Long ago, Steve Rogers was a true American hero, a brave super soldier created by scientists to help the Allied Forces fight for freedom in World War II. But during a battle with the sinister Red Skull, he was lost, entombed in ice. Decades later, his body has been found and revived and Steve must again don the mantle of Captain America to help save the President of the United States, and the world, from his arch-nemesis once and for all.
Before there was the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its 25+ films occupying the center of all pop culture and ruining cinema (well, according to Martin Scorsese and Denis Villeneuve), cult director Albert Pyun took the reigns of Captain America during the Marvel cinematic dark ages, when the once maligned comics company was selling off their properties left and right, and for pennies to the dollar, just to keep their doors open.
Aside from Tim Burton’s BATMAN and Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN, comic book movies were a joke, relegated to low budget purgatory. Albert Pyun’s CAPTAIN AMERICA is no different, especially since the resourceful director had to cut corners when money was running out further into his shoot. Is this CAPTAIN AMERICA better than the MCU’s version two decades later? Well, no, but it did have fifty times the budget for starters.
What CAPTAIN AMERICA lacks in spectacle, Pyun’s version makes up with old school charm and an imbued innocence before postmodernism, Frank Miller, and the godawful Snyderverse made our heroes into assholes.