Windtalkers Movie Nicholas Cage
Sergeant Joe Enders (Nicholas Cage): Honestly a better title for this movie would have been, Sergeant Enders: An American Hero. Rather than a film about the Navajo Code Talkers, which Windtalkers implies, the whole film is about Nicholas Cage winning the Battle of Saipan all by himself. The majority of the battle scenes are focused on Cage and his emotional turmoil, having had his whole detachment slaughtered in a flashback earlier in the movie. For all intents and purposes, Cage is bulletproof for 99% of the movie. He is constantly shown embarking on Rambo-like rampages where he kills all the Japanese with no problem at all. Amid the array of gunfire from the opposition, Cage remains untouched. Ben Yahzee only helplessly watches as Cage shoots an entire screen of enemies all at once whether it is one-handed, without looking, or behind the back. It is ironic that he even gets wounded. At one point in the movie, Yahzee gets wounded and both Cage and Yahzee fall. With a left arm wound and in the process of falling, Cage manages to turn around and kill four guys before he hits the ground. Then, he shoots four more enemies one-handed with a pistol without even aiming before any of them get a shot off. Soon after, while wounded in his left arm and right leg, he picks up Yahzee over his shoulder and carries him across the battlefield. Somehow, on the brink of death, he manages to muster up the strength to lift up another human being over his shoulder with one arm and two wounds. The entire movie is based around Nicholas Cage making all the crucial kills, blowing up the bunker, receiving the Medal of Honor, and dying as the hero. Rambo is nothing compared to this guy.
Disregard for Morale: Leo Rosten once stated, “The best ‘morale’ movies are those which tell the individual the why, what, and how of the War, the Enemy, and the meaning of victory and of defeat.” Windtalkers failed to address any of these topics. In the opening of the movie, there is a brief introduction to code talking, Nicholas Cage is told to go to war again, and then we are thrown directly into the Pacific Theater without warning. There only a slight attempt to mention why the Navajos are even needed in the war before we are right in the middle of it. Woo seems too anxious to get to the action scenes without pausing to develop the story. Once we are thrown in the war, it is all fighting with little rest in between. There is no talk of the meaning of battle or even why American soldiers were needed in Saipan at all. Windtalkers gives the viewing audience no reason to identify with or even recognize the war effort.
Conclusion: Windtalkers is one of the worst war movies ever made. It deserves to be bashed in every allowable dimension. From a movie which had remarkable potential, John Woo erected a movie with a horrible, throw-away plot, fabricated war scenes, bad dialogue, and subpar acting. Especially in the eyes of the OWI and BMP, this movie was a humiliation. It failed all their criteria in the ways these organizations desired to affect the public on the basis of truth, realism, and morale. Ultimately, Windtalkers offers no relevance to its title and is, in essence, a random assortment of battle scenes thrown together equaling a dreadful war movie that is painful to sit through.