Blue Caprice takes the audience through one of the most terrifying violent spells in recent memory.  Someone just started picking off random people along the Beltway with no apparent rhyme or reason about who they were targeting and why.  The mastermind in this story is played by Isaiah Washington, in a role that feels tailor made for his particular mix of charisma, intelligence, and anger.  It’s what I love most about the movie and how he played the character; there are very, very few ‘cartoon villains’ in real life.  Most people who ‘snap’ or ‘break bad’ or however you choose to phrase it, there’s some type of logic behind their actions.  As their actions become harder and harder to justify, that logic might get lost or left behind, but the initial desire for revenge or payback usually comes from somewhere.

The actual murders (for the most part) don’t start to occur until the last half hour of the film.  This isn’t trying to be a documentary in that sense; the story is more about the mentor-mentee, father-son relationship between Washington’s character, and the young brother played by Tequan Richmond.  Take away the extremity of their actions, and more often than not, their relationship looks and feels like one of those where the parent has a dream he failed at, so he pushes the child past their limits to do things they don’t really want to do.  I don’t think that’s remotely by accident.

Scary thought though.