Windtalkers
Windtalkers (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 15, 2002
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32%
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The action sequences are expertly staged. Windtalkers, however, sinks under too many clichés and only superficially touches upon the story of the code talkers.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The energy and conviction of the action sequences don't quite compensate for Windtalkers' emotional cliches and historical heedlessness.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert.

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Peter T. Chattaway
Patheos

From the fluttering flags to James Horner's shamelessly manipulative music, this is more like a patriotic "Heritage Moment" than a film about actual people.

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Robert Koehler
Variety

A powerful premise turned into a stubbornly flat, derivative war movie.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's the best new battle film since Black Hawk Down.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

War film relies too much on relentless violence.

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Time Out

The screenwriters struggle to integrate the coded transmissions with the action, and the flamboyant set piece battles feel like so much empty rhetoric.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A relentless, bombastic and ultimately empty World War II action flick.

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Daniel Etherington
Film4

Replete with Cage's finest angsty acting and John Woo's requisite concerns of friendship and rivalry in the face of violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
An insult to Native Americans. In this film, you may find yourself rooting for the Imperial forces of Japan to kill Nicholas Cage and put an end to our… More
Alex roy
Windtalkers is by far one of the most innacurrate war films, I've seen in a long time. Nick Cage is very hit and miss, and Windtalkers is another miss for… More
Albert Kim
worst WWII movie ever. Plus, the setting of WWII was already broken once Nicolas Cage came onscreen.
Conner Rainwater
Not the greatest war movie or even close, but it's just really nice looking and well executed. It's got a really bizarre performance from Nicolas Cage… More
Anthony Lawrie
In Windtalkers, John Woo takes a relatively interesting piece of War history and makes a thoroughly gratuitous, distasteful and disrespectful film out of it. At… More
Tim Salmons
Sorry, this one just didn't do it for me. Felt convoluted and uninvolving, not to mention, uninteresting.

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