Marvel’s latest superhero feature film, starring Chris Evans as the eponymous hero alongside superstars Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robert Redford, bagged a record setting $96.2 million on its opening weekend, the highest-ever for April.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is also a hit with the critics — 98 percent of them over at Rotten Tomatoes give the film a coveted thumbs up.
The Winter Soldier utterly defies the dreaded sequel disappointment. The film follows our reluctant super solider Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he tries to uncover corruption in the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (SHIELD), avenge the death of SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and figure out whose side SHIELD operative and bad guy Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) is really on.
Captain America and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) soon discover that the Nazi scientists who comprise Hydra (the science division of the NAZI regime) have infiltrated SHIELD. Over the years Hydra slowly exerted their influence, using strike teams and stealth missions ostensibly aimed at controlling terrorism and protecting freedom to upset the world order.
To be clear, Hydra is only interested in world domination. As SHIELD’s secret killer helicarriers prepare to launch into orbit, Captain America and Black Widow learned that Hydra plans to use the helicarriers to secure a worldwide police state and they will identify enemies for extermination. Everyone from al Qaeda to the president of the United States are all on Hydra’s excessive kill list.
And here is the underlying anti-big-government message baked into this super sequel. “Authority figures are not to be trusted in The Winter Soldier,” writes Sunny Bunch:
“This is the closest Marvel studios has come to making a statement film: The characters (and their surrogates in the audience) are asked to grapple with the ability of drone-like weapons to deliver extrajudicial death, the tradeoffs between security and liberty, and whether attaining a world of order and safety is worth taking out a couple (million) troublemakers. Try to guess which side of the debate the filmmakers support.
For this writer, The Winter Soldier was incredibly enjoyable. It just felt good to my money’s worth for a change. So far, Captain America 2 is definitely the best action flick of 2014.
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.
Send this to friend