(2020) (Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Four African-American veterans return to Vietnam to retrieve the remains of their fallen commander as well as the bars of gold they hid there decades ago.
Paul (DELROY LINDO), Otis (CLARKE PETERS), Eddie (NORM LEWIS), and Melvin (ISIAH WHITLOCK JR.) all served together in Vietnam under the command of Stormin' Norman (CHADWICK BOSEMAN) and have now returned there decades after the war to retrieve Norman's remains. But that's half of what they tell their guide, Vinh (JOHNNY TRI NGUYEN), who will escort them from Ho Chi Minh City to but not into the jungles where they fought. The other thing they hope to find is a stash of gold bars they found in a plane wreck back during the war and buried for future removal.
To help get those out of the country, Otis visits his former lover, Tien (LE Y LAN) -- with whom he's only just learned they had a daughter, Michon (SANDY HUONG PHAM), together -- who arranges a meeting with French businessman Desroche (JEAN RENO) who informs them he'll liquidate the bars and put the money into untraceable accounts. Paul, who suffers the most of the group from PTSD, is wary of that arrangement, but he has bigger concerns when his estranged adult son, David (JONATHAN MAJORS), shows up unexpectedly, says he knows of the plan, and wants part of the cut.
Before they all head out, he meets young French do-gooder Hedy (MELANIE THIERRY) who -- along with her friends Simon (PAUL WALTER HAUSER) and Seppo (JASPER PAAKKONEN) -- are actively working to remove landmines and other unexploded bombs from the countryside and jungles. Little do they realize that their paths will all cross at a later point as the veterans and David make their way through what was once hostile territory in search of their long-dead commander and the gold they hid.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might, especially if they're fans of director Spike Lee.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong violence, grisly images and pervasive language.
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