When leading astrophysicist (and black hole specialist) Jennifer Rockwell is found dead in a New Orleans observatory, detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia
Clarkson) is responsible for investigating the scene of the crime. Strangely,
this highly experienced police woman is greatly disturbed by the sight of the
victim lying face down, her face shot off, in a large pool of blood. Is detective
Hoolihan starting to soften under her thick professional armour? This doesn’t stop
her from becoming so immersed in investigating the case that at times it
seems as if she's losing her mind. Which raises the question of the extent to
which she is really an objective outsider.
In this whodunnit, with nods to the golden age of film noir, the search for the truth leads the detective into the black hole of her own past. The screenplay for Out of Blue is an adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel Night Train.