Spike Lee returns with his famous hyperrealism style in this Vietnam movie. Four Vietnam vets return to Vietnam to find the remains of their deceased comrade stormin' Norman as well as a stash of treasure. However, the path to their desires is strewn with betrayal, emotions, and minefields.
Da 5 Bloods hosts as an array of wonderful performances, most notably the 'Blacks for Trump' supporter Paul, played by the vicious Delroy Lindo. And, while Lee's signature style plays wonderfully in the first half of the movie, Lee seems to mold the film into an action-adventure romp. Except it isn't so much a molding of the film's shape but instead a smushing.
Lee is known to crush genres together, like a human hadron collider, but here it isn't seamless, sadly appearing sudden and misjudged. Despite this, the film is highly enjoyable and does not drag, despite its long-running time. It isn't Lee's best but in these volcanic times, Da 5 Bloods is an essential piece of education on racism in the U.S.