Windtalkers (2002)

5.9/10 by 247 users

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
MPAA Rating:R
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
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Plot Keywords:japan, world war ii, radio transmission, marine corps, us army, code, navajo, pacific war
  • Great action sequences but little emphasis on story
    November 24, 2003
    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)