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On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific. During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were continually able to break coded military transmissions. In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code.
Drama War - This is an action-heavy and extremely graphic war film that will
satisfy action fans and even drama fans--that is, those who can take
the brutal violence. Men, particularly younger ones, are the
audience most likely to enjoy. Women with a taste for action and a
tolerance for brutality will also enjoy. The film is far too
intense and graphic for children.
PROFANITY: 10 F-words, 12 GD's, 14 S-words, and fairly frequent use of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Many brutal sequences of wartime combat. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Numerous scenes of war combat. COMEDY: Limited to the occasional one-liner.
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Review Good "Woo restrains his cast, going for underplayed performances
that step nimbly over the worst script landmines -- and stay out of the way of
''Windtalkers''' bigger, wordless ambitions.''
James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Above Average "Windtalkers is one of the least distinguished
entries into the new genre of war movies. This film proves that more is needed
than visceral displays of battle carnage, digitally amplified gunfire and
explosions, and a camera that won't keep still. Woo is unquestionably a director
of great talent and ability, but he went into this movie with too weak a script,
and the result is little better than a mediocre and repetitive depiction of one
offensive in the most important war of the last century.''
Review Average "There is a way to make a good movie like "Windtalkers,"
and that's to go the indie route. A low-budget Sundance-style picture would
focus on the Navajo characters, their personalities and issues. The moment you
decide to make "Windtalkers" a big-budget action movie with a major
star and lots of explosions, flying bodies and stunt men, you give up any
possibility that it can succeed on a human scale. The Navajo code talkers have
waited a long time to have their story told. Too bad it appears here merely as a
gimmick in an action picture.''
Review Average "Windtalkers is capably made and certainly impresses
by carrying its length, but it doesn't expand 60 years of World War II screen
literature by very much...But this perfectly modulated subplot has surprising
emotional depth despite its brevity, a promising sign in any action specialist's
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On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. For the next several years, U.S. forces were fully engaged in battle throughout the Pacific, taking over islands one by one in a slow progression towards mainland Japan. During this brutal campaign, the Japanese were continually able to break coded military transmissions, dramatically slowing U.S. progress.
In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code.
Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach)— a Navajo code talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. Enders' orders are to protect his code talker, but if Yahzee should fall into enemy hands, he's to "protect the code at all costs." Against the backdrop of the horrific Battle of
Saipan, when capture is imminent, Enders is forced to make a decision: if he can't protect his fellow Marine, can he bring himself to kill him to protect the code? The Navajo code was the only one never broken by the Japanese, and is considered to have been key in winning the war.