Windtalkers (2002)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for pervasive graphic war violence, and for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Batteer, John Rice
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002
Box Office: $40.5M
MGM/UA - Official Site


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as Ox Henderson

as Charlie Whitehorse

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Critic Reviews for Windtalkers

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (41)

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014

War film relies too much on relentless violence.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Windtalkers

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 suffering.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


worst WWII movie ever. Plus, the setting of WWII was already broken once Nicolas Cage came onscreen.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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 it's very best, it feels like bad theatre. A truly awful film with quite possibly the worst script ever written.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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