'Captain America' hits the big screen

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Comic book fans can now see Captain America in action on the big screen and in 3D. “Captain America: The First Avenger” was released worldwide on July 22.
The action-adventure film takes place during World War II, where America is losing increasingly more men on the front lines.
Steve Rogers is a scrawny, young man who wants to serve his country more than anyone else.
He finally gets his chance when a German scientist who has defected to America notices him. The scientist is working on an experimental “super soldier” for the United States Army.
Through the program, Rogers is transformed into “Captain America.” On the front lines, he joins forces with his best friend, Bucky Barnes, (Sebastian Stan), the rough-tempered Col. Chester Phillips, (Tommy Lee Jones) and the beautiful Agent Peggy Carter, (Hayley Atwell).
Together with the Captain America’s “Team of Avengers,” they try to stop the villainous, Johann Schmidt, (Hugo Weaving) from destroying the good old U.S. of A.
The movie’s special effects are good, but the technology was a little over the top for World War II, even if it is based on a comic book.
During the first half of the movie, you can identify with and relate to Rogers.
He is a normal, likable and average person. When Rogers transforms into Captain America, he becomes a celebrity, making him a totally different person.
The acting is good and you really enjoy the other characters in the movie as well. The Captain’s costume is very cool and his shield is virtually indestructible.
The action is epic and there is a lot of suspense.
The movie is rated PG-13 for science fiction action and violence and is directed by Joe Johnston.

--Tom Hanlon is a homeschooled freshman.