Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Movie Review

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" turns out to be more than your typical superhero film. Definitely darker and more serious in tone than its predecessor, the espionage-esque sequel is not only full of action-packed sequences but also those that look deeper into Captain America's psyche as he struggles to distinguish what is good from bad. While not a perfect film, this is probably the most grounded, the deepest and the boldest when it comes to its story.

Two years after the events of "The Avengers", Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) still struggles to adapt to the modern era. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is efficiently attacked, Rogers becomes entangled in a mystery that has him become a rogue agent trying to escape from S.H.I.E.L.D. Together with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America attempts to uncover a mysterious encrypted file that may just unravel who and what caused the attack. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) but soon encounter a powerful adversary – the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has an intricate plot that will keep you guessing what is up the whole time. The theme is you don't know who to trust and that's what we felt like the whole time. Even Captain America's own internal dilemma stems from this idea - having a vague thin line from what is good and bad. Overall, the plot is simply spectacular in its development and execution. Mind you its not perfect, the first half was rather dull and slow on some scenes, but those are ultimately forgivable considering how many twists, turns and surprises we get. The action sequences are also something to look forward to. We get the usual dose of an epic battle towards the end but we also liked the fight sequences that Captain America finds himself in. Notably, the Winter Soldier and Captain America sequences were our favorites. Overall, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" continues the successful run of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a different take and feel to a character we are all familiar with.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- intricate and deep plot
- action sequences are the usual spectacular fare

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- has its slow moments especially in the first half of the film

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