In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Marines Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) and Ox Anderson (Christian Slater) are assigned to protect Navajo American code talkers Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) and Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie). Trained to use a secret military code based on their native language, it was the only one never broken by the Japanese and was key to winning the war in the Pacific. The Marines' mission was "to protect the code at all costs" but as the bonds of war are forged, how far will they go to stop the code falling into the enemies hands?
This film begins with a little entrigue regarding Navajo recruitment, training and acceptance into the US army. You do get a little attached to the main Navajo characters. When the action kicks in though this is a just another of many war movies, offering little or nothing new. I watched this a few weeks ago and can't even remember the end, don't think I was paying much attention by then.
Actors' Boot Camp - shows the gruelling physical Marine training the actors went through
Bravo Special - Making of featurette with the cast and crew, including their journey from Boot Camp to end of production
Audio commentary with Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater
Audio commentary with Navajos Albert Smith and Roger Willie
Fly on the set Diaries - 4 raw set pieces that observe the construction of each scene and viewers can jump to that scene in the film: "Marine march on Saipan", "Bazooka", "Friendly fire", "Village ambush"