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Synopsis

A routine murder investigation pulls a New Orleans detective into a cosmic mystery that forces her to grapple the underlying truths of reality itself. Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is on the case of a famed black hole expert who is found dead of a gunshot wound in her own observatory — and her loopy investigation quickly starts to look as much like a wormhole of experimental physics as a criminal matter.

Clarkson is joined by scene-stealing co-stars including Jacki Weaver and James Caan, in a dreamlike neo-noir which adapts the bleakly comic novel “Night Train” by Martin Amis. No stray evidence or staggeringly cosmic concept is off-limits in a film which breaks all the boundaries of the detective thriller.

Cast

  • Jacki Weaver
  • Patricia Clarkson
  • Toby Jones
  • Mamie Gummer
  • James Caan
  • Aaron Tveit
  • Alyshia Ochse
  • Yolonda Ross
  • Gary Grubbs
  • Jonathan Majors

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Trivia

  • The character Duncan Reynolds, played by Jonathan Majors, was called Trader Faulkner in the original 1997 novel by Martin Amis. However the actor Trader Faulkner objected to the use of his name, resulting in the change. Faulkner and Amis had appeared together in the film A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), and Amis had been taken with the name.
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Mar 22, 2019

At its best, Out of Blue captures a slightly intoxicated “eureka” sensation, as the whole detective genre transforms elegantly into a philosophical awakening, and as the greatest threat comes not from a murderer but from our protagonist’s sense of self (or lack thereof). At its worst, which is most of the time, it’s a conventional detective story that resorts to lengthy scientific-namedropping when it probably should be getting on with it instead.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani
TheWrap
60
Sep 12, 2018

Out of Blue is one of those films you're not sure if you really enjoyed viewing, but you're immensely glad that it exists, cheered to know the film industry still has room for maverick, boundary-smudging work like this.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
50
Sep 12, 2018

With its arch, Lynchian tropes and curiously mannered dialogue, which may be deliberately disengaged from reality or may just be out of tune with the voices of the characters, this film will not be for everyone.

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International