Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Time: 128 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford

Storyline:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

4 reviews

  • Captain America: The First Avenger was somewhat strange – it combined an interesting origin story with goofy plot elements and dumb action sequences. In the world of superhero movies, there is an unofficial rule that the sequel is better than the first movie. Luckily, this is the case with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Not only is ‘The Winter Soldier’ clearly superior to ‘The First Avenger’, but this movie is also (arguably), for now, the best movie in the Phase 2 of Marvel Cinematic Universe. That being said, Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t as good as everyone makes it out to be (it currently has pretty high ratings on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes).

    The movie follows Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) as he tries to find his place in the modern world, and that definitely isn’t easy for him – the world clearly changed and even S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t what it used to be. He is most worried about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s project Insight, which is basically a plan to launch 3 next generation Helicarriers to the sky to neutralize, from above, any possible threat. The situation gets more complicated when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) gets attacked in broad daylight, and Steve Rogers doesn’t know who to trust anymore – could it be that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised?

    Of all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier feels the least like a superhero movie. There’s a certain James Bond/spy movie vibe to it, and Kevin Feige, the movie’s producer and President of Marvel Studios, went as far as to describe it as ‘a 1970s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie’. In spite of being described as a ’1970′s political thriller’, ‘The Winter Soldier’ is still a relevant movie, in the way that it deals with some major recent events (the post 9/11 world and WikiLeaks). This new direction in Marvel movies is definitely a brave one and should definitely be applauded.

    Visually, the movie looks great, which could be explained by another novelty in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the use of visual effects is reduced to the minimum (which was the decision of the movie’s directors, the Russo brothers). The action sequences are well shot and edited and rank amongst the best ones I’ve seen in Marvel movies. As for the actors in the movie, some of them played their characters so many times now, they need no special analyzing (Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson & Scarlett Johansson), and the newcomers did a satisfying job – Robert Redford was believable as Alexander Pierce, Anthony Mackie’s The Falcon was nicely introduced and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier was alright (despite he doesn’t really play that important a role for someone who has his name appearing in the movie title).

    Even though Captain America: The Winter Soldier does many things right, it still suffers from the same flaw many movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe do: the villains are not that good. By now, 9 movies have been released in the MCU, all of them producing only one memorable villain – Loki. The villains in Captain America: The Winter Soldier are forgettable at worst, and average at best. Not that a movie necessarily needs a great villain to be great itself, but it definitely helps if the audience has an interesting villain to help them sit through the movie (with its runtime of 136 minutes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second longest movie in the MCU, which is a little too much for a solo superhero movie). Also, as the movie progresses, it gets increasingly worse, with its action packed third act suffering from some ridiculous elements. Undoubtedly, all these elements – the bland villains, the runtime, the inconsistent quality – are precisely what keeps Captain America: The Winter Soldier from reaching its full potential.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • …Then, one day, Captain America came to the present. As expected, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” must have in most reviews the word “entertaining” or closest synonyms, but still the overall magnitude of the new Marvel film is uneven. The big problem that dilutes the new release is that the writing and execution do not break the mainstream, but the film is a puzzle with pieces of other hero products that have circulated in recent years. “Collage” is an appropriate definition, where the show always ends up triumphing before the few lucid moments of exposure of the plot

    Making a timeline with “The Avengers” the most American hero is in this second movie today. This leads to a couple of personal problems for the protagonist: has now become a museum relic, his wife of the 40’s has aged to old, and no longer has his old friends on earth. But because a Marvel superhero movie has no time for drama, all the psychological and emotional wounds of Steve Rogers (because the drastic change) are discarded as fast as possible (the committee think “we do not want this to become “Hulk 2003”). On the other hand, the plot and its execution is not great: the plot has the thriller format in the style of “Iron Man”, but is more likely to follow the flow of the James bond films (one can seriously think that this is a recycled “Moonraker ” and “The Spy who Loved Me”); as for implementation, there are too many symbols that desperately re-call “Batman: The Dark Knight” (the epic or motivational speech, the infiltrated police). Fighting (except the final show) also follow the trail of “The Dark Knight” and the latest James Bond film, with fights where are needed hands and muscle or a few weapons, without favoring exotic gadgets. And of course, occasional humor of these projects

    As you can see, there are many ideas and recycling, which inevitably culminates in an inert point . The drama, as we said, is lukewarm, like motivational speeches; humor ranges from the funny to lukewarm and predictable (even the one- liners are not as impressive) or sometimes bizarre (some platitudes to fill time, eg Johansson asking the protagonist if the kiss he gave her is the first after the 2nd world war); the argument is lukewarm and the excuse to kill 20 million people to establish a higher order sounds, according to the statement made ​​by the film (with videos of different social stages), more fitting for revisionist conspiracy theories as Zeitgeist, rather to a sophisticated villain (although that same could be said of the politically naive plan of Adrian Veidt in “Watchmen”). As for the fighting, lacking abundant CGI (except the final show), the script gives a modest villain like Sebastian Stan, which is lethal and very hard to kill but lacks charisma and messianic side, being a little reworking of Bane in “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” and not even he is the main villain as the title “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” may suggest. There are annoying Deus Ex Machinas, and when Miss Johansson is removed a digital fabric of her face to simulate another person’s face resembles the fashion level of “Mission: Impossible 2”. And finally the edition (a problem that seems to affect in recent times: the edition) seems rush some steps so the characters come and go places because of little tracks, and new characters like Sharon Carter receive treatment as a deadly unfunny cameos, with the intention to please the fan of comics with her appearance. Regarding Natasha Romanoff, her beginning action scenes are a little too generic because the director commits the vice of seeing women with weapons as more masculine than own men, getting a little reworking of Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider” (where has absolutely calculated her movement and pose her guns). All these disorderly elements occasionally generate some light (eg the protagonist is really a protagonist), but after the action scenes not much to do with this film (Rating: 3,5 / 5)

  • The Captain returns in the sequel to The First Avenger and of course Avengers Assemble. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

    After the first Captain America, we were mostly let down with how boring and serious it was. I had high hopes, but was also nervous that the Captain would be made a mockery of, with Anthony and Joe Russo (Community, Happy Endings) at the helm. They’re known for their comedies and while Marvel films are known for their humour they are not comedies.
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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 8/10- After seeing Thor: The Dark World, I was skeptical at how this sequel of Captain America will turn out. The Dark World was such a disappointment that I was almost certain that Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be nothing more than a good trailer. I was dead wrong.
    Captain America has earned the right to be mentioned in the same breathe as The Avengers and Iron Man. The plot of this film is by far superior than any other Marvel entry and the connections that it makes with the original film while still moving on to the next-stage of film making is without a doubt the biggest accomplishment of this picture.

    The thing that made this sequel unique from all of the other Marvel films, with the exception of possibly Iron Man, is the enemy. Most of the Marvel films have a foreign enemy, an enemy that comes from a competing company, country, or realm. The Winter Soldiers enemy comes from S.H.I.E.L.D.This enemy is apart of the organization that swore to protect the world. That is the reason that Steve Rogers A.K.A. Captain America joined S.H.I.E.L.D. The way they introduce this new enemy is something that really keeps you entertained and wondering what will happen next.

    All of the new and returning characters were a great choice of being added to this film. I was glad that this film focuses on the inner-workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. I was wondering which sequel Natasha Romanoff, who is played by Scarlett Johansson, would play in and they made they best choice of putting her in this one. Nick Fury, who is played by Samuel L. Jackson, was the obvious slam-dunk choice for this film and I was glad to see that he is more involved in this movie. It would have not been the same without him.

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