So the time has come, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has finally hit the UK cinemas. I know that our US friends don’t get to see the movie until April 4th however I will try my hardest to keep the spoilers to a minimum. However if you really don’t want any clues, then I would recommend popping back once you have seen the movie
The film opens two years after the events in The Avengers and we see Steve Rogers meeting war veteran Sam Wilson, played by Hurt Locker’s Anthony Mackie. We also learn that good ole Cap is still trying to catch up with the last 70 years as we see by his awesome little notebook, which is full of things he needs to see, and do to catch up with the 21st Century.
Enter Black Widow with a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission to rescue a pirated boat. Seems simple enough, however of course nothing is that simple in the Marvel-verse. Whilst Captain America is saving the hostages, it appears that Natasha is working on a sub-mission, extracting plans from the computer of the vessel.
Cap is not happy with this and of course he lets Nick Fury know this, and Fury points out that he doesn’t trust a lot of people. Fury takes Cap to see “Project Insight” which is three HUGE helicarriers, which will police the world, and eliminate threats before they happen, therefore making the world a safer place. This does not sit well with Rogers who is trying to work out justice in the modern world.
We are treated to a lovely touching moment between Steve and the now elderly Peggy Carter. I definitely found myself tearing up at this because I always felt that part of the tragedy of Captain America’s story was the lost love between him and Peggy. It also gives the audience a slight moment of relief before we get into the real action of the movie.
We see Nick Fury trying to access the pen drive that Black Widow, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be able to access that right? Well this is not the case, and this makes him second-guess “Project Insight.”
Obviously shaken, Fury phones Maria Hill and tells her she is needed within 3 hours, and just as Fury seems to be okay, he is suddenly ambushed by a number of police patrol cars, which aren’t actually police cars. He escapes that, however an unknown assailant wipes out his SUV dressed all in black and the SUV is blown up.
Meanwhile, Steve is returning from visiting Peggy and his pretty nurse neighbour (played by Revenge star Emily Van Camp) tells him his stereo has been left on – and this obviously means that he needs to enter through the window. We discover Fury beat up and injured in the apartment and that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised and as Fury hands Rogers that pesky USB drive with the warning “Trust No One” – Fury is shot and when Rogers chases after the shooter we see it is the man from the freeway come back to finish the job!! We also discover that Sharon the nurse is actually Agent 13 from S.H.I.E.L.D.
After a tortuous hospital visit Black Widow, Rogers and Hill are left the realization that S.H.I.E.L.D. will never be the same again. Rogers hides the USB drive and tries to evade the questions about why Fury was at this apartment.
Now I don’t think Robert Redford has played a truly nice character for years, and this movie is no exception. He plays the smarmy Alexander Pierce who questions Steve Rogers as to why Fury was in the apartment and when Rogers tells him the last words he spoke to him you can literally see Pierce start to fume!
Pierce tells S.H.I.E.L.D. that Rogers is now a fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this means that the trouble is really about start. Now Cap thought he was being clever to hide the USB drive at the hospital however Romanoff is always one step ahead. They compare notes on the shooter and this is where we learn this is the elusive 50-year ghost story that is The Winter Soldier. Hmm 50 years interesting no!!
Rogers and Romanoff discover that the signal from USB drive originated in New Jersey, at the exactly same army camp that Rogers trained at. After evading the forces of S.H.I.E.L.D. they discover a hidden bunker and in the hidden bunker we rediscover Dr Zola, or the computerized brain of Dr Zola, and the horrific news that Hydra and SHIELD are two sides of the same coin!!! We also learn that the algorithm’s that Project Insight will use is the brainchild of Dr Zola. Talk about good news !!
After surviving yet another attempt on their lives, Romanoff and Rogers seek refuge at Sam Wilson’s apartment and we discover that Wilson didn’t fly a plane, well hello there Falcon!!!
We meet the elusive Winter Soldier as he tries to complete his mission, which of course is to kill Cap, on the orders of Pierce and his cronies. It has to be said that these scenes are just breathtaking, as is the heartbreaking moments where we discover the identity of the Winter Soldier. Turns out Rogers isn’t the only one out of time and the deep freeze. Cap, Wilson and Romanoff are captured by SHIELD, however Agent Hill rescues them and saves them from death at the hands of HYDRA/SHIELD.
Hill takes the trio to a safe location where we discover that all was not as it seemed at the hospital. A plan is put in place to stop “Project Insight” in its tracks. The foursome manages to infiltrate SHIELD headquarters and Rogers tells the staff what Pierce is really up to, and then all hell breaks loose. The helicarriers are stopped from completing their deadly mission, however after a fight with the Winter Soldier it appears that the Captain has truly lost this battle. However, we see Cap being saved and he wakes up in a hospital bed. Safe and sound.
What happens to the Winter Soldier? Well we do know that the Russo brothers have signed on for Captain America 3 and according to the pair, “The story of The Winter Soldier is not over.”
The movie ends with all parties separating away from each other, as the repercussions of the battle has impacted on them all.
This review may seem vague in places however I really don’t want to be responsible for spoiling the movie for anyone, as there were a couple of moments where I was truly shocked at events, and that made the movie for me.
As with all Marvel movies, Stan Lee made his appearance, this time as the night watchman at the Captain America exhibition in the Smithsonian. Also, I did like the little tongue in cheek references to the other Avengers, which really help to tie it all together. There were also a couple of nods to the events of New York from The Avengers, which again make me smile.
All in all, it was a movie that I enjoyed much more than Captain America: The First Avenger and all the performances were strong and true to the characters we have grown to know and love.
We will next see Black Widow and Captain America in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, however I would like to start the petition now for Anthony Mackie’s Falcon to join the team. I would be pretty certain that Stark industries to could fix The Falcon.
Both the screenings I went to people left before the end!!! Come on people you know the drill – you don’t do that, and it was certainly worth it and again I won’t spoil it for people, just stay till the end.
Are you glad to see Cap back to fight another day? Hit us up with your own views on the movie, we would love to hear them.