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Overall Rating
3.91

Awesome: 30.43%
Worth A Look43.48%
Average: 19.57%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 6.52%

4 reviews, 22 user ratings


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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by Charles Tatum

"When Captain America throws his mighty shield..."
4 stars

The new Marvel film features plenty of action, special effects, and cinematic dazzle

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is comfortable in his role as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s go-to guy, teaming with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to take care of missions around the globe that don't require ALL of the Avengers. He is still trying to get used to today's society, visiting old flames, and writing down everyone's suggestions for what he "must" do, see, or listen to (music wise, in a nice scene with Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon).

After rescuing some hostages from a hijacked ship in the Indian Ocean, Rogers is exposed to the political realities of working for the massive covert unit. Everyone seems to have a secret agenda, which collides with Rogers' beliefs. The unit's commander, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) answers to Secretary Pierce (Robert Redford, bringing a huge sack of gravitas to a comic book film) -pierce...shield...get it? You know Pierce is going to be a major thorn in everyone's side. Back room dealings force Rogers to face an elite assassin who resurrects an enemy Captain America assumed was long dead. Rogers quickly learns, and is told by Fury, that you cannot trust anyone.

What I liked about the film, much like last year's other good sequel "Thor: The Dark World," is that this is a stand alone story for Captain America only. Evans is a great hero, at ease in his role. Redford seems to have thrown all caution to the wind, chewing up a supporting role, as opposed to what I thought was a cameo when I saw the preview. Evans and Johansson have an easy chemistry, I wish they would do something else together not involving saving the world. The Russo's direction tends to vary. The best action sequence is a good old fashioned car chase in Washington, D.C. At worse, some of the flying sequences involving the new hero, Falcon, are blurred and confusing, much like the first "Transformers" flick. I say "the first," because the frustration forced me to not follow up the sequels. I wish some directors would find that happy medium between nailing the camera to the floor, and shaking and swooping the scene to the point where you taste your popcorn coming back up. The screenplay presents a nice paranoid puzzle, but for every surprise, there is a scene where the writers' "big revelation" is about as shocking as a sunrise. The returning veterans angle is noble, but sometimes lurches along uncomfortably before the affected subjects jump right back into combat. It's also nice to see genre favorite Jenny Agutter on the big screen in these films. She still looks fantastic. Was there a musical score? I honestly don't remember it. I would also advise boning up on the first "Captain America" film, the story is referenced a lot here.

As the public awaits the next Avengers film, these "Phase Two" superhero movies like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will do just fine. Now, if only they could come up with a decent Hulk flick.

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell awesome sequel 5 stars
2/14/15 zenny entertaining w/o having to see the other Marvel schlock 4 stars
1/29/15 Bents Enjoyable - exceeded expectations - an improvement on the 1st Cap movie 4 stars
10/02/14 Horror Lover Well- written and spectactular action sequences makes this one a winner. 4 stars
9/02/14 Dude Don't listen to the fanboys 3 stars
8/09/14 lee meh 4 stars
8/07/14 Albert Valentin Fantastic sequel with best A-list style action seen in years 5 stars
5/24/14 The king terrible cheesy comic book crap and overlong too 1 stars
5/22/14 KC Really enjoyed this Marvel installment! 5 stars
5/04/14 Usfdstrz Giambi japan and Brown both have degrees. The government took action to local authorities., 3 stars
5/03/14 Toni Peluso Really enjoyable... will have lots of impact on the Marvel Universe 4 stars
4/23/14 Avery Hemming The WInter Soldier was a worthy opponent for Captain America! 5 stars
4/20/14 Koitus I liked it. "Agents of Shiled" familiarity discounted it for me, though. 3 stars
4/10/14 KALUNAKIMO BEST COMIC BOOK SEQUEL SINCE "THE DARK KNIGHT"! CAN SPIDERMAN 2 AND NEXT XMEN TOP IT! 5 stars
4/09/14 mr.mike Best Marvel flick since Iron Man 1-4.5 stars. 4 stars
4/08/14 Heisenberg One of Marvel's best outings 5 stars
4/07/14 KingNeutron Well done but still falls short of Avengers. Some action was over the top but want 2c story 4 stars
4/07/14 glzcarl very good film. Gallman calls it well. 4 stars
4/07/14 Snoop Dopey Dogg Minority Report Retort 5 stars
4/06/14 Darkstar Freaking amazing! Liked it better than The Avengers 5 stars
4/05/14 Bob Dog I agree with turner. 1 stars
4/05/14 turner garbage garbage garbage 1 stars
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USA
  04-Apr-2014 (PG-13)
  DVD: 09-Sep-2014

UK
  26-Mar-2014 (12A)

Australia
  03-Apr-2014 (M)
  DVD: 09-Sep-2014




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