way windows had shattered and bodies had come to rest.

I had a couple customers already say they forwarded through the "slow" parts in the beginning, which do last for the first 31 1/2 minutes but it is a necessary monument to what those families went through that afternoon and evening. I highly recommend this film for those that want to see a respectful and well made portrayal of a horrendous event.
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shellReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unassuming style makes tragedy realistic
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Movie is done in a somewhat documentary style- you don't get to know the people well who were involved. But, it moves quickly and you can feel the frustration and hopelessness of the first responders as events unfold. Procedures might have been made more clear to explain why some decisions were made by law enforcement. The heroic acts of citizens was done in a factual way with out too much dramatization to make it seem over the top. A little more follow up as to how the community was doing at the time of the filming/post production would have been nice.
P. A. CooperReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, humane representation of a tragedy
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Excellent, humane representation of a tragedy. Features displays of a different sort of heroism that standard action films don't often portray.
K. RoweReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good flick
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Yes, it started slow like everyone else said, but when it got going, it really took off. I found myself yelling at Karl Urban's character to pull the trigger when he had David Gray in his sights- by not doing that, he cost the lives of countless others, and I'm sure it's something that poor police officer revisits every night in his sleep. Overall, it was good.
Touch of ClassReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching for sure!
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Aside from the fact this is based on True Events which is sad I really enjoyed this film. It is NOT an action film nor is it fast paced but a steady stream of action and interesting plot of survival and fear kept me into it. Good acting and not cheesy by any means it is worth watching and definitely worth the price here on Amazon!
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Donna O'TooleReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Although Karl Urban is listed as the star, it is more of an ensemble piece. Based on a true event and it was filmed as reality more than trying to Hollywoodise it. Because of this, it becomes more haunting than "scary" movies.
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