Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 2014

captain america posterSteve 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.

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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.

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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 . 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.

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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  portraying  S.H.I.E.L.D.s top man Alexander Pierce.

Nick Fury () 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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Captain America: The First Avenger – 2011

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending the USA’s ideals.

DirectedJoe Johnston

StarsChris EvansHugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson

What we think: With the impending Avengers flick due out in the summer this year, 2011 was all about wrapping up the the final film which would link yet another character into the superhero pack.

If I’m honest I am pretty bored of the superhero genre of late, so this one was going to have to work hard if it was going to hold my interest. But, for the most part… hold my interest it did!

Evans starts off as a scrawny weakling, desperate to serve his country during World War II. You’ll have to look hard to realise that Evans’ appearance is a brilliant piece of CGI, no man could get to that size and back in such a short space of time.

He then gets himself accepted as part of an experiment to transform average soldiers into supreme physical beings. Rogers, now a beef cake becomes an American poster boy for the war promoting everything the American public should stand for.

Singing in chorus lines he longs to be part of the action, to get onto the front line and to help bring down HYDRA, and its main villain Johann Schmidt aka Red Skull.

The film moves through the gears, massive explosions and some great action set pieces. But you’d expect nothing less, director Joe Johnston injects the film with enough to tie over until a rather disappointing ending.

One of the bright lights however is Weaving, whose Red Skull is one of the more colourful villains we might have seen in recent times. His penetrating persona gives the film a lift when otherwise it was heading for the doldrums.

Captain America does what pretty much every other super hero film has done before it, starts as an origins story, throws some back history in along with a lot of action but ultimately fails on the big pay off.

We all know where the film is going though, as most will have seen all the trailers surrounding The Avengers, for me though this is just another missing piece of the puzzle that will lead onto a much greater film.

After which Captain America will pretty much be all but forgotten.

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Rating: (3/5)

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Rise of Planet of the Apes sits at the top

For the second week on the trot Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sits on top of the US box office, grossing over the $100 million mark for America.

Many might have regarded this a bit of a sleeper hit, but it was clear to see that the film was going to do well with the amazing motion capture effects and action sequences that it had to offer. Directed by Rupert Wyatt it stars James Franco and motion capture legend Andy Serkis.

Taking second spot was The Help which managed to haul in $25.5 million, starring Hollywood hot property Emma Stone looks at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

Final Destination 5 grabbed third spot with $18.4 million, while The Smurfs came in a fourth with a slightly surprising $13.5 million, putting 30 Minutes Or Less into fifth place with $13 million.

The bigger boys Cowboys And Aliens and Captain America added more cash to their ever growing totals taking out sixth and seventh spot. Crazy Stupid Love took eighth spot in the top ten.

Harry Potter continues to cast its spell over everyone seeing it add another $6.8 million to sit in ninth place and The Change-Up rounds out the ten adding $6.2 million to its gross.

Source: Total Film

The Avengers teaser poster arrives

We’ve still got another year to wait but it seems that Marvel are quite content to tease fans with a poster for the eagerly awaited and forth coming The Avengers.

The film will feature a host of super heroes most of which have all had their own films and all have somehow tied into each other some way or another as a lead up to this film.

The likes of The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor will all join forces next year in what will surely be the mother of all comic book films.

Hugo Weaving as Red Skull image revealed

During this years Superbowl there was a 30 second teaser trailer for Captain America, in it was a blink and you missed it shot of Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull.

Now Entertainment Weekly have released a full shot of the man in all his evil garb, and we have to say we’re very impressed!

We don’t even want to begin to image just how long this took in the make up chair but its the most impressive villain we’ve seen since Jack Nicholson’s Joker was unveiled.

In this film Weaving’s character Johann Schmidt is transformed into the Red Skull after he is injected with the same Super Solider serum that creates Captain America.

The film opens in the UK July 29th.

 

Source: EW