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"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" movie

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Marvel’s heroes tend to be loners (Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk), out of place (Thor) and in the wrong time period (Captain America).

Chris Evans returns as the super soldier trying to integrate himself in the 21st century. Instead of taking orders from Uncle Sam, he takes them from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of SHIELD.

The enemy remains the same - HYDRA - the organization that the Captain went after in the first Captain America film: "The First Avenger."

Besides getting caught up with the times, he has to be able to change his mentality from serving on the frontlines to re-acclimating to society as civillian Steve Rogers.

Anthony MacKie’s character, Sam Wilson, understand the transition all too well, previously serving tours of duties and now helping others in the V.A. with similar issues.

After the events of New York, SHIELD is about to commence Project Insight, which would have the capabilities to neutralize pre-eminent attacks all over the world.

This worries the Captain serving as the symbol of righeousness of liberty and justice while the organization believes more can be accomplished by foresaking rights with protection.

An old friend, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Shaw) from "Captain America: The First Avenger" returns this time as his advesary the Winter Soldier. He proves to be a commendable foe, who has no recollection of his former self, that matches the Captain in combat and speed.

The plot beings with Robert Redford’s character Alexander Pierce, Fury's predecessor, taking over operations of SHIELD and going after the Captain. The chain of events all ties into a rescue mission that the Captain and Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) aboard a ship.

From that moment, those around the Captain can't be trusted as suspicions are held high against everyone within the organization. Members of his own unit deviate from the mission while carrying their own orders from someone else.

Helping them with the conspiracy is Sam who when he adorn the mechanical wings becomes Falcon as well as SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) uncover the Captain’s past to see how it involves the events surrounding him.

Those along for the ride will need to watch the first film to understand the logic behind the collusion invovling different parties.

The film starts the summer of superheroes sequel earlier than anticipated but has the feel with its action sequences seeing the super soldier and his patriotic shield taking out foe while trying to save his friends.

Classification: In Theaters

Grade: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

The superhero sequel breaks the rut that each of the Avenger members could not overcome – a successful sequel that feels more grounded in reality and the present – in which an old for from Captain Roger’s past goes after him and SHIELD.

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.

Timing: 2 Hours, 16 Minutes

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Action, Fantasy.

  • Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
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