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Plot: An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 13 Sep 2013
I remember when this was happening.People were scared to go outside,we were constantly looking over our shoulder's, terrified..there seemed to be no rhyme or reason why these killings were happening.While the movie may have seemed slow at some points,it was interesting to get an idea of what was really going on inside the minds of these murderers.
Amazing biopic! (by nora_duffy)
Arguably Isaiah Washington's best work. Thought provoking and on point. Everyone touched by violence should see this film to see how murderers are made. This film is not meant to be sympathetic to the killers but rather to start a dialog on how killers are made and what we can do to help people understand. It also highlights the issue of mental illness in our society and how we don't do enough, especially for our vets to address this problem. The director and cinematography should be applauded for this effort. Some of the best camera work I've seen in years coupled with an <more>
excellent script and vision by the director. For those who are looking for a sympathetic view for the victims, this is not that film. Yes, we should never forget the victims of these horrific crimes, but that's not what this film is about. It's about reaching those people who don't understand that sometimes killers are products of their circumstances and/or environment. A must see.
"Blue Caprice" tells the story of the duo behind the DC sniper shootings. A slow, seemingly meandering story soon becomes tense and concise, as it moves toward its inevitable ending. Not much is learned about the motivation behind the killings, but that's the point. It's only human nature to want a reason behind such senseless killings. There appears to be little reason in this case, and would it truly matter it a reason was found?Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond have great chemistry as the murderous duo. The character of Lee is lonely and desperate for a father figure. <more>
Though John is obviously paranoid and deranged, you can understand why Lee, desperate for any kind of attention, would fall under his sway. The full extent of their relationship is never explained, but that is one more layer of ambiguity the film presents. A good, independent film that told a based-in-fact story well.
I just now realize that the last line of the movie is the key message in this exploratory trip into the workings of evil. "Where is my Dad?" I first thought that this question was referring to the adoptive father of the young boy lured into throwing away his life to become a senseless mass murderer. But then It dawned on me the real question could be: where is the man that brought you into the world? The heroic figure that should have served as a compass to induce into you, a sense of human connection and productive endeavoring? That man you should have grown up to admire and <more>
emulate while blooming into a relevant player within your social nest. The answer is silence. Nobody knows where. There is no answer to explain where and there is no answer to justify the pain it causes nor the evil to ensue. The lady visiting at the holding facility in the final scene was asking the right questions that would be swarming in everybody's mind. Why? Why the pointless murders? What was the message they were trying to send? What was the motive? And the right answer is simply missing. There was never anybody there to show the boy the right path to personal and social fulfillment. Right from the beginning of the movie, he was left abandoned by the seemingly last link to love and fun that he had in his life: his loving single mother. He probably grew bitter then, but it only got worse. The man he trusted to be a father to him, who brought him to the United States, whom he so eagerly devoted himself to, never intended on giving him a chance at his own happiness. Against all initial appearances, that man has turned bitter into his own aging life, which he now regarded to be worthless. He has given up on his own family, society, happiness, on achieving anything productive. He chose instead to lead his "son" into an engulfing spiral of degenerate, pathological and sadistic life ideology. They gradually became pretty much errand homeless with no purpose, sleeping in a makeshift car/motel room/killing machine sniper nest. Is it to hit back at society because of life not being fair to everyone? While the movie offers an exciting adventure into the promise of a new life, the bond of family, father and son, the opportunities and hopes available to grasp in a new capital city, It does not provide the answer to why it all had to go down the drain. It just takes you along for the ride and leaves you wondering at the end. And it was all worth the ride.Blue Caprice, what a beautiful, french sounding title for a ride. When starting out on the sunny sandy beaches of a tropical island, how would you assume that this blue ride is actually of the blue of death and coldness? You just sadly watch the life and humanity of the young boy trickle away, all the beauty slowly, and then suddenly vanish under the mentoring of his "Dad".Why? Who knows? But this movie asks anyway, with elegance and style, as painful as it has to be. And it's all thanks to the subtle craft of the filmmakers, the impressive and harrowing character performances of the boy and father.
A Portrait of a Doomed Bond and Disillusionment Gone Awry (by Simon_Says_Movies)
Those who demand easy answers in movies and clear cut motives from its characters will likely find Blue Caprice an unfulfilling and distant character study, one which centers on the Beltway Sniper attacks that left Washington paralyzed for three weeks in 2002. The brilliance of director Alexandre Moors feature debut, in addition to quietly powerful performances from its two main leads, is that it offers no definite answers as to why this massacre transpired. True to life, speculation as to motive ranges from plans to divert attention from the planned murder of one of the assailant's ex <more>
wife, revenge against the U.S. government, terrorist ties and general anarchy. Discovering what ultimately drives these monsters is unimportant in the context of this film, but rather it's the troubling and empty journey these men take down the path of evil that is so compelling.Taking on the notorious gunmen John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond and both deliver nuanced and disturbing performances but with varying approaches. We witness a differing speed at which these two finally become the savages which made global headlines – these are individuals with which we both see deeply into but at the same time know nothing about. The way these actors and director are able to make enigmas out of its antagonists without resorting to painting them as faceless monsters is an extraordinary feat.Channelling Idris Elba in the best ways, Washington does Oscar level work as a broken man whose anger and disillusionment manifests in the worst possible way. Between his work on Grey's Anatomy and supporting work in some higher profile fare, he has never really been given the chance to stretch his dramatic legs and he shows how capable he can be when given the spotlight. He plays off young Tequan Richmond with aplomb, with the promising North Carolina native truly coming into his character in the final act after long sequences of shyness and inwardly directed sadness. Among the most disquieting scenes comes when John teaches Lee how to drive, an act between father and son that is considered to be one of the most important bonding experiences of growing up. In knowing what is to come, it takes on a whole new and ultimately very disturbing meaning.Aside from inherently being a taut and troubling scenario the way the tension and narrative drive is brought to the forefront is also noteworthy especially when the outcome is so widely known. When we first meet with Malvo and to a lesser extent Muhammad we see them as damaged but salvageable individuals – those given an unfair stab at life but who could display redemptive qualities if given the chance. As we see Malvo fall further and further under the manipulative spell of his surrogate father, and who in turn finds fuel in his adoptive son, it's hard to watch not simply because of their actions but where we know this is all headed. In wanting so much for these lost souls to find an honest meaning in life and see them both missing and avoiding them, the dread and tension ratchets up organically and with an impact you won't soon shake.Moors also makes the sound decision never to distort or falsely heighten the actual acts of the shootings. Seeing a man in the throws of death in a pool of blood at the base of a gas pump is powerful enough without seeing these two perpetrate every single act. So to does the choice to not magnify the scope of the crimes with fictionalized getaways or close calls in their titular vehicle. The barrel of a gun sticking out of a trunk and an off screen shot does more than enough in the ugly world we're introduced to in Blue Caprice. There are certainly moments of graphic violence interspersed throughout but they're handled in a brief and ugly manner that serves to showcase the emptiness of it all.Based on the subject matter and the recent horrific gun based acts that have rocked America as of late, Blue Caprice will no doubt bring up the hot button topic of gun control, with some likely looking at the film as a call for help and others as pro liberal pandering meant to take a past tragedy and use it as propaganda. In both instances they would be not only wrong but missing the point of this drama, or rather the pointlessness of these men's actions. Could this act have been avoided with tighter gun laws? Likely. But Blue Caprice has no such pretensions and simply paints a disturbing portrait of men on the edge of reality.Both as a showcase for the skill of the filmmakers and actors and an examination of the flourishing emotional void this duo carries with them every day, Blue Caprice succeeds and does so in manner that will leave you exhausted and troubled. In having so much to hate on screen there is so much to love about this confident inaugural feature, one which worrisomely shows that the loss of one's humanity can begin with a single act.
Admittedly going in with very little knowledge of the actual events behind the true story which "Blue Caprice" is based on the Beltway sniper attacks other than the fact that two men one was a minor had engaged in a series of public shootings on the east coast, during a span of three weeks in October 2002, the most intriguing aspect of this film is how its focus is not on the shootings themselves, but the relationship between the two killers, Lee Malvo and John Muhammad.Synopsis: After being pretty much abandoned, a sixteen year old Caribbean boy named Lee, played by Tequan <more>
Richmond who is also the best thing to come out of that crappy "Everybody Hates Chris" show seeks guidance from an American man named John played by Isaiah Washington, who gives the performance of his life . The boy becomes absolutely mesmerized with his new found father figure, even though John is an openly abusive man, who is mentally unstable and holds an unhealthy disdain for the world around him. Quickly transforming into a cult leader-type, John begins to brainwash this damaged child, as "Blue Caprice" careens towards a cold blooded final 20 minutes.While John Muhammad is painted as the monster he truly is, with the way I have described the plight of Lee Malvo, his sixteen year old accomplice, I realize that there are readers who will be turned off simply because I do make it sound as though director Alexandre Moors shines a sympathetic light on a killer of innocent people. Now, is "Blue Caprice" meant to give a sympathetic portrayal of Lee Malvo? The answer is, yes. BUT and this is my opinion, of course even though Malvo did engage in heinous acts and I do sympathize with the victims of these shootings, if it really went down the way this movie depicts, then maybe audiences are right to feel sympathy for this kid.Final Thought: Whilst not as emotionally impactful as I would have liked it to be, "Blue Caprice" still packs a punch as a highly interesting dissection of a mutated father/son relationship, due to a combination of haunting performances from the two leads and some intriguing camera-work. So, between this and "Fruitvale Station", it has been a good few months for feature film directorial debuts.Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Don't go ridin' in that blue ca-price (by StevePulaski)
The Beltway sniper attacks was one of the first mainstream news stories I remember quite vividly as a child with September 11th excluded . I was six when they occurred and it was right around that time when I began to become interested in mimicking what my parents did. So, naturally, I'd sit in front of the TV with my dad at around six at night and watch the news. I remember hearing the words "sniper," "gas station," and "people shot" in the same news story and being absolutely petrified of gas stations from that moment on. I didn't know these shootings <more>
took place in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., not in Illinois where I had lived. I remember going to the grocery store with my mother one day and stopping for gas beforehand, right around the time when the snipers were on their killing spree. I was so petrified and paranoid that once we stopped at the pump for gas, I got on the floor of the backseat of my mother's Bonneville Pontiac and began crying and screaming, imploring my mother to come back inside the car and drive away. Garbled announcements on the loud-speaker at the local Speedway scared me even more, and I remember never being more scared in my life. I seriously felt as if I was going to die.Such memories came back while watching Alexandre Moors' directorial debut Blue Caprice, a film that, eleven years later, makes a commendable attempt to profile the two shooters behind the sniper attacks and show the brainwashing of a minor who happened to come into the presence of a dangerous man with a disregard for humanity. The dangerous man was named John Allen Muhammad, with the minor named Lee Boyd Malvo, both of whom were arrested and found guilty of committing random murders through the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area using a sniper-rifle fired discretely from the trunk of their blue Chevrolet Caprice.It would seemingly be accurate to state that the public may need a pretty hefty reminder about this mass murder in America. What seemed to captivate us and rock our lives has now gone on to live in the shadows of obscurity, remembered by few. The outcome, or the killers for that matter, I believe, is a little known fact today and thankfully Moors has not only made a movie about the subject matter but a great movie about the subject matter, quite possibly earning the title of the best horror film of 2013.John is played by a fantastic Isaiah Washington, while Lee is portrayed by Tequan Richmond, an actor just a bit older than Malvo was during the time of the murders. We open by seeing the listless life of Lee, an abandoned soul picked up and cared for by a man named John, who will end up serving as the boy's father figure to the point where he is actually referred to as "father" and "dad" . John has an agenda, a violent, soulless one. One that is predicated off of teaching random people a lesson.The film chronicles the Beltway sniper attacks from a psychological point of view. One that exhibits the cause-and-effect of Lee's transformation from a lost, impressionable child to a violent, and sick-minded individual. This point of view is a courageous one for first-time director Moors and first-time writer R.F.I. Porto. The film shows the way John picked up Lee at just the right time in his life, when he had no one, and gave him someone - a violent, deeply disturbed person with a frighteningly unpredictable agenda.There are issues, however, to Moors and Porto's portrayal of the shooters' actions. For one, we never quite get inside the head of John, learning his true motives or his actual thought-process behind what he believes. There doesn't seem to be a method to his madness. Perhaps this is because the two filmmakers didn't want to jump to conclusions on what the man was inherently thinking at the time, but if you're going to make a film depicting the events that happened before a devastating line of mass murders, you might as well try and offer a potential motive. Several have been tossed around in this case, from mental illness, to religious beliefs, etc, but like with most mass shootings and murders, there is never a fine conclusion.The other issue I see is a smaller one and that's the shooting sequences themselves. There is one we actually see from start to finish, involving the blue Caprice being parked in a department store parking lot with it's rear bumper facing the store. Lee ready to fire inside the trunk, looking through the scope with the sniper's end barely outside the hole in the trunk and John ready to speed away. We watch through Lee's scope, as he unsteadily moves the gun around, seeking his next victim, almost settling for a black man on a cigarette break before settling on a man in a beige suit with his back turned to the store. This scene is suspenseful and beautifully captured, only making one wish the last half of the film could've had more of a suspense focus.But when you see how intimate, careful, and lyrically staged everything else in Blue Caprice is, more and more of Moors' vision becomes clear and dominant over the lacking suspense aspects that, in the end, would be fine for another film. For the first film on a case that rocked three states and killed and injured many, this is a remarkably solid film, with great performances from Washington and Richmond and writing and directing that proves nothing but indicative of future potential. Using actor and filmmaker James Rolfe's analogy for something impossible, "if a blue moon occurs on Friday the 13th and all the planets align" this film will find a way in high school and college psychology courses.