Keeping the Marvel Comic franchise at the top of the charts Captain America: Civil War blasts from the big screen to home video. Available in various formats including Blu-ray 3D, the film delivers the excitement, drama and explosive action to make it an entertaining experience for teens through adults. The film has an incredible amount of extremely good CGI that it’s hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The production is so mind boggling, you will probably not take a break from watching the film.
The American government has voted to gather as many worldwide countries to ratify The Slovakia Accord between the superheroes that will stop so much loss of innocent lives. Those heroes signing the accord will be limited in their powers, those that don’t can chose retirement and each will be forgiven for their crimes against humanity. Refusing all together, the heroes will be considered outlaws and be arrested.
During the meeting for The Slovakia Accord a ground attack begins against a team of invaders lead by Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). During the melee an explosion occurs involving a skirmish between Winter Soldier and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) killing hundreds inside the meeting. King T’Chaka of Nigeria is one of the casualties with his son T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) narrowly cheating death. Heating up the reason for the Accord, the superheroes start to split on their choices.
Sides are drawn and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) decides to go along with the Accord putting a team together of War Machine (Don Cheadle), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow, and Black Panther. On the run are Captain America (Chris Evans) with his band of defectors Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Winter Soldier, Ant Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
The Russo brothers who won big with Captain America: Winter Soldier keep on rolling as they expand on their wining effort with Civil War. Keeping it very real with exceptional CGI the movie blends into their first effort using Winter Soldier as the catalyst to set off a series of events that find the Avengers at odds with each other. This time however there’s more drama than usual as they play out the movie with intervals of long dialogue. It’s an attempt to build story on why additional avengers come into the picture. And there’s more than meets the eye with some very good comedy that allows for a break in the continuous action.
Although the regulars are the meat of the story, the inserting of some fresh heroes comes at a god time. Paul Rudd as Ant Man gets called in to help Captain America in his quest to show the need for superheroes doing what’s necessary to rid the world of antagonists. He’s got a lot of tricks and a new imposing posture that’s way above the other avengers. When he joins the fight, tiny spaces are his targets and when it gets really heated up, he can grow to an amazing size.
Then there’s Spider-man played by Tom Holland who joins Iron Man’s squad in the pursuit of justice. He takes control of the battle in between the super men who are duking it out over who’s in the right. With his web power even Captain America and Winter Soldier have a hard time putting up a fight. The comedy involved with Spider-Man on the scene really helps the film by adding some relief to all the mayhem.
The following features and extras are included
“Audio Commentary by Directors Anthony & Joe Russo and Writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely”
“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1
“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 2
“Captain America: The Road to Civil War”
“Iron Man: The Road to Civil War”
“4 Deleted Scenes: You Are Not Used to the Truth”, “Extended Peggy’s Funeral”, “Gotta Get Me One of Those” and “Zemo Meets Doctor Broussard”
“Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek”
“The Marvel Cinematic Universe”
Captain America: Civil War has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem. The rating comes very close to Captain America: Winter Soldier so if you are on the fence with allowing your 11 and 12 year olds attending a showing, if they saw that Avenger film, you may want to take that into consideration.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good sequel to the continuing battle for justice in the world. (B)
Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl
Directed By: Anthony & Joe Russo
Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Adventure, Marvel Comics
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem.
Running Time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
Original Theatrical Release Date: May 6, 2016
Video Release Date: September 13, 2016
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (with Descriptive Audio)
Video: Widescreen 1080p, Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Number of Discs: 1 Disc
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment