Chris Evans returns to reprise the role of Captain America in the sequel titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a smartly written movie that’s part thriller as well as action flick. Robert Redford joins the cast adding a maturity and gravitas that sets the tone of the story. Gritty, violent, and dark, action fans will rejoice as Captain America’s super power abilities are fully showcased in his attempt to untangle a web of lies stretching back to his own past.
How’s the Story?
The story picks up with Steve Rogers aka Captain America struggling to piece his life together in a strange new world. He’s still the good soldier but can’t quite pin down his own personal identity. Instead he immerses himself in his work, namely going on missions as directed by S.H.E.I.L.D.’s top spy, Nick Fury. Yet Captain America increasingly finds the overall purpose of S.H.E.I.L.D. to be at conflict with his own moral compass. Fast forward to a couple of unforeseen events and Captain America is forced to be on the run while solving a mystery who’s implications could mean saving millions of lives.
How are the special effects?
Thrilling stunt work will have you genuinely concerned for the participants on screen. There’s a grittiness to this movie not found in the first installment that captivates and intrigues. As mentioned previously, Captain America’s remarkable abilities are unleashed in full in each action sequence. The movie, although indirectly tied into the Avenger storyline, stands on its own as a heart stopping action thriller.
Any opportunity for bathroom breaks in the movie?
A few. Although important to the storyline, one arguably could step away during the one on one conversations had between Steve Rogers and Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).
Overall Rating: A-
Recommended for Kids ages 13 and up.
Pros: Captain America shines in a gritty Action Thriller
Cons: A few dull exposition scenes.
Official Trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier