Saturday, April 5, 2014

Movie Review -- Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Today we have the latest Marvel Comics movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.

The story begins with Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America (Evans), Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Johansson) and a SHIELD team boarding a hijacked ship to take it back from French pirates. Cap saves the hostages but discovers Romanov has secret orders to retrieve encrypted files from the ship. He confronts Nick Fury (Jackson) about this, and Fury decides to let him in on SHIELD's most ambitious endeavor to date: Project Insight. Underneath the Triskelion (SHIELD HQ) they're building three more helicarriers just like the one in The Avengers with the express purpose of creating world peace through military might. Cap objects to this, saying people should not have to live their lives in fear of being annihilated by the helicarriers.

Later, Fury starts to have doubts about Project Insight. He approaches SHIELD head honcho Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and asks him to put it on hold. Pierce agrees, but later Fury is attacked by heavily armed men masquerading as cops. Even worse, a mysterious new enemy known only as the Winter Soldier steps in to end Fury for good. Fury goes to Cap for help, but a stunning betrayal puts all their lives in danger. Cap and Romanov team up with new friend Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take down those responsible, but can they win against such overwhelming odds?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great addition to the Marvel movie library and a worthy sequel to the first Captain America movie, as well as the Avengers. It's got great action, amazing visuals, compelling characters and a quality soundtrack. Plus, the Winter Soldier himself is just so cool and different from the rather generic villains I've been seeing in recent months. I also like the chemistry between Cap and Black Widow.

However, I do have to mention something. A few scenes stretch the movie's believability. I wasn't really sure how the characters pulled off what they did during these instances.

Still, that really doesn't bring down the experience. Go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier today.

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