There's nary a wasted word or visual in "Blue Caprice," a superb, slow-boil of a thriller revisiting the case of Beltway snipers John Allen Muhammad and
Directed by Alexandre Moors from a script by R.F.I. Porto, the film — with some creative license — tracks the relationship between the angry, manipulative John (a masterful
At the start, John is seen vacationing with his children on Antigua (in actuality, the divorced dad has kidnapped his kids; his ex-wife has a restraining order against him) when he meets lonely, 16-year-old Lee, whose mother has left the country for work.
Once establishing a father-son dynamic, John takes Lee to Tacoma, Wash., where they crash with John's old Army pal, Ray (
After being trained by John, Lee — disciplined, dead-eyed — starts to kill in a twisted show of filial love. The pair then moves to Maryland, where all hell breaks loose as Lee coolly dispatches his arbitrary string of victims under John's steely, maniacal eye.
Moors wisely takes a restrained, nonsensational approach to these well-documented murders, presenting them in a late-breaking, efficient, yet still-unnerving montage.
"Blue Caprice," named for the killers' tricked-out assault vehicle, proves a highly auspicious feature debut for Moors and Porto as well as a much-deserved return to the limelight for Washington. Don't miss it.
"Blue Caprice." MPAA rating: R for disturbing violent content, language and brief drug use. Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes. At