Windtalkers (2002, United States)
Director: John Woo
Czas: 130 minut
Director: John Woo
Film based on a true story of Navajo Indians, who were used during the World War 2 as translators to send coded messages between units on Pacific using their native language, which made it impossible for the Japanese to decode them.
Fights on Japanese occupied islands on Pacific was one of the parts of the World War 2 - American Marines had to fight for each bit of the ground from the moments they jumped out of the landing crafts to the last cave and bunker Japanese have built. United States needed every bit of advantage they could get over enemy and one of the solutions they came up was a unique way of encoding messages. All the encryption methods had some weak points - for once every code can be at some point broken, also it takes time to encode and decode the messages, which in reality of battleground was crucial. The solution was example of out-of-the-box thinking - Navajo language was so rarely used and so different from any other that US Army decided to use the Navajo Indians to pass messages in their language so the Japanese were unable to decode it. Windtalkers tells story of rough friendship between weary veteran Marine and a young code talker Navajo soldier that he is suppose to guard during the landing on Saipan Island. Code talkers were using Navajo language to code messages in radio communication, so even if they were intercepted by Japanese the enemy couldnâ€™t understand even a part of it. The code talkers or windtalkers were so vital for American army that each of them were given a guarding angel - veteran marine to keep them alive. Or at least not to let them be caught by Japanese.
Realistic depiction of fight on Pacific theatre with good cast and interesting plot. Directed by action movies specialist John Woo Windtalkers puts perhaps too much emphasis on dynamic camera work and heroic cliches rather than realism, but overall a strong war movie.
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