Captain America: The Winter Soldier Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch:

    Captain America gives S.H.I.E.L.D. the bird.

  • Starring:

    Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernández, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Stan Lee, Garry Shandling, Alan Dale

  • Directed by:

    Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon

  • Running time:

    136 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, tasered, punched (repeatedly), kicked, choked, garroted, hit with objects, pursued, pushed from high ledges, thrown through the air, slammed against objects, stabbed, slashed, slapped, hit by cars, bound, handcuffed, taken hostage, dragged, held at gunpoint, body-slammed. Hand-to-hand combat, martial arts. An aircraft crashes into a building, a man falls out of a plane (flashback). Vehicle pursuits/collisions/rollovers, rammed cars, burning vehicles, bus accidents, police chases, jet crashes. Air strikes, explosions, destroyed objects/buildings/aircraft, grenades thrown, police shootouts, debris, broken glass. Uniformed officers shot, break-and-enter. Mass panic, elevator in freefall, screaming. Footage of World War II (trenches, fighting, burning objects etc). Stealing cars, Nazi Germany, execution mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, bleeding, blood on objects. Bloody cuts/grazes, scratches/faces/noses/clothing, split lips, swollen eyes, bruising, scars, bloody bullet wounds, cloudy eye. Severely burned body. Snapping arm. Medical procedures: Injections administered. Patients in hospital beds, IV drips, defibrillation, bullet removal, drilling, stitched wound, body on stretcher, head-clamping, limb-sawing. Fractures, lacerated spinal column, collapsed lung mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Shirtless men. Tight-fitting clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People are injected with unknown medication. Alcohol (champagne).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, sonofab*tch, name-calling. Racial, police stereotypes. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Superheroes, pirates, betrayal, hijacking, trust, technology, freedom, disguises, Marvin Gaye, arson, corruption, conspiracy, World War II, Nazis, paranoia, national security, dating, super powers, levitation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased friends/colleagues. Deceased parents, wife kicking husband out mentioned. Hospital, cemetery, underground bunker settings. Full moon, jets, helicopters, military aircraft. Freefalling, parachuting, abseiling. Spiderweb. Some French language (subtitled). Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Good, great, solid, entertaining, satisfying, exhilarating, relevant, subversive, talky, plotty. Terrific action sequences, more complex/compelling storyline, old-school-thriller tone, good chemistry between cast, good fight choreography, introduction of new characters, inspired cameo from Stan Lee, stronger female character development, accessible to both fans and newbies.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic, derivative, disappointing, predictable, mediocre, halfhearted, risk-averse, swollen, muddled, frantic, familiar. Predictable reveals, dull editing during fight scenes/car chases, long running time, flat televisual look, lacks heart/humour/emotion.

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