Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Delrot Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Rating: R (United States) Running Time: 154 minutes
Release Date: June 12, 2020 - Netflix
| Film Synopsis |
From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets — Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) — who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul's concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature — while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.
| Review |
Hollywood has depicted the Vietnam War with such films as Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Oliver Stone’s Platoon. Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter. Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. We now get Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS. Lee's story shows us four black Vietnam veterans going back to their old battleground in a quest to locate and repatriate the remains of their commander (Chadwick Boseman), who was killed in combat. The group consists of Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis) and Melvin (Isaiah Whitlock Jr.). They are joined by Paul’s estranged son David (Jonathan Majors), who forces himself to join the group in a bid to reconnect with his father. Spike Lee tells his compelling story about Vietnam and brotherhood that couldn’t feel more timely right now. DA 5 BLOODS is a well-made film and features very powerful imagery throughout. Delroy Lindo stands out as the main lead and we could see his name during the award season.
| Overall Reaction |
Summary (out of 5)
The film opens and closes with montages about the State of America “then,” and the State of America “now.” DA 5 BLOODS honours the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a beautiful well made movie that is worth checking out and for sure I can see this film being in the 2020's Oscar contenders.