The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. Written by
George Smith, one of the Navajo code talkers who helped the U.S. military outfox the Japanese during World War II by sending messages in their obscure language, was confirmed to have died by the President of the Navajo Nation on 2nd November 2012. See more »
Just before Pete Anderson joins Private Whitehorse in their flute/harmonica-duo, Whitehorse plays solo. However, the flute plays on, just for a second while he is clearly taking in air, and thus, obviously, cannot play. See more »
What I'm about to tell you, Corporal, cannot leave this room. Under no circumstances can you allow your Code Talker to fall into enemy hands. Your mission is to protect the code. At all costs.
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Well, where should I start? This film is so monumentally bad it almost defies description, but here goes:
I normally have a lot of respect for Nick Cage, he plays his roles well, but in this he seems to play every cliché in the book. He is Sergeant Joe Enders, a man seemingly so disturbed by the loss of his platoon that he's popping pills every five minutes, and constantly losing himself in flashbacks. He can't hear one minute, and is fine the next, and develops a love interest so cheesy, clichéd and predictable that you half expect something more interesting to be going on... But it isn't. Adam Beach plays a reasonably convincing Ben Yahzee, a Navaho Indian who signed up to help protect his country as a code-talking radio operator, but isn't quite ready for combat. We all know the drill here, it's the seasoned disaffected veteran and fresh faced rookie "getting to know you" double act that we've seen a million times in a million different scenarios.
I defy anyone not to roll their eyes back in their heads and say "oh my god" at least once in this movie. Peter Stormare's attempt at an American accent should get most people going, but if that doesn't do it for you how about a Harmonica / Weird Native American flute thing duet, or the tedious love letter scenes, in fact just about every scene elicited the same response: WHY?
To call this film derivative is being generous, to even compare it to another film is doing that film a disservice, Imagine World War 2 being fought by the most idiotic bunch of soldiers you've ever seen. The gun battles are hilarious, they are so unrealistic you wonder who the hell said "yes, that looks good, let's put that in the movie" because whoever it was sure smokem um peace pipe that day. Nick Cage seems to be the only person who can actually fire a gun, and boy can he fire it, he mows down at least 8 people in one scene with a single clip, holding down the trigger, making his game face and spraying wildly into the air. You can see in some scenes he's not even pointing the gun at them and they're Falling over dead. Apparently getting your whole unit killed gives you some kind of super powers that allow you to run headlong into the enemy and shoot anyone without ever getting hit. The explosions and effects are all very cheap, it looks more like a fireworks display than a battle most of the time. In one scene, a battleship shells the land from out at sea. It literally looks like someone's taken some footage of a battleship firing from CNN, and spliced it into the movie.
I could go on for many many more pages about all the bad points of this movie but I won't, suffice to say AVOID IT LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.
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