August 5, 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Movie review)
Marvel Comics has done great things in recent years featuring their legendary characters full-length movies while creating an alternate universe fans all like to live in. One of their newest efforts, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is no exception to the high quality output of Marvel Studios as it continues the story of Steve Rogers which was first introduced to fans on the big screen back in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and hitting North American screens on April 4th, 2014 with an all-star stellar cast, the film will celebrate a Blu-ray/DVD release September 9th.
Steve/Captain America (Chris Evans- Fantastic Four 2005, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2005) is learning each day to adapt to being a ninety-year-old in a thirty-year-old’s body, and missing sixty years of his life. He has now become a familiar face, and is approached while running by a former soldier named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie- 8 Mile 2002, Eagle Eye 2008) who becomes a fast new friend that Steve needs. He is still working very closely with Shield, and in particular with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen- Iron Man 2 2010, The Avengers 2012), Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders- The Avengers 2012, Safe Haven 2013), and Director Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson- Iron Man 2010, Thor 2011) in infiltrating organizations bent on world domination or harm to fellow citizens. Steve/Captain America feels safe in the knowledge that he has Shield’s trust and back up until Director Fury comes to harm and it appears that he may have been a traitor, which neither Steve nor Natasha truly believe, despite Fury keeping a multitude of secrets even from his own team members.
Somehow they inadvertently become enemies of Shield under the guidance of Senior Shield Leader Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford- Lions for Lambs 2007, The Last Castle 2001 ), and are on the run from people that used to be team members, while trying to clear Fury’s name and stopping Shield’s arch enemy from taking control and killing them all. Natasha and Steve’s bond deepens in this movie and their witty repartee is a nice break from the intense action. Their chemistry is palpable and leaves you wondering where it will go. Natasha and Steve will not let things rest and enlist the help of Sam who becomes ‘The Falcon’ in their quest for truth and justice, but they have a hell of a fight on their hands with the enemy infiltrating Shield deeper than they could have ever anticipated. With their world falling apart the emergence of a ‘super villain’ with one metal arm, the Winter Soldier, has Steve feeling like he knows him, and that knowledge could cost him and everyone around him, his life.
Captain America: The Winter Solider has enough action and plot to suit every fan with excellent special effects, A-grade acting, and beautiful cinematography. Movie lovers will learn more about Steve’s past and his future, but at the end of this movie it seems like it is all over for Shield. What will become of all the superhero members of Shield who need each other more than they like to admit? This is a must watch movie for Marvel fans and action fans alike. There is not a minute of disappointment to be had and it keeps viewers on the edge of your seat with plenty of twists and turns. Marvel icon Stan Lee makes his regular Cameo as a Security Guard in the Captain America-themed Smithsonian Institution exhibit and comedian Garry Shandling reprises his role as a Senator. Also, remain focused until the very end as a snippet teaser of the next chapter of Captain America is shown during the credits, promising another action packed thrill ride to come. Devotees that liked Captain America: The First Avenger will love Captain America: The Winter Soldier. CrypticRock gives this movie 5 out of 5.