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  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review
  • Windtalkers 2002 war film review

Windtalkers 2002 war film review

2002

Windtalkers (2002, United States)

Running time: 130 minutes

Categories: infantry filmslanding films

Language: English


True story of American Navajo Indians, who played important part in Pacific campaign of coded communication between units - their unique language was perfect way to encode messages.



The Pacific campaign of World War 2 was far more bloody than anyone expected - Japanese have prepared defence on every beach and every hill. Americans were looking for a way of getting the upper hand in this fight and one of the ideas of improving communications was to use the Navajo Indians for coding messages. The choice was well studied - during heavy fights it was impossible to encode and decode messages between front line units, so a lot of them could have been intercepted by Japanese intelligence. Language of Navajo was perfect solution - so obscure and unknown that even in case of intercepting the transmission Japanese would not be able to translate them since no one outside Navajo tribe spoke the language. The Navajo speaking soldiers, called Windtalkers, were sent to Pacific theatre, but their service was completely different from other radio operators - each of them was given an experience Marine to protect them and in worst scenario kill them if they were in danger of being captured alive by Japanese. In face of brutal enemy such radical solutions were the only option since capturing one Windtalker would mean collapse of the whole operation. Sergeant Joe Enders wasn’t happy about his assignment - his job would be to keep alive and safe one of the Windtalkers, Private Ben Yahzee, and from the beginning the two didn’t get along.

One of the better American war films - kept in balance between true historical story and the elements of the adventure and action, although if John Woo would cut down the pompous dialogues and some of the less realistic scenes it could have been a great war film. Still way above the average for Nicolas Cage.

Our rating

7.6 / 10

Film value

8 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy factor

4 / 5



Wars and battles in Windtalkers

World War II

Battle of Saipan









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