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Review | Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 2014

If you’re a fan of superheroes and action you will definitely enjoy the second solo film of Chris Evans’ Captain America. Captain America: The Winter Soldier contains a lot of action. Don’t get me wrong, the fight scenes all look spectacular but I think it’s too much of the same. The car chase with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is a very impressive scene. But because of all the action you might forget what the film is actual about! I have seen The Avengers, which is supposedly the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, but I can’t remember exactly what happened in that movie since it’s a while ago.At the end of Captain America’s first solo film, Captain America is found years later frozen in ice. Between the two solo films there’s a gap between how Captain America / Steve Rogers wakes up in the modern world and how he became a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Saying that, you might want to see The Avengers first. But for the viewers who are not that into the Marvel Universe can also watch this film without prior knowledge since a lot is explained about Steve Rogers, his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Hydra. All the fighting scenes looks pretty impressive to me. I mentioned before the film is full of action and therefore I really need to see it again. Did I really understand everything correctly?

This time the threat comes from the inside. S.H.I.E.L.D. is infiltrated by their biggest enemy: Hydra, an organization who was led by ‘Red Skull’ in the first Captain America film. In this film we learn that Red Skull’s right hand Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), was taken to S.H.I.E.L.D. for his scientific expertise, after Red Skull got defeated. In secretly however, Zola regrow Hydra within the organization with the purpose misusing ‘Project Insight’: identifying and eliminating potential threats to Hydra’s goals. Quite a disturbing project if you ask me.. When Steve Rogers exposes Hydra within S.H.I.E.L.D., he and other loyal agents leave the agency as it falls apart. In my opinion it was quite easy to spot the rats. Maybe not everyone from the first shot but it was not really a surprise.

Besides taking down Hydra and its plans, Captain America has to face another enemy: The Winter Soldier. He’s extremely strong and very familiar to Captain America… In his fight he gets help from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon / Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). The first talk between Wilson and Rogers, where they talk about adjusting in this modern world is quite nice. I think it’s good to show the viewers that Steve Rogers is in fact struggling with his new life and needs to adapt. It would be lame if he didn’t need to adapt at all. It’s also nice to see that Steve visits Peggy Carter in the hospital and tells her about his issues. This was such a nice scene and I really felt bad for her that she had to miss Steve for such a long time.Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-fightSo Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon stand together in their battle which involves a lot shooting, flying and fights on crashing objects. It’s all very epic in my opinion especially when Falcon flies in his suit! That really looks amazing. Luckily they don’t stand alone since there are some loyal agents left. The final scene between Captain America and The Winter Soldier was also very interesting in a way that I really hoped The Winter Soldier would remember him and then hug it out or something! I hope we will see more of them in the next film!

In the end-credits we learn that Hydra is not completely destroyed, how can it be. We see the Hydra’s leader Baron Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) showing two of his new weapons: an infinity stone and ‘The Twins’: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The other end credit shows us Bucky… To be continued!!

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