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  • Summary: In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. In John Woo's Windtalkers, Marine Joe Enders (Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Beach) -- a Navajo Code Talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Despite some of the sentimentality that is also Woo's stock-in-trade, I was moved and absorbed throughout.
  2. 80
    Windtalkers is the best of Woo's American movies, and the one with the sturdiest and most direct links to his earlier pictures.
  3. 63
    Woo's antiwar intentions and his talent are at odds. In Windtalkers, war is a beautiful hell.
  4. 50
    The code talkers deserved better than a hollow tribute.
  5. 50
    We can only view Windtalkers with the same shaken detachment that characterizes Mr. Cage's Joe Enders, wishing that the codetalkers' real story, a little known and fascinating chunk of American history, had been given its true dramatic import.
  6. The strength of Windtalkers is in its occasional, all-too-short respites from battle, when Enders is struggling with his demons and Yahzee is trying to understand his aloofness.
  7. The Navajos must have sent much more crucial messages at much higher levels during the war, but you'd never know it from this movie. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. PeterS.
    Sep 25, 2005
    4
    Strange that a film with so much bloody carnage could be so unexciting.

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