Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – A UP Pre-Medical Society Screening
The second Captain America movie follows super soldier Steve Rogers’ continuing struggles to fit into modern society and the ideals that abound in the 21st century. Ever the loyal soldier bound by his duty to protect and serve his country, the Captain becomes conflicted with his own principles as a friend, a man, and a soldier.
Questions of morality, trust, duty, and the notion of mass surveillance drive this movie through shocking plot twists and cliffhangers. Simply put, it’s not just another pound-for-pound action movie. The resounding theme of trust gives color to an otherwise black-and-white plot of good guys versus cronies. For every plot twist thrown in, a preceding build-up towards each climax happens that compels the audience to question every gritty detail, hold on to every line, and to just wait and see where each scene takes us.
Adrenaline-pumped action scenes that were more than just two-punch-kick combos were not lost in The Winter Soldier. In fact, it was interesting to see the different styles they used for their fight scenes. A tip of the hat to a certain MMA fighter who played a minor role in this film. That particular fight scene seemed much like an MMA exhibition match. Big kicks, fiery hits and all-out gut-pumping moves.
Wisecracks and witty comebacks? Check. Men of brawn with buffed guns and beefed up bods? Check. Explosives and grandiose special effects? Check. Bad guys and villains you either love to hate or hate to love? Double check. And of course, in true Marvel Movie fashion, the scenes at the end of the movie. Seriously. One does not simply get up and leave once the credits start to roll in in a Marvel movie.
With all our favorite aspects of Marvel cinema, what’s not to love about the second Captain America movie? This review, of course, stems from just an avid fan superhero movies, and not a die-hard aficionado. If you want to be schooled on the real deal behind the Captain’s story, please consult your geek next door, Jason Cruz – he wrote a review about the movie here, too: http://www.wheninmanila.com/captain-america-the-winter-soldier-review-reactions/
More than just a shield, more than just about S.H.I.E.L.D.
Moviegoers will definitely get a kick out of this action-fueled movie, whether or not you follow or know Captain America’s story. I didn’t expect the story to grow to be more than just about Captain America, or the organization he works for. It’s also quite 1984-by-George-Orwell-style creepy that the story wouldn’t be too far-flung from reality. Ooooh, government surveillance. (Or maybe that’s just my inner conspiracy theorist talking.)
On a personal note, I like how Cap can be quite old-school. Old-fashioned gentlemanly demeanor, with good looks that would photograph beautifully with a sepia filter. (Cue the sighs and screams from the girlies in the audience!) More than his physique, this hero sticks to his principles and the soldier’s creed. War transforms, so says one of the movie’s taglines, but ol’ Cap sticks to what he knows. No school like the old school.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Screening Project
The “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier” screening project was made possible by the UP Pre-Medical Society for benefit of the locals from Ocampo Municipailty in Bicol province, the elderly of Bahay Kalinga, and the underserved children in Paco, Manila.
Kudos to UP Pre-Medical Society for their successful project, wherein the proceeds of the movie screening are for the said beneficiaries. The org also held raffle prizes and gave out freebies from their sponsors for movie patrons. More details on the sponsors, beneficiaries, and the event here: http://www.wheninmanila.com/captain-america-2-the-winter-soldier-screening/
Mad props for UP PMS! The UP Pre-Medical Society is always at it, actually! Read about another fundraiser movie screening (also a superhero flick) that they organized here: http://www.wheninmanila.com/man-of-steel-special-screening-by-the-up-pre-medical-society-at-trinoma/
When in Manila, be sure to be on the lookout for special screening events like this one, which extend far beyond entertaining moviegoers, and give a little love back to society.
All photos by Wally Yumul of UP Pre-Medical Society.