Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.
|Release Date||:||June 14, 2002|
|Genres||:||Drama, Action, History, War|
|Production Company||:||Lion Rock Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||John Woo, Cate Hardman|
|Writers||:||John Rice, Joe Batteer|
|Casts||:||Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Isaacs, Christian Slater, Frances O'Connor, Keith Campbell, Martin Henderson|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, world war ii, radio transmission, marine corps, us army, code, navajo, pacific war|
When watching the trailer of Windtalkers, one gets the impression that this film is about the Navajo indians and how their native language was used to create a code that could not be broken by the Japanese. However, it turns out that this film is really about a white army seargeant (Nicolas Cage) and how he eventually befriends the codetalker (Adam Beach) that he is responsible for protecting.
Director John Woo doesn't disappoint with the action sequences. All of them are breathtaking and highly detailed. However, all of this action tends to take away the emphasis on the story. No matter, the scenes that show the developing friendship between the two seargeants (Cage and Christian Slater) and the codetalkers (Beach and Roger Willie) gives Windtalkers its heart. (7/10)