I’m not going to lie. If you didn’t like CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, you may not be a true American.
Huh? How you like that?
It occurred to me the other day how important Captain America really is while watching CA:WS.
First off, this is one of the BEST Marvel movies, if not comic book movie, of our age. The beauty of it isn’t the action, or stars or effects. It’s the entire movie itself. Everything comes together nicely and the best part is, it’s not really a super hero movie.
Sure, Cap can jump from 1,000 feet into the water and the technology to have three Helicarriers is off the charts, but take a step back and really look at the plot.
It’s a political thriller with a modern twist, twisted even more by a last generation hero. Robert Redford does his best here and he’s no stranger to these types of films. From Sneakers, to Spy Game to Legal Eagle. He brings as much authenticity to the role as anyone could.
Besides the obvious future technology, most of the film could be a documentary. It could be filmed right here, right now about our current state of affairs.
How about this:
Alexander Pierce: Our enemies are your enemies, Nick. Disorder, war. It’s just a matter of time before a dirty bomb goes off in Moscow, or an EMP fries Chicago. Diplomacy? Holding action, a band-aid. And you know where I learned that; Bogota. You didn’t ask, you just did what had to be done. I can bring order to the lives of seven billion people by sacrificing twenty million. It’s the next step, Nick, if you have the courage to take it.
Nick Fury: No, I have the courage not to.
We’ve all heard the story of government cover ups. From setting up ISIS to 9/11. This film touches on the very nature of “behind the scenes” of big government. How far would they go to “protect us”?
Then there’s this scene, where Captain America comes to the rescue and must destroy the very government he used to believe in and fight for.
Steve Rogers: Attention all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, this is Steve Rogers. You’re heard a lot about me over the last few days. Some of you were even ordered to hunt me down. But I think it’s time to tell the truth. S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. It’s been taken over by HYDRA. Alexander Pierce is their leader. The S.T.R.I.K.E. and Insight crew are HYDRA as well. I don’t know how many more, but I know they’re in the building. They could be standing right next to you. They almost have what they want. Absolute control. They shot Nick Fury. And it won’t end there. If you launch those helicarriers today, HYDRA will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way. Unless we stop them. I know I’m asking a lot. But the price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.
With any one and every one being a suspect, this film now takes paranoia to a height I haven’t witnessed since John Carpenters THE THING.
He shows that, all we know or think we know, may not be the truth. He teaches us to question our government and its direction. Note though, he’s not calling for anarchy. He’s not saying “Kill every one!”. He’s saying, “Now is the time to REALLY stand up for what you believe in”.
How about this scene where Captain America first lays eyes on the three giant Helicarriers.
Nick Fury: These new long range precision guns can eliminate a thousand hostiles a minute. The satellites can read a terrorist’s DNA before he steps outside his spider hole. We gonna neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen.
Steve Rogers: I thought the punishment usually came *after* the crime.
Nick Fury: We can’t afford to wait that long.
Steve Rogers: Who’s “we”?
Nick Fury: After New York, I convinced the World Security Council we needed a quantum surgeon threat analysis. For once we’re way ahead of the curve.
Steve Rogers: By holding a gun at everyone on Earth and calling it protection.
Nick Fury: You know, I read those SSR files. Greatest generation? You guys did some nasty stuff.
Steve Rogers: Yeah, we compromised. Sometimes in ways that made us not sleep so well. But we did it so the people could be free. This isn’t freedom, this is fear.
Nick Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we’d like to be. And it’s getting damn near past time for you get with that program, Cap.
Steve Rogers: Don’t hold your breath.
How far is too far when it comes to protecting America?
Taking our shoes off at the airport scanner? X-Ray scanners? Being pulled over because you don’t look like you should own that particular type of car? Wearing a hoodie at night in a different neighborhood?How many cameras do we need and do the police really need a tank to protect and serve?
Now listen, I’m not here to rant against the cops. I have two nephews who are Sheriffs and I myself went through Law Enforcement school.
What I’m saying is, it’s ok to question, but be prepared to stand up FOR those questions because most people don’t want you to question them.
Now, Devils Advocate here, what Zola says is also true.
Dr. Arnim Zola: HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist.
It’s the scream heard round the world. Mention gun rights, people scream about their freedom. Mention public nudity and people scream about their freedoms. Mention how you got kicked out of that porno store for hugging that blow up doll and calling it “mom”, yell about your rights and freedom.
Everyone wants freedom, but only for them. Don’t let your freedom step on other peoples freedoms seems to be the phrase of the country.
“I don’t want you to come to this house with a rifle.”
“I carry a permit. I can carry it anywhere. Are you stepping on my freedoms?”
“No, but this is my house. Are you stepping on my freedoms?”
In other words…..Thanks, Obama.
(That was a joke)
Face it. We ruin everything. Chatroulette could have been one of the greatest inventions ever. It could have brought cultures and societies into a smaller World here we could learn from one another.
And now its famous for people showing off their dicks.
Give someone a right and they’ll say, “Well why can’t I have more?”
Here’s a pistol. “Well why can’t I have a rifle?”
Cap is lost in our new society and rightly so. Our country is one of the greatest, no doubt, but, we have to start understanding, we have problems. We aren’t THE greatest anymore and we the people are the reason.
I know that hurts some people, but lately we seem to be the like has-been baseball player, drunk in the corner of the neighborhood bar, screaming about how great he was, as drool trickles from the corner of his mouth.
The link below is by far, one of the best moments in TV history. Now, it’s dated and some of the statistics are wrong now, but some of them are higher and sadly, some of them are lower, but it needed to be said and it needs to be heard.
I urge you to take the time and watch it until the end.
If you can’t watch it, here’s the transcript:
[Jenny] Hi, my name is Jenny, I’m a sophomore and this for all three of you. Can you say in one sentence or less – what – (laughing in background) you know what I mean: “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”
[McAvoy] There’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy. Twenty-seventh in math. Twenty-second in science. Forty-ninth in life expectancy. A hundred and seventy-eighth in infant mortality. Third in median household income. Number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.***We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed. We cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars. Acted like men. We aspired to intelligence. We didn’t belittle it — it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t, oh, . We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men. Men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.”
Now, I fully realize there’s an agenda to this piece. This show, like many others, has it’s own slant on everything, but you can’t deny some of the things he says is true.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR may follow suit in these important questions. If you don’t know, the plot of the series follows a storyline in which the U.S. government passes a Superhero Registration Act, designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation, somewhat akin to police officers, also, much like Superman did in DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Those opposed to the act, led by Captain America, find themselves in conflict with those in support of the act, led by Iron Man.
So which side will you be on?
Do we have the right to know who’s defending us, even if it endangers them and those around them?
What business is it of yours? Oh, you want to know because you have the rights? What about his rights?
Captain America believes in the people, not the country. The people MAKE the country, not the other way around. He believes in the good of people, but knows, all of us carry some evil. It’s how much you let that evil out and what you do with the good inside, that makes you the person you are.
Cap cares about those who fought for our freedoms and knows the price of war. It’s not statistics written on a piece of paper that most government officials see. It’s in the faces of the young men who hold a gun for the first time, saying, “The line is drawn here.”
Cap tells us, all we need is the truth. The truth can help us build a greater country than ever before. He believes in us and in the end, like us, just needs a direction.
Steve Rogers: For as long as I can remember I just wanted to do what was right. I guess I’m not quite sure what that is anymore. And I thought I could throw myself back in and follow orders, serve. It’s just not the same.
Peggy Carter: [chuckles] You’re always so dramatic. Look, you saved the world. We rather… mucked it up.
Steve Rogers: You didn’t. Knowing that you helped found SHIELD is half the reason I stay.
Peggy Carter: [takes Steve’s hand] The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best that we can do is to start over.