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DA 5 BLOODS - Review

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Rated: R


Release Date: June 12, 2020

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Plot: Four war-brothers return to Vietnam, and to the spot where they lost one of their own. But they have a secret that they’ve kept for nearly 50 years.


Clint Says: A great film…if you can handle it





Spike Lee is back again, giving us a look at an historic event from a different angle. His ability to help us see things from another viewpoint is extraordinary. This time he deals with the struggle of people of color during the Vietnam conflict. It is eye-opening, heart-breaking, and anger-inducing.

This film is not for the squeamish. There is a lot of violence, blood, and gore. Lee doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to the hell of war. He continues the intensity and the effects that war has on people through the characters’ long-term physical and mental issues.

It is fascinating to see how one event affects these men and their relationships in different ways over the course of their lives.

This is a long film, clocking in at 2 ½ hours. For the most part it moves quickly, but there are times where it feels like it is dragging a bit. The good news is that the acting is so superior that the pacing issues seem minor. It would not surprise me at all if there are multiple acting award nominations that come from these performances.

This is a powerful film that checks all of the right boxes for a big awards run, but it does have a couple of major problems that may keep it from winning. The main quest is highly compelling, but the way the crew finds the item is just too silly and improbable. The climax is another problem for the film. It goes from intense to ridiculous. There are several scenes that take the drama way too far over the edge. It makes those scenes laughable rather than powerful.

Overall, this is a spectacular film aside from its issues. It is well worth a watch, if you can handle it.

(Streaming on Netflix)



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