Blue Caprice is the story of the D.C. sniper shootings from 2002. The movie though is less about the actual acts of murder that were committed and more about the psychological workings that brought John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo to commit such acts. John is played by Isaiah Washington & 17 year-old Lee by Tequan Richmond.
In the movie we start on the island of Antigua and see Lee being abandoned by his mother and wandering the island alone, sad, and hungry. He stumbles across a man playing with his three children down by the river, ad upon seeing that attempts to drown himself when he is saved by the man, who we find out is John Allen Muhammad. John takes Lee in and brings him to America. We learn that John is living with his girlfriend in Tacoma, Washington, and has recently gone through a bitter divorce which has left him angry and with a restraining order slapped against him so he is not permitted to see his ex-wife or their three children.
John begins introducing Lee to people as his "son" and from there we see Lee struggle to impress and earn the love and acceptance of his new "father". Things take a turn for the worse as the hatred and anger that John feels for his ex starts to bubble over and he begins to plot a plan for revenge that will ultimately lead these two down the road to the injury or murder of 13 innocent people.
This is not going to be the most exciting movie you see this year. This movie has more of a slow progression and it really wants you to take, what turns a person into a stone cold killer. You get from the beginning that there is just something not quite right about John, but then you look at this lonely 17 year-old boy who is basically alone in the world and grasping at anything he can identify as "love" and he will do anything to hold on to that, even if it means shooting someone. Tequan Richmond does a great job, playing the lost Lee in this film and Isaiah Washington has the "crazy-under-the surface" act down pat. You keep waiting for him to finally lose it and explode through the whole movie, as opposed to the very calculated killings that do end up happening.
This movie spends more time on the acts leading up to the shootings than it does on the actual violence. The Shooting spree maybe takes up the last 15mins of the film and that includes showing Lee in jail after being caught.
Overall, I give this movie a C+. It was interesting to see some of the back-story on a case that was such big news, but even though you are getting a glimpse behind the crazy-curtain of these two guys, I still feel like we needed more to this film. Maybe a little faster pace or more about the actual crimes. it felt like the ending was just a tad to abrupt for me. However, if you have an interest in seeing what the mental makings of a killer look like, than Blue Caprice may be right up your alley. Blue Caprice opens September 27th at Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park.