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Really disappointing, no matter how much second chances you give to it
on 14 September 2007
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.