Saturday, November 5, 2011

Windtalkers (2002)

Synopsis: Inspiring story of how Caucasian and Navajo Marines set aside their racial prejudices in order to work together, build life-long friendships,  and... um...mutually hate the Japanese.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sargeant Joe Enders (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage) guards – and ultimately befriends – Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code.”

What Did I Learn?: Knowing only one word of Japanese, a Navajo Marine can put on a captured uniform (without any blood stains, of course) and pose as an enemy soldier without prompting any suspicions.

Really?: Aren’t Cage and most of the other cast members a little old to be playing front-line Marines? And do radio operators really see that much action? I also had a little trouble believing that Enders could just help himself and get hammered on a cache of captured Japanese rice wine when they’re in a combat zone.

Rating: Windtalkers is formulaic, flat and forgettable. 5/10 stars.

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