‘Blue Caprice’ looks into Beltway snipers’ minds

Isaiah Washington (left) and Tequan Richmond star as the killers in “Blue Caprice.”
Isaiah Washington (left) and Tequan Richmond star as the killers in “Blue Caprice.”IFC FILMS

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BLUE CAPRICE

Blue Caprice” could have easily sensationalized the 2002 Washington Beltway shootings, but director Alexandre Moors heads in the other direction, into the angry, enigmatic minds of killers John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington) and Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond). The film’s a character piece with a tightening noose of suspense, and while it has its artsy-indie-dawdly moments, it’s disturbing in ways that aren’t easy to shake.

It’s also a return to form for co-producer-star Washington, who conveys the paranoid vanity of a man convinced that the world’s out to get him and that firing back is the only option. “Blue Caprice” doesn’t really want to solve the mystery of what drove the Beltway snipers. It just wants us to look, and listen, and remember.

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