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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The energy and conviction of the action sequences don't quite compensate for Windtalkers' emotional cliches and historical heedlessness."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"With Windtalkers, the glaring refutations of time, space and reality impress upon viewers the simple fact that Woo is at his best when he isn't attempting anything more significant than the most emptily satisfying explosion you're likely to enjoy - a scat"
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"I didn't expect a comedy."
‑ Tony Medley,
"A powerful premise turned into a stubbornly flat, derivative war movie."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"It's the best new battle film since Black Hawk Down."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"War film relies too much on relentless violence."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"What we get is a surprisingly entertaining film, corny as it is at times, that could have suited John Wayne. [Published 5-13-02]"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Too celebratory of Woo's good guy-versus-bad guy, buddy-buddy ethos of action movies to rise above the limitations of the genre, and too obsessed with its own seriousness to be a truly 'serious' film."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"The screenwriters struggle to integrate the coded transmissions with the action, and the flamboyant set piece battles feel like so much empty rhetoric."
‑ , Time Out
"A relentless, bombastic and ultimately empty World War II action flick."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Replete with Cage's finest angsty acting and John Woo's requisite concerns of friendship and rivalry in the face of violence."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"This is the kind of film where you think you can predict everything that's going to happen upon the first shot and you spend the rest of the film praying that you're wrong. But it's fun getting there."
‑ David Grove, Film Threat
"A vast repository of hoary, honour-code clichés."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
More reviews for Windtalkers on Rotten Tomatoes

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