‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ review
By Steven Cayer, Senior Columnist
Captain America began in the 1940s when a scrawny kid named Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) joined the military and volunteered to undergo an experimental scientific procedure that would turn him into a super-soldier. Now taller, stronger, and living in the 21st century, he struggles to adapt to the modern world in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Taking place a few years after the events in The Avengers, Rogers a.k.a. Captain America continues to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. but starts to have doubts about the methods that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uses, declaring, “This isn’t freedom, it’s fear.”
He then meets a fellow soldier named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who instantly connects with him. During a mission, Rogers notices Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) steal an encrypted file called Project Insight from the ship’s computer, which isn’t part of the mission. Lots of people want the file and would do anything to get it back, which leads to some good-looking action sequences and the introduction of a familiar assassin, suitably named the Winter Soldier.
Also appearing in the film are Robert Redford as senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce/Fury’s boss and Stan Lee in his signature cameo appearance as a museum guard.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who also directed multiple episodes of Community and Arrested Development. For their first-ever action movie, they did a marvellous job.
What ultimately drew me in the most was that I cared about the main characters more because the film delved deeper into who they were. If you love everything Marvel like me, get ready to delve deeper into their universe. And, as always, stay after the end credits for something awesome.