- 2 hr 14 min
Directed by John Woo, Windtalkers is loosely based on a real operation during World War II. Joe Enders (played by Nicolas Cage) is a Marine coping with the complete loss of his platoon in the Solomon Islands. He is racked with guilt and feeling as though his indecision during an ambush is what led to the loss of the entire platoon. Enders, despite having severe eardrum damage, is on a mission to be reinstated and declared fit for duty in order to redeem himself. Once he is cleared, he reports for his next assignment, and is surprised by his orders. He has been tasked with safeguarding Navajo soldier Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), which in turns protects the military's recently developed secret code based on the (almost dead) Navajo language. Thus far, the Japanese military has been unable to decipher the language therefore any soldier able to speak the language is high priority asset to the US Military. While Enders is reluctant to accept the mission, instead feeling as though he has been given the directive to babysit, he accepts knowing it is an opportunity for him to get back into the war. Ben's friend, Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie) is also being protected by the military and has been charged to Ox Henderson (Christian Slater). Neither Whitehorse nor Yahzee are entirely aware of what they've signed up for, but quickly find out as they enter the battlefield. Set in 1944 Allied invation of Taipan, Enders and Yahzee are thrown into battle whereupon they begin to see the other as more than a charge, but begin to mutually respect the other's experience and loyalty. Ultimately, though, Joe is forced to make a decision that may forever change the bond they have formed during battle, and in the end they are both faced with reality of war and loss that will change who they are.