Blue Caprice is effective and riveting, but its attempt to dissect the banality of evil through its characters fail as its central figures remain vague behind a dark tint.

An exploration of the relationship between John Allen Muhammad and 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo, the perpetrators of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.

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 its based from. It zooms in on the relationship of the two perpetrators instead.

While the film gives us a look into this characters, they’re transformation remains vague. It’s clear that Muhammad is a bitter paranoid man. Malvo is a lonely teenager desperate for a father figure (or simply a parent after being abandoned). 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 came from exactly?

The half baked character study drags this artistic and elegant film. Nonetheless, its effective in its own way without resorting to gratuitous violence and sensationalism.

My Rating: 7/10

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