I’ve just returned from seeing Marvel’s latest Captain America film called “Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is a grand spectacle and interesting story with way, way over the top special effects.
According to Wikepedia: Captain America is an American fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic bookspublished by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover-dated March 1941) from Marvel Comics’ 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Captain America has been the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum, in order to aid the United States government’s imminent efforts in World War II. Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with a nearly indestructible shield that can be used for defense and can also be thrown as aweapon. Captain America was a WW 11 soldier whose plane crashed in the Artic somewhere and his body was frozen and found intact 70 years later. He is thawed out and becomes a member of the super hero team S.H.I.E.L.D. headed by Nick Fury played by Samuel Jackson.
In this incarnation the Germans have created a logorithm during WW 11 and hidden in caverns deep beneath WashingtonD.C. ground that can read a person’s background and thereby tell their future. This program has been hijacked by evil forces in the government particularly a Dr. Pierce played by Robert Redford in a villainous role for a change. His group intends to use three giant drones above the earth to target anyone who doesn’t go along with them and kill them. They have millions of targets. It’s up to Captain America and Black Widow another S.H.I.E.L D. hero (played by Scarlett Johanssen) to stop this. During this quest Cap comes across his WW 11 buddy Bucky Barnes who has also been preserved and recruited by the bad guys. This brings in an interesting sub plot and an invitation to sequels.
Captain America has an alliance with a fellow current soldier who becomes The Falcon because of a backpack that converts to giant wings where he can fly around which is also an interesting and very likable character and one to watch in future sequels.
There are also many interesting and comical lines in the film to break the tension such as when Cap and Black Widow discover the old computer system with large consoles underground she says, “Cap this system is ancient.” To many younger audiences it is ancient, but older folks like me remember those old consoles. Also when Cap and the Falcon are attacking the bad guys Falcon says to him,”Cap how do we tell the good guys from the bad guys?” To which Cap replies, “If they shoot at you they’re bad guys.”
Another humorous action scene involves Cap in an elevator with about ten evil government agents out to get him surrounding him. As the elevator plummets down Cap says, “Before we start does anyone want to get out ?” When the elevator door opens all the evildoers are knocked out on the floor with Cap remaining. 😀
The film’s directors said they based it on Obama’s kill list with drones, and all the data mining that is currently going on “[Marvel] said they wanted to make a political thriller,” Joe Russo, who directed the film with his brother Anthony, tells Mother Jones. “So we said if you want to make a political thriller, all the great political thrillers have very current issues in them that reflect the anxiety of the audience…That gives it an immediacy, it makes it relevant. So [Anthony] and I just looked at the issues that were causing anxiety for us, because we read a lot and are politically inclined. And a lot of that stuff had to do with civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president’s kill list, preemptive technology”—all themes they worked into the film, working closely with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
In The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the rest of the heroes (played by Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and so on) confront the government program Project Insight, which involves three Helicarriers (gigantic autonomous killer drones, basically) that are fed large amounts of data and intel. The Helicarriers process the data to identify and preemptively eliminate potential threats to national and global security. And though the film’s topical parts were all crafted prior to the NSA revelations, the directors say it’s no accident that data mining is a key element of the plot: “
Before anyone sees this film I suggest you see the first one as there ar e several references to the first I forgot about and had to be reminded of such as his buddy Bucky.
Captain America; The Winter Soldier is a great film and great entertainment. Check out the exciting two trailers I have below. 🙂