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Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Updated: May 23

R | 2h 34min | 7/10 | #Drama #War #Adventure

Parental Rating: R (Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian)

 
 

STORYLINE:

"Da 5 Bloods" (2020) follows the story of four veterans, Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), who embark on a mission to retrieve the remains of their squad leader, Norman (Chadwick Boseman), and locate a cache of gold they buried during the war. As they journey through the Vietnamese countryside, the group confronts their own inner demons and the lasting scars of combat, all while navigating the socioeconomic struggles that continue to affect their lives. The film weaves a complex narrative that addresses the sacrifices of Black soldiers and the ongoing fight for justice and equality, making a poignant statement on patriotism, friendship, and the legacy of trauma.


STAFF REVIEW:

Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" is a powerful and ambitious film that masterfully blends history with a compelling adventure story. Through its richly drawn characters and sharp social commentary, the film offers a critical examination of the Vietnam War's legacy and the overlooked contributions of Black soldiers. Delroy Lindo's performance is a standout, delivering a deeply emotional portrayal of a man haunted by his past. Spike Lee's direction ensures the film is both a riveting drama and a thoughtful reflection on race, war, and the bonds that endure through adversity. With its vibrant soundtrack, stunning cinematography, and poignant narrative, "Da 5 Bloods" is a significant addition to the war film genre and Spike Lee's filmography.


CREDITS:

Director: Spike Lee

Written by:

- Danny Bilson

- Paul De Meo

- Kevin Willmott

- Spike Lee

Starring:

- Delroy Lindo as Paul

- Clarke Peters as Otis

- Norm Lewis as Eddie

- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Melvin

- Jonathan Majors as David

- Chadwick Boseman as Norman

Produced by:

- Jon Kilik

- Spike Lee

- Beatriz Levin

- Lloyd Levin

Production Company(s):

- 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks

Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel

Edited by:

- Adam Gough

Music by: Terence Blanchard

Distributed by: Netflix

Release date: June 12, 2020

Run Time: 2h 34min

Country: United States

Languages: English, Vietnamese

Budget: $35–45 million

Box Office: Not Reported


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