Captain America The Winter Soldier
I never really liked the First Captain America film, it felt to me like the weakest link in the Marvel cinematic universe, but then came The Avengers and I started to like the Captain. Now we have his second outing, this time set in a very modern, post 9/11 America. We live in a world where we have weaponised drones, over-saturated surveillance, all in an effort to make us feel safer.
Captain America The Winter Soldier steps into this world and ramps it up with futuristic tech and a very rich United States – they would have to be to be able to afford the massive technology in the film. It also manages to throw in a heap of conspiracy and a few choice plot twists along with Robert Redford in a role he seems to enjoy immensely.
Whilst in a reflective mood, Steve Rodgers is feeling a little down and a little lost. He’s not sure if he still wants to be Captain America and he’s definitely not aware of what he would be if he wasn’t. But destiny has plans for our plucky superhero, and it takes a furious Samuel L Jackson to give him a push in the right direction.
The Winter Soldier has learnt a lot from The Avengers, and is a roller-coaster of action, special effects and great set pieces. Mixed in with this bombastic storyline is frequent humour, more often that not delivered by Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) with her typically dry humour.
The only surprising thing with Captain America The Winter Soldier, is that it feels just as big – if not bigger – as The Avengers, but when Nick Fury and the Captain are in trouble, the rest of the might team are no where to be seen.
If you like you action big and spectacular, your visuals controlled by CGI and don’t mind a healthy dollop of cheese, then this latest outing from Marvel is just what the doctor ordered.
Rating: M Violence.
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