Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Christian Slater, Noah Emmerich, Emily
has absolutely nothing to do with flatulence even though some of
our reviewers say they can "windtalk" with their cheeks.
It also doesn't really have that much to do with teaching the history
of the United States military's use of Navajos as code talkers during
World War II. However, it has everything to do with showing some
of the most graphic and visually stunning battlefield action sequences
we've seen to date.
World War II, the Japanese proved quite adept at breaking U.S. codes
until the military decided to deploy a new code based on the language
of a native american tribe called the Navajos. Hundreds of Navajos
were recruited to be used as code talkers, and they proved highly
effective. They could encode and decode messages in mere minutes
and the Japanese were unable to break this new code.
story in Windtalkers centers around a Marine named Joe Enders, played
by Nicolas Cage. He is assigned to one of the Navajo code talkers,
played by Adam Beach, with orders to protect the code. If you can't
read between the lines, this means do not let the Navajo fall into
enemy hands alive. He is to protect him if he can, but kill him
if he has to in order to keep the code talker out of enemy hands.
of this is really just the premise for some hellacious battle sequences.
We learn a little about Enders. We also learn just enough about
the Yahzee, the code talker, to find him to be a nice guy and not
want to see him die. That's about it for real character development
here. The movie is battle sequence after battle sequence with very
little downtime inbetween. There is just almost too much action
even for us! By the end of the movie we've seen so many explosions
and people getting shot that it truly is starting to feel like overkill.
credit where it is due, John Woo really did a great job with these
action sequences. It doesn't do quite as well as Saving
Private Ryan at having us feel like we're in the action. However,
it is as least as good as Black
Hawk Down at showing how fast paced and hectic battle can be.
If you like your war movies heavy on action and light on plot, this
one is a must-see.
is a war movie, lots and lots of guns and more.
of missing appendages and other nasty wounds.
Blood & Gore
and tanks aren't very speedy...
a lot of squaws in this movie.
couple of good lines, but this is mostly intense action.