Doesn't break the mould or anything like that but very good… MoreDoesn't break the mould or anything like that but very good nonetheless. Despite being over 2 hours in length it doesn't feel like a slog. I'm not a fan of the comics but I am a fan of the films in the franchise and I've found myself liking the Captain America character far more than I thought I would. The Winter Soldier certainly enhances this. Funny in parts with an attempt at a serious look at how we are willing to sacrifice our personal freedoms in the name of security. My only criticism is that some of the action sequences were a wee bit too long but this does seem to be the fashion thesedays.
Things are rumbling along relatively uneventfully for Captain America when he is sent on a mission with Black Widow to intercept some pirates who have a S.H.I.E.LD. operative amongst their hostages. Upon completion he learns that this mission had another objective that he was unaware of. Feeling uncomfortable with this he challenges Nick Fury upon which he discloses a project that will be able to pre empt poor behaviour amongst the unwashed masses before it is able to happen. A little bit like a poor mans pre-crime project from Minority Report but without the hocus pocus and synchronised swimming routine by a bunch of weirdo's. Before long Fury is attacked whilst on his way to a Seven Eleven to buy a can of Fanta and Capt. America begins to doubt the intentions of the authorities. I admit to have taken certain liberties with the storyline in a lame attempt for comedy effect.
I like Chris Evans in most of the things I've seen him in (especially Sunshine) and his best quality is that he is very likeable. Fans of Scarlett Johansson's rear end will not be disappointed as just like in The Avengers there are more than enough lingering shots of this to keep you happy. Everyone is as you would expect and it's good to see Robert Redford back in the fold after his star turn in the magnificent All Is Lost. In summary, if you liked the others in the franchise then you will probably not be disappointed by this. In fact, far from it. My final thought is this, why is it on the screen that everyone has an uber attractive next door neighbour? I have an 80 year old couple and a weed smoking Rastafarian next door to me. **SIGHS**.