Loosely based on a real-life operation during World War II, this action-adventure from director John Woo stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Enders, a Marine traumatized by the loss of his entire platoon in the Solomon Islands during an ambush he believes was deadlier than necessary due to his indecision. Suffering from eardrum damage in Hawaii, Joe manages to be declared fit for duty once again thanks to a sympathetic nurse (Frances O'Connor), but his new assignment isn't what he expects. Joe is ordered to safeguard a Navajo soldier named Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) because the military has developed a new secret code based on the near-dead Navajo language that is proving unbreakable to the Japanese. Any soldier that speaks Navajo is an immediate asset, including Ben and his pal, Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie). Joe's orders are to "baby sit" Ben during the invasion of Saipan, protecting him if possible, but -- if the code-talker's capture becomes imminent -- to kill him before he falls into enemy hands. Meanwhile, Charlie is to be guarded by affable harmonica player Ox Henderson (Christian Slater). Joe reluctantly accepts this new duty as a way to get back into the war, and in the ensuing carnage, his nearly suicidal acts of bravery make him a hero while Ben becomes paralyzed by fear. Determined to live up to Joe's example, Ben musters up his courage, even in the face of racism from a fellow soldier (Noah Emmerich), and ends up rescuing his own protector behind enemy lines by briefly posing as a Japanese soldier. Despite their growing mutual respect, Joe is eventually forced to take an action that threatens to shatter his bond with Ben, as the war's tragic losses strike closer to home for both men. Windtalkers co-stars Peter Stormare, Jason Isaacs, and Mark Ruffalo.~Karl Williams
Audio commentary by director John Woo and producer Terence Chang
Audio commentary by Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater
Audio commentary by Roger Willie and Navajo Code talker advisor Albert Smith
This is a very good dramatization of who the Code Talkers were and how they helped the U.S win the war in the Pacific during WW2. It's not a well known fact that the U.S. Army reached out to Native America to create a code based on their language that the Japanese could not break. It's especially poignent as the last Code Talker just passed away this year. They did a Great Service for the U.S even after how the U.S. and the Army treated them for hundreds of years.
The story has it's high points and low points and some of it is very stylized for the U.S. audience. It does in fact show what they went through and the lengths, the sacrifice that these brave men lived through to not give up their code.
a fresh take take on world war 2, through the eyes of a Navajo code talker (who is played by the very underrate actor Adam Beach) I'd say Windtalkers is definitely a movie that fans of the genres should have in their collection.
The Blu-ray provided an excellent picture & sound. This movie tells the story of two men in war. One is a Navajo code talker and the other is the Marine assigned to protect him and the code. The battleground is in the Pacific in World War II and the U.S.M.C. is using a code based on the Navajo language and the Japanese are desperate to break the code. This movie is better than the critics reviews.
I am a World War II history buff. Love books on the subject, particularly those from the soldiers point of view. Typical Hollywood overly dramatic telling of the Windtalker story, but fun nonetheless. Word of caution: the extended edition is in lossy audio only!