The movie “Blood In…Blood Out,” is a movie about the realities of the streets, crime, drugs, gangs and prison life. It tells the story of three young Chicano teens who are trying to survive in East Los Angeles. First, you meet Paco, a rebellious teen that loves a fight, and is in a small East Los Angeles Street gang called “Vatos Locos.” Then, there is his half brother Cruz, who is an artist, he is trying to stay away from the gang life by painting, however, he still is and hangs with the Vatos Locos. Lastly, with blonde hair, blue eyes, and white skin, there is Miklo the cousin of Cruz and Paco, who ran away from his white father to reconect with his Mexican roots. The only problem with Miklo is that he does not look Chicano, and the Mexican community, including Paco, have a hard time accepting him into the world he so much wants to be a part of. His friends call him names like “white boy” or “güero” to make fun of his skin. Miklo though, is determined to gain the respect of his peers, he decides that he too wants to be a “Vato Loco,” which doesn’t sit very well with Paco. He tells Miklo, “Do white boys get Vatos Locos placas (tattoos)? No, it doesn’t happen. Unless…” and that’s where all the drama starts.
Paco decides that his cousin can be part of the Vatos Locos, but with one condition, since he is half white, he will have to prove himself to the group, by doing something big for them. Miklo quickly obliges, and bashes out the window of a rival gang called “Tres Puntos.” With that Miklo gets to be in the “in crowd” as he always wanted to be. Tres Puntos not agreeing with this, takes it out on Cruz, and therefore starts a gang war. Things get worse when at a war between the two gangs, Miklo shoots and kills the head member of the other gang, Spider. This brings on even bigger problems then they can imagine, Miklo is send back to jail, Paco didn’t have other choice than volunteer for the military service and Cruz becomes an artist and a drug addict, which...
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