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Nicolas Cage is a WWII Marine charged with guarding one of the "codetalkers," Navajo Indians who communicate for the military in a little-known language. Directed by John Woo.

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Jun 15, 2002
While the battle scenes were a little repetitive in nature, they were loaded with action.

A good war movie but not as good as We Were Soldiers, still it is worth seeing on the big screen.
Jun 19, 2002
There are plenty of battle scenes in "Windwalkers," which included arms and legs getting blown off. But there's very little about the Navajo language and couston that makes it an afterthought.

The film has few scenes of Navajo performing rituals like preparing for combat and respecting the dead, but director John Woo doesn't care about that. He wants to take us though one ugly battle scene after another.

Nicolas Cage always playing the same character which doesn't add up to the film. In one scene, Christin Slater and an Navajo indian is playing a seperate musical instrument. Why can't Slater be the lead instead of Cage?
Aug 21, 2002
I've seen quite a few reviews saying that this movie has too much action, too many battles. It's a WAR film for goodness sakes. What do people expect?

In my opinion John Woo does a very good job of showing how young men volunteered to fight in WWII not really knowing what they were in for. How it changes them. And in particular the effects it has on two Navajo Indians.

Having the whole movie looking at how these guys used their native language to confuse the Japanese would have been boring.

Instead John Woo decides to show how important the 'Code' was at crucial parts of battles.

He shows, in the development of the men around the central characters, just how ignorant, prejudiced and biased these men were towards soldiers in their own unit.

He shows us how ironic it was that the very people that the US government and citizens had fought against and persecuted for almost two hundred years, had stood up to fight at the side of their persecutors and were in fact, instrumental in winning the war in the Pacific.

In having Nicholas Cage and Christian Slater both portray similar characters he gives us the opportunity to see how these guys tackled their predicament from two different angles. Cage, as an angry veteran just looking to get back into the war and kill as many of the enemy as possible. Who looks upon his mission as ‘Baby Sitting’ and Slater as a man who sees the task as an opportunity to learn something.

Over the years I’ve seen many war movies that won or were nominated for Oscars, which were far worse than this. This is a fine movie and well worth watching a couple of times at least.


Any comments on any of my comments are welcome at fdperth@wiredcity.com.au
Jul 21, 2003
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