Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue ★★★★

“Out of the Blue” concocts an alternate ending for “Easy Rider” that is - somehow - even bleaker than the original version. 

Directed by Dennis Hopper with the concept of being a decade-past sequel to his generation-defining road flick, “Blue” doesn’t just pull an “Easy” and kill its idols. 

It kills itself, and everyone it ever loved. 

The fearless Linda Manz stars in “Blue” as the daughter of an ex con, ex hippie, and - for all intents and purposes - ex father, played by Hopper himself. 

“Blue” is awash with the after effects of failed cultural revolution. Hopper, and his fellow one-time rebels of the beatnik age, still worship the youthful intransigence of their movement’s founding. In refusing to ever grow up, they turned from lost boys into lost men - who, naturally, failed in raising their own subsequently lost children. 

Manz fluently portrays one of those cast away offspring. Contrary to the prior generation’s claim to accept everything, she rejects all comers. Hippies, disco, men, parents. The only one not an affront to her sensibilities predates all capacity for their causing of harm: Elvis. 

The King — from an era before generational aspirations began to foment, let alone rot, is the one untouchable paragon to a child left behind by all the change that never arrived. 

The only one that keeps her in the blue, and out of the black of non-existence. 

Sweaty Dudes Cinema: The bleakest of cold night sweats you can’t wake up from; only going farther into the black. 

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