Action / Drama / History / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 32%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6 10 59860


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Mark Ruffalo as Pappas
Nicolas Cage as Joe Enders
Christian Slater as Ox Henderson
721.60 MB
23.976 fps
2hr 14 min
P/S 6 / 58

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tara and Andrew 3 / 10

Disappointingly bad

This movie theoretically has a lot going for it-- John Woo can direct the hell out of action sequences, Nicholas Cage is a good/entertaining actor, and the premise of the movie holds potential. That's why it's ultimately all that much more disappointing when Windtalkers turns out the way that it does. The action is flat, the story is riddled with tired war movie clichés, and Nicholas Cage is utterly un-engaging for the first two thirds of the movie, and only becomes slightly more likable in the last third. On top of that, the movie is looooonng. It isn't like it's going to give you dysentery if you *have* to watch it like we did, but saying that is basically the textbook definition of damning with faint praise. Don't watch.

"Why would anyone *have* to watch Windtalkers", you may be asking yourself. That's a good question, and the answer is (in our case, at least) because it was the movie we selected totally at random in the fourth episode of our podcast, Tara and Andrew Versus The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide. You can hear our more detailed thoughts on Windtalkers by finding us on Apple Podcasts or the podcasting app of your preference, or by going directly to the episode page right here: windtalkers. Check it out, if you would be so kind! We try to keep things fairly concise, so even if you're sorry you listened, you won't be VERY sorry.

Reviewed by JWGTheMovieCritic 4 / 10

The Poster Boy of War Clichés.

Windtalkers is by far the most inaccurate and unrealistic war movie I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. I was a fan of the film growing up, as explosions generally attract young boys. Now that I've matured it's painfully obvious how generic it is. The acting is sub par for a war movie, the genuine emotions of war are vacant in this film. The amount of explosions almost make me think Michael Bay was really behind this film, using John Woo as an alias. Nic Cage is a one man army, which is truly the most irritating part of it all. His character is equipped with an M1A1 Thompson SMG. The Thompson holds 20 rounds a magazine, yet I don't believe I saw Cage reload a single time. Besides his infinite magazine and ammunition, he single handedly kills dozens upon dozens of the enemy, which makes the rest of his squad appear utterly useless. Adam Beach gives a rather a dry performance, which further proves my theory that he's nothing but a mediocre Michael Pena. How he landed a role in Flags of Our Fathers, a war film light years ahead of Windtalkers, is beyond me. In one of the final scenes, where Nic Cages character (Enders) dies, I couldn't decide which actor was less believable. For your closest companion on the battlefield sacrificing his life for yours, you'd think he'd have a little more emotion as he says goodbye. Two dull leading actors severely hurt the more dramatic scenes. This film is a textbook example of clichés, predictable outcomes, crucial scenes ruined by mediocre acting, and so much more. The only reason I rated it a generous 4/10 was for the entertainment factor. If you discard historical content and the near insulting portrayal of war, the impressive (although sometimes overdone) amount of explosions and the abundance of extras can result in some very attractive shots. The bottom line is this movie is a very poorly done film in regards to the war genre, but as far as action goes its enough to keep you entertained. If you're a history buff like I am, you'll want to rip your hair out in the first fifteen minutes. If you're just looking for a solid action movie, this might just be enough.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

A pleasingly old-fashioned war epic

John Woo's Second World War film is, it has to be said, no equal for his 1980s classic HEROES SHED NO TEARS, which pushed the boundaries of cinema whilst at the same time offering a decent war-time actioner. WINDTALKERS reunites two of Woo's previous heroes – Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater – into what is a generally effective war film, chronicling the lives of those courageous men who risked and more often than not sacrificed their lives in battle against the enemy. Woo charts the expected friendships, post traumatic stress, injuries, and racism with moderate success, and he's helped by a good quality cast – especially the unknown Beach as the sympathetic Native American hero. Cage is introspective and tormented, which is something a little different from his usual characters; I liked him, and I also liked Slater's work here immensely.

But things never change and, as usual, the cinematography and action sequences are what work best in this movie. Woo offers tons of bomb-laden action and doesn't shy away from the full horrors of warfare either – there are decapitations, throat-slittings, and limbs being blown off, all shown in unflinching detail. The film does become a little repetitive as it shows Cage machine-gunning dozens of the Japanese enemy but hey, COMMANDO was a repetitive movie and still stands as one of the action genre's best. The special effects are tremendous – especially the CGI bombers flying over the lush countryside – and war fans will be left happy with what is a pretty good genre effort, and pleasingly old-fashioned in this post-modern era.

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