Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods ★★★★½

A riveting drama with excellent performances and stunning cinematography. The story follows a group of Vietnam Vets who return to the country years later to find the gold they buried as well as the body of their leader. It’s brilliantly written with some thought-provoking insights into the the experiences of black soldiers during that period. There are a couple scenes which get predictable but otherwise there’s a tense, unpredictable atmosphere throughout. The characters feel real and the way the film explores how they coped with the horrors of war is smartly done. 

The whole cast are on top form. Delroy Lindo is the standout as the PTSD stricken Paul. The scene where he breaks down in the jungle is outstanding. Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chadwick Boseman are perfectly cast as the other members of the group. Jonathan Majors, Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen and Jean Reno all provide decent support. 

The cinematography is awesome, especially the use of different aspect ratios to differentiate between the two time zones. Another thing I’m that is really impressive is the long takes.

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