By Jesus Figueroa
Space and time can not contain the war that rages between realms in “Thor: The Dark World.”
The action is spread out throughout the film, but the story that’s told falls short of making it a fantastic sequel.
Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, gets imprisoned after the events of The Avengers as Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, travels the nine realms of the universe. In his travels, he settles the wars that have plague each realm.
Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, commends Thor for his action and pushes him to become king.
Thor on the other hand is concerned with keeping an eye on Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, who becomes infected with dark energy, which the dark elf leader Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston, needs to plunge the world into darkness.
The dark elves are the inhabitants of a realm that had been considered extinct, but Malekith put the remaining dark elves in hibernation for thousands of years until the convergence, the alignment of all nine realms.
With the dark energy and the convergence within reach, Thor must put everything on the line to save the universe.
The battles continue to increase in difficulty for Thor as he teams up with Loki to battle Malekith and try and save the world.
The ending comes with great conflict. It’s satisfying and hard fought and leaves room for a sequel.
There are two additional scenes, one at about the middle of the credits and one at the end of the credits.
Despite the premise, the story does not match up with the action, as the battle scenes are the biggest attraction.
Hopkins gives a magnificent performance as the king of the Gods, Odin. His demeanor throughout is passionate and emotional with prestige.
The annoyance of Hiddleston as Loki is entertaining and a nice contrast to the overly serious portrayal of Thor by Hemsworth.
The contrast between the two makes their interactions enjoyable and funny.
“The two characters define each other, and need each other. All acting is about what happens in the space between people,” Hiddleston said.
Hiddleston gives a likable arrogance to Loki that helps the audience connect with his character.
Hemsworth is fitting to the reprisal of Thor, but seems uptight and stiff.
The story continues to be thrilling, but does contain some brief instances where it tends to slow down.
The film contains comedy, which lightens the mood between the actions scenes.
“I saw it last week and was really surprised at the amount of humor, because I’m such a miserable bastard. I was completely excluded from any of the joy. My character was completely grounded in vengeance,” Eccleston said.
Eccleston plays a vicious villain that feels he is able to take on the Gods of Asgard.
“Neither of them ever attempted to take over the universe, just yet,” Hemsworth said.
“Thor: The Dark World” is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content.
“Thor: The Dark World” opens in theatres Friday.