Captain America Winter Sodier
- Genre: Action
- Runtime: 136 minutes
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Review by Dwayne Lennox
After the events in New York in 2012's The Avengers, Captain America (Chris Evans) reprises his shield in this, his second solo mission. The Winter Soldier is a much darker affair than 2011's The First Avenger, which, with its matinee movie aesthetics and World War II setting, was arguably the most fun film in Phase One of Marvel's Avengers franchise.
That film ended with the Captain, a.k.a Steve Rogers, crash landing a plane in the Atlantic ice where he remained undiscovered yet miraculously alive — the serum which turned him from scrawny to super no doubt enhancing his metabolic powers — for some 70 years.
Of course, he awoke to a world very much changed, even more so in the Marvel universe where he's no longer the only superhero. Norse gods? Radioactive green giants? Billionaire, playboy philanthropists in flying robotic suits? Rogers has also found America much changed, and the lines between good and evil, friend and foe, no longer as clearly defined as they were in the 1940s.
So it is when S.H.I.E.L.D., the secret government agency responsible for handling 'out of this world' occurrences like visitations from Norse gods and alien invasions -- as well as the Captain's de-frosting -- comes under attack from forces within. Rogers and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), have to trust each other when it seems they should trust no-one. The Captain must also face-off with two ghosts from his WWII past.
The Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, allude to the conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s -- even casting All The President's Men's Robert Redford as Head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Alexander Pierce -- and toy with notions of big government but make no mistake, The Winter Soldier is a Hollywood blockbuster first and foremost.
As smart and fun as its Marvel predecessors, though not in the same way that the first Captain America film was (Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as an ally of the Captain no substitute for Tommy Lee Jones or Stanley Tucci), The Winter Soldier whets the appetite for next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron which is teased in the film's post-credit sequence.
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Cast & Characters
- Chris Evans
- Scarlett Johansson
- Sebastian Stan
- Anthony Mackie
- Cobie Smulders
- Frank Grillo
- Emily VanCamp
- Hayley Atwell
- Robert Redford
- Samuel L. Jackson