Blast Beat

2020, Drama, 1h 45m

16 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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On the cusp of the year 2000, Colombian brothers Carly (Mateo Arias) and Mateo (Moises Arias) prepare to move to the United States for their last years of high school. Metalhead Carly has his heart set on attending the Georgia Aerospace Institute and working for NASA, while his supportive parents (Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama) seize the chance to escape the political turmoil in Colombia and chase the American Dream. At first, Mateo is the only one to express any cynicism, but when the reality of their new life sinks in, the family struggles to adapt as their expectations are shattered. When events threaten to derail their future, Carly's dream becomes his only lifeline.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Dae Kim
School Professor
Wilmer Valderrama
Ernesto Andres
Diane Guererro
Nelly Andres
Esteban Arango
Screenwriter
Ty Walker
Producer
Poppy Hanks
Producer
Mateo Arias
Executive Producer
Moises Arias
Executive Producer
Daniel Dae Kim
Executive Producer
Greta Fuentes
Executive Producer
Yira Vilaro
Executive Producer
Ed Wu
Cinematographer
Alex Blatt
Film Editor
David Murillo R.
Original Music
Olga Miasnikova
Production Designer
Eugene K. Johnson
Art Director
Camilla Saldarriaga
Costume Designer
Meagan Lewis
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Critic Reviews for Blast Beat

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (6)

  • It's grounded in sincere emotion and very thoughtful in its exploration of the American Dream.

    June 2, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film wants to talk about so many topics, and yet it ends up shortchanging all of them so that it can make for one massive emotional scene after the next.

    February 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Blast Beat" powers through its clichés by cranking up a soundtrack of Synapticide and the Eastside Boyz.

    January 31, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There's plenty of potential here to bring original insights to the immigrant experience, but not enough skill in the plotting or execution to tap into it.

    January 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A terrific bilingual debut that keenly scrutinizes the American Dream, those who pursue it vehemently, and the ones who reject it as the sole avenue to fulfillment.

    January 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie has some flaws (including an ending that's just a little too rushed), but Blast Beat overall will make a memorable impression on viewers of this unique immigrant family story.

    May 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • It's grounded in sincere emotion and very thoughtful in its exploration of the American Dream.

    June 2, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film wants to talk about so many topics, and yet it ends up shortchanging all of them so that it can make for one massive emotional scene after the next.

    February 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Blast Beat" powers through its clichés by cranking up a soundtrack of Synapticide and the Eastside Boyz.

    January 31, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There's plenty of potential here to bring original insights to the immigrant experience, but not enough skill in the plotting or execution to tap into it.

    January 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie has some flaws (including an ending that's just a little too rushed), but Blast Beat overall will make a memorable impression on viewers of this unique immigrant family story.

    May 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • ... establishes some intriguing character dynamics, yet as a broader examination of the immigrant experience, it lacks the depth and nuance to make an impact.

    May 22, 2021 | Full Review…

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