They took her sister. She’ll take their lives.
Mateo Frazier and Diego Joaquin Lopez‘s BLAZE YOU OUT, an intriguing Latino film that shatters stereotypes and manages to provide audiences with a variety of well-written and diverse female characters, notably the protagonist and the main antagonist. Symbolism and mysticism used to enhance the story and pairs excellently with the beautiful New Mexican landscape. Frazier and Lopez are also responsible for writing the script and their hard work certainly pays off and shows itself in every minute.
Lupe (Veronica Diaz Carranza) is an aspiring DJ with a fiery spirit looking after her younger sister Alicia (Melissa Cordero) since the passing of their mother. Their community has always been plagued by heroin, and Alicia’s boyfriend Isaiah (Jeremiah Bitsui) dies after Whitey (Mark Adair-Rios) giving him a toxic injection. Alicia is on the run after witnessing his death with Whitey in merciless pursuit. Lupe must brave the criminal underworld to save her sister. Dona (Elizabeth Pena), Whitey’s mother and the head of the illegal activity in the small community, is a loving mother but a menacing businesswoman. Ironically, her and her son are both highly religious, even going so far as to have prayer hands tattooed on her chest. She is a beautiful older woman, but it made very clear being on her bad side is not a good place to be.
Lupe comes across as a tough, yet loving mother figure for her sister and only wants the best for her. Well-written character backgrounds alleviated the negativity depicted about life in the barrio. Another amazing character performance that also stood out is Brujo (Raoul Trujillo), Isaiah’s father who happens to be a practitioner of witchcraft.
Blaze You Out is an unexpected urban gem. I highly recommended for artistic value alone.
BLAZE YOU OUT Special features include:
• The Making of Blaze You Out
• Stunt Work on the Set of Blaze You Out
• Graffiti Art on the Set of Blaze You Out
• Trailer Gallery
The making of featurette goes behind the scenes and Fraizer and Lopez talk of their wanting to present strong female characters in the film and why they chose New Mexico for location. Cast members discuss their characters and their personalities, and it can be said everyone invested great work into letting their roles come across as strong on screen. A lot of insight from viewing this featurette about the back stories put into the characters and the general inspiration for the film. The stunt work feature shows the stunt coordinator working with the actors filming the fight scenes and scenes featuring motor vehicles. Graffiti Art features artist Travis Dale and his work featured in the Blaze You Out film. He discusses that he read about the characters, mainly Arte (played by Diego Lopez), to get inside of his mind and see what the characters convey through art.
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