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Friday, December 9, 2016

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

The group of super heroes known as The Avengers fall into disfavor when their actions cause a building to explode killing several humanitarian workers. The United Nations insists on an accord to supervise and control the team. The Avengers are split on whether to accept the accords with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) facing off. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, this should be a thrill for Marvel Comics fans but for the rest of us, not so much. Granted, I'm hardly the demographic for stuff like this but actors and stunt men zipping around in front of a green screen on wires while CGI provides the explosions and cars flipping over and the sound department goes into Dolby overdrive gets tired very fast. I've not kept up with the franchise (though I enjoyed the first IRON MAN and SPIDERMAN entries) but it was easy to fill in the blanks. But man is that Chris Evans a giant hole in the screen! All the other actors seem overqualified for this nonsense with only Daniel Bruhl managing to create an actual human being among the super heroes. The massive cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, William Hurt, Don Cheadle, Marisa Tomei, Alfre Woodard, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Tom Holland, Martin Freeman and Hope Davis.

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