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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. But warriors from Asgard stop them but their leader Malekith escapes to wait for another opportunity. The warriors find the Aether and since it can’t be destroyed, they try to hide it. In the present day, Jane Foster awaits the return of Thor but it’s been two years. He’s 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 and finds a wormhole and is sucked into it. Thor wishes to return to Earth but his father, Odin refuses to let him. Thor learns from Heimdall, the one who can see into all of the realms that Jane disappeared. Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane returns. But when some policemen try to arrest her, some kind of energy repulses them. Thor then brings her to Asgard to find out what happened to Earth. When it happens again, they discovered that while Jane disappeared, she crossed paths with the Aether and it entered her. Malekith upon sensing that the time to strike is now seeks out the Aether. So he attacks Asgard and Thor’s mother is killed protecting Jane. Odin wants to keep Jane on Asgard so Malekith will come. But Thor disagrees with his plan so with his cohorts, he decides to take Jane away. And he enlists the aid of his brother, Loki. Problem is can Thor trust Loki.

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Release date: Nov 8, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content
 
Official website: http://marvel.com/thor
 
Runtime: 112 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    Total Film - by Neil Smith
    Marvel’s man with the mallet does all that’s required of him in a breakneck sequel that’s never dark for long. Next time, though, we’ll have more Loki and fewer elves. ...read more

  • 80
    Empire - by Chris Hewitt
    For a movie that has dark in its title, and which is — yes! — darker (people die, Asgard is grimier, as befitting Alan Taylor’s Game Of Thrones heritage), Thor 2.0 is consistently amusing. ...read more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by R. Kurt Osenlund
    Superhero movies aren't going anywhere, nor is their standard, on-to-the-next-fight structure, so it's heartening to see a gem that grandly and amusingly fills in the blanks. ...read more

  • 75
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    Like Whedon's whip-smart "Avengers" screenplay, Thor: The Dark World manages to acknowledge the inherently silly nature of its premise while compellingly asserting that, hey, sometimes it's fun to suspend your disbelief when the results look this good. ...read more

  • 70
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    It’s a highly capable sequel that drinks long and deep from the established Marvel legendarium and brings back all the key players from Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 hit “Thor.” ...read more

  • 70
    The Dissolve - by Keith Phipps
    It looks like no other movie, Marvel or otherwise, and it’s populated by characters compelling enough to support a more complex, richer story than this one. ...read more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Thor: The Dark World gets a lot more entertaining in the second hour, when the shape-shifting Loki is sprung from his cell (for complicated reasons) and immediately begins trading bitchy insults with his forthright, manly brother. ...read more

  • 70
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements. ...read more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    Forget the fairy-tale romance between Jane and her hammer-wielding hunk. The real emotional center of the Thor series is this sibling rivalry, more compelling than any climactic battle royale or winking teaser for the next chapter. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
    After the recent rash of superhero end-spectacles as long-winded and self-serious as a term paper, the limited ambition of The Dark World’s climax is a relief. It scuttles all term paper aspirations and instead humbly lobs a thesis statement-slash-open invitation: Let’s have some fun, shall we? And so we did. ...read more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    Hiddleston, with pleading eyes and a mad-dog grin, plays Loki as a wounded sociopath who's cackling at the world but seething on the inside. Which makes you realize he's just about the only character in the movie who has an inside. ...read more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The movie is pretty to look at in a "Transformers" sort of way and moves briskly enough that it never threatens to bore, but it's hard to feel much of anything about the characters and, when it's all over, there's a sense that everything that happens is obligatory. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    One of the problems with The Dark World is that its monsters and angry armies and visual effects are interchangeable with Peter Jackson's Tolkien pics, with Clash of the Titans, with The Avengers, with Man of Steel, and on and on. These superhero movies. These Middle Earth movies. These mythic god movies. It's getting hard to tell them apart. ...read more

  • 63
    RogerEbert.com - by Simon Abrams
    Thor: The Dark World's characters are often very charming, but they're only so much fun when they're stuck going through the motions. ...read more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Dave McGinn
    A good model of how superheroes can save the world without forced gravitas, and have fun doing it. ...read more

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell. ...read more

  • 63
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    This Thor sequel is way funnier than any movie subtitled The Dark World has a right to be (thanks, Hiddleston). And the blowout climax pitting Thor against Malekith and the elves is excitingly staged. It's just that waiting for the good stuff can be a real mood-killer. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    So how's this "Thor" sequel? It's fairly entertaining. Same old threats of galaxy annihilation, spiced with fish-out-of-water jokes. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    At times Thor: The Dark World does fire on all cylinders, with fine work from the returning cast, a handful of hilarious sight gags and some cool action sequences. But it’s also more than a little bit silly and quite ponderous and overly reliant on special effects that are more confusing than exhilarating. ...read more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    The design is brighter and sharper, the jokes are broader and the villainy utterly generic in this by-the-(comic)-book adaptation. ...read more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is — shock! — an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out London - by Tom Huddleston
    This is a deeply silly, extremely noisy and sometimes impenetrable action movie that’s drowning in CGI, wild overacting and mullets. And it’s enormously entertaining. ...read more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Ben Child
    No amount of tool-wielding heroism can save The Dark World from being a startlingly unbalanced movie. ...read more

  • 58
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    My favorite moment in the movie: Astrophysicist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) insisting on wearing only his underwear because he says he thinks better that way. Hey, whatever works. ...read more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Bigger is not always better. Thor: The Dark World pumps up the action and special effects and loses some of the human element that made the original "Thor" something charming and unexpected. True, this sequel gets better as it goes along, but that's a very steep climb just to arrive at not bad. ...read more

  • 50
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Poor Thor. Dude can't even hold center stage in his own movie. He's the Asgardian god of stolen thunder, upstaged at each ab turn by Loki, malarkey and Odin's eyepatch. ...read more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    Has its moments of visual invention and self-aware humor — mostly when the hero’s trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is around — but otherwise it’s an awkwardly plotted extravaganza. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Leaden, non-involving and filled with mind-numbing computer-generated effects. ...read more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    Hiddleston steals the show here, making wickedness and treachery look a heck of a lot more fun than virtue. ...read more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Leslie Felperin
    Although director Alan Taylor manages to get things going properly for the final battle in London, the long stretches before that on Asgard and the other branches of Yggdrasil are a drag. ...read more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Oliver Lyttelton
    A film that is enjoyable in spots, but haphazard and ultimately unsatisfying. ...read more

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    None of that is to say that Thor: The Dark World is a bad movie, necessarily. I would never speak ill of a man with a giant, magical hammer. At the same time, hammer or no hammer, it doesn't quite nail it, either. ...read more

  • 40
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    The clutter makes your head feel like it's about to explode - and not in a good way, with wonders upon wonders. Instead it seems like arcana that might show up on the midterm final: the next Marvel movie. ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by David Fear
    This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie. ...read more

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Amy Nicholson
    Lacking Iron Man’s wit, the Hulk’s brains, and the Captain’s ideals, he’s in peril of going poof himself if the franchise doesn’t figure out how to capitalize on its most glorious hero. ...read more

  • 40
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    It feels entirely made by committee – the definition of house style, without a personal stamp in sight. ...read more

  • 38
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    "Dark World” is low-stakes, low-emotion, lowbrow. ...read more

  • 30
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    The battle scenes are as lacking in heat and coherence as the central love story. ...

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    The Crocodile Dundee II of superhero films-in a good way!