Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D

Out Now On-Demand

In heroes we trust.

Two years after we last saw Captain America in The Avengers, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to uncover a globe-spanning conspiracy within SHIELD and battle the mysterious Winter Soldier. Screen legend Robert Redford joins the cast as Nick Fury's (Samuel L. Jackson) boss, Alexander Pierce.

Aboard a SHIELD ship taken by Algerian pirates, Rogers learns that Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, has her own set of orders from Fury that differ from his. After confronting Fury, he's introduced to a secretive project, Operation: Insight, which will allow the organisation to pre-emptively police the planet - the master project of SHIELD head honcho Pierce. When Fury is attacked and shot by superhuman assassin the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Rodgers and Romanoff become unsure of who to trust...

Ever since they showed the big boys how it was done with 2008's Iron Man, Marvel Studios has consistently set an impossibly high standard for itself, which it even more impossibly continues to meet.

This creates a situation where it is easy to be blasé about a film that could be considered mind-blowingly good in any other context. This is the case with me and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is very well-made, consistently eye-popping and features many cool ideas. It meets the ridiculous standard set by its movie brethren, but yet doesn't push the boundaries of the form in the ways it perhaps could've. Thor: The Dark World suffered from similar issues – there was nothing wrong with it, yet felt a bit too much like more of the same.

I'm probably being a bit harsh because Captain America: The First Avenger is my absolute favourite of all the Marvel movies, and I was hoping for something special here.

All that said, there is a lot of great stuff in the film, most notably the way super soldier hand-to-hand combat is portrayed – Cap kicks butt here like nobody ever has in a superhero movie before, and it's a joy to watch. The new characters are fun, and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow provides a nice counterpoint to Chris Evans' titular boy scout.

However, the stated influence of '70s political thrillers like The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor never translates into anything remotely subtle, and the plot plays out slowly and obviously with no surprises.

As a comics fan who grew up revering Cap's status in the Marvel Universe, I loved seeing the scenarios in this film play out. As a true believer in the post-Avengers creative expansion of Marvel's cinematic universe, I wanted a little more.

Total Film (UK)

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A tremendously satisfying blockbuster… Despite its running time, it never drags thanks to a consistent line in bruising set-pieces.

Variety (USA)

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The perils of global diplomacy, and the difficulty of being an old-fashioned guy in a new-fashioned world, weigh heavily... surprisingly equal second solo outing.

Hollywood Reporter

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[Revives] the pleasures of hard-driving old-school action, surprising character development and intriguing suspense.

Empire (UK)

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Benefits from an old-school-thriller tone that, for its first half at least, distinguishes it from its more obviously superheroic Marvel cousins.

Guardian (UK)

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This sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You've got to hand it to them.

Time Out New York

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Delivers a heavy and welcome dose of paranoia, administered between fleetly paced smackdowns.

At The Movies (Australia)

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Visually impressive but hardly original by now.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Some impressive early fight choreography is wasted on poorly composed action sequences, and there's no thrill to the story's unfolding despite capable digital imagery.

Great Action

A great sequel film to the previous and while still staying in touch with the remaining Marvel films for Avengers. Strong performances again and great fight scenes, a well put together sequel bring on the next in the series!!! Johanson and Evans are as strong as ever and Samuel L Jackson takes on a different role which is far more likable!! Well worth a watch.. Enjoy!!


Go Captain America

Great enjoyable movie with lots of fun and humorous scenes, never a dull moment in the whole movie. I like the old school hand-to-hand combat fight scene, seeing these superheros kick each others butt with a bit less CGI. That makes the fight scene look more real and believable.

Coming out of the cinema satisfying and thought the movie is as good as the first or equally better. As fan of Marvel, you guys have made me proud.

Might watch it again but this time in 3D.