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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.

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Alan Taylor

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... Thor
Natalie Portman ... Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston ... Loki
Anthony Hopkins ... Odin
Christopher Eccleston ... Malekith
Jaimie Alexander ... Sif
Zachary Levi ... Fandral
Ray Stevenson ... Volstagg
Tadanobu Asano ... Hogun
Idris Elba ... Heimdall
Rene Russo ... Frigga
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Algrim / Kurse
Kat Dennings ... Darcy Lewis
Stellan Skarsgård ... Erik Selvig
Alice Krige ... Eir
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Storyline

Thousands of years ago, a race of beings known as Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. Warriors from Asgard stopped them, but their leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) escaped to wait for another opportunity. The warriors find the Aether, and since it cannot be destroyed, they try to hide it. In the present day, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) awaits the return of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), although it has been two years since they last saw once another. In the meantime, Thor has been trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Jane discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth. She goes to investigate, finds a wormhole, and is sucked into it. Back on Asgard, Thor wishes to return to Earth, but his father, Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins), refuses to let him. Thor learns from Heimdall (Idris Elba), who can see into all of the realms, that Jane disappeared. Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane reappears. However, when... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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There was darkness.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thor 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,737,841, 10 November 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$206,362,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$644,783,140
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

An abandoned plotline was to have Dr. Jane Foster turned into a villain by the Aether, and destroy Svartalfheim, as a show of her power before going to Earth. It was dropped in favor of keeping the focus on Malekith, and not introducing a third villain before the finale. See more »

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[first lines]
Odin: [narrating] Long before the birth of light, there was darkness... and from that darkness came the Dark Elves. Millennia ago, the most ruthless of their kind, Malekith, sought to transform our universe back into one of eternal night. Such evil was possible through the power of the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction. The noble armies of Asgard, led by my father King Bor, waged a mighty war against these creatures. As the Nine Worlds converged above him, Malekith could at...
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Latest adventure of "Thor" is a narrative mess
9 November 2013 | by cmcrazy81392See all my reviews

It seems that film goers nowadays have a sudden fascination with the God of Thunder known as Thor. For three years in a row, a film based on the popular superhero has been released each year. In 2011, director Kenneth Branagh released "Thor", a solid introduction for newcomers to the comic book character. Last year, writer-director Joss Whedon brought us "The Avengers" in which Thor battled Loki and his forces with the help of Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk. Now, we have director Alan Taylor's "Thor: The Dark World", the latest film on the adventures of Thor and also the weakest.

Summarizing the plot to this sequel is almost pointless given the narrative's sloppiness and confusion. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back in his home world of Asgard where he is being prepared to eventually take his father's (Anthony Hopkins) place as king of Asgard. His adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is imprisoned in the dungeons of Asgard for his actions in the previous films mentioned earlier. When Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Thor's love interest from Earth, is accidentally transported to another world and a powerful weapon infects her body, Thor must do what he can to save Jane's life before the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) tries to destroy her.

From that plot summary, it would not sound as if it was too confusing, right? Well, now let's add several subplots into the mix. These subplots involving a romantic triangle with Thor, Jane, and Thor's childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander), exposition regarding Malekith, Jane hitting it off with a man on Earth, Jane's fellow scientist Erik (Stellan Skarsgard) running around naked on television (No joke), and Jane's other assistant scientist Darcy (Kat Dennings) having an intern. What makes the narrative to this film so frustrating compared to the original film is that these subplots either put the narrative to a screeching halt or are not compelling and well developed enough to belong in the story.

The subplot involving Darcy and her intern could have easily been edited out since it completely distracts from the tone that this film was creating. The love triangle between Thor, Jane, and Sif could have also been taken out of the final cut since it was barely even there to begin with. Malekith is one of the most forgettable villains in recent memory due to zero character development, generic designs, and a lack of excitement on screen. Anyone who hasn't read any of the comic books based on Thor will most likely be the first to become confused by the dialogue and the plot of this film since it is that foreign to understand or even get into.

What director Taylor does do well with this follow-up is incorporating challenging dilemmas for Loki between him, his foster mother (Rene Russo), and Thor. Nothing else can be discussed further on this matter since it deals with heavy spoilers, but that part is handled well. Aside from that, "Thor: The Dark World" is a narrative mess.


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