Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Watched this last night.
In one word: Brutal
Can't say I enjoyed it - but do appreciate the insight & unique perspective it offers on WWII as it illustrates in full color (namely red) the great lengths the U.S. went to protect the Native American soldiers/codetalkers in order to protect "the code" that was never broken during the war. Perhaps the thing I was most "impressed" (for lack of a better word) by was the INCREDIBLY difficult split second life/death decisions (NO "good" options) our men had to make ...one right after another, after another, after another during battle - & how their true colors were revealed in the choices they made at such times. This movie also emphasizes the sickening prejudice against those w/ different skin color/eye shape/heritage, etc. that some soldiers brought w/ them to the battle field & which they held against their fellow brothers in battle --- & how much blood it took to get past it.
I'd rank Windtalkers right up there w/ a couple other favorite movies that detail similar but different circumstances minority soldiers faced during the war as they simultaneously fought two distinctly different battles - one against "friend" & the other against foe - during WWII: