Steve Rogers 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.
What we think: As yet another jigsaw piece in the rapidly expanding Marvel universe fits into place the franchise itself shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.
With a mass of plot cross overs at their finger tips those head honchos orchestrating the overall story sit back and watch the dollars pile up, as this instalment adds to more possible character spin offs and new character introductions.
If those at DC headquarters are watching, they have some way to go if they want to match the juggernaut that is Marvel. But that could all kick off with the impending Superman Vs Batman project.
Here and now though, and its the return of patriotic hero Captain America to show his stuff. Armed with a new suit, a more darker blue, and utilising his shield in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine Cap has it all to do as he discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D has been compromised by an unknown force.
Chris Evans is a likeable character, women will no doubt swoon after him and men will wonder how the hell they can achieve a physique such as his as he bounds across the screen knocking bad guys this way and that in super-serum inducing ways.
The opening sequence sets the bar for the film to follow as Cap drops in on a ship captured by pirates, and battle his way to a final fight with UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre. The choreography has certainly been ramped up another level here, along with Captain America’s basdassness!
Most central superheroes can do it alone but in this instance Cap is teamed alongside Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson as a trio who have to go off the grid and then work together to get back inside the S.H.I.E.L.D agency and rip out the cancer spreading from the inside.
So what of the Winter Soldier himself, the bionic armed assassin who knows Captain America’s moves at almost every turn, the twist here surely won’t surprise many of the comic book faithful and his inclusion is most certainly integral to the over all Marvel universe.
There are some great action set pieces and the film is visually striking right from the outset, nail biting car chases, battles in the air to scuffles in a cramped elevator there is noting that won’t leave you a little breathless.
It lacks in the usual Marvelesque humour which certainly isn’t a bad thing as too much can certainly spoil a big blockbuster film (see Iron Man 3). But it quips the odd one liner here and there to bring a smile and a chuckle out of the audience.
The underlying plot sees a familiar force raise its Nazi like head (oops may have said too much) and opens the door for some conspiracy like shenanigans, lead by Robert Redford portraying S.H.I.E.L.D.s top man Alexander Pierce.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has serious trust issues and its left up to our hero to take a stand and have the final say in bringing down one of comics most cemented secret institutions, which begs the question…what will happen next?
While at times the film is a little far fetched and certainly a little predictable it ticks all the boxes of a well oiled action blockbuster, and if you’re hanging around for the now traditional mid and post credit sequences it will be well worth it and leave you begging for more.
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