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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' review: Star spangled espionage

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters across the country starting on Friday, April 4.

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"Captain America: The First Avenger" is still an enjoyable superhero film, but the action seemed to come up short in comparison to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) never ending quest to become a soldier in the army despite his small size. He gets the super soldier serum, he fights off a few Nazis including Red Skull, and he watches Bucky (Sebastian Stan) die. Most of the film is devoted to Rogers time spent in 1942 and logically so.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" begins by showing how perfect Steve Rogers has become; physically and mentally. Two years after the events of "The Avengers" and Rogers seems like he's even more of a flawless machine who is always in his prime. As Rogers is sent on a mission to help rescue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), he teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who reveals she has a different objective which leaves Rogers feeling like Nick Fury doesn't trust him. As Rogers attempts to deal with Fury's shady tactics, a new threat introduces itself known as The Winter Soldier; an unstoppable man with a metal arm who is just as strong and just as quick as Captain America.

The action in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is increased tenfold in comparison to the original film, but what's even more impressive is the incredible storyline. The blockbuster superhero sequel is like a spy thriller that features well-known superheroes. Captain America becomes public enemy number one and it's because the individuals pulling the strings believe he's hiding something. Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) is a good friend of Nick Fury who takes matters into his own hands and leads what is otherwise the inevitable evolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. The addition of Anthony Mackie as Falcon is an entertaining one since Falcon's scenes are typically very enjoyable thanks to the swift pace of his character always flying around because of the contraption on his back.

The car chase involving Nick Fury is exceptional with its tendencies to be explosive with surprises to be found around every electrifying turn. Naturally the film's best moments are the ones featuring The Winter Soldier. He is Captain America's equal with a darker and more dangerous edge and someone who Steve Rogers knew very well from his past, so there is a lot of tension in addition to monumental clobber-fests between the two. This man who is now The Winter Soldier has been through hell with his mind constantly being erased to forget who he is as his body is altered thanks to scientists repeatedly testing his physical attributes. Although very brief, the scene where you see The Winter Soldier wake up and look at his hands for the first time through that first person perspective is fantastic.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is the best written Marvel film to date and is a contender for the best superhero film the studio has produced overall. The film sets its pace planting seeds of action in a sea of political controversy where those seeds eventually sprout, grow, and lash out in the second half of the film. With its intricate plot that is both extremely intelligent and ingeniously intriguing and tremendous non-stop action, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a mesmerizing superhero film that satisfies on every level. After every plot reveal, after every earth shattering blow, and when that last snake head is chopped off, you still find yourself wanting more after the film's 136-minutes of pure comic book superhero cinematic nirvana.

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