The Return of Captain Amreeka

by Bushra on April 6, 2014

When I watched Captain America: The First Avenger when it was first released, I didn’t really expect anything and then was completely surprised by how much I liked it.

It wasn’t just a superhero movie, it was a call back to the old fashioned action movies that I grew up to love, like Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare – the kinds of movies that my dad liked and so made the siblings and I watch.

With the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I thought my enthusiasm for this one would raise my expectations too high. I knew it would have a different feel than the first one – it has to as it takes place in the present day – and yet it still didn’t feel like a superhero movie like Iron Man and Thor. This is a good thing as the movie plays out like a really good political thriller rather than merely an action flick.

The movie even delves into incredibly relevant topics for the age that we live in, like that of the “kill list”, drones, and privacy. Check out this article on Mother Jones that takes a closer look at the movie with insight from the directors of the film, brothers Joe and Anthony Russo.

Two things that I thought about while watching this movie:

1) Although I said that it’s not just an action flick, there are some really good action sequences in the movie. Throughout the fight scenes, I couldn’t help but feel like I really need to up my ninja training plan, which has been stalled forever and was never that well thought out in the first place, to be perfectly honest (ninja training so far = less than a year of muay thai, alas. Currently just working on trying to get fit with hopes of working in some sort of martial arts in the future, including eskrima, Filipino martial arts that includes stick fighting).

2) What makes a bad guy want to be a bad guy? It’s one thing to do something bad for monetary gain (which I don’t approve of, obviously) but world domination seems like so much work.

Anyways, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is good movie and one that will have definite ramifications for Avengers 2, due out next year. Looking forward to that and Captain America 3 in 2016!

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Anees April 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Salaams – OK, first I haven’t seen The Avengers yet – don’t gasp or faint- that summer of ’12, was taking a prep course for a big part of the medical board exam and one of the main instructors was asking us if we had seen it and said he hoped not, as we should be studying! :) And since I’m not a huge fan, didn’t buy it – but do love these movies as a film-goer and want to keep up.

I do hope I’ll see this by the end of the week iA. Let’s see.

OMG, they’ve already announced a 3rd film!? That’s crazy! :p I had heard about Avengers 2, but wow, they make plans fast – all about the Benjamins, right? hehe

Thanks for the quick review.

Anyways, good night from the City of Roses.

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Bushra April 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Salaam, I understand – sometimes one is busy when a movie comes out and then never get a chance to see it! I didn’t see Iron Man 3 until an international flight last year (and didn’t feel like I had missed anything) but glad you can catch up!

And yup, they are making a ton of money, might as well keep going!

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Asif Hanif April 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Salam
Captain Amreeka -very funny lingo the first generation would use !All these movies are the same -if you have seen one you have seen them all !

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Bushra April 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Salaam, that’s why I like this one, definitely not like the others!

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