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Movie Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’


Brianna Acosta

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by Brianna Acosta

Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out last Friday earning a $96.2 million in North America alone its opening weekend, making it the top April opening of all time. Captain America has a lot less to do with evil super villains and a lot more with wanting know who the bad guys are. It turns out the United States is its own worst enemy.

Steve Rogers, Captain America, has a new mission this movie and that is to find the enemy. There is a lot of secrecy in S.H.I.E.L.D and Rogers takes that argument of trusting people to Nick Fury, who holds information on all S.H.I.E.L.D projects. This part of the movie takes a risk criticizing the United States in its current state. Fury shows Rogers giant machines that will, once activated, hover over the U.S. and instantly kill anyone with a future crime predicted by a behavioral algorithm that can predict any individual’s future. Rogers is against this claiming that “this isn’t freedom, this is fear” and everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Later in the movie, it is discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D has been compromised and taken over by HYDRA. HYDRA lost in World War II because they realized that if they try to take freedom away the people will fight back and the only way to win is to get them to surrender their freedom willingly. All the major wars and attacks since WWII had been caused by HYDRA causing U.S. citizens to easily give up freedom in exchange for security.

This is a must see for any comic fan and a must see for any patriot whether or not they care about superheros. S.H.I.E.L.D, Captain America, and the U.S. are saved by ordinary citizens who refuse to give up their freedom for the security this machine will bring. Bringing up a heavily controversial topic sets this movie high above the rest in making this probably one of the most relatable superhero movies of all time.

Captain America the Winter Soldier asks the world, our world, who are our enemies. There is no clean line of good guys and bad guys, that is what Steve Rogers is having the hardest time adjusting to after waking up in current times as compared to the life he left in 1940s war time America. Watching this movie leaves you feeling almost as patriotic as Captain America.