But it's also funny!
For people who know me well enough, that response may be a wee bit weird to be coming from me. As a lover of history, I typically rage on WWII themed films that completely and utterly butcher the historical source material they were making a shitty attempt to bring to life. This is a beyond botched attempt at making a serious war film, but instead of wallowing in resentment, I found myself laughing at just how over the top and absurd the movie was. Which is pretty much everything a World War II movie shouldn't be.
The story is supposed to be based on the exploits of the Navajo Code Talkers, a small bunch of Native Americans who used their language in order to transmit a near unbreakable code, keeping their Japanese foes from deciphering it. You honestly wouldn't think that from watching the movie. Instead, the main plot of the film revolves around a war weary Marine played by the legendary Nicholas Cage with his aimbot and infinite ammo cheats cranked way the f**k up.
This movie tries to be this really deep thing with the whole Code Talker angle, but in all actuality, this is one of the most generic, and completely bat-shit crazy war films I have ever seen. John Woo's over-the-top style worked with Face/Off, because that was an over-the-top movie. Combine a story that's supposed to be emotional, dramatic, and serious with a style that is anything BUT serious, and you get action scenes that are WAAAYY too silly and bombastic, and some characters and dialogue that come from just about every cliché in the How To Guide for Making a War Film. I lost count of how many times I bursted out laughing.
Windtalkers is a horribly hysterical movie. No other way to describe it.
Yeah where to begin with this? Disappointing on almost every level with ultra cheesy battle scenes containing enough fireworkie explosions that after a while your eyes glaze over. We also get a melodramatic Nicholas Cage who borders on (is) comedic in his overacted delivery of a battle fatigued Marine. His character is often so ridiculous that I was actually laughing during scenes that should have been very serious.
The story itself is okay and has been loosely (oh so loosely) based on a real-life operation during WWII, following two Navajo radiomen and the U.S. Marines assigned to protect them (at all costs) as they encode military messages in their native language. This idea of these code talkers is compelling but unfortunately is lost here in this pyrotechnics dream, too bad. I did enjoy Adam Beach as Private Ben however and his transformation from naïve reservation family man to eyes wide open, I've witnessed horror soldier.There are some other familiar faces amongst the troops Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater, Jason Issacs. I would have to think though if you were a WW2 veteran that this movie would be insulting. 11/15/14