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Haunting First Trailer For 'Blue Caprice' Debuts

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 15, 2013 2:18 PM
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Blue Caprice

A film that just might be this year's award's season sleeper, given that virtually no one is talking about it right now - especially when conversations are had about black actors who might be in the running for performance trophies.

Don't forget about Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice, a film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and was picked up by Sundance Selects.

I should also say, don't forget director Alexandre Moors (his debut feature) and co-star Tequan Richmond

Penned by R.F.I. Porto, and co-produced by Ron Simons (SimonSays Entertainment), alongside Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi, Brian O’Carroll, Kim Jackson and Will RowbothamBlue Caprice is based on the story of the real-life Beltway sniper attacks of 2002, perpetrated by John Allen Muhammad, and Lee Boyd Malvo.

It's described as a haunting psychological thriller about an abandoned boy (Richmond) lured to America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure (Washington), and how their distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across the USA.

Sundance Selects will release the film on September 13th. I'd guess a limited theatrical in a handful of major markets, immediately followed by a VOD release for the rest of the country, which isn't out of the ordinary for Sundance Selects.

The MPAA has officially marked the film with an expected 'R' rating for "disturbing violent content, language and brief drug use." I'd be somewhat surprised if it was anything but, given the subject matter it tackles, as we know it. Although, from what I've been told, it's less about the violent bloodbath that was the real-life episode that inspired the film. Its focus is more on the relationship between John Allen and Lee Boyd, and less about the act that they have become infamous for.

The film's first trailer has debuted and is embedded below:

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  • Rizzle | August 16, 2013 2:14 AMReply

    Saw it at Sundance's Next Weekend Fest last week... GREAT. FILM. #ThatIsAll

  • campbell | August 15, 2013 3:14 PMReply

    Chilling. got my eye on this one.

  • What the | August 15, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    They didn't have Jamaican accents?

  • Ava | August 15, 2013 4:38 PM

    John Allen Muhammad is not Jamaican but Lee Boyd Malvo is. Tequan Richmond seemed to have a slight accent in the clip where he speak of his Mother's absence but it seems to have faded in the clips where he is in the U.S. I guess I'll have to see the film to see what's going on with that but that was one of things I was curious about when I first heard of the film and the cast.

    I like Tequan Richmond and I can see him pulling off the characteristics and personality of Malvo but when people don't get accents, it's somewhat of a personal pet peeve of mine. Add to the fact that I'm from a family of Jamaican immigrants and I'm probably going to be a bit more critical of most.

    From personal and family history, I know that some people can lose their accents, while others appear to get stronger over time in another country but from the jailhouse interview that Malvo did in prison, he seemed to still have a noticeable accent even after hopping to Angigua (where he met Muhammad) and then to the U.S. He has a somewhat clipped, sort of fast manner of speech (indicative of someone who no longer lives in the West Indies and has a hybrid speech pattern), I remember his voice distinctly.
    I guess I'm going to have to forget about those nuances to absorb the film when I watch--it's not a documentary, after all.

    John Allen Muhammad is American born and bred as I understand. He met Malvo in Antigua (where Malvo's Mother had migrated to and pretty much abandoned him). To my knowledge John Allen Muhammad had never even been to Jamaica.

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