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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Nicolas Cage
Christian Slater
Adam Beach
Roger Willie
Directors
John Woo
Screenwriters
Joe Batteer
John Rice
Running Time
134 minutes

Windtalkers
World War II story of the Navajo code speakers, given the action treatment by John Woo.


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Plot
As the American infantry begin their assault on Saipan, a pair of US marines, Joe Enders and Ox Anderson, are assigned to protect two Navajo Indians who are trained to disseminate codes. Cue blood and bonding in equal dollops.


Verdict
The mouthwatering prospect of Woo doing war has belly-flopped into a lacklustre epic which, while fudging its points about morality and loyalty in combat, also renders the spectacle decidedly underwhelming. Lots of action and explosions for the easy-to-please bullet brigade, but what is more lasting is the overriding sense that the director could do so much better.


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