In 2002, a series of coordinated shootings occurred in three weeks in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Blue Caprice examines the relationship of its two snipers.
Blue Caprice is a slow-burning psychological thriller. It’s cinematography – washed out colors, lingering frames, and soft-focus effects – give it an eerie look that’s hauntingly interesting.
Strong performances from its two leads propel the intent of the film – Blue Caprice isn’t concerned about historical information or presenting a grim retelling of the true story it’s based from. It zooms in on the relationship of the two perpetrators instead.
While the film gives us a look into these characters, their transformation remains vague. It’s clear that Muhammad is a bitter paranoid man. Malvo is a lonely teenager desperate for a father figure. But the turning point of how these characters turned into cold-blooded killers isn’t.
Psychology 101 says that past behavior is an indication of future habits, so where did this casual lack of remorse for life come from exactly?
Blue Caprice doesn’t resort to sensationalism and gratuitous violence, but it lacks a well-written centerpiece to give it meaning.
Blue Caprice is engaging, but its attempt to dissect the banality of evil fails because of underwritten characters.