Spike Lee’s latest film arrives on Netflix today amidst two of the biggest moments in history the pandemic and the largest global protest of our time or any time. The movie tells the story of four Vietnam vets (Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.)
This new Vietnam War film Da 5 Bloods, follows a band of African-American veterans hunting for gold. The movie opens with clips and TV footage of Muhammad Ali, Dr King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis: interlaced with murders and massacres and shootings captured of the Vietnam War. Race and the American empire are under the microscope not just in the Da 5 Blood but with the murder of George Floyd this makes for an emotionally charged ride. Right now the notion of Black servicemen fighting overseas for a country that refuses to treat them like an equal is even more profoundly disturbing and uneasy because we are now unable to pretend this only happens in the movies. As far as Netflix originals go this one is by far one worth watching. Told with flashback, it is a flashback to the artistry of filmmaking that only Spike knows how to deliver.
Main image: ISIAH WHITLOCK JR. as MELVIN, NORM LEWIS as EDDIE, DELROY LINDO as PAUL, CLARKE PETERS as OTIS and JONATHAN MAJORS as DAVID in SPIKE LEE’s ‘DA 5 BLOODS’ NETFLIX in Da 5 Bloods, Netflix
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