Saturday, May 3, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier

The Leading Character
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.

The Story
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.

Worth watching?
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!

Quotable Quotes
“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
Photo: tumblr


  1. I've watched the two films and I was amazed the way it was projected to the public.. capt. america is an all time favorite. good review by the way .Sad the cost of going to cinema now adays is getting higher and higher .

    1. true. that's why I go often to smaller SM malls because they offer it for P170.00 only. :) hehe. (plugging SM Nova) lolol

  2. I haven't watched the movie but became interested with the synopsis because it ties in with Agents of Shield which I am following.

    1. Yeah. as far as I can remember you love it.

  3. I never watched Captain America movies. The only thing I remember sa first installment was payat sya na lumaki yung katawan after nya lumabas dun sa machine. Hindi ko talaga napanuod, sumisilip lang ako everytime my husband watch it over and over again. So I have no idea about the movie :(

    1. Aw.. I watched the captain america 1 again before watching the winter soldier because I find it complex to understand the recent film. You should try watching it too. You'll appreciate it if you take time to have a relationship with your couch for 2 and a half hours. :)

  4. I'm not a fan of superhero movies. But I bet Captain America fans will watch it.

  5. I like watching these superhero movies because they are both kid and adult-friendly. Plus, the main star is handsome! Nice review!

    1. Yeah, right. That's really the thing - the main characters are gorgeous!

  6. nice one! i haven't seen this one yet though i should prolly watch it as well if i can find a free one on the web hehe

  7. We loved Captain America, my daughter and I. Great movie!