Crack the code behind Windtalkers, and you'll find it's just another cookie-cutter war flick, complete with stereotypical characters, overblown battlefield sentimentality and deafening explosions. Nicolas Cage plays a hardened sergeant involved in the WWII South Pacific campaign against the Japanese--who seem to have a knack for breaking U.S.
military radio codes. Since no one in Japan knows Navajo, the marines enlist a few good Native Americans to relay top-secret warfront info. Cage is assigned to protect one of the "windtalkers" (Adam Beach) and onward the duo marches through a gauntlet of bayonets, bombs and other nasty stuff. Even in the hands of action mayhem maestro John Woo (Hardboiled, Mission: Impossible 2) the gratuitous battle scenes are tiresome. And despite the promise of a Native American history lesson, Cage hogs most of the film, overshadowed only by the spectacle of it all and an annoying score. Quite a bomb.
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