REVIEW: ‘Captain’ packed with action, intrigue

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Marvel Studios does it again with the instant blockbuster Captain America: Winter Soldier.

The movie is unlike other Marvel movie because it has an air of mystery. The action, however, doesn’t slow down one bit. It will entertain both the thrill ride fans and the intrigue fans.

The movie starts off where The Avengers left off.

First, it quietly acknowledges that Captain America isn’t much of a superhero, and it doesn’t really operate as a comic book movie. It’s more like a big-budget action movie with a well-developed plot.

Second, it undermines the gung-ho aspects by being topical and explicitly political. This is a film made in the wake of Edward Snowden, the NSA scandal and a changing climate in general.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency is about to make three more behemoth helicarriers with sophisticated targeting systems. The helicarriers can gun down anybody on the planet from miles above the ground.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) explains that he can kill terrorists before they ever do anything, thus ensuring freedom. The Captain (Chris Evans) doesn’t like the plan. “This isn’t freedom, it’s fear!” he says.

The plot thickens as Fury finds out about a secret group within the agency. The group, HYDRA, returns in this sequel as a modern, quasi-Nazi organization that wants to use the helicarriers in an eerily similar way as Fury.

They want to eliminate any possible threats to “progress” by gunning every person down who falls within what is called “Zola’s Algorithm.” A member of the organization is a metal-armed super soldier known as the Winter Soldier.

In order to stop them, the Captain teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam “Falcon” Wilson (Anthony Mackie). From here, that is all that can be said without giving away essential spoilers that make this movie worth watching.

The film makes the absolute most of Captain America’s relatively boring super powers with great fight scenes, acrobatics and gut-wrenching stunts.

Falcon shows off his winged flying suit in a spectacular ending sequence. Black Widow proves she is the best spy/assassin in the world in a great scene with Defense Secretary Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).

This is a must see for anyone who watches Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. The slow-to-start series is launched into overdrive with the events that take place as a result of this movie. Actually, it is a must-see for anyone who wants to see a good action movie packed with intrigue and plot twists. I rate this movie 9.5 of 10.

The only reason it doesn’t get a 10 is because Scarlett Johansson is wearing entirely too much clothing.

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