When Simon Mills is looking for a missing scientist, he believes that a revolutionary knows as Miguel has him. And that he is using him to get his formula for something that can accelerate the aging process. So he sends Steve Rogers aka Captain America to find him. His only lead is a chemical that the scientist needs for his formula. Steve follows it to small town. It's then that Steve notices some weird things going on.Some men tell Steve to leave town. It's also then that Miguel threatens to spray the chemical on a major city unless his demands are met. Which the President will not agree to. Written by
Theatrically released in France with the simplified title "Captain America". See more »
Reb Brown and his stunt double have noticeably different physiques; the double's chest is much more defined. See more »
Miguel, the revolutionary?
Dr. Simon Mills:
The man behind the airport slaughter at Copenhagen, the massacre at the World Cup Track meet and most of the kidnapings and executions of diplomats all over Europe.
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With the bastardized origin story of the first movie out the way we skip straight to the action this time and Cap gets more screen time. The costume is much closer to the comics (he still won't take the helmet off when he parks the motorcycle although you can see he has a cowl underneath!) Reb finally stopped smiling as Cap, that drove me nuts in the first one! He actually has some command as the lead Avenger this time.
The Miquel character is clearly inspired by the Red Skull and Christopher Lee has great presence; too bad he didn't get more screen time (one can easily see how he would be a great Red Skull watching this; much better than Scott Paulkin from the direct-to-video movie). Even the plot by Miquel to extort money from the US government by threatening to dump his aging gas on a densely populated American city sounds like a kid-friendly version of something the Red Skull would cook up.
The story and characterizations are actually surprisingly involving, nothing too heady, but good. A patriotic message of independence and love for one's country and respect for another's is at the heart of this tale, albeit laced in cheese, but what did you expect? I can't help but smile along with Cap and his female co-star at the end of it all. The villain and reticent townsfolk Cap encounters in this film remind one that hate and anger may motivate and protect, but if not released eventually kills the spirit.
Final verdict: The 1991 film may have been more faithful to the comics, but this one is more energizing, has pound-for-pound more spirit from all involved and is just plain more fun. Ought to be released on DVD along with the original, if only for historical purpose.
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