A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme, intense, graphic, frequent battle violence, character deaths
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Very strong language including racist comments
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of graphic battle violence and very strong language, including racial epithets. The Navajo characters are portrayed as patriotic, brave, and dedicated. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, John Woo's film focuses too much on the complicated, half-crazed Sergeant Enders rather than the Navajos recruited as Marines to use their language as military code. The movie does a disservice to the men it is intended to honor by perpetuating their marginalization and making the much less interesting Nicolas Cage character the main focus of the story. The events are often predictable, and the dialogue is not very memorable with lines from the Navajos like "I've never seen so many white men!"
Windtalkers follows suit of most post-Saving Private Ryan war films and tries to make its point by dousing us with relentless violence. On the plus side, Cage, Slater, and a solid supporting cast of character actors are all dependably good, and it's interesting to see John Woo's distinctive action style put into a war film. The culture clashes are never boring, and scenes where a peace pipe ritual is carried out on a cigarette and Henderson duets on a harmonica with Whitehorse's wooden flute are handled with sensitivity.
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