The Washington Snipers 2014

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A harrowing psychological thriller about an abandoned boy lured to America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure.

Starring:
Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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The Washington Snipers

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Alexandre Moors
Starring Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond
Supporting actors Tim Blake Nelson
Studio Content Media Corporation
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 July 2014
Format: DVD
Released in the US as `Blue Caprice', this tells the story of John Allen Muhammed and teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo who went on a random shooting spree in 2002. John Allen picked up the younger Lee in Antigua where he was attempting to get his three children away from the maternal mother.

The plot jumps back to the States where John Allen has taken his charge to show him all that America has to offer and then take it apart for being corrupt and against him and his ambitions. He leads the young boy to meet some unsavoury types and seems to have some sort of mental hold over him and is able to demand almost total obedience. What transpired managed to make news around the World.

Director Alexandre Moors is making his big screen debut and has chosen a very controversial subject. It is essentially a character study of the two protagonists and what appears to have driven them. That said it never pretends to offer any answers nor does it graphically depict the murders. It uses archive footage and recordings at the scenes to put over the horror of what took place.

It has been criticised and praised for the same things; the way the narrative jumps around leaving parts of the plot hanging or unexplained. As I mention earlier we are offered no great insights or answers as to why these crimes happened, but then this is intelligent cinema in that we really don't know and all speculation is worthless without evidence. The lack of violence has also been seen as an issue and also if this is a character study then why do we still feel as if we don't know either of them at the end?
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Format: DVD
The Washington Snipers is based on the true events around the notorious "Beltway Snipers" responsible for the (post their first victim) random killings of 17 civilians in 2002. I rate the film as three stars because while there is much to admire there is also much that frustrates. The film portrays the dysfunctional father and surrogate son relationship excellently. In essence the relationship is shown of a bitter and twisted middle aged man grooming a young man by poisoning his mind against society. Granted the killers changed their stories so many times after capture that it may be difficult to pin the events down to one single issue however this means the film over simplifies the story.

It is also a slow burn character driven story with minimal "action". Having said that the acting is first class and there is some nice cinematography and an effective score. The slow draw of the first half of the movies contrasts with the final segments where the story rattles along leaving out some events that occurred when the killing spree commenced. The teenage killer at the end is depicted as a soulless psychopath during the brief prison interrogation scene. In reality he changed his story many times ultimately expressing his remorse. He will have a lot of time to think about it during his life sentence. His accomplice has since been executed. These facts are not even summated before the final credits leaving the uninitiated to research for themselves if interested. Leaving aside the flaws in accuracy, chronology and motive, The Washington Snipers none the less is an accomplished piece of cinema which however could have been so much better.
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By B. Murphy on 25 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
This is one of the slowest, dullest films I have seen and rates as the (maybe second) worst one that I have suffered through all the way to the end (Oh why, oh why did I do it!?).

I remember the shootings taking place but didn't know much about them and thought this would be an interesting way to learn more.

Boy, was I wrong!

It wasn't remotely interesting and I learned pretty much nothing. Nothing about how the murders played out, about the victims, or how the two killers were caught and tried or even what happened to them.

Instead the film concentrates on the characters' utterly boring lives outside of the murders and only occasionally goes back to them so as to sucker you into watching more in the hope of something interesting happening.

At the end I finally decided I'd wasted enough time and decided to skip forward and see if anything worth interesting happens. Less than five seconds later the end credits came up!!!

If I ever find a time travel device, top of my list is travelling back and stopping myself from watching this awfully dull film. I could have spent a much more enjoyable 90 minutes waiting for kettles to boil or watching paint dry instead.

If the makers of this film see this review, "I want my 90 minutes back!"
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By Chudpiper on 10 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Don't be put off by the title or the DVD packaging... and don't buy expecting an action thriller. This is a moody, ominous film, originally titled 'Blue Caprice', after the car the killers use to go on their murder spree. It's based on a real life case from 2002, which makes it all the more powerful viewing. Isaiah Washington is outstanding in the lead role, and his speech about his plans for carnage in the USA, whilst eating an apple and pushing a shopping cart around a supermarket, is a highlight... a really tightly-wound, unusual film, that stays with you for days after, it is both an excellent examination of our notions of 'evil', as well as an accomplished piece of pure cinema. Shame on the distributors for making it look like an exploitation thriller, but hell, at least they got in on the shelves. Do watch: if you like thoughtful, unsettling cinema. Don't watch: if you want a predictable, slam-bang shoot 'em up.
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