- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00151QYCQ
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This is a very well made film, spending the first half showing town life and the various people involved. You see the daily routines of these people and a good effort is made to give them some backstory. Throughout, there is an impending sense of dread.
David Gray himself is a loner and a man who appears to generally keep to himself. The movie does not attempt to explain his actions, it merely presents the events and leaves the viewer to come to their own conclusions, although the excellent special features (actual news reports, interviews, making of, etc.) fill in some gaps.
Eventually, something inside him snaps over the tiniest little incident and he shoots dead his next door neighbour and then sets fire to his house. From that point on, Gray kills without remorse in a matter-of-fact, practical manner a million miles from the deranged psycho of the typical Hollywood murder thriller. Gray is never outright demonised, he just does what he does due to some built-in rage that makes events all the more chilling.
For the next few hours the local police struggle heroically to bring the situation under control until armed response units can reach the scene. These men, as well as some of the townsfolk, are portrayed as incredibly brave as they deal with such an unexpected situation. The killings are random as Gray moves through the town: men, women, children all fall in his path. It is harrowing and at times hard to watch.Read more ›
On 13 November 1990 David Gray (Matthew Sunderland) picked up his weapons and, walking around the small costal community shot everyone he could see - men, women and children. For 22 hours he terrorised the local area. Why he did this no one will ever know as he was eventually shot dead by the police. The reason suggested by the film maker is a form of paranoid schizophrenia, with the final breakdown starting with problems at the bank and culminating with him chasing a child of "his land". He first picked up his rifle when the child's father approached the house to find out what the problem was - he was the first to die.
By the end of his rampage he had murdered 13 people (from the age of 5 to 70) and wounded many others. Nine police officers received awards and commendations. Sergeant Stewart Guthrie (William Kircher) received a posthumous George Cross. Mrs Helen Dickson (Lois Lawn), aged 73, received the George Medal for "great bravery". Mrs Dickson (who had undergone hip replacement surgery and walked with sticks) repeatedly crawled back and forth to a wounded neighbour and to the phone to call for help.
Nick Harvey (Karl Urban) was one of the local policemen and most of what happens after the rampage is seen from his point of view, though several incidents which occurred to a number of different officers have been amalgamated into this one persons view for ease of movie making. Nevertheless, it is amazing and horrifying to think that anyone could have lived though a single one of these events.Read more ›
The acting performances are superb and the direction is deft and clever. The naturalistic soundtrack enhances the stripped-down realism of the ghastly events. The location is stunningly beautiful and is filmed sympathetically, to make the tranquility and normality of the surroundings contrast all the more violently with the killer's rampage. The characters are developed over the first half hour to become credible representations of the actual people who endured (or died) in a small seaside town in New Zealand, back in 1990. The film is packed with neat touches which turn the characters into real people: the bickering about turning down a stereo (and turning it up instead); the senior policeman lumbering his junior with all the report writing; the couple who want to start living together but don't quite know how to tell their children... it all adds up to perfectly normal village life -- which is ripped apart when a man loses control, grabs his guns and starts shooting.
The killing and stalking scenes which follow are utterly unlike any thriller / horror / action movie. The killer is not viewed in a sympathetic light, but he's not made into a monster either. Nor are his actions explained. We see some of the incidents which may have pushed him over the edge, but the film itself offers little in the way of resolution or explanation.
The 'heroes' of Out of The Blue are the people who have to deal with sudden and deathly violence in their midst, from someone they all knew was a bit weird but had tolerated for his whole life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow did this really happen?? Excellent, gripping, true life encounter. Watched this about 3 times now.Published 7 months ago by nick
Movie has been directed as close as possible to the true account of the tragedy but this hasn't made it turgid. The event was shocking enough so no Hollywood-ing was needed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mikey Mac
This could have been a very good movie if they had stuck to the facts.
LIE 1 That a police officer had David Gray in his cross-hairs early in the ordeal but chose not to... Read more
a new zealand film won a few awards very exciting a great film buy it!!a fast delivery my woman and i watched it until the dvd machine stalled as it always has done. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2014 by Tam O Ranter
Out Of The Blue is one of those puzzling films which fulfils just about every aspect of its brief, but leaves the viewer thinking 'yes? and?' at the end of it. Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by Rowena Hoseason
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. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2011 by Simon McMahon
"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... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2010 by David Rowland
To the people of New Zealand, madmen going on the rampage with automatic weapons was something that only happened in the USA & occasionally in Europe. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2009 by Sam Woodward