Posts Tagged ‘shield’


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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Last Friday on channel 4 was the first episode of “Marvels agents of shield” and here is my review.

This is a coup for channel 4 and we watched with anticipation.

This spin off follows on from the avengers film but here, S.H.I.E.L.D’s boss Nick Fury (played by Samuel L Jackson in Avengers Assemble) is neither seen nor mentioned, at least in this first episode. It is Agent Coulson (a charmingly wry Clark Gregg) who takes centre stage. If you remember Coulson died in the battle for New York. but it seems that Coulson was actually swiftly resuscitated and sent to recover in Tahiti (“Welcome to Level 7”) – or so he thinks. There’s a secret  that we’ll have to keep watching to discover (“He can never know,” says Agent Hill (Colbie Smulders) mysteriously). I have my suspicions that he is actually a clone or some sort of robot, what do you think?

Anyway The big question was whether anyone else from the Avengers would drop into the opening episode. In a word, no. Not a single familiar superhero popped his head around the door. A quick cameo from Iron Man or Captain America (Coulson’s favourite) would have been a nice touch– though it was admittedly unlikely. Yet we can cling to the possibility of this happening in future episodes.

So back to the pilot.  The show opens is with a flurry of comic books pages and the Marvel logo. We are taken to city block where an unknown man is seen with his son outside a building which explodes in a fireball. The man tells his son to stay put and then rushes to the building. He puts on his hood, thus dubbing him “The Hooded Hero” in news stories throughout the episode, climbs a brick wall like Spiderman and saves a woman from the inferno.

We are then taken to Paris where S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is in the midst of trying to steal a piece of Chitauri technology from an enemy named “The Rising Tide.” There is a fight scene as he gets caught trying to steal the Chitauri artifact, but he makes it out with the device and catches a helicopter on the roof with the Eiffel Tower in the background. He then heads to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters we he meets Agent Coulson. The Rising Tide is then revealed to be an anti-government criminal organization, trying to reveal government secret programs like S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to know who the newest gifted (person with superpowers) is before The Rising Tide gets to him first. Coulson and Ward set out on a mission with Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) to find the Hooded Hero via a fringe Rising Tide hacker named Skye (Chloe Bennett) they have tracked, and who saw the Hooded Hero save the woman from the fire.

It is revealed that the Hooded Hero, real name Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), is actually a created superhero. He has a “centipede” on his arm, which is a metal injecting device filled with fluid similar to the superhero fluid developed in the 1940s to make Captain America. The centipede is also filled with Extremis, which Marvel fans will remember from “Iron Man 3”. The side effect of Extremis are irrational anger and, eventually, spontaneous human combustion. Once finding this out, Skye switches allegiance to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Mike begins to exhibit symptoms of Extremis and attacks his boss, who had fired him earlier, with his superhero strength.

It is then revealed that the explosion at the beginning where Mike saved the woman from was a resulting explosion from another individual with Extremis. The woman Mike saved was the doctor who gave him the centipede with the super soldier fluid and the Extremis fluid.

Mike confides in Skye that he just wants to live safely with his son. Skye informs him that he can remove all evidence he ever existed so both S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Rising Tide will never find him. Mike begins to exhibit Extremis paranoia and he kidnaps Skye.

S.H.I.E.L.D. begins a massive hunt for Skye and to contain Mike before he explodes and destroys everything in a “two block radius.”

In a climatic battle Mike takes a hostage and is shot by a unknown foe, probably an associate of the doctor that gave him the Extremis potion, Agent Coulson finally subdues him and promises him peace. The doctor and her hired gun get away.

However, there is a happy ending as Mike is reunited with his son, relocated to a safe house by Coulson. Coulson then offers Skye a job with S.H.I.E.L.D. He then receives a call about an “OH4” that needs immediate attention.

And the episode ends.

First, how can I sum up “Marvels agents of shield”, well It’s a secret agent series set in the Marvel Universe. I really enjoyed this pilot episode. It had action, gadgets and some good lines and references to the marvel universe.  Overall, it is witty, quick moving, smart and incredibly well-done. But those wanting to see loads of superheroes with powers will be very disappointed. However, this is a great start and this series has the potential to be really, really good. Well worth a watch in my opinion.

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Last night I watched “Avenger assemble” and here is my review  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

I know it was on the cinema earlier on in the year and many of you may have seen it but I have only just managed to see it the other night on DVD.  I have been looking forward to this one for a while and unfortunately did not have the time to go and see it when it was on at the cinema.

Did it live up to my expectation, HELL YES!

At the start of the film Loki encounters the “Other”, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract, a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the “Other” promises Loki a Chitauri army with which he can subjugate the Earth. Meanwhile Nick Fury, director of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and his lieutenant Agent Maria Hill arrive at a remote research facility during an evacuation, where physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract. The object has begun radiating an unusual form of energy. The Tesseract suddenly activates and opens a portal, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Selvig and several agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway.

In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the “Avengers Initiative”. Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to Calcutta to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner to trace the Tesseract through its gamma radiation emissions. Coulson visits Tony Stark to have him review Selvig’s research, and Fury approaches Steve Rogers with an assignment to retrieve the Tesseract. While Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract’s power, Loki causes a distraction in Stuttgart leading to a confrontation with Rogers, Stark, and Romanoff that ends with Loki’s surrender. While Loki is being escorted to S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor, his adoptive brother, arrives and frees him hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return to Asgard. After a confrontation with Stark and Rogers, Thor agrees to take Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier. There Loki is imprisoned while scientists Banner and Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract.

The Avengers become divided, and argue over how to approach Loki and the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. plans to harness the Tesseract to develop weapons as a deterrent against hostile extra-terrestrials. As the group argues, Barton and Loki’s other possessed agents attack the Helicarrier, disabling its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk. Stark and Rogers try to restart the damaged engines, and Thor attempts to stop the Hulk’s rampage. Romanoff fights Barton, and knocks him unconscious, breaking Loki’s mind control. Loki escapes after killing Coulson and ejecting Thor from the airship, while the Hulk falls to the ground after attacking a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet. Fury uses Coulson’s death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team. Stark and Rogers realize that simply defeating them will not be enough for Loki; he needs to overpower them publicly to validate himself as ruler of Earth. Loki uses the Tesseract, in conjunction with a device Selvig built, to open a portal above Stark Tower to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion.

The Avengers rally in defense of New York City, and an amazing battle ensues. After evacuating civilians the avengers battle against wave after wave of Chitauri as they descend upon Earth.  Banner turns up and transforms into the Hulk and helps with the fight. I wont say much more just in case I spoil it, but its pretty amazing.

I really really liked this film and thought the action sequences were amazing. To be honest I was blown away and this film exceeded my expectations.  The effects are brilliant and all of the characters were portrayed very well. Iron man and the hulk were my favourite characters.  There was a nice balance of screen time devoted to each of the superheroes. And it did not feel over the top with all the superheroes on-screen at the same time. There was also a nice mix of humour and action.

There are so many great moments from the film but a couple involve the hulk. One of my favourite bits is when the hulk and Thor destroy a Chitauri ship and they both have a second to rest and the Hulk throws a punch knocking Thor across the room very funny. Another bit is when the hulk confronts Loki and Loki says “Enough, I’m a god you dark creature, I will not be bullied by a!!!!” and before you realise it the hulk has completely ignored him and beats him to a pulp before saying “Puny God”, very funny. In fact I think the hulk stole the show, but that’s just my opinion.

So yes, yes, yes, well worth a watch.  But one warning for those with weak bladders, it is another of those long films at nearly 2hrs 20 mins, but well worth it.

What did you think?

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