Rated: R for disturbing violent content, language and brief drug use. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: September 13, 2013 Released by: IFC Films
Isaiah Washington (who's been fortunate enough to work for Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh, and Clint Eastwood but maybe more recognizable for forgettable fare like Ghost Ship) has his best role in years in this haunting low-budget picture efficiently helmed by France's Alexandre Moors.
Blue Caprice also features Tequan Richmond, Tim Blake Nelson, and Cassandra Freeman and has a different post 9/11 feel about it revolving around the D.C. 2002 sniper attacks (in three weeks random violence lead to ten fatalities and three critically wounded); a psychological drama that works from unexpected camaraderie and emotional underpinnings.
Antigua is the initial setting where Richmond's Lee becomes increasingly despondent and lonely when his mom suddenly abandons him. The nomadic teenager's dire wishes towards the sea is altered by Washington's John who identifies with Lee's situation and takes him to his Tacoma, Wash. home.
The wrath of John is felt when it comes to an ex-wife and children who are under her custody and Lee begins to feel like his new son empathizing with him against those labeled as "evil" and "ghosts" who've turned against him. A harsh, strange relationship is developed as John puts him in difficult, dark circumstances (even worse than his mother) in the woods.
As endowed with much sensitivity and resiliency by Richmond, Lee makes John very proud especially when Ray (Nelson), John's old Army friend, comes into their life when the loathing John is given the boot by girlfriend Angela (Freeman). He turns out to be a valuable marksman who is manipulated into a homicidal spree once they get (rather easy) access to automatic weapons.
This obviously propelled their twisted machinations that has lead to many more horrors closer to the present (e.g. Newtown, CT), but the posturing is hardly political as the title refers to the key mode of transportation. Through the craftsmanship of Moors (who co-wrote the screenplay) something revelatory and poignant occurs through the many scenes between a never-better Washington and a surprisingly mature Richmond amid cold-blooded flourishes and its aftermath even through a prison evaluation.