Need a film filled with hand-to-hand combat, light comedy and superheroes decked out in awesome suits? Then “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will not disappoint.
This action-packed thriller has many of the characteristics of the other Marvel movies, including sarcastic one-liners, blinding explosions and heartfelt moments.
Taking place two years after “The Avengers,” this movie focuses on Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans). In “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the film focuses on the creation of the legendary superhero and his battle against the evil organization Hydra. He saves the world by crashing a Hydra plane holding nuclear bombs in the Arctic and is presumed dead. The film ends with Rogers waking up in the 21st century and finding out that he had been frozen for more than 70 years.
In “The Winter Soldier,” Rogers is still adjusting to modern life. He takes up normal activities, like jogging with his new friend and fellow war veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Rogers is later picked up by Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who informs him they have a new job: saving lives of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives who have been taken hostage on a ship by Algerian terrorists.
It turns out that there is more to the mission than Rogers first thought when he finds Natasha storing information on a flash drive. Rogers grows suspicious of her actions and of S.H.I.E.L.D. He learns there is no one he can trust, even the organization he works for that is dedicated to protecting people.
His greatest challenge arrives in the form of a hired assassin, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), who hides his face with a mask and can be identified by a silver robotic arm. The assassin’s powers seem to rival Rogers’, matching his inhuman strength and ability.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo did a great job with this movie, especially the casting. The star-studded cast features returning fan favorites such as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Maria Hill (“How I Met Your Mother’s” Cobie Smulders). New faces appear, too, such as longtime actor Robert Redford as a senior S.H.I.E.L.D official named Alexander Pierce.
The script, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, allows Evans to portray a wide range of emotions, from betrayal and anger to relief and hopefulness. The script also has many small comedic moments, amazingly well done by both Mackie and Johansson.
In addition to her sassy attitude in this movie, Johansson brought more depth to her mysterious character than in any other movie. Though the main hero of the movie is Captain America, the Black Widow plays a bigger part in this film than she did in “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers.” Fans of her character will be very pleased with her fighting scenes as well as her witty banter with Rogers.
This 136-minute long movie keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. However, it is noticeably more violent than any previous Marvel film. There are many scenes that involve explosions, guns and blood. For this reason, it may be scary for children under 10.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is definitely a great film to see in theaters, especially in 3-D.
Amelia Gilmer is a senior at Mount St. Mary Academy.