‘Winter Soldier’ holds your attention

Scarlett Johansson stars as "The Black Widow" in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." / The Associated Press

Reviewed by Caroline Carpenter
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

    “Captain America: Winter Soldier” is the sequel to the original film about the first Avenger. Captain America is now faced with a foe whose strength, agility and wit almost render our favorite superhero powerless.
Following all the events that happened in New York in “Avengers,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America, is still trying to keep his old-world values, that he holds so dear after being frozen for 65 years, in this new technology-centered world, but he’s finding this to be a harder task than he thought. He is constantly being deceived by not only the villains that he faces, but also the people around him who he once trusted and confided in.
Rogers isn’t sure who he can trust anymore, as he learns all the lies and secrets that have been kept from him. He does, however, team alongside Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) aka Black Widow, who brings a complex and strong female character to the plot, and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) aka “Falcon” who adds a big comic relief for the film and a well-fitting companion for Rogers. This movie also ties in more information about the mysterious Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The trio is not only taking on the ruthless and practically indestructible assassin “The Winter Soldier,” but also an undercover agency that’s been planning their actions since the Captain’s time period. This brings back some familiar faces for Rogers, as well as a S.H.I.E.L.D.-made advanced space defense system that could bring world peace, but at a high cost.
This brings a whole new light on our real world and what’s going along in it. Viewers may even find themselves engrossed in the same paranoia as Steve Rogers himself. The film reveals conspiracy theories and other secrets, while still keeping the great qualities of a superhero film. Not to mention, there are brilliantly created action sequences and technology, too.
The film is intelligent and the constant suspense holds your attention for the entirety of the 2 hours and 15 minutes. This film is rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence.

 Caroline Carpenter is a freshman at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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