Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America served as a science project subject called “super—soldier” in the 1940s. An accident left him frozen and asleep for 70 years (More on this when you watch the first Captain America movie). Seventy years later, he’s wide awake is on the process of picking up the pieces that will help him fit in the 21st century. He’s also working for S.H.I.E.L.D., an espionage and law enforcement agency, with Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (first seen in the 2010 Iron Man movie). The reason why Steve and Natasha were working as spies is because they were recruited by Nick Fury who is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you’re a big Marvel movie fan, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Natasha (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Steve (played by Chris Evans) were sent on a mission to save hostages in a ship hijacked by pirates. During their mission, Steve found out that Natasha is extracting some files from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s computer under Nick Fury’s (played by Samuel Jackson) command. Being the moral man that he is, Steve became suspicious about the company he is working for. He questioned Nick about the things that they are doing and the secrets that they keep. Nick showed Steve the Insight Project—three helicarriers—that are supposed to be used to spy on satellites. This made Steve question whether S.H.I.E.L.D. was truly fighting for real freedom or not.
Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan) hunted down Nick to kill him. This led Nick to go to Steve’s apartment. While Steve and Nick were pretending to talk, Winter Soldier attacked Fury. Before Fury lost his consciousness, he handed a flash drive to Steve and told him to “trust no one.”
Based on the data extracted by Natasha, it was revealed that Hydra (a terrorist organization) was secretly operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. The true function of the Helicarriers is for Hydra to automatically shoot people who could be a threat to the Insight Project with the help of satellites. Steve sought the help of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) after he and Natasha nearly escaped an explosion. Wilson volunteered to help them in a special way. Wilson got his hands on a Falcon wingpack. The three of them had an encounter with Winter Soldier. Steve was shocked to find out that the Winter Soldier was none other than Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), his best friend whom he thought died from the war 70 years ago. Barnes’ memory has been compromised in order for him to follow orders from Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford)—a senior agent in S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, the bigger question is whether or not Steve would choose to kill his best friend to save the people.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) has lighter scenes compared to its sequel. This is a movie that boils down to trust and freedom. Steve and Natasha’s team up is contradicting of their characters—Steve is keen on making sure he does what is right while Natasha just does her job without asking questions. Maybe it’s true that a good soldier never waits for commands. Then again, maybe not. In Steve’s case, however, he isn’t just a soldier. He is also a good leader. The film is more focused with the visual effects. Watching it made me feel like I’m playing a computer game, especially when Steve was showing his fighting skills. From chasing, lifting, throwing his shield, and jumping, Chris Evans' combat skills truly brought Captain America to life.
I like the absence of the cliché in Marvel movies—the one where a love story is always tangled in the already complicated plot. Obviously, I haven’t read the comic books, but Natasha and Steve might be an item in the third installment. That’s just my opinion, though. Meanwhile, Sam’s wings are cool, but I find it to be quite too feminine when he spreads his wings. Lol!
For me, the film’s storyline is unique, because it is rare for the villain (Winter Soldier) to fall as a victim as well. Furthermore, the ending of the story is also a contrast. The heroes who saved the lives of many are the ones being judged by the nation. Yes, this flick is certainly worth watching!
“Soldiers trust each other. That is what makes us an army.”
”The last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.”
“You're holding a gun to everyone on Earth and calling it protection”
”S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we’d like it to be”
”The world has changed and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best.”
“Peace is not an achievement, it’s a responsibility.”
“Whoever he used to be, the guy he is now, I don’t think he's the kind you save. He's the kind you stop.”
“The price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it’s a price I'm willing to pay.”
“Yes, the world is a vulnerable and yes, we help make it that way… But we're also the best ones qualified to defend it. So, if you wanna arrest me, arrest me. You know where to find me.”
Written by: Jam Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera