Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Opening Night! New York Premiere!
Director Alexandre Moors and cast members Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, and Cassandra Freeman in person!
7:00pm + 8:00pm: Standby Only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Any available tickets will be released to the line on a first come, first serve basis.
9:30pm: Online ticket sales end at 5:00pm. Tickets may be available at the MoMA Film desk beginning at 8:00pm.
The ability of innocence to embrace evil is a chillingly reality. When the mechanisms of perpetrating that evil are close at hand and easily mastered, inhumane terror follows. Alexandre Moors’s taut debut feature explores the impulse to commit murder, following two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the front pages.
Lee, a wayward Carribbean youth abandoned by his mother, is taken in and nurtured by John, who is also struggling with the loss of family after an angry divorce. The older man becomes a mentor and minister to his charge, preaching hate for a system bent towards injustice and teaching him how to channel his anger through marksmanship. As their relationship develops, trust and blind loyalty grow. It comes at the expense of what would seem to be common-sense concern about immoral instruction, once Lee is sent out to murder his mentor’s perceived enemies. The moment that death is demonstrated to be mundane in his mind, the path to random acts of violence is very slippery for the young man. As masterfully performed by Isaiah Washington and newcomer Tequan Richmond, the two characters at the center of the story are disturbingly human in a way that should not be possible for the “monsters” they become. When the title “character,” a lumbering old Chevy Caprice, enters the picture there is no stopping John and his charge from engaging in their rampage. Director Moors and screenwriter R.F.I. Porto navigate the violence inherent in the story discreetly, focusing on the inner origins of evil rather than creating another glamorized gun story. Luminously photographed and powerfully told, Blue Caprice is as essential a film as there could be for our times.