Nightmare of the DC Sniper Attacks Brought to the Big Screen in 'Blue Caprice'
Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 06:42 PM EDT
Eleven years after the DC sniper attacks, the nightmarish story has been produced for the big screen.
The feature film "Blue Caprice" debuted in limited theatres and stars Isaiah Washington as John Allan Muhammad. It chronicles the relationship between Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Malvo.
"My kneejerk reaction, like anyone, was like, 'why? It was so long ago, it was horrific.' and, me being African-American, I didn't want to support that image," Washington told FOX45 on his initial reaction to the film.
But the lines between the DC snipers' reality and Hollywood's version have become blurred.
"People are like, 'Why are you telling the John Allen Muhammad story?' I'm not," Washington said. "I'm playing a character named John Allen."
Loyola Communications Professor Dr. Elliot King cautions people not take this film as true to life, but rather a Hollywood depiction of the terror felt in 2002.
"Is there a social value to making these kinds of movies? I don't think so. Is there a social interest in making these movies? Yes," King said.
Ed Norris was Baltimore City Police Chief at the time of the attacks. He expressed surprise that the movie hadn't been made sooner.
"Frankly, I'm surprised it took so long for them to come out with a feature film on the incident. It's such a terrifying national story. I thought it would come out long ago," Norris said, and recalled the feeling during the attacks, "People were terrified. People were terrified to send their kids to school, to go eat out, to go get gas. The acts were so random."
Though 11 years have passed since the attacks, "It's fresh in people's memory," the film's director, Alexandre Moors, said. "In my opinion, it could've happened 100 years ago."
Blue Caprice is available as a rental on iTunes.