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Hi folks, here is my review of “Captain America: The winter soldier” which we  saw recently at the cinema using the DBOX experience (Released at cinema on 26th March 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This review will be in 2 parts, firstly I will review the DBOX experience and then I will review the film.

We went to the Cineworld cinema at the Pars wood complex in Didsbury. Basicaly the D-Box programs the seats to move in sync with the action during the film presentation. The seats allocated for D-Box were the best seats in the house in my opinion eye-level with the screen, half way back into the auditorium from the front row. Each seat has a self-adjuster on it which allows each film goer to set how much they want their own chair to move. As expected it is more expensive than a standard ticket.  I was reasonably pleased with the DBOX effect and it enhances the film in my opinion. Is it for all films, no not in my opinion, But for action films then yes its brilliant.

So onto the film. Two years after “the Avengers” Steve Rogers works for the S.H.I.E.L.D. under director Nick Fury while adjusting to modern society. Rogers and Agent Natasha Romanoff are sent with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team, led by Agent Rumlow, to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from Georges Batroc and his mercenaries. Mid-mission, Rogers discovers Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship’s computers for Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, to confront Fury and is briefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Unable to decrypt Romanoff’s recovered data, Fury becomes suspicious about Insight.

On his way to rendezvous with Maria Hill, Fury is ambushed by assailants led by a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier. Fury escapes to Rogers’s apartment, and warns Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised. After handing Rogers a flash drive containing data from the ship, Fury is gunned down by the Winter Soldier. Fury dies in surgery, and Hill recovers the body. What follows is intrigue, betrayal, action and many twists and turns.

The identity of The Winter Soldier is just one of the dramatic twists that forces its hero to weather with characteristic idealism. He can’t just kill the bad guy. Thrown out of SHIELD and on the run with The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and his new teammate Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap is forced to uncover dangerous truths about SHIELD and, by extension, American foreign and domestic policy over the last 70 years. What he finds will change SHIELD forever.  To say this film is a game changer is an understatement.  Not only does it affect the future Avengers movie but it also has ramifications for the Marvel AGents of SHIELD TV Series.

I must admit I quiet liked this film. There are some great special effects and action sequences. It’s not as good as “the avengers” but way better than the first Captain America movie. From the opening set-piece, dropping in on a ship captured by pirates, Cap sends goons flying via his super-serum-assisted punches and kicks, while his trademark shield is exploited more effectively as a weapon than the first time around. In addition,  it is much darker and faster paced. Samuel L Jackson is particularly brilliant as the Nick Fury and comes up with some pretty good lines.  Chris Evan portrayal as the tormented hero is also good. But I have to mention Scarlett Johansson who stood up well against her male counterparts.

So combined with the DBOX experience, well worth a watch in my opinion.

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Hi folks, Hope you are well. After a long break of writing reviews here is my review of “The Hunger Games” which we  saw recently on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd November 2013).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This is the follow up to the highly acclaimed Hunger games which I thought was really good.

It starts where the other film left off. After winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home to District 12. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) visits Katniss and explains that her actions in the Games have inspired rebellions across the districts. He orders her to use the upcoming victory tour to convince everyone, including himself, her actions were out of love for Peeta not defiance against the Capitol, or he will have her family killed.

As the tour begins, Haymitch explains to them that they must continue pretending to be in love for the rest of their lives, or face the wrath of the Hunger Games leaders. Katniss suggests that she and Peeta could get married to show the districts that they are truly in love, which they decide to do. They have an engagement party in the Capitol and are publicly congratulated by President Snow, though he indicates to Katniss with a nod that he was not convinced.

There’s rebellion in the air, however as everywhere the troubled Katniss goes, someone is guaranteed to raise their hand in a three-fingered salute of solidarity and get a bullet to the brain for their troubles. Panem’s nefarious leader, President Snow knows revolution is on the horizon, so he and his henchman, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), cook up something special for the games’ 75th edition.

President Snow announces the 75th special Hunger Games that shall be carried out by previous victors from each district. They are all devastated and angry at the announcement. As Peeta is a better public speaker than her and could more effectively function as a revolutionary icon than her, Katniss immediately devotes herself to ensuring Peeta survives, recruiting Haymitch’s help to do so, still knowing that if they pull out Haymitch’s name at the reaping (name draw), they cannot stop Peeta from volunteering. At the reaping, Effie draws Katniss and Haymitch’s names, but Peeta immediately volunteers to take Haymitch’s place, despite his heartfelt objection.

As they prepare it is revealed that all the previous victors from the games are angry at being returned to the games and so Haymitch advises a reluctant Katniss to make allies.

In the pre-Games interviews, Katniss wears her wedding dress, as ordered by President Snow, but her stylist Cinna rigs it to transform into a representation of a mockingjay, a symbol of rebellion. Peeta later announces that they are expecting a baby which causes immediate outrage and the audience of Capitol citizens to begin shouting for the Games to be stopped. However, the Games still continue.

In the Games, allies are made and broken, and the action intensifies until the film concludes with a “Matrix Reloaded” like cliff-hanger.

I was really looking forward to this film but I thought it was rather long for my liking.  The first half of which is a bit slow until action starts to ramp up  in the second half of the film.  Donald Sutherland is particularly good in his role as the evil president. And Jennifer Lawrence is also good in the film as the tormented heroin. The effects and action sequences are really good as well. And you certainly get a sense of foreboding for the people in the all different districts. But I must admit, in my opinion, it was not as good as the first film.   The third instalment is spilt into 2 films, so we will have to wait and see if they are any good too.

Would I recommend it, well yes it is worth a watch.

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