Blackhat stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor). It had the feel of being a showcase vehicle for Hemsworth. It has similar themes of films made for John Wayne.

It starts of with hacks into businesses and finance institutions and escalates in a search for the gang who made the hacks.

Nicolas Hathaway (Hemsworth) helped write the code the hackers are using, he gets pulled out of prison to help the FBI. Other characters include Chen Dawai (Leehom Wang), his sister Chen Lein (Tang Wei) and FBI Agent Carol Barrett (Viola Davis).

More wheeling and dealing results in some tough fight scenes and then Hathaway must take on the hackers by himself! (Like he needs anybody else.)

The film relies on Chris Hemsworth completely to keep it going and sadly Hemsworth did not pull this one off. I think he works better in the Avengers with the others to bounce off.

The plot of hunting criminals was confusing. You couldn’t really be routing for Hathaway because he was in jail, and he was only ‘freed’ to find the hackers. His character wasn’t defined enough to be a likeable rogue.

Scenes where Hemsworth fought three men by himself and was the ultimate action hero, made me remember the John Wayne/Clint Eastwood films. Only they could save the day, despite being ‘bad boys’ as well. But they had screen presence to carry off even the most basic script or repetitive plot.

There was no one else I recognised in the film and things could have used some additional clout.

I don’t think it really did anything for Chris Hemsworth. I would give this 6/10. Passable but not memorable.

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Film Review: Thor – Dark World

Thor - Dark World
Thor – Dark World is the next Marvel sequel to be made and what an adventure it is! There’s many a familiar face with the return of Thor, Jane, Loki (yes him again!), Odin, Frigga and Dr Eric Selvig to name but a few. New characters are to be found with the new enemies.

Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) has another battle on his hands, a foe thought destroyed a long time ago, has survived – escaping destruction by suspended animation. Now he’s been awoken and wants to destroy the universe.

For the eighth film in the Avengers series, the continuing story is surprisingly fresh and gripping. Thor’s human love interest Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has something called the Aether placed inside her. To protect her Thor brings her to Asgard. Now his father goes up the wall. A human in Asgard???

But dark forces gather to get her and this makes Thor consider help from his half brother Loki. Whose on trial for starting a war on Earth (Avengers Assemble movie 2012). Also getting a bigger role is the gate keeper Heimdall, who guards the bridge and those leaving/arriving to Asgard.

The visual effects are splendid and there’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The chemistry not only between Hemsworth and Portman, but the entire cast resonates. Making you believe in the complicated relationships and why Thor would even think about asking Loki, let alone actually do it! That’s why it’s believable.

The script is dazzling as the CGI. Asgard is a picturesque city to live in. Jane is the one not sure how to act, being in Asgard. This was clever, as in the first Thor had to learn human ways.

My only concern with this franchise is how will they keep the interest going? The next Avengers Assemble is out in 2015, I believe. It will be very interesting in how we’ll still be looking forward to Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Capt. America in a couple of years time.

But for now, myself included, they revel in glory. It was a splendid ride. So this is why I’m awarding 9/10. Just one off as I don’t like Loki. (He’s no JR Ewing.)

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Film Review: Rush

RUSH 2013
Rush stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and is a very dynamic film. It’s based on a real event , which I always like. There are several films with this title, but this is Rush (2013).

Director Ron Howard does an impressive job. I liked the vision. Following the clash between two Formula 1 racers. During the German Grand Prix in 1976 Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) has an horrific crash. He should’ve died but survives. He vows to return to win the Japan Grand Prix later that year. His rival James Hunt (Hemsworth) stands in the way!

The film really takes you into the world of Formula 1. Team tactics, pit stops and even the vintage racing cars are used! Relationships are explored, you get the thrill of the crowds. It was all used to stunning effect.

The two main characters relationship is gripping. It was like a Klingon and Romulan battling for who would win! Hunt was the warrior whilst Lauda plotted away. I think most people are going to like Hunt, he’s far more flamboyant and charismatic. But you should take a closer look at Luada. He shows that tactics are a big part of the game and it isn’t all about whose the fastest on the track.

It provides the platform for a riveting ride. The fighting, tension and adrenaline all come together for this fitting drama. I really liked it. An epic biography tale of two men who shared a rivalry but were also linked by a common goal was very moving. The starting of their friendship, right through to the horrific crash and the aftermath.

Yes, there are some faults but I found myself ignoring them – as they did not detract from the film. The old English accent going slightly awry! I felt in some parts the story was a little dragged out and then a little over dramatic in places.

But I’m giving this film 8/10. It’s past the finishing line and I’m waving the chequered flag! Rush (2013) – you’re in!

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