Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Runtime 128m

Released April 4, 2014

Languages English

Genres Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

Rating PG-13

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
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First of all I would like to say that I didn't liked Captain America: The First Avenger and for me it is the weakest film of Marvel Phase One. The only thing that was good about it was the origin story of Captain American himself, the rest was just a whole disappointment. Despite that fact, and Marvel being now in a whole different level, as soon as I saw the trailer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier my hopes about liking it were a lot higher. And so it was, I have to say that it was absolutely awesome!

Besides being above all an action film, it's also a great conspiracy political thriller. The plot is great and very well structured with a lot of suspense until the final climax.
There's also humour here and there to balance all the dark tone of the film, that results very well. Specially some scenes between the Captain and the Black Widow are very funny.
There's a few twists in the story, some already expected others not (at least for me).
Much more depth was given to the characters and that's also something good that needs to be mentioned.
But of course there's some flaws, this is film is not perfect. Some things didn't make much sense and that's the reason why I will not give it the five stars. But I don't wanna talk in details about them because I would have to spoil some things to you. You will discover for yourselves.

There's a lot of amazing action sequences during the entire film that will keep you entertained the whole time and the CGI is stunning, very well done!

The performances are all great! Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford that turns out to be a pretty good villian. Every single character has a glorious moment in this film, the good or the bad ones, all of the actors had their opportunity to shine at some point and I really liked that fact.

The most important thing of this film is the fantastic plot, that many times in an action film like this one is totally forgotten with the amount of action scenes just to keep you entertained. This film just not bring us that but it also has a decent story to keep you focused too. Gripping from the beginning until the end, Marvel continues to put the bar higher and higher from film to film. That's why I think Captain America: The Winter Soldier is pure awesomeness!

OH and please, don't leave the theater as soon as the film ends! It looks like there's a lot of people that still doesn't know how Marvel films work --' There's a mid-credits scene and also a post-credits scene.
It took 10 years but finally there is a superhero movie that tops SpiderMan 2.
This is maybe the best Marvel movie yet. Thor, The Dark World had put the bar a bit high after the Avengers, and now, Captain America, The winter Soldier has made it clearly higher. I'm not going to tell here really nothing about the story of the movie, you have to go and see it.

I'm going only to say that this movie has a fast action pace, almost non stop. Since we know now the origin of Caps, there is no need to go to the boring stuff. Action from start to the end.

In this movie you will be able to see good action scenes with "Batroc the Leaper", "Black Widow", the "Falcon" and obviously the "Winter Soldier". You will have also a nice re-introduction of "Arnim Zola" in his first version has a virtual entity and a direct hint with a mention of a threat to HYDRA from Stephen Strange (aka Doctor Strange).

And last but not the least you will be able to see in the post credits the connection to the "Avengers: The Age of Ultron" with 3 new characters. Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), the two only mentioned as "the twins".

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This is one of the best
Really liked the tone of the movie and overall it was much better than the first one (which I also liked).
A good sequel to a mediocre first film. This movie can easily compare with Avengers in terms of action and suspense.
It is very disappointing that this film along with all the others that make up 'Phase 2' of Marvel's film universe, seem deliberately underwhelming. And why not? A film featuring a singular hero dare not exceed an Avengers title in terms of success.

This film is unnecessarily strung out to a rather arduous 2 hours and 15 minutes, when it clearly could have shorter.

There are only really two bits of important information to take away from the narrative also when piecing it together as part of the bigger picture which is the next Avengers film and for those who've seen this film, it should be blatantly obvious.

Ultimately, something a narrative so basic needs a film this long to put forward. And I'm sure that with all the usual action and stunts, the film can be made shorter, more interesting and try at least not hold back as much when it comes to matching the Avengers titles.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps upping the level I expect from each movie they release.

This is no exception, the first Captain America movie was the weakest of the Pre-Avengers movies, falling far short of the expectation set by Iron Man and Thor, I was a little worried after Iron Man 2 and then Captain America... But Thor restored my faith and was along with the first Iron Man movie... my fave of the pre-Avengers films.

This time round they kicked it up a notch, the back story is out of the way and all of the exposition has been covered in previous movies. Marvel fully expect that the people who watch these films, will have watched all of the previous ones... Probably in order. So there's virtually no time wasted with covering much of what's happened before.

The new character of Sam Wilson (Falcon) is introduced right at the start, and I must admit that I found the immediate friendship that seems to have happened in 2 mins is a little forced and plot convenient... But done in such a way that I was irked by it as I may have been in a weaker movie.

We switch straight away to CA and co on a mission... this is the one part that really bugs me. Black Widow picks up Cap in Washington for a mission when he's talking to Sam Wilson... It's morning because we see them jogging at sunrise. Next we switch to night time and they're seemingly half a world away and it's only 93 mins later.... Actually it must be less than that because the hijacked ship was taken 93 mins earlier and they still had to scramble Cap his team and get them on a plane and to the target... Now I admit I'm not sure exactly where the ship is supposed to be, but from later dialogue in the movie I think we can place it somewhere in the Indian ocean... A good 4000 miles away.

It's not a major issue... but it does irk me greatly all the same, and should have been written much better. It's not the dialogue that irks, but the content.

The banter between Cap and BW throughout the movie is well written, a mix of serious and funny that develops as the movie progresses. We get to see more of the dry humour that Black Widow has and it's used to good effect.

I won't go into great detail about the rest of the plot as I don't want to spoil it for people too much. But the pace of the movie is very well laid out, it doesn't jump from one set action piece to another as so many bad action movies do. It has peaks and lulls that work really well overall.

The acting is very good for an action movie and shows just how much thought Marvel studios are putting into their universe. I was not a fan of Chris Evans in many of his earlier films and thought he made a terrible Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies... but then again, they made poor choices for each of the actors in those movies and it's no wonder they failed miserably.... They need to bring them back in house and do them properly.

But I digress... Good performances all round, a decent plot, excellent character development that sets up movies to come during Phase two and three of the MCU.

Of the 3 post Avengers movies so far (not seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet)... it's really hard to rate them. I am a huge fan of the Iron Man and Thor movies. So I'd put Thor first, Iron Man second and Winter Soldier third... But don't think that is in any way a bad thing. It's entirely a personal preference and all three films are excellent and set the standard for movies of this genre.

I for one am really hoping the greenlight a 4th Iron Man movie, can't wait to see GotG, and I'm so looking forward to Age of Ultron, Ant Man, The Dr Strange film and the new Hulk movie.

I give this film a very high 9 out of 10.
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