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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' -- Part II

While "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" remains a superhero blockbuster, the use of Rogers to examine current politics is a very clever idea. Some of the most interesting scenes involve Captain America coming to grips with a world where the correct moral choice is far from clear. "Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies," Samuel L. Jackson said of the film. The new movie is about Captain America "trying to figure out, 'Well, how do we trust those guys?' And people explaining to him that the black and white world of good guys and bad guys that he was used to no longer exists."

For the directors of the film, it was important to find a true acting legend to help convey this message, something that they managed to do by casting one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history — Robert Redford. It didn't take long for fans to express their delight when it was announced that Redford was joining the film as Alexander Pierce, the boss of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the movie, it is Pierce who tells Captain America: "To build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down. And that makes enemies."

Redford has mainly appeared in smaller-scale dramas in recent years and therefore many people were surprised to hear that he had accepted a role in such a major action flick. "I'm doing this film because it's different. It's a new thing for me," Redford explained.

"I think these films are really powerful. I think they're great. This is the kind of film I would have loved to have seen as a kid," Redford added. "I like the idea of stepping into new territory. I'm excited by it. I also think there's a good bunch of people involved who really know what they're doing."

Despite this added star power, the film still centers around Chris Evans, who has earned praise for conveying the moral struggles that Captain America faces while trying to adapt to the 21st century. "For Steve, it's about what is right," the actor told the LA Times. "He's relatively acclimated to modern day — it's not tech shock anymore, he's not like, 'What's a cellphone?' It's more about, given his situation, given the company he works for, is what they are doing the right thing. How much privacy or civil liberties are we willing to compromise for security? It's pretty crazy how relevant this story is right now."

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