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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

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Joe Johnston

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Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Evans ... Captain America / Steve Rogers
Hayley Atwell ... Peggy Carter
Sebastian Stan ... James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes
Tommy Lee Jones ... Colonel Chester Phillips
Hugo Weaving ... Johann Schmidt / Red Skull
Dominic Cooper ... Howard Stark
Richard Armitage ... Heinz Kruger
Stanley Tucci ... Dr. Abraham Erskine
Samuel L. Jackson ... Nick Fury
Toby Jones ... Dr. Arnim Zola
Neal McDonough ... Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan
Derek Luke ... Gabe Jones
Kenneth Choi ... Jim Morita
JJ Feild ... James Montgomery Falsworth
Bruno Ricci ... Jacques Dernier
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Storyline

It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian | French

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,058,524, 24 July 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,654,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$370,569,774
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Black and White (a few scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After Joss Whedon was hired to direct The Avengers (2012), he was given a copy of this movie's script, and made a few re-writes to tie it more closely to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "I just got to make some character connections. The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit, and some of the other characters, and make the connections, so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be, and progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit." See more »

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We're told that the shield is "completely vibration absorbent", and this is demonstrated to be true when Peggy shoots it. However, later, through out the film, the shield repeatedly makes clanging noises when things strike it, or it strikes other things. It's assumed that if the shield is "completely vibration absorbent", it shouldn't make any sound at all. This is quite obviously an exaggeration as nothing can be completely vibration absorbent. All atoms vibrate on some level and every school kid knows that every action must produce an equal and opposite reaction. The energy the shield 'absorbs' must be dispersed. Complete absorption would eliminate the possibility of the shield bouncing as well. This is similar to X-men when Stryker tells us that Adamantium is indestructible, when we see it is obviously not. See more »

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"A weak man knows the value of strength."
8 August 2011 | by Al_The_StrangeSee all my reviews

With the imminent "Avengers" movie coming next year, only one hero's origin story remains untold…until now. Falling in line with "Thor," "Iron Man," and "The Incredible Hulk," "Captain America" showcases the rise of Steve Rogers as the title character. Unlike the other films, which take place in modern times, this one goes way back to WWII, showing the Captain kicking Nazi butt! With a lot of "Wolfenstein" style occult mystique and a slight "Indiana Jones" sense of adventure, this movie has a number of solid action sequences, and plenty of imaginative special effects and setpieces. With its references to various characters and concepts of other Mavel movies, it fits into the franchise really well. It might take some stretch of the imagination to believe that Nazis could be this futuristic, but for a superhero movie, it's all good fun.

The story in this case is pretty solid. The main character shows strong development, and for most of the movie, you really root for him. There's nothing more thrilling than watching the underdog getting the upper hand. As it goes on, much of the character drama and story development gets pushed aside by the action, but it still works. By the end, voila, we have the lead-in for the "Avengers" film.

If there's any complaint for this film, it's that there could have been more. Whether it needs a stronger action setpiece or a more invoking sense of drama, I'm not sure, but something seems missing, and nothing really makes this film stand over any of the other superhero films that have come out so far.

The film is competently made, with decent (but never exceptional) photography. Editing is good for the most part, but I am not a fan of the montage in the middle of the film that makes the entire war campaign whiz by. A couple of action scenes seemed a little sloppily-edited, but it's hardly noticeable. Acting is swell; Chris Evans is surprisingly strong as the main character, and I enjoyed Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Hugo Weaving in their roles. Writing seems pretty good. Production value is high, featuring lots of good (if not overly-slick) sets, props, costumes and special effects. Music is appropriately upbeat and adventurous. In the end, I'd say the film met my expectations, but never fully exceeded them. But it, along with an all-too-short sneak preview after the credits, provide the necessary bridge to the "Avengers" film.

Recommended.

4/5 (entertainment: 4/5, story: 4/5, film: 4/5)


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