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
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
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
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
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.