|Captain America: The Winter Solider|
This movie was on my to-see-in-theaters summer movie list last year, but I never got around to it. Now with Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner, I thought it would be best to get The Winter Soldier. The movie was good...at least that was my thought when I viewed it the first time, then after watching it again, I found that I really did like it! Now, it's nothing like the first movie which takes place during the charming WWII era, but now we're thrown into a modern day setting and like Steve, it can be more than one can handle.
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Capt. Steve Rogers//Captain America
About a year after the battle in NY where the Avengers were first assembled, Steve Rogers is still trying to adjust to 21st century life. His work as the only super-soldier at S.H.I.E.L.D is wearing, strict, too secretive and almost mundane. Steve realizes that he is in the same position he was in seventy years ago when his new-serum being was only being used to sell war bonds. To top that off, all of his friends are gone or almost gone. Putting it simply, Steve Rogers is lonely and bored; with no actual war to fight and no reason to use his abilities.
Steve's once monotonous life is soon thrown into a ring of fire as he and Natasha race the clock to track down the secret faction that attacked Nick and discover their plans for world destruction. While (literally), in the fast lane, Steve comes face-to-face with the last person he never imagined he see again, his old friend, Bucky Barnes, now known as the illusive Winter Soldier who is the brainwashed, famed assassin for recreated HYDRA.
Steve's mission becomes two-fold, save Bucky-save the world. The world is easy, but trying to save his friend who doesn't remember him is another story. For Steve, the loss of his friend seventy years before was bad enough, but finding him again only to realize that he's his enemy is a nightmare. His morals and decisions are put to the final challenge and does sacrifice the needs of the many to save the needs of one?
The great thing about Chris Evans as Steve Rogers is that he plays the character in such a personable way that you feel Steve is really your friend throughout the whole story! I love that! Chris' characterization of one of Marvels oldest superheroes gets better with each film as Steve Rogers struggled to adapt in a modern day world while living by old age ideals.
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Natasha Romanov//Black Widow
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A military vet returned from two tours of duty, Sam is ready to relax and takes orders from only person, himself; especially since he lost his wing-man and best friend in his second tour. Sam now offers counseling sessions to help other veterans get through their new lives in America, one of them being Captain America, When Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanov end up on his doorstep asking him for aid, he can hardly say no. Sam joins forces with the two of them if it means stopping a war that took his own friend and preventing the loss of millions of innocent people. A really good addition to the story; Sam harkens back to the memory of Bucky Barnes and becomes the friend that Steve has missed and desperately needs.
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|Samuel L. Jackson|
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Bucky Barnes//The Winter Soldier
The once handsome, charming, blue-eyed soldier who fought bravely by Captain America's side and died honorably, isn't as dead as everyone thought. The former testing done on him when he was captured with the 107th in Austria, saved him from death, but gave him a new life as an assassin and an enemy of humanity. Bucky is treated with the same serum as Steve, giving him the same super-abilites and making him a lethal fighter and killer. Never-ending brainwashings prevent him from remembering his former past as a war hero and a good man, but something is triggered when the man that he was sent to kill says one name, "Bucky?" Now he's in a limbo state trying regain the memory of his past, but also completing the assignments that his life depends on. A heartbreaking victim of evil that leaves you with more questions than answers; it's made clear in the end of the movie that Bucky's story is only the beginning.
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