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‘Captain America Winter Soldier’ minority report for the new age

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Captain America Winter Soldier

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In Marvel's latest pic Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Chris Evans reprises his role as the ultimate American super hero out to save the world, however this time it is not from an alien attack or villains such as Loki, but from SHIELD and the government itself. Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff, Scarlett Johansson rejoins the cast and gets most of the comedic lines. Anthony Mackie, Sam Wilson aka Falcon is a welcome addition and has some great chemistry with Evans’s Captain America. Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Fury, is as hot and furious as ever, which of course gives credence to his surname. Yet, the one character for which the film is subtitled “The Winter SoldierBucky Barnes, Sebastian Stan, gets the least amount of screen time. This may be due to the fact that they are clearly setting up another film which will be more centered around him, yet it does beg the question, why name it "Winter Soldier" if the character of that name has such a minor role in the film?
There are few surprises here, and the overt references to a world in which security is so tight that the government will through Meta Data locate criminals before they can commit a crime and exterminate them is not new, (see Tom Cruise in “Minority Report”). The difference is the fact that we now live in an era in which this is not merely speculation, but something which could in fact become reality.
While “Captain America Winter Soldier” does make a political statement regarding security, the rendering of the special effects and the violence in the film is so over the top that it borders on gratuitous. Yes, this is supposed to be an action film; however fighting sequences surpass the meter of believability into the realm of implausibility. In addition to this, due to length of the action sequences, the movie does seem to drag somewhere during the middle and then at the finale, where one has to wait till the very end of the film for the teaser for the next installment. This is not a bad film, but it could have used some more time in the editing room, and a little less time romancing the notions it was trying to portray.

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