Mixed Blood Reviews
(1985) Mixed Blood
ACTION CRIME DRAMA
Low budget, and although interesting, it could've been better. The movie focuses on some of the worst slums called "Alphabet City", a slang name of a neighborhood located within the East Village in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Its name comes from Avenues A, B, C, and D, the only avenues in Manhattan to have single-letter names. And depicting a point in time when crime was frequent since it was common knowledge that some of the NYC police were corrupt. Anyways, out of two rival gang factions competing for illegal drug selling, it sympathizes more on one of them lead by a lady who derived from Rio De Janeiro whose name is Rita La Punta (Marília Pęra) who happen to have a good looking son she calls Thiago(Richard Ulacia). Complications arise as soon as one of two rival gang member, Carol(Linda Kerridge) sought a liking to Thiago, Rita's second hand man, allowing the possibility for The German (Ulrich Berr) to take full control.
Besides the budget being low, viewers would also have to endure many second rate acting. It explains itself well but could've been better.
2 out of 4 stars
Marilia Pera's mother figure/Brazilian gang leader is analogous to Ernest Borgnine's joyous mob boss in "Spike of Bensonhurst," and this is a similar social criticism and humored depiction of the triangulations necessary to maintaining a family amidst a crumbling social order and the strange and timeless relationship between race and the family unit ; also similarly racist (i.e. honest by today's standards) and moving as the latter film.The major difference is that with Mixed Blood Morrissey is more firmly tied to the formal design of his exacting blocking, as his young gang members march across the beautiful ruins of the lower east side tenements of 1984.
The uplifting Carribean pop provides the hopeful frame to Morrissey's pessimistic and sardonic social view. A major sequence take place in a real nyc store devoted entirely to Menudo merchandise. The difficulty for critics to wrap their heads around Morrissey's work has much to do with how deeply permeating liberal humanistic truisms have become film culture. The final shot and exchange between mother and son is a perfectly articulated and poetic moment of abrupt limbo. Highly recommended.