50 Stars for Captain America
BY REID PERKINS ON APRIL 17, 2014
The superhero boom has once again produced an incredible movie. This second Captain America movie was on par with all the other blockbuster hits Marvel has released in the past several years. This movie takes place in the present day after Captain America, along with the rest of the Avengers, defeated Loki and his army and saved the world. It begins with Captain America (aka Steve Rogers), separated from his former team and struggling to adjust to life in the modern world.
In the movie, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (SHIELD) becomes compromised and it seems as if Nick Fury, one of SHIELD’s leaders, is behind everything. When this happens it is up to the hero, Captain America, his partner Black Widow, and another hero who becomes their newfound friend to help bring down the enemy behind the potential destruction of SHIELD. But this enemy has a trick up its sleeve; a deadly assassin with a metal arm known as the Winter Soldier, who is just as strong and fast as the Captain himself.
This movie is full of action-packed and suspenseful brawls, car chases, and gunfights, but also has a fair amount of storytelling, which makes this not just a movie of pure mindless and pointless action. There is also a handful of references to other characters and movies, such as Jackson’s (who plays Nick Fury) “Pulp Fiction,” which adds sweet little “ha good one” moments throughout the movie. Throughout the movie, nearly every actor did an incredible job, and their performance helped make even the small, seemingly meaningless scenes full of realism and purpose. The only issue that becomes apparent concerning the action in the movie is the typical “bad guys can’t shoot.” The villains seem to unload round after round with high powered machine guns (and at one point a turret off of a chopper) from seemingly endless clips and can’t seem to land a shot, while a few well placed bullets from Black Widow’s pistol never fail to hit their marks. But despite this minor flaw apparent throughout the movie, there were far more great scenes in the film. One of the best scenes, in which both the acting and directing was incredible, was the final climactic fight scene between Captain America and the Winter Soldier.
There are two after credit scenes in the movie. One of which I will not spoil for you because you must have seen the movie to understand it. All I will reveal is it is definitely foreshadowing something. Whether it will be brought back up again or not is unclear, but I sure hope it is revisited. The other shows several new characters that are in possession of the powerful scepter that gave Loki his powers in the Avengers. They also have two people they refer to as the "twins”, contained in cages. The boy is incredibly fast and the girl has some sort of telekinesis powers. It ends with the girl crushing several boxes she was floating around, perhaps foreshadowing the dark events to come.
Overall this is a great movie and deserves every bit of the 8.3 rating given to it by the International Movie Database. Everything from the story to the acting to the CGI was fantastic. The movies ends with the words “Captain America will return in The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and I, for one, cannot wait for another Marvel success.