Past and present collide in Anthony and Joe Russo’s action-packed sequel to the 2011 blockbuster, which continues to expand the sprawling Marvel Comics universe. Addressing timely concerns about unrest in the Middle East and the corruptibility of the political establishment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a bombastic, big budget extravaganza that’s every bit as entertaining as the opening chapter.
The canny casting of Robert Redford in a meaty supporting role conjures fond memories of Three Days Of The Condor, which also explored skulduggery within the corridors of power.
Set two years after The Avengers, The Winter Soldier opens with Steve Rogers (Evans) acclimatising to life in present day Washington DC.
In his heroic guise as Captain America, he leads a daring rescue mission at sea, flanked by sexy spy Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism unit.
There’s an inescapable feeling that this is an appetiser to the main course of a third film in 2016 and sure enough, the Russo brothers’ picture ends with a cliff-hanger.