WINDTALKERS (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating—4.9|5.0 Starsìììì

Windtalkers—excellent action and realism—compares to Braveheart or Patton in quality. The acting is beyond this world and the portrayal is so good that it is awesome. Director John Woo made a real break through in the direction of this film. He misses no part of the miseries of war.

Storyline

Corporal Joseph ‘Joe’ Enders (Nicolas Cage), survives a bitter battle in the Solomon Islands against the Japanese only to find he has been disqualified for further service due to sustained damage to one ear. He craves another assignment and finally wins that assignment when someone ‘helps’ him pass a hearing test. He is assigned to protect military code by serving closely with Code Talker Navajo Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), but that assignment sadly requires him to not only keep Ben Yahzee from enemy hands, but also to kill him in the event Ben has been captured.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Woo for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer C. O. Erickson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Hjelmstad (Peter Stormare), Chick (Noah Emmerich), Pappas (Mark Ruffalo), Harrigan (Brian Van Holt), Nellie (Martin Henderson), Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie), and Rita (Frances O’Connor).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s one of John Woo’s best films. This is a graphic war classic that takes heart to watch.

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