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"Steve. I'll wait for you forever and forever and.......16 years tops!"
on June 26, 2013
A boy is kidnapped and a family slaughtered during the opening credits. Most of this carnage is done off screen. The rest of the film carefully follows this same formula: hint, never show. Seven years later, Captain America is introduced as a failed hero. For all his gosh-golly pluck and determination, the clod doesn't stand a chance against super villain Red Skull, a yappy red headed fop. Strapped to a rocket destined for the White House, Captain America manages to make a detour to Alaska instead. The years roll by.........I wish this movie did as well. Director Albert Pyun admits this wasn't the movie he set out to make, blaming the results on too much interference, a lousy budget, and a lot of rules from Marvel. What he wanted to make was a movie about Steve Rogers, who just happened to be Captain America in his spare time. This is as close as he could get to that vision. Either way, he was doomed to fail. Character studies do not make great action flicks. I could care less that Steve Rogers smoked, was faithful to his honey back home, or wanted to be a guinea pig for the government when he grew up. It's the suit, the shield, and the adventure that's important. Nefarious plots to thwart, villains to outwit, people to save, that's what it's all about. This movie doesn't quite manage to do any of that. The stunts are limited, the car chases lame, the mob of thugs just preppy dressing clones, and Red Skull has a botched face lift that despoils his moniker. "Holy mackerel!" At the end it even tosses in a commercial of sorts for ecology! It's not so much where they went wrong as when.........at the very beginning.
But it does look nice in Blu-ray.