Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)

Starring Chris Evens, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo
Rated PG-13 - Violence, language
Running Time: 136 Minutes

Steve 'Captain America' Rogers (Chris Evans) has settled into his new life in the 21st century. As an agent of SHIELD, he works for Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who sends Cap, Natasha 'Black Widow' Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and SHIELD's "Strike" unit out on missions. During one such particular mission to liberate a SHIELD boat from pirates, Cap discovers Natasha had an objective Fury kept secret from him: to extract information from the ship's computers.

Back in the US, Fury discovers that even he is locked out of the information Natasha recovered. When Cap demands to know why Fury kept the mission secret from him, Fury reveals the existence of Project: Insight - a fleet of heavily-armed helicarriers capable of locating and eliminating targets anywhere in the world.

Not long after, Fury is attacked by the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a mysterious assassin that no one seems to know the true identity of. He seeks Cap's help, but before he can reveal his concerns, Winter Soldier reappears and finishes the job. Cap is soon brought before Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), who demands to know why Fury went to see him. But Cap proves unwilling to reveal what Fury told him, and soon enough, Cap is branded a fugitive.

Not sure who to trust, Cap recruits Black Widow and Sam 'Falcon' Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Hunted by SHIELD, the team traces the source of the computer information that got Fury killed. What they find reveals a conspiracy that burns right in the heart of SHIELD itself, putting the entire world at risk.

And nipping at their heels the entire time is the Winter Soldier. Who is he? Who does he work for? What is his part in all this? Captain America may not live long enough to find out.