Directed by: John Woo
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Van Holt, Martin Henderson, Roger Willie, Frances O'Connor, Christian Slater
Synopsis: A Marine is assigned to protect the Navaho code at all costs, even at the expense of the code talker.
It's not at all what I expected. There was plenty of action, especially throughout the first half, but I would have been disappointed had it not been there. What I thought I was going to get, and was sorely missing, was more story.
Some of the characters were fairly well built up, but overall the humanity was lacking. There were brief touches on Navaho life and 1940s prejudice against Native Americans, but nothing of great substance. And nothing I could really get totally absorbed in. I was disappointed. It was good, but considering the depth of the subject, it wasn't good enough.Added 04 November 2002 at 7:02 PM
The story had great potential but I didn't like this movie at all. The dialogue was pretty bad at times, the battle scenes went on much too long, some of the effects were cheap, and the fate of most of the characters was blatantly obvious right from the beginning. And speaking of the characters, the entire focus of the movie was on the wrong person.
Roger Willie was great but he wasn't given enough to do and Adam Beach was great but he wasn't shirtless often enough. Oops. I mean, his character wasn't developed as much as it could have been. Cage... well, we all know what I think of Cage.
This movie could have been so much more. Skip it.Added 31 May 2003 at 1:35 PM