Inspired by true events, this war-is-hell action drama from John Woo is a failed epic that doesn't rise to meet the material that inspired it.
| Original Score: 3/5
The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert.
| Original Score: 3/4
It comfortably emerges as the best of the recent war flicks.
This film should be declared a health hazard.
At the end of the day, nothing particularly spectacular, especially when you consider the two men leading the project, director John Woo and actor Nicolas Cage.
| Original Score: 5/10
The subject may be new to him, but in Windtalkers Mr. Woo abandons none of his obsessions with loyalty, duty, religious ritual, even birds in flight.
It resuscitates a neglected slice of World War II history (the use of Navajo tribesmen as secret-code radiomen) only to smother it with clichés and repetitive massacres.
| Original Score: 2/5
...given its potential for telling a story about the courageous exploits of unsung heroes, the movie is a decided letdown.
| Original Score: 6/10
A merely competent action war pic, boasting neither Woo's trademark balletic violent set-pieces nor any convincing insight into the tensions between the native Americans and their Anglo-Saxon commanders in the Marine Corps.
It's vintage American Woohothouse theatrics with overdone violence that beats you over the head with its excess and implausibility
If Windtalkers is overlong and hopelessly overwrought, it is also thrilling and beautiful.
Navajos will question Woo's credibility with a silly cigarette tobacco 'ceremony' and his reliance on stereotypes
The prolonged scenes of brutality are unable to realize their serious impact against James Horner's rabble-rousing score.
A genuinely fascinating piece of American history reduced by Woo to a near-psychopathic bloodbath full of transparent jingoism.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
In the wake of Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers, you are likely to be as heartily sick of mayhem as Cage's war-weary marine.
Buena, pero....Woo pudo haberlo logrado, pero pequeños detalles y errores marcan la diferencia entre una gran cinta y un clásico de género.
| Original Score: 8/10
Those 400 important Marine code talkers should have been the focus of this movie instead of one shell-shocked Marine.
About the best that can be said for Windtalkers is that it's a John Woo movie. It's too bad it's not a good John Woo movie
| Original Score: C
Something we'd never expect from a guy like John Woo: dull, lifeless, unexciting filmmaking
| Original Score: C
The directive to protect the code at all costs also begins to blur as the importance of the man and the code merge