Under Review: Captain America 2


“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” reflects modern issues of privacy and security in the digital age.

Michael VerMeulen, Staff Writer

An action-packed movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is an incredible sequel that amazes with its entertaining action, deep emotion and well-developed characters.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film is a sequel to both “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers”. This movie continues the story of World War II veteran and superhero Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) as he adjusts to the modern world after being frozen in ice for nearly 70 years. While viewers may prefer the previous films, this movie gives enough background information to fill in the uninformed on the Captain’s history.

Working for a secret intelligence agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogers is drawn into a vast political conspiracy that he and agent Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) must stop before the world is put in danger. Meanwhile, they fight powerful enemies such as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers/Captain America as a symbol of honor and virtue, most notably during moments when his character must fight through emotional circumstances in order to save others. Evans also accurately portrays Steve Roger’s internal conflicts about his actions for S.H.I.E.L.D., which contradict the values of his time period, 1940′s America.

Johansson portrays Black Widow as a complex character with many dark secrets. Her scenes with Captain America showcase the drastic difference between them. Other surprisingly fleshed out characters are fellow veteran Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Security Council member Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), who bring gravitas to the events of the film.

The plot delves into issues relevant in today’s political world, with themes pertaining to Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance reflected throughout the film. “Captain America” is set up like a political thriller, intense and mysterious.

The highlight of the film has to be its stunning action scenes. From breath-taking CGI explosions and machinery to well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat scenes, this movie displays some of the best action of the past decade. Captain America’s tactics in using his enhanced athleticism and indestructible shield leave the audience speechless.

With a gripping, tense plot played by excellent actors and action that must be seen to be believed, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will entertain all audiences.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” runs 128 minutes and is rated PG-13 for gunplay, action throughout and intense sequences of violence.