In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award® 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. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military's most powerful secret? John Woodirects this "exciting" (Premiere),
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The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert.
It's the best new battle film since Black Hawk Down.
Although too simplistic, overly melodramatic and psychologically underdeveloped to be a great movie, Windtalkers is a perfectly good one.
Windtalkers is shapelessly gratifying, the kind of movie that invites you to pick apart its faults even as you have to admit that somehow it hit you where you live.
[Woo] doesn't reinvent the war film with Windtalkers. But he does capitalize on the post-Private Ryan trend toward showing combat at its most brutal and personal.
Woo makes Windtalkers his own by combining the style and concerns of his earlier work with retro-sounding music and other war-movie conventions.