The trailer has arrived for Da 5 Bloods, the next movie from filmmaker Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcom X, BlacKkKlansman).
The Netflix movie tells of four African-American Vietnam War vets (played by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isiah Whitlock, Jr) who head back to Vietnam to find the remains of their fallen leader (Chadwick Boseman) and to recover the treasure they had buried years ago. Of course, it wont be smooth sailing.
Lee’s far-from-subtle approach can hit hard when it lands – and Da 5 Bloods looks to have a lot going for it. It’s a creatively-crafted trailer, even if it’s a little hard to get a feel for what the film will be like. In usual Lee style, though, there are a number of themes at play; African Americans in the Vietnam War, the long-lasting trauma, and… a treasure hunt with shootouts involved? With a strong cast, what could be an engrossing amount going on, and a run time of 2 hours and 34 minutes, this thing has me mighty intrigued.
This is Lee’s second Netflix feature; his previous was 2015’s Chi-Raq. He was also behind Netflix’s cancelled-in-2019 series She’s Gotta Have It, based on Lee’s own ’86 film.
Da 5 Bloods, also starring Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, and Jean Reno, hits Netflix on June 12.
Official synopsis for Da 5 Bloods:
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.