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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    2014-04-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

   《美国队长2》

    Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan

    Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” may surprise out-and-out action fans with its subtle conspiracy plotting and wealth of extra background information lurking around the edges, but it is a deceptively smart film that also really delivers some seriously cool fantasy adventure.

    AN action-packed sequel that is closer to an 1970s conspiracy thriller than a muscle-bound superhero effects-driven romp, the much-anticipated “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” delivers big-time in terms of thrills and entertainment and should deliver hefty returns as one of the first genuine tent-pole releases of the year.

    Hot on the heels of “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers,” the film consolidates the Captain America franchise to great effect. The fact that he is a patriotic hero without a cape, metal suit, hammer or really spectacular superhero powers makes him all the more accessible to audiences … plus this time round he formerly teamed up with the lithe and lethal Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), which helps its marketing push more than a little.

    Running well over two hours, and in effective 3-D, the film mixes wonderfully staged action sequences with old-fashioned conspiracy drama and with its strong support cast and astutely structured story it should appeal to Marvel fans.

    The film very much carries on from the climax of “Avengers Assemble.” Just as in “Iron Man 3,” where Tony Stark/Iron Man suffers from the after-effects of the alien invasion of New York, so in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Steve Rogers/Captain America is still adjusting to a modern world (he was frozen in ice since World War II, after all) with the serviceman in him pledging loyalty to protection agency S.H.I.E.L.D., but finding it hard to come to grips with the organization’s innate lack of transparency and duplicitous nature.

    As the film opens, Cap is still the loyal soldier, heading off on another mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. to try and rescue hostages on board a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship. It is a smartly directed sequence that reinforces the fact that Cap has extended his martial arts skills and allows a little banter between him and Black Widow.

    But after the mission he starts to doubt S.H.I.E.L.D., despite reassurances from director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) that a plan to develop a new defense system — essentially three heavily armed helicarriers, named Project Insight — is needed, he feels he is being misled and perhaps manipulated. But after an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D., and Fury in particular, Cap and Black Window find themselves on the run and have to find a way to get to the bottom of an increasingly deadly conspiracy while fighting for their lives every step of the way.

    With the resurgence of an old enemy from his WWII days, Cap and Black Widow also find themselves under attack from The Winter Soldier, a shadowy and lethal character who has killed for decades, has his face covered and sports a metal arm. In desperate need of help, Cap turns to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), a former soldier he met and who handily once used special flying equipment — called Falcon — for search and rescue and is happy to join up again.

    Without revealing too much about the conspiracy, just let it be said that Cap and his friends have to find a way to stop world domination by a deadly organization, setting the scene for a thrilling and exhilarating showdown inside S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters as many are called upon to show their true allegiance. In a lovely reference to the past, Cap even has to steal his old WWII costume from a museum for the battle … time to show his true colors indeed.

    Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose previous work includes “Welcome to Collinwood” and “Arrested Development,” have taken to the grand scale of the film with aplomb, allowing for pauses amidst the action and explosions and structuring the film at a pace that allows the story to properly develop and for support characters not to get lost.

    Chris Evans has just the right amount of square-jawed enthusiasm to play Captain America. Plus he looks ripped and absolutely convinces as a honorable man caught up in a dishonorable business. His relationship with Black Widow is delightfully handled — flirtation but no romance — with Johansson at ease in a role that is getting more and more complex the more films she features in. Anthony Mackie is perfect as Sam Wilson, not so much a superhero partner as the character was in the comic books, but more a man driven by similar values as Captain America.

    The movie is now being screened in Shenzhen. (SD-Agencies)

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