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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Evans and Johansson (Walt Disney Studios)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America (Chris Evans) may be the most well-mannered, clean-cut, and straitlaced of the Marvel Comics heroes. But he still packs a punch.

In this second installment of the Captain America series, Cap runs through bad guys like a bullet through water. That is, until one night S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) delivers a flash drive and a cryptic message: Their helicarrier security system, set to launch within a few days—including enough firepower to wipe out civilization—has been hijacked from within the organization. Suddenly, bullets rain through a window into Fury’s chest, and as he struggles to breathe, he warns Cap, “Don’t trust anyone.”

When Cap races to catch the gunman, he encounters a dark figure who also has superhuman strength.

The dark figure, of course, is the Winter Soldier, a ghost from the WWII era, and it seems he’s been resurrected to do the bidding of some powerful politicians. Untangling the web of deceit behind his appearance as well as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s corruption become Cap’s mission—while his unlikely partners, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), add unique skills and character interest along the way.

In general, the film is nearly as clean-cut as Cap himself. One curse word makes its way into several scenes (and one trailer), but the film’s PG-13 rating comes largely from violence, gunplay, and a heavy dose of action. More heroic are the morals of the movie, including patriotism, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice.  

At times the dialogue is stilted, and the plot’s conspiracies seem about as realistic as original Marvel illustrations. But what will likely stick with viewers is the vision of a classic hero in stars and stripes, and his heartfelt rallying cry: “The price of freedom is high, and it’s a price I’m willing to pay.”

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  • jrich
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 03:28 pm

    Good Movie Winter soldier was cool

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    boyikr
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 03:28 pm

    I've seen the movie i must say it is one of the least violent and profane of any marvel films. i also would like to say that they did a good job with the trailer it gives away almost nothing....also SPOILER if you see Secretary Pierce in his home and there is a dark figure....... MAKE ALL CHILDREN LOOK AWAY! VIOLENCE IS INEVITABLE!

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 03:28 pm

    We tend to rate movies by how bad they are compared to others.  As the others get worse we can gradually lower our standards and accept more of what Hollywood wants us to have.  Careful and prayerful consideration is always needed for us to decide.  For some of us life is just too short to spend time and money on movies that are barely worth it.  

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    dcsfoyle
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 03:28 pm

    For those who don't follow the imdb link above, let me assure you that the page lists "no sex or nudity in the film." There are several more bad words listed at the link than Ms. Whitten's review, so perhaps that is what mstade is talking about.

  • Wilsons
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 03:28 pm

    Unless you're concerned about the violence in this movie, this movie is excellent for 12 and up.  

  • mstade
    Posted: Mon, 04/11/2016 03:28 pm

    The parent guide over at IMDb differs with the profanity count and has a detailed description in the sex and nudity for those people that choose movies on those details.  We will wait for an edited version.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843866/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg