Parents' Guide to

Blast Beat

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Uneven but vivid drama has strong language, drinking, pot.

Movie NR 2021 105 minutes
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great movie

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Cluttered with too many ideas, this drama still gets credit for its three-dimensional portrayal of the immigrant experience in America and its love-hate portrait of brothers. The title Blast Beat refers to the hyper-fast, machine-gun drumming heard in death-metal songs (of which the movie's soundtrack is richly composed), but, aside from being a cool title, it has virtually nothing to do with the rest of the movie. There are other jagged edges here, too. For example, in Colombia, Carly seems to be dating a young woman (Kali Uchis) but isn't affected at all by their impending separation. But later, when she video-chats to tell him she's dating someone else, he gets upset.

The family's reason for leaving Colombia involves some kind of criminal extortion that they're trying to escape, but it's not really explained or brought up again. Other bits and pieces feel tacked on, but Blast Beat still comes out ahead by offering the complex story of an immigrant family trying to grab hold of the American dream, and all of the obstacles that get in their way, from red tape to blatant racism. And the real-life Arias brothers (older brother Moises, who plays Mateo, had his breakout role in the terrific The Kings of Summer) have a tangible connection; their jealousies, rage, and love are undeniably honest.

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