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In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use a secret military code based on their language. These Marines were called codetalkers. Their code was the only one never broken by the Japanese and is considered to have been the key in winning the war in the Pacific.

Nicholas Cage plays a Marine Sergeant faced with the task of protecting a codetalker at all cost from falling into enemy hands.

There should have been more on the codetalkers, but John Woo put together a real-life feel to his action movie.

A fascinating piece of history is trivialized thanks to the bleary-eyed vision of John Woo.

It's one battle scene after another as the horrors of war are graphically demonstrated … in slow motion.

Meanwhile, the story centers on a dedicated war-weary sergeant, and his personal demons, not the Navajo codetalkers of the title.

A very disappointing film about a very interesting subject.

I liked the fact that the story was inspired by true events about unique and important Navajo American Indians. About 400 were trained by U.S. military as radio operators in 1942.

The battle recreations are sometimes tough to watch. The combat mostly depicts the terror of face-to-face fighting. The movie is a heroic tale of how Navajo Indians used their language to create an unbreakable code that was very useful and helped win WWII in the Pacific.

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