Enjoyable, on many levels. Yes, it was a weaving of certain classical films, as we had read, but it worked. OK, it is not an epic, like ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and, yes, it did have a ‘docu-film’ feel to it, at times, but maybe the theme and the age demands that. I was glued for over 2 1/2 hours: the acting superb, a relevant ending, crowned by the moving words of MLK Jr. My only criticism was the music. I would have made more of the music score, and in some scenes the music didn’t fit in with what was going on.
So, for me 4 1/2 stars … OK! **** 3/4!
As a teenager growing up in Wales in the sixties, I liked the historical reminders, since the Viet Nam war had a huge effect on my ‘growing-up.’
Muhammad Ali’s words did come flooding back: “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America … and shoot them for what? They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn’t put no dogs on me. They didn’t rob me of my nationality.”
Finally, I agree with K Austin Collins – “Delroy Lindo delivers a career-high performance.”
Four Black vets returning to Vietnam when, all along, the real enemy has been back home.” Sadly, some things have not changed.
The contagio that is racism persists.
BASICALLY, I LIKE A GOOD STORY TOLD WELL. AND A STORY THAT MAKES YOU THINK. IT TICKS ALL THREE BOXES.