2000s Windtalkers (2002)

Published on December 31st, 2006 | by Chris

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Windtalkers (2002)

Movie by :
John Woo

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On December 31, 2006
Last modified:October 4, 2012

Summary:

They can't all be works of art, but Windtalkers is still a sound wartime-action movie, if you get past Cage's acting and the technical/effects snafus.

Windtalkers (2002)2002's Windtalkersis the semi-fictional tale of two Navajo code-talkers and their USMC "protectors" during the Battle of Saipan in the Pacific during World War II.

The Navajo code-talkers were a very real and very effective weapon in the Pacific theater. Put simply, the Japanese just couldn't figure it out. Check out more in this Wikipedia article....

But that's about where it ends. There's been a lot of unfavorable reviews of Windtalkers, and for the most part I'd have to agree with a lot of it. At times the battle scenes and gunfire gets a little too outrageous to be believed. Taking out four or five enemy soldiers with burst from the old Tommy gun while standing up, and not getting a scratch. Noplace else but Hollywood. Granted a lot of that probably comes from Director John Woo's Hong Kong action flick history, but a little more thought could have gone into it.

I'm not exactly a huge fan of Nicholas Cage either. He brings the same wooden acting to Sgt. Joe Enders as he does to everything else. The whole flashback thing just doesn't seem necessary, except as a counterpoint to a situation he faces later in the film...which is also pretty unrelated to the core story.

On the other hand, Adam Beach's Navajo code-talker Ben Yahzee is an awesome character. He goes from the stoic stereotypical Indian, to just your average Joe, to knife-wielding berserker with ease.

Sure a lot in this film is on the hokey side. Planes flying in and dropping their bombs at an altitude of 30 ft. Huge explosions (actually there's just a few but shown from several different angles) and bullets that don't seem to hit anything. Plus enough World War II movie cliches to choke a horse.

They can't all be works of art, but Windtalkers is still a sound wartime-action movie, if you get past Cage's acting and the technical/effects snafus.

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Description

In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award(r) winner*Nicolas Cage) guardsand ultimately befriendsBen Yahzee (Adam Beach), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENT
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Adam Beach
  • Peter Stormare
  • Noah Emmerich
  • Mark Ruffalo

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Velveeta, July 13, 2015
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C. Smyth (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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I wanted so much to like this movie. I think the premise behind it is great and have watched documentaries on the subject of the Navajo Codetalkers. You could say I'm slightly biased being part native american. However, I found the movie pretty cheesy and the acting light-weight. If you're interested in WW2 or native americans, it's worth sifting through the cheese. Otherwise, it doesn't stand on it's own as a great movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gory battle scenes and premise of body guard is historically false, December 11, 2013
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Rocketman (Cleveland, OH USA) - See all my reviews
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I rented the movie to see how the Navaho used codes to help win the war. But there was not very much of code usage. The movie had no plot and was basically a bunch of gory battle scenes with the Japanese. Then the premise that the body guard (Nicholas Cage) was to kill the Navaho to prevent the "code" from falling into enemy hands is historically false. The purpose of the body guard was to protect the Navaho's from being mistaken for Japanese and being accidentally killed by Americans. So this false premise just makes people falsely mad at white Americans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, November 8, 2017
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Works great
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Summary: They can't all be works of art, but Windtalkers is still a sound wartime-action movie, if you get past Cage's acting and the technical/effects snafus.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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