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Da 5 Bloods
Academy Award® Nominee
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...  View more >

Starring Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr....  View more >

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Apr 22, 2021
Da 5 Bloods has to be one of the best Netflix original movies that I've seen. Directed by Spike Lee and featuring a great cast, including a major performance by Delroy Lindo, we are immersed in the story of four Vietnam vets who are returning to the country. Their mission is two-fold: to retrieve the remains of the group's leader who was killed during the war, and to retrieve a stash of gold bars that they were tasked to retrieve when their leader was killed.

Spike Lee is known for making movies with a message, and this is no different. In fact, it's all about the message. That's not a bad thing, because his message rings true, especially at a time when racial disparity is in the national conversation.

Following these four guys as they reunite and celebrate their long friendship was like being the proverbial fly on the wall. The chemistry seems real and it adds to the immersion in the story.

While all the performances are pretty good, Delroy Lindo really stands out. His character is the most tortured of the four, and Lindo does a great job at conveying the hurt, the anger, and the despair that comes from years of dealing with both.

Music plays a part in the movie, and the score and the Marvin Gaye songs are a perfect fit. (The score was nominated for an Academy Award)

The movie falters in its final act, however, and that was a bit of a letdown, considering how strong it was beforehand. Lindo's character achieves an arc, but then is betrayed by an ending that is more suited to a Tarantino or Scorcese film. The final wrap-up also seemed rushed, like they weren't sure how to finish it.

That said, the movie is well worth watching.

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