Captain America: Civil War
Which side do you choose?
Event Cinema, Pacific Fair - Sunday 8 May 2016, 6:20pm
Running time: 147m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Action violence)
Release date: 28/04/16
Rating: 4.5/10 (ME 2/5, DP 2.5/5)
Captain America (Chris Evans) and his fellow Avengers Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and... um... the other ones... are back. Unfortunately their heroic antics are now under scrutiny, and they're no longer free to destroy whatever they like to defeat a sinister foe. Go figure. While some of our heroes agree with the decision, others do not and end up having a big fight at an airport with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) taking sides... and that's about it.
Following on from 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War brings many of the Avengers back together (no Hulk or Thor though) to continue the broader story arc. Sadly, it feels less like a stand-alone film and more like a transition into the next 2-part Avengers films. There's lots of action, explosions and loud noises, but it spends far too much time telling an unsatisfying story that doesn't have a whole lot of substance. The special effects, as expected, are very good though we could've done without the shaky camera movement during some of the more intense scenes. Fans of the franchise will enjoy it and it was good to see Ant-Man following his enjoyable film debut in 2015, but there was too much detail and not nearly enough plot. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here, but it's not one we'll be counting down for. (ME)
See also: Avengers: Age of Ultron
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