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FILM FANS: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is action packed hit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the movie of the week: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

3 out of 4 stars

This is a good, solid action film with suspense and surprises. Grab some popcorn and enjoy! Whether or not you saw the first one, this is a good standalone film. I thought Chris Evans did a great job as Captain America. Conflicted now with doing the right thing and trying to know what that is, he is thrown into a whirlwind of questions and new happenings and not knowing who to trust. I really liked Scarlett Johansson as Natasha, a fellow agent. Other notable acting was from Robert Redford (as Alex Price) and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. The fight scenes were very well done and there is also some good humor. We did not see it in 3-D, but it would probably be a great extra touch throughout the show. Also, you might want to stay after the credits for a short bonus.

— Cindy Evans, Duluth

3 1/2 out of 4 stars

The big Marvel movie machine has cranked out another hit with the second installment of the Captain America story. In the grand plan that is the Marvel Universe, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” takes place two years after Steve Rogers, a.k.a Captain America, woke up from being frozen for 70 years and joined the Avengers to battle Loki and aliens in New York.

While working as a field agent for S.H.I.E.L.D run by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Captain America (Chris Evans) teams with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to liberate a freighter taken by pirates only to find out something more involved is going on. Things get worse after Nick Fury is attacked by the brainwashed assassin, The Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan. Captain America finds himself in a web of conspiracy with S.H.I.E.L.D. being compromised and everyone trying to kill him. With few people to trust, he enlists the help of former combat veteran The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Black Widow to save the world from a top secret program called Project Insight run by Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).

The action is fast and furious but doesn’t overpower the story like some of the Marvel movies in the past. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo use just enough humor mixed with emotion and action to keep the story moving along at a perfect pace. The fight scenes are very well choreographed without having to rely on a lot of CGI special effects and the acting is top notch with a very strong cast. It is definitely a movie worth seeing whether you are a fan of the super hero movies or not. We can look forward to more of the Marvel Universe to unfold with the second Avengers movie due out next year.

— Ken Gamble, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

Is it time for an early summer blockbuster? Or is this the spring break movie to watch? I think the studios are hurting and released this movie earlier than expected to have no competition at the box office. Guess what, it worked! The movie theater was full at the 8 p.m. showing on a rainy Sunday evening.

The movie delivered the full-fledged adrenaline jolt of a super hero with a fast paced story interlaced with current events and near future gadgets — I so want an SUV like Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) that would autopilot itself and have a sense of humor.

This movie, soon to be a trilogy, plays the Marvel card of a clean superhero with an entwined story with conspiracy theories, automated killer drones and Wikileaks. Some people get too wrapped up on the story or lack of it, but if you sit back and relax, this pre-summer blockbuster is as mindless as any other summer movie.

Enjoy it. Go back to your comic book reading days when you wouldn’t question the 30- to 40-page storyline. And yes, there are two trailers after the movie is done, all the way until the last credit scrolls.

Saw it in 3-D but it can be enjoyed in regular 2-D.

— Eric Richner, Duluth