Synopsis: After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, 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.
Review: War intrigue and espionage pretty sum up the plot of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and it is a series of spy games and counter spy games that Steve Rogers is not ready for.
In this second stand alone film the honourable and noble Captain is not only struggling to live in the modern world, but is also struggling to come to terms with working under Nick Fury and his methods of doing things.
Things have changed since the second world war and Rogers admits as much when he says he’d much rather know who the enemy is he is supposed to be fighting. The world of espionage and counter espionage is something he really struggles with. Especially given the fact that he feels shut out of the loop.
As you’d expect from any Marvel movie the action sequences in this film are top draw, but the films story feels a lot stronger and more sure footed the the first movie, which is saying something because I absolutely loved the first Captain America movie.
Were introduced to Falcon in this film, who is played by Anthony Mackie who does a fine job of the role in spite of having to wear a fairly dull costume. The opening scenes of the film introduce us to Falcon in his civvies and it quickly establishes the friendship between Steve Rogers and Falcon.
Like in the last film the humour is still present and helps balance out a film with a really dark plot.
The main villain this time out comes from within S.H.I.E.L.D. in the form of Alexander Pierce played beautifully by Robert Redford. But the real shock is the return of Toby Jones as the Nazi scientist and former Hydra member Arnim Zola, who turns up during a major plot point in the film, which will likely be referenced in a future episode of the TV show ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because it is far to big of a plot point to go ignored.
The final confrontation between Captain America and the Winter Soldier, who is Steve Rogers friend Bucky Barnes is heart rending thanks to Chris Evens really selling that moment in which Captain America struggles to come to terms with the fact that his childhood friend who he served with in the war is still alive, but not only has no memory, but is also trying to kill him.
Overall this is a cracking movie and a great way to start the summer movie season. We learn a fair bit about some of Nick Fury’s back story and also get to know Steve Rogers/Captain America a little more as well.
The story has lots of twist and turns and the action is none stop.
But between all of that it is the good humour that kept me invested. I mean Black Widow trying to fix Steve Rogers up with a date was a fun thread that ran throughout the film.