Captain America is back – and he’s packing a punch.
‘The Winter Soldier’ features gritty, sometimes brutal action scenes that differ from the more cartoon-like violence of ‘The Avengers’ and the first ‘Captain America’ film.
US actor Chris Evans returns as the all-American super-soldier.
He says that with so many other superheroes around, this one just had to stand out from the lot: “This movie, you just want to make sure that it looks beyond human capability.
“This can’t just be Jason Bourne. This has to be something that… you know, he has to have a right to be on the Avengers squad. It can’t just be because he’s a good puncher. So his speed and his reflexes, his agility, his acrobatics, his fluidity and fight style – we all agreed that it needed to be stepped up a bit and they did a really good job,” says the actor.
‘The Winter Soldier’ unfolds like a political thriller, with Captain America facing uncertainty about who he can trust among his leaders played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford.
Anthony Mackie plays the Falcon, the first African-American superhero introduced in comics:
“I feel like at any point in time, even if it wasn’t the first African-American superhero, just to be one of the first African-Americans playing a superhero is a monumental step in terms of what I’m trying to do with my career. Being in a movie like this and having a role that’s so integral to a film like this, it’s like being nominated for an Oscar,” says Anthony Mackie.
Also starring Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, the film has received positive reviews in early press screenings.
Fans are warned not to expect the same old same old from this sequel that skips from 1942 to today and deals with contemporary political issues, including civil liberties and drone technology.
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is on worldwide release from the end of March.