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Captain America: the First Avenger

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Captain America: the First Avenger

Joe Johnston (2011)

119min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
In this sturdy Marvel Comics tale of red-blooded heroes and dastardly villains, a sickly asthmatic is enhanced to the peak of human perfection to help the US war effort. Journeyman director Joe Johnston's treatment is unpretentious, cheerfully emulating the cheesy charms of old Hollywood's cliffhanger serials, while Chris Evans's performance in the title role is engagingly straightforward. Whether a CGI head on a 90lb weakling body or muscled up (thanks to an experimental serum) in patriotic uniform, complete with indestructible shield, he is perfectly matched by gruff colonel Tommy Lee Jones, sassy love interest Hayley Atwell, and Hugo Weaving as the power-crazed "Nazi" Red Skull. War-movie clichés, gung-ho derring-do and seamless special effects all fit together well in a pleasingly retro environment that boasts enough sci-fi paraphernalia to put an end to the argument that it may be too old-fashioned.

Summary

A puny but brave volunteer is rejected for military service during the Second World War. He becomes the test subject for an experiment that transforms him into the ultimate soldier, and battles against a secret Nazi society plotting to harness the powers of a mystical artefact. Superhero adventure, with Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell and Tommy Lee Jones.

Cast & Crew

Steve Rogers / Captain America Chris Evans
Johann Schmidt / Red Skull Hugo Weaving
Colonel Chester Phillips Tommy Lee Jones
Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell
James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes Sebastian Stan
Arnim Zola Toby Jones
Dr Abraham Erskine Stanley Tucci
Dum Dum Dugan Neal McDonough
Howard Stark Dominic Cooper
Montgomery Falsworth / Union Jack J J Feild
Gabe Jones Derek Luke
Private Lorraine Natalie Dormer
Heinz Kruger Richard Armitage
Nick Fury Samuel L Jackson
Jim Morita Kenneth Choi
Jacques Dernier Bruno Ricci
Gilmore Hodge Lex Shrapnel
Senator Brandt Michael Brandon
SHIELD lieutenant William Hope
Tower keeper David Bradley (2)
SHIELD agent Amanda Righetti
General Stan Lee
Director Joe Johnston
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 29 Jul 2011

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