Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier now playing in US theaters

The wait is over Captain America: The Winter Soldier is finally here.  This movie blew my mind! It had me on the edge of my seat and my heart racing right up until the very last scene. I even stayed to watch the credits.


It begins with Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, (Chris Evans) still struggling to adapt to the 21st century and his work with S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). With each clandestine mission his doubts grow of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s integrity and honesty. His doubt is confirmed during a hostage rescue, when he catches Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)(WARNING: SPOILER ALERET) performing a mission outside the defined parameters of the mission. Captain America become suspicious of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s mission and everyone in it.


Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. suspects the organization is compromised and races secure a deep black project before it can be used by the moles. Fury is targeted for assassination, but manages to ferret out vital information to Captain America about a deeper mystery of within S.H.I.E.L.D. and a conspiracy that challenges liberty and privacy of the entire world. S.H.I.E.L.D. deems Captain America a threat and attempts to take him out. Steve teams up with the Black Widow and his new friend Sam Wilson, who becomes the Falcon to uncover the moles threatening to murder 200 million people. It’s up to Captain America and the Falcon to fight for freedom and what’s right for We the People as they take down the forces of evil.


One of the negative aspects from my view is the things are suppose to have you in shock, but failed miserably. One example is the casting of Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce. My father, Mark Totilo said, “He’s old enough to play a grandfather. He didn’t come across like a good villain should.” It was too predictable for his character to be the villain. The movie was good enough to make up for the bad acting by Mr. Redford.


The action was some of the best action I’ve ever seen, and a really fast paced movie. One thing I really appreciated was that it did not rely on visual effects. The directors made it appoint to rely on good old hand to hand fight scenes. It was a little fast and shaky but other than that was fun to watch.


Back story of the plot was really well told with Dr. Zola and HYDRA (Spoiler alert.) and how it affected everyone in SHIELD (Including Director Fury).


I didn’t like the fact that the movie was titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is a misleading, because the Winter Soldier was another character with a semi-major role. The story wasn’t about him at all, its like he’s there and you don’t know why he’s there. Of course the plot wouldn’t have been good if the Winter Soldier was a one man show, seeing how he worked for a traitor, but don’t name the movie after him.


The score I would give this movie is about 8.5/10. I’m still working on whether it’s better than The Avengers, it’s a toss up. But this was extremely well done with excellent story telling, awesome action, fantastic actors, and great funny one liner’s that kept it very interesting and entertaining.


Now that I’ve finally seen this movie, I’m ready for the next part of the epic adventure. On Tuesday, April 8th, the adventure continues with a crossover episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Make sure to tune in at 8:00 PM on ABC.


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