Apparently, the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie does a wonderful job of reducing the fictional forces for good in America to the same moral level as the evil forces confronting them.
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap’s lead movie critic, pontificates:
With “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the corporations behind one of the most lucrative series in contemporary cinema dare to step outside of their safety zone, not only tossing the building blocks of a film and television canon up in the air but also using a mainstream entertainment to ask provocative questions about our own government and about the compromises that we are willing to make in a technological world where privacy is rapidly disappearing around us.
Fury and Cap have an argument early on about trusting people, and while you’re expecting that a movie like this would end with Fury learning he needs to open up and have faith in his fellow man, it’s actually Captain America who discovers that not all things are as they seem, and that even those who wear the colors of democracy and liberty might be in disguise.
Notably, the bad government guy in the film is played by Robert Redford, which is unsurprising considering his roles in All the President’s Men and Three Days of the Condor.
So how desperate is the film to equate good and evil? Duralde writes:
Along the way, Cap will discover that while SHIELD and HYDRA might have different mission statements, both groups’ desire for control over their perceived enemies and the muscle they employ to get what they want make them more similar than different.
It’s 21st century Captain America in the Age of Obama. America ain’t the same as it used to be.