Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the upcoming science-fiction action film by Marvel and the sequel to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April 4, 2014.
The Avengers also known as "Avengers Assemble" in the United Kingdom is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. For the uninitiated, The Avengers is the ultimate film that Marvel has been begun with Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). In each of those films, we have seen Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. appeared in the all the films’ post-credit scenes to recruit Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction as part of the "Avenger Initiative".
The Avengers consists of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), demigod Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) where the latter two are part of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Nick Fury brings them together in order to save Earth from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army.
The film starts with Loki’s invasion of Earth through a portal constructed by the Tesseract, a powerful blue cube and causes major havoc to S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. Hawkeye, agent and master archer, Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury all fail to stop Loki as he possesses Gungnir, a powerful spear originally owned by Odin. Instead of killing Hawkeye and Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), Loki uses mind control on them as they can be proved useful for his plan.
Loki’s main plan is more than just a vengeance mission after his brother Thor has sent him to oblivion. Loki is brutal and has a mind of a tyrant and he’s determine to see all human worship him as a form of world peace. As part of his world domination scheme, Loki has been given the Chitauri army in a promise that he will obtain the Tesseract for them.
From this moment onwards, the film begins its exhilarating ride of thrilling and non-stop action, witty humors and non-stop entertainment. Despite having an ensemble cast, Whedon manages to pull this off by giving every characters equal screen time as he brings out the very best in them without overdoing any of them. Even Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Maria Hill get some screen time — Coulson reveals that he’s a big fan of Captain America with his collection of Captain America trading cards.
As the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury has to quickly assemble his team of "The Avengers" to stop Loki to prevent any further destruction of Earth and to retrieve the stolen Tesseract. Agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow is summoned from Russia who later helps to find Dr. Bruce Banner from a hideout in India. Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man is being called upon as well.
Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America who is in the care of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sent to stop Loki in Germany, but is easily overwhelmed until Iron Man appears and the duo manage to stop Loki and escort him to the Helicarrier until Thor intervenes with his unfinished business with his brother.
Thor, Iron Man and Captain America dealing with each other in "The Avengers"
As expected, the superheroes don’t get along well with one another as they frequently trade blow just to show who’s mightier. As Thor is having a heated argument with Loki, Iron Man disrupts and the fight between Iron Man and Thor ensues until Captain America puts a stop to the fight.
Consequently, Loki is imprisoned in a high-tech lock-up (which is built for something a lot stronger than Loki) within the Helicarrier. Loki manages to cause a major disagreement between the members of The Avengers to distract them while he plans an escape. Using his abilities, Loki has his "men" led by Hawkeye (who is under mind control) to hijack the ship in a breakout attempt.
Thereafter, plenty of action sequence follows and a bit of disarray as The Avengers is totally unprepared and does not gel well as a team in the beginning. Thor is tricked by Loki, the God of Lies and Mischief into the cell and is then sent away by Loki. The Hulk is also out of control as he wrecks the ship and attacks almost anyone who crosses paths with him until he’s tricked off the plane. Black Widow faces off with Hawkeye while Iron Man manually powers the failed engine.
Eventually, Hawkeye is knocked off from Loki’s mind control by Black Widow; Iron Man and Captain America work with each other to help to fix the ship. However, Agent Coulson is killed by Loki and Loki has managed to escape despite being blasted off by a S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secret weapon still in its prototype.
At this point though, Nick Fury learns that the team needs to work together in order to fend off what’s about to come and dishes out a desperate manoeuvre. Fury splashes blood on Coulson’s Captain American trading cards and uses them as an excuse to motivate The Avengers team.
Professor Selvig manages to harvest the power of the Tesseract in order to open up a portal for the Chitauri army.
Thor and Captain America in "The Avengers"
In the final action sequence, the battles of Loki and his Chitauri army with The Avengers prove to be among the best action sequences for a superhero genre. Together with witty humors which are perfectly fitted, Whedon has literally transformed the comic book into a nearly perfect superhero live-action film. Whedon’s writing role has certainly helped the film in many areas.
Nearly every characters in the film has a funny line and this includes Black Widow and even The Hulk. Puny God.
The Avengers manages to pull off this time around as they keep the enemies at bay and protect the Earth, but not without team work. In the end, Loki is taken prisoner to Asgard by Thor as the rest of The Avengers goes on separate ways with Banner and Stark leaving together in Stark’s Acura.
Overall, The Avengers is simply mind-blowing from the start to the finish — with non-stop actions, funny moments, thrilling scenes and entertainment at its best. Almost every actors shines and brings out the best of themselves, just like how every superheroes strive to save the Earth. Most of all, director Whedon has done a brilliant job in making a near perfect superhero film.
10 out of 10
Best-ever live-action superhero film, watch it whether you’re a fanboy or not; watch it whether you’ve watched the previous films by Marvel Studios; watch it if you’re the type who goes to the cinema once a year, watch it no matter what!
During the mid-credits scene, the alien who provided the fleet of Chitauri army to Loki happens to be an associate of Thanos. The associate utters to Thanos that any attempt to conquer Earth would be to court death. But Thanos smiles back and says that it works according to plan — implying a possible sequel with Thanos as the main villain.
Not in the special screening, but rumored to be one when the film opens to the general public.
Check out the first full trailer of Marvel’s The Avengers!
The Avengers is a Sci-Fi Action Adventure film from Marvel. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army. Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers opens on May 4, 2012.
Watch an extended cut of the “Marvel’s The Avengers” TV spot from Super Bowl XLVI.
The Avengers is a Sci-Fi Action Adventure film from Marvel. Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army. Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers opens on May 4, 2012.
We Bought a Zoo is a heart-warming comedy-drama film based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee about how the author and his family used their life savings to buy Dartmoor Zoological Park, a dilapidated zoo in England.
Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Angus Macfadyen, Alice Marie Crowe, Patrick Fugit, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Dustin Ybarra and Ben Seeder in "We Bought a Zoo"
We Bought a Zoo is a story about Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a widower who decides to buy a zoo to start a new life with his kids Dylan (Colin Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).
The challenge for Benjamin is getting the zoo reopens while dealing with the lost of his wife and his troubled son. Luckily for him, a team of dedicated zoo staff led by zookeeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) is there to help him.
Although Kelly is skeptical about Benjamin in the beginning, things change when Benjamin who doesn’t have any experience in zoological shows his dedications in the upkeep of the zoo and begins bonding with the animals. Benjamin even risks his life as he deals with a 650-pound grizzly bear face-to-face when it escapes.
Matt Damon creates a commanding presence in the film and easily overshadows the rest of the cast with his solid performance as a widower dealing with emotional issues. Scarlett Johansson shines well in her role as a zookeeper although she is easily outshined by Damon’s performance.
Overall, We Bought a Zoo is perhaps the next best thing to do after going to a real-life zoo in the holiday season.
7 out of 10
A light, heart-warming holiday film for the whole family.