Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly realistic..., 14 Mar 2011
This review is from: Out Of The Blue [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Some towns make history for the right reasons and other towns make history for all the wrong reasons. Aramoana in New Zealand sadly falls into the latter category. A gunman went on a rampage which took the lives of 13 people before he was killed by Police. This tragedy took place in 1990 and a film of the events faced a difficult task. Could such a film be done in a way that was respectful to the victims?

The answer with Out of the Blue is a resounding yes. In the first part of the film we are briefly introduced to various people inhabiting the town as well as a couple of the Police officers. Whilst these moments are fairly brief they've been carefully handled and it's easy to pick up on what kind of people these were. We also follow the gun man and there are some well place scenes indicating the deterioration of his mental well being and his increasing paranoia.

When the violence does come, there is no glorification of it over the course of the shooting. It feels genuine and it becomes very easy to imagine yourself being present at that awful time.

There is a moment when an officer is comforting a child in the back of a truck. One of the shots really makes it apparent just how exposed he was, and it made me squirm in my seat, I expected a shot to ring out at any moment. For me it really emphasised the bravery of the officer who risked his life, so important was it to him to provide comfort to the child.

Out of the Blue does a difficult thing. It places us in a town where a horrendous act is taking place and makes us feel a tiny part of the tension and helplessness the townsfolk must have felt and showing us the acts of heroism undertaken by ordinary people. It's never gratuitous and handles it's subject matter with respect, whilst at the same time being quite a disturbing and realistic portrayal of an ordinary day that became extraordinary for the worst reasons...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.1 out of 5 stars (49 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (16)
4 star:
 (22)
3 star:
 (11)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
15.99 6.99
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 26,433