Brace yourself for scorching action and gripping suspense when Marvel Comics’ strapping 1940s super-soldier gets defrosted in the present day for his second solo effort – Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Opening at full pelt with a furious hostage-rescue mission at sea, then turning light-hearted as Chris Evans’ Captain America ticks off a checklist of the pop culture milestones he missed while in the deep freeze, the movie shifts into top gear when Evans’ hero joins forces with Scarlett Johansson’s sassy, snarky Black Widow and Anthony Mackie’s doughty Falcon to thwart a mysterious assailant known as the Winter Soldier.
With no one they can trust, things turn distinctly paranoid, with Robert Redford’s presence as a slick politician adding to the sense that we’re in the world of 1970s conspiracy thrillers.
The movie eventually reverts to conventional comic-book movie type, and the later fight scenes go on too long, but a steady supply of snappy one-liners and witty sight gags will keep viewers on board.
Certificate 12. Runtime 130 mins. Directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.
Released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and digital download by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
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