Finally, a movie that not only accurately depicts not only a horrific real-life tragedy, but a movie that accurately depicts the point-of-view of a disturbed mass-murderer. The scenes in which the character John is attempting to rationalize his killings and the reasoning behind why he is committing his crimes were maddening, disturbing, and nevertheless gripping.
Isaiah Washington portrays the aforementioned character John, a character strikingly based upon the instigator behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks that happened in DC. His performance was thought-provokingly brilliant and eerily realistic, easily one of the finest performances of the year. It was his uncanny ability to get not only into the heart and soul of the murderer John, but his ability to give such a distinct point-of-view of the character was downright incredible. Tequan Richmond portrays Lee, who is based upon an abandoned boy who is drawn into America and in turn a life of crime by his insane father figure John. Tequan equally matches Isaiah’s performance scene-for-scene, giving an dark and in-turn underrated performance. In fine supporting roles were Tim Blake Nelson portraying a character by the name of Ray, who was a friend and shelter to John, Joey Lauren Adams, who portrayed Ray’s wife Jamie, Al Sapienza portraying Detective Harper, and indie movie royalty Leo Fitzpatrick, of whom readers may recall from his starring role in Larry Clark’s “Kids”, portraying an shady arms dealer.
The film was directed by Alexandre Moors, of whom I’m not familiar with who I shall now put on my list of directors to watch. He not only directed his actors incredibly well, but his poise behind the camera and how he kept the entire movie gripping and intense was a mark of a brilliant director. The entire movie: every scene, every frame, every second I was kept in suspense until the very end, and I applaud him for it.
The film’s screenplay was written by a writer named R.F.I. Porto, of whom I am also not quite familiar with. I say that with ease however, as this was one of the finest written screenplays of the year. It was written from the point of view of John and the events leading up to the shootings, but it also detailed the shootings in some very well-scripted sequences. The whole entire script was gripping, laced with well-placed dialogue and I was honestly weary that this would turn out exploitative or derivative, but I am glad that the route in which the writer took was a well-written and brilliant one. I would also like to take the time to praise his pacing of the script, as it was handled well, no scene felt rushed, and the length of the running-time was perfect and worked well to his advantage.
In conclusion, while “Blue Caprice” doesn’t exactly have my vote for Best Picture, it is nevertheless gripping, brilliantly acted, and well-plotted. I will be surely surprised if a movie about a subject such as this will be nearly as thought-provoking or have the distinct point-of-view as “Blue Caprice”.
My Rating: 9/10
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