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Captain America - Civil War: Superpowers in moral dilemma

By Damon Smith

A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes.

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits but Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing  independence. This is a bombastic thrill ride that pits former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy while directors Joe and Anthony Russo choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin.

Four stars

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