A new film starring Isaiah Washington called "Blue Caprice" looks at the Beltway sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington D.C. area back in 2002. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
The two people responsible for the 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks, which took the lives of 10 people, are the subject of a new movie starring Isaiah Washington. It's called "Blue Caprice."
Washington plays John Allen Muhammad, a disillusioned man who has lost custody of his three kids. While illegally vacationing with them in Antigua, he meets a teenager, Lee Boyd Malvo, who has just been abandoned by his mother. Muhammad takes the kid with him back to the U.S. and, over time, teaches him how to be a sniper.
Muhammad's plan is to bring down the system by randomly killing people and creating fear and disorder in America.
Malvo is desperately looking for a father figure. He's willing to do anything to please Muhammad, who now calls him his son, even though he's not legally his.
Over time, he turns the kid, in his own words, into a monster, as the two ultimately go on a killing rampage in the D.C. area. The shooting spree, shown in a quick montage, doesn't happen until the last 10 minutes of the film, and it's a long wait to get there.
We never fully understand what motivated Muhammad to get to this extreme point and why Malvo would follow him so blindly and become a killing machine.
The performances by Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond as Muhammad and Malvo are quite good, but the direction by Alexandre Moors, who makes his feature film debut here, is slow, plodding and ultimately a disappointment. The screenplay by Ronnie Porto is also weak.
The points that are made here could have easily been done in one-quarter of the time, and this is a short film, clocking in at only 93 minutes.
The whole movie is quite boring. What's the point of this character study if it offers up no real insight into what makes these two murderers tick? A much more interesting movie could have been made about this horrific, tragic crime than what we're presented with here.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 1 1/2 apples