Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L. Jackson.
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Theatrical Release: 22nd of July, 2011 (USA)
‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ is yet another Marvel film that will not only change your mindset but has got something unique both in the sense of big on-screen and pace.
Joe Johnston’s latest sci-fi flick tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn, New York, who is transformed into super-soldier “Captain America” to help the war effort.
Captain America must also stop Red Skull, leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use a mysterious energy-source for world domination.
In March 1942, Nazi officer Johann Schmidt with his men invades Tønsberg(Norway) to steal a tesseract containing immense powers. Meanwhile in New York City, due to physical conditions, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is rejected for World War II military duty. While attending a future technologies exhibition Steve again tries to enlist himself for duty. Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) having overheard Rogers’ conversation with Barnes about his wish to fight in the war, allows him to enlist. Rogers’s recruitment as a “super-soldier” experiment takes place under Erskine, Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). A night before the treatment, it is revealed to Rogers that Schmidt underwent an imperfect version of treatment and has suffered side-effects.
In Europe, Dr. Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) and Schmidt successfully harness the energies of the tesseract, in an intent to use the powers to fuel Zola’s inventions. Schmidt, after discovering the location of Erskine, sends an assassin to kill him.
In New York, Rogers is subjected to super-soldier treatment. He is injected with a special serum dosing him with “vita-rays”. Rogers emerges taller and muscular from the experiment. Then one of the attendees kills Erskine, revealing himself as Schmidt’s assassin Heinz Kruger (Richard Armitage). Rogers captures Heinz Kruger but before he is being interrogated he commits suicide.
With Erskine’s death, the super-soldier formula is lost. To promote war bonds rather than confined to a lab while scientists attempt to rediscover Erskine’s formula, a U.S. Senator Brandt (Michael Brandon) accompanies Rogers to a tour of America in a colorful costume as “Captain America” While touring Italy in 1943, Rogers learns that Barnes unit was lost in battle against Schmidt’s forces. He refuses to believe that Barnes was dead.
Rogers then mounts a solo rescue attempt. He then frees Barnes and other captured soldiers by infiltrating the fortress belonging to Schmidt’s HYDRA organization. He confronts Schmidt, who reveals his face to be a mask, removing it to display the red-colored, skull-like face that earned him the name the Red Skull. Schmidt escapes from there and Rogers returns to base with the freed soldiers.
Rogers recruits Barnes and other fellows to attack the other known bases belonging to Hydra. Rogers is provided with a new outfit and a circular shield made of vibranium by Stark. The shield negates a large amount of damage by absorbing vibrations. Rogers and his team attack and destroy all of the known bases. The team later attacks a train carrying Zola.
Barnes falls from a train and dies during the assault but Zola is captured. By collecting information from Zola, Rogers leads an attack on Schmidt’s final base to stop him from using weapons of mass destruction against American cities. Rogers clings aboard Schmidt’s jet before it takes off. Rogers damages the tesseract’s container during the fight with Schmidt. The tesseract falls to the floor of the plane, melting through the surface and falling to Earth.
Rogers crashes the plane into the Arctic Ocean seeing no way to safely land the plane without risking its weapons from detonating. Stark later recovers the Tesseract from the floor of the ocean but the aircraft and Rogers remain undiscovered at the time.
In the next scene Rogers awakes in a hospital room deducing that something is wrong, he flees outside into what is revealed to be present-day Times Square. There, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) informs him he has been “asleep” for nearly 70 years.
‘Captain America – The First Avenger’ has got all the elements of a gracious sci-fi thriller let it be unique characters, plot, timing, action, tone or feel – just name it. It provides plenty of wow moments to the viewers.
It is a definite must watch!