Quick Take: Blue Caprice

bluecapriceIt’s a tricky thing, depicting real-life tragedy in a film. Harder still, to make us sympathize with or relate to the people who cause such tragedies. How would the residents of Oklahoma feel about an adaptation of the Oklahoma City bombing? The makers of Blue Caprice, endeavoring to tell the story of the Beltway snipers in Washington, D.C., largely steer clear of the violent acts themselves. Instead, we find ourselves in the midst of the very personal relationship between the two murderers before the attacks. Director Alexandre Moors allows us to wrap our minds around the difficult psychological situation (boy’s parents abandon him, so he forms a father-son bond with a psychopath who thinks the whole world is against him) without forcing us to empathize with them by letting their relationship grow slowly and fully and by shooting them with such beautifully sparse cinematography, not to mention by eliciting a chilling performance from Isaiah Washington. Criminals such as these don’t deserve our empathy, but it’s instructive to experience what can drive damaged men to violence.

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