BY: JULIE CHUNG
The much anticipated film Captain America: The Winter Soldier was actually quite impressive. After coming out with a sequel so soon after Captain America: The First Avenger, many may have been preparing for a huge disappointment. However, the sequel was very well paced both in action scenes and plot development.
Although the movie is two and a half hours long, it certainly doesn’t feel that way. The film is no high action-packed, Michael Bay movie, but still thoroughly entertaining.
After the events that took place in New York in The Avengers, Capt. America/Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) struggles to live on in modern America.
Once Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, reveals to Rogers that HYDRA has compromised SHIELD, Rogers then battles with the decision of who he can trust.
A man referred to as “the winter soldier” appears with similar powers as Capt. America, to make matters worse.
This mysterious assassin turns out to be Rogers’ best friend who he thought had died. The winter soldier is Rogers’ friend who fell off the train in Captain America: The First Avenger.
The central idea the film focuses on is the price we pay in the post-9/11, modern world. Throughout the movie, Rogers conveys his disappointment of how the United States has moved away from the core, democratic ideals that he fought for in WWII.
SHIELD was first created to protect the free world from HYDRA’s attempts to jeopardize people’s freedom for power, and Capt. America tries to find out who has infiltrated the system.
The movie is surprisingly, and thankfully, not too patriotic. And it definitely was not a disappointment for a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.
Don’t forget to stay for extra scenes after the credits roll!