With gun violence weighing heavily on America’s collective conscience after the devastatingly horrible Newtown massacre, this drama inspired by the 2002 Beltway sniper killings is sure to strike a provoke debate at Sundance.
Isaiah Washington, late of Grey’s Anatomy, takes on the John Allen Muhammad role, as he woos his young accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo (Everybody Hates Chris‘ Tequan Richmond), and prepares for the attacks that terrified a nation and left 10 innocent strangers dead.
“It’s a pure art film, which is what we were going for,” Washington told EW’s Jeff Labrecque in a recent interview.
The title, of course, refers to the car Muhammad and Malvo traveled in, and set up as their covert sniper station. Washington says he went in search of whatever kernel of humanity he could find, even though he’s playing a character who slaughters people at long distance with no remorse.
“The hardest thing I think is getting Isaiah out of the way, getting myself out of the way, my own biases and my own judgements about who I thought the actual human being was and go about the business of conveying the humanity that I could find in the script,” Washington said.
Blue Caprice is likely to be a difficult movie, but sometimes the best movies of Sundance don’t make it easy on the audience.
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