(2014) (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: A superhero from the past uncovers a nefarious and wide-reaching plot within his own espionage agency to eradicate current and future terrorists and criminals before they act.
- A one-time WWII hero who reemerged in the present after a 70-year stint in suspended animation, genetically enhanced superhero Steve Rogers (CHRIS EVANS), a.k.a. Captain America, is still trying to get used to this new world and time where he finds himself. After repeatedly lapping war veteran and current PTSD counselor Sam Wilson (ANTHONY MACKIE) on the National Mall, former KGB agent turned S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff (SCARLETT JOHANSSON) picks up Steve, and both later end up onboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel that's been commandeered by pirates.
Yet, while Captain America is there to save the ship and its passengers, Natasha is there to extract data from the ship's computers, an act that rouses his suspicions. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (SAMUEL L. JACKSON) later informs Steve of a counter-terrorism program known as Operation: Insight that will use three massive helicarrier gunships to preemptively eliminate threats worldwide, including in America.
It's an idea supported by Fury's old friend and current senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official, Alexander Pierce (ROBERT REDFORD), but Fury is concerned when he can't access files that he reportedly locked himself. When he asks Pierce to hold back on deploying the operation, Nick twice ends up as the target of the masked and highly efficient assassin, the Winter Soldier (SEBASTIAN STAN), but not before handing Steve a flash drive and telling him to trust no one. Heeding that advice, Steve doesn't fully cooperate with Pierce, thus making him a fugitive within his own agency.
That causes the likes of steely S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Brock Rumlow (FRANK GRILLO) and others to try to capture or kill him, all while agents Maria Hill (COBIE SMULDERS) and Sharon Carter (EMILY VANCAMP) do their best to help the man from another time. With the helicarrier gunships set to lift off and enact their preemptive strike on scores of Americans, Captain America, along with the help of Natasha and Sam, sets out to prevent that from happening.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the first film or superhero movies in general, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.
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