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Windtalkers [Blu-ray]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After his heroics during the 'Solomon Island' campaign, 'Sergeant Joe Enders'
who had to recover from injuries sustained is determined to return to active
service, even persuading a nurse to help him fool the medics to do so.
the 'Japanese' have broken every code the U.S. military have used.
they come up with the idea of using the ancient 'Navajo' language needing
'Navajo' conscripts to use the code ........Wind-talking'
'Joe Enders' is assigned a Windtalker 'Private Ben Yahzee' with a mission of
keeping his charge safe and out of enemy hands at 'all costs' protecting the
code.
The sergeant doesn't do friendship............until....
a terrific and well made war-drama..........realistic, action packed, inspired
by a true story.
there are always 'new films' to watch, '2013' is shaping up to be a great year
for new releases.
the slightly older 'Gems' tend to be pushed to the back of the shelf as new
films are collected.
I think we tend to forget just how good many of the 'let's say -a little older'
movies really are.
it's worth taking time out to, like I am trying to do, to revisit some of these,
it's easy to forget them with so many promising new releases.
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It could have been such a great movie. The story of code talkers AND of the terrible and tragic battle of Saipan in one movie - and they had Nicholas Cage, who, contrary to all his haters, is a good actor (remember a little movie called "Moonstruck"?). But the way this film was made... oh, brother... I couldn't believe it.

First, the director messed up a potentially passionate story by showing the recruitement, training and arrival of the Indian code talker to the front in possibly the dullest, colourless way possible. Expect a looooong introduction.

Then, Nicholas Cage character was made in a depressed, half suicidal idiot. Good grief, he plays a man with a mission here, an intelligence officer, charged to protect an invaluable asset (the Indian code talker) - there is no way that in time of war somebody so depressed and dejected could be assigned such a mission. Except in direst of circumstances - and to invade Saipan US Marines and US Army had lots of ressources, including good officers.

The fighting scenes on Saipan - they are exactly like in the worst Chuck Norris movies from the 80s. A short message to moviemakers in Hollywood: "Hello, guys, Spielberg with "Saving Private Ryan" and Ridley Scott with "Blackhawk Down" already revisited war movies - and the kind of cheap stuff we were OK with before, we, the viewers, we do not buy it anymore". I fully agree with some of the previous reviewers - in this film Japanese soldiers act like total morons and get killed by bushels from a single burst of machine gun. This is ridiculous. The fighting scenes on Solomon Islands in the opening scenes (featuring Nicholas Cage) are EVEN worse!

The ending was supposed to be sad and touching - but at that moment I was so tired of "Windtalkers" that I was just relieved that it is over.

I give this movie two stars just because I simply like Nicholas Cage, no matter how bad is the movie he is in. Also Adam Beach, the Canadian actor who comes from the Ojibwa nation, gives a great performance and he saves some scenes from the total disaster. But it is still a disaster. Do not waste your money and one evening.
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on 11 January 2012
I was looking forward to this DVD as I had heard about it and was intrigued by the thought of the deception by the Americans using Native Americans speaking in their own language to fool the Japanese. I believe that Welsh speakers were used by our Army in WW11. I enjoyed the film although it is extremely noisy and is let down by having Nicholas Cage in it. I read about the real Windtalkers on line and it seems to follow reality pretty well. If you like war films, as I do you will enjoy this. I particularly enjoyed hearing the Native American language and looked up the alphabet and learned a few words. I wanted to find out what happened to the Windtalkers after the war, those who survived went back to their homes and continued life normally although I believe they were never really recognised for their bravery.
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on 29 July 2015
It's a War Movie, very much like several similar WWII or Vietnam affairs produced over the decades.
The key subplot to this adds a little, much needed, extra Ingredient.
Cage plays a decidedly war-crazed killing Machine, who bizarrely launches himself and his Charge into countless, full-on, deadly fire-fights with the Enemy, somewhat against his basic Orders to protect the Radio Operator (???).... all of which serves to provide endless, big-Bangs Action scenes.
The "Windtalkers" aspect of the Story seems to be side-lined throughout in favour of putting the all-American (Colonial !!!) Heroes on show in all their War-torn Glory.
Like the hundreds of Bullets, Bombs, Mortars, Grenades and Samurai Swords aimed at Cage's death-defying Character... it's a bit Hit & Miss ;-)
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on 9 July 2013
A new slant on the Pacific War, but not a patch on 'Pride of the Marines'. Guadalcanal and Saipan feature highly in US operations during 1942-4, but I had the feeling, which other reviewers shared, that the Japanese displayed moronic rather than Kamekaze traits. The battle scenes were in fact extremely good, apart from the CGIs of low flying fighter aircraft. Nicolas Cage looked like a volcano about to erupt, while Adam Beach learns how to grow up fast. For those who are looking for a 'modern' uptake on the Pacific War, I would recommend 'Flags of Our Fathers' and 'Letters from Iwo jima'. This film isn't in the same class.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
From mid-1942 to the end of the Pacific war, approximately 400 Navajo Indians served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units as "code talkers". Their job was to transmit military traffic by radio and telephone in their native language. It was a code the Japanese never cracked. This is the inner kernel of the script for WINDTALKERS.

Nicolas Cage plays Sgt. Joe Enders. He's already demonstrated his ability to follow orders. In the Solomon Islands campaign, his unit fought to the last man - Enders himself - to defend some piece of scummy swamp. After recovering from injuries, Joe is assigned as guardian to a newly enlisted Navajo, Pvt. Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), who's a rookie radioman in a Marine recon outfit that's part of the assault on Saipan. Joe's orders are to protect the Navajo code "at all costs", which means, in effect, that Enders must be ready to kill Yahzee rather than allow the latter to be captured by the enemy.

Director John Woo has buried the nugget of a pretty good story in so many dead bodies and special effects that it's virtually lost to view. Woo must have been trying to outdo WE WERE SOLDIERS and BLACK HAWK DOWN in body count. Even when the beleaguered Marines discover they're almost out of ammo, they still manage to mow down the onrushing Japanese in scores. Joe Enders himself, suffering the guilt and rage from being the only survivor of his former Solomon Islands unit, is a one man killing machine seemingly capable of storming Tokyo single-handed. The hapless Ben finds himself put in harm's way as he's forced to trail along after his minder and watch the carnage. The combat action isn't even always plausible. At one point, a Marine infantry column in a valley is having the bejeezus kicked out of it by Japanese artillery entrenched on a ridgeline. Somewhere between the two, the last of our heroes' recon unit is scrambling to recover a radio - the last one on Earth apparently - with which an air strike can be called in to paste the bad guys. Are you telling me that the larger Marine detachment in the valley didn't have its own communications gear to call for help?

I'm awarding three generous stars to WINDTALKERS solely on the strength of Cage's gritty performance as the vengeance-obsessed Enders. And although Beach has extensive screen time as the naive Navajo who must become a warrior while under fire, he rarely serves as much more than a foil for Joe's wild-eyed blood lust. The battle sequences themselves are fairly good, though those in the other two films mentioned in this review are a cut above by far. Quantity doesn't necessarily equate with quality.

If anything, this film may inspire the viewer to do additional research on the role of the World War II Navajo code talkers. That, I guess, is something.
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in world war two japan troops occupying the saipan islands are at war with the u.s .to stop the Japanese getting secret messages they use Navaho Indians to transmit in their language with great affect,winning the war for the islands but not without heavy fighting.a god warfilm,and without the help of the American Navaho indian could have been won by the Japanese,
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on 3 December 2013
A true story...I had the pleasure of visiting the museum dedicated to the Navajo Indian people who were so valued and of meeting a son of one of these remarkable soldiers who helped win the Pacific War despite being despised by many white soldiers. They really were in fear of their lives as their facial appearance and colouring resembled the Japanese.
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on 24 June 2012
Yet again a white American won WWII. I thought this film would tell the story of the native american code talkers but it was Nicholas Cage winning the war in the Pacific. I hope a director somewhere makes another film on the lines of the Dambusters, Reach for the Sky etc. They may be old films but they "tell the story" with drama and action.
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on 10 July 2012
Brilliant war movie about the U.S. army campaign against the Japanese in WW2. The windtalkers in the movie are native americans whose langauge baffled the japanese and was used to carry information.
Its a gory film as you would expect and sad in places because the characters are well portrayed and easy to identify with.
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