Two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) aka Captain America works in Washington D.C. for the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. under Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), while adjusting to contemporary society. Rogers and Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) are sent with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team, led by Agent Rumlow, to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from Georges Batroc and his mercenaries. Mid-mission, Rogers discovers Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship’s computers for Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters to confront Fury and is briefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Unable to decrypt the data recovered by Romanoff, Fury becomes suspicious about Insight and asks senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) to delay the project. On his way to rendezvous with Maria Hill (Tobie Smulders), Fury is ambushed by assailants led by a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier. Fury escapes to Rogers’s apartment, and warns Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised. After handing Rogers a flash drive containing data from the ship, Fury is gunned down by the Winter Soldier. Fury dies in surgery, and Hill recovers the body. The next day, Pierce summons Rogers to the Triskelion. When Rogers withholds Fury’s information, Pierce brands him a fugitive. Hunted by S.T.R.I.K.E., Rogers meets with Romanoff. Using data in the flash drive they discover a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker in New Jersey, where they activate a supercomputer containing the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola. Zola reveals that ever since S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after World War II, Hydra has secretly operated within its ranks, sowing global chaos with the goal that humanity would willingly surrender its freedom in exchange for security. The pair narrowly escape death when a S.H.I.E.L.D. missile destroys the bunker and now they need to stop Hydra one more time…

Captain America is back (a personal favourite cartoon character) and this time he takes on the Winter Soldier. Yes, this is yet another bombastic and action filled popcorn Marvel adventure with excellent CGI, but the weakness is without no doubt the storyline and the character development in this second Captain America vehicle. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is everything a big budget superhero film should be – except inspired.”, which is exactly my opinion as well. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said the film “has the usual overlong running time [for the comic book superhero genre], the halfhearted feints in the direction of human feeling and the obligatory action sequences that are big without being either exciting or particularly legible.” And Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post Dispatch felt “On paper this sequel has some promising elements, but on screen it retreats from the very issues that it raises, and on a shelf next to Captain America: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier is pale.” This simply never gets into second gear (despite some solid action) in my opinion and the bad guy The Winter Soldier is both weak and not interesting as Captain America´s nemesis, the same goes for the introduction of pointless The Falcon. Both Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson should´ve had less screen time as they are just tiring with their trial and error ways on how to look armed and dangerous. Nah, I´m hoping for a better third movie with Captain America. (3 out of 5)

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