Chris Hemsworth is one of those actors who were picked into feature films from Television. His notable television appearance id ‘Home and Away’. His first feature films appearance is in the famous blockbuster “Star Trek (2009)’, as George Kirk, the protagonist’s father. However, he achieved his big break by starring as “Thor” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made several appearances as “Thor” in The ‘Thor Duo-logy’ and completed his trilogy by staring in ‘Thor: Ragnarok (2017)’, which is yet to release. His other commendable performances are in ‘The Avengers series’, ‘Rush (2012)’ and ‘The Cabin in the Woods (2013)’. In this article, I attempt to list down the top 10 Chris Hemsworth movies from his wide range of filmography.
10. Blackhat (2015)
‘Blackhat’ is a strong crime drama set in the world of cyber crime. It features a rich, complex story, and as has become the norm in Hollywood all sorts of globe-trotting. Classical Mann themes and scenes are there, namely, loud machine-gun shootouts, convicts, crime-specialists, lots of running, running among crowds, shaky-cam, choppers, romance and sex, night city lights. And as usual we are thrown in the midst of these cyber guys doing their thing and speaking their language. That as always creates some distance between the audience and the screen, which many don’t like. This time around we do get some explanations as not everyone there is a cyber expert. The FBI are the guys who need and get the explanations and we benefit from that as well. ‘Blackhat is a decent watch overall’.
9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Probably the best way to approach this film is to just sit back and get transported between the realms of Earth and Asgard without thinking too much about it. As an action movie there’s plenty of it. As a story, there’s just too much going on with events seemingly occurring because they were written that way instead of there being a rationale for them. I mean, one minute Thor’s hand is cut off and then it’s back again – wait a minute, what!? And with the emphasis on the Dark Elves I found a lot of Asgard suspiciously resembling places seen before in Rivendell. If there’s going to be a Thor III, maybe a little more thought needs to go into it.
8. A Perfect Getaway (2009)
This is a straightforward crime thriller up until the last twenty minutes, usually when thrillers become dry, lazy, and uninspired. Instead, A Perfect Getaway becomes an involving journey and throughout its run-time, is motivated by great performances from the cast, especially Olyphant, who continues to choose off-beat roles and play them pitch-perfectly with the right amount of seriousness and downright fear. ‘A Perfect Getaway’ is a well-made thriller and that’s all there is to it. It knows what’s important and knows what isn’t and proceeds from there.
7. Thor (2011)
The film itself entertains with its sword and sorcery plot-line and neatly contrasts the fantastical world of Asgard. And Jottenheim with modern-day America. The story of sibling rivalry is as old as the Old Testament and creates suitable tension in the narrative, while Anthony Hopkins presides over his sons’ feuding with the necessary gravitas. The action sequences are especially well done, including the first battle with the Frost Giants. Loki’s dispute with Haemdell and especially Thor and his band’s fight with the seemingly invincible Destroyer. The c-gen SFX are suitably dream-scape in scale, particularly the depiction of the Bifrost Rainbow Bridge.
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014)
This movie is like Marvels Empire Strikes Back because it is a lot darker then the original movie with the Avenger not being torn apart on the outside by Ultron but being torn apart from the inside with fighting between the group.
‘Age of Ultron’ movie took some risks with adding in characters like Quicksilver, Scarlett Witch and Vision and they all fit in perfectly. I would even say that Aaron Taylor Johnson’s Quicksilver was as good as Even Peters
They also have a good explanation of how Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch actually happened. Now probably the strongest part of the movie Ultron he was an even better villain then Loki was in the original because not only does he have the ability to test the Avengers but he is also delivering some of the best one liners in the whole film. He also had some great philosophical views and you understood why he was doing what he was doing. Also James Spaders voice worked perfectly for this villain.
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5. The Avengers (2012)
The story is very simple and clichéd, but I don’t mind that at all, because I like these characters and I like seeing them talk to each other. The actors do great jobs portraying their characters and show chemistry. Robert Downey Jr., does a perfect job playing Tony Stark/Iron Man, who doesn’t play well with others, but still relates to them. Mark Ruffalo does a great job playing Bruce Banner/Hulk, who is calmer and now wants to help people.
Chris Evans does a great job playing Steve Rogers/Captain America who is trying to adapt to the modern world after being frozen for 70 years. Chris Hemsworth also does a great job playing Thor who is determined to bring Loki to justice. Scarlet Johansson does great job as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Tom Hiddleston easily steals the show as Loki.
4. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
The previous Star Trek movie is a tough one to beat. It was (in my eyes) close to perfection (lens flares and all). So this movie had a tough up-hill battle ahead of it. I am happy to report that the writing, direction, cinematography and acting are all terrific. However, it’s not quite flawless. There are a couple of minor plot holes that distract viewer attention to some degree. Cumberbatch is brilliant as Khan. I won’t divulge any spoilers, but I will say that the throw back to the earlier movies is very very clever and well executed. The added depth we see in the characters of Kirk and Spock are icing on an already delicious cake.
3. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Encapsulating everything that the horror genre has delivered in its entire history and probably one of the few films that can say they have a Merman and Nosferatu appearing in the same sequence, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is an absolutely thrilling ride into the minds of all things terrible. It delivers some astounding special effects and, at the same time, brings out the best in a fairly young cast, especially Chris Thor Hemsworth who shows a sold performance as boyfriend Curt. Oh, and not to mention a very special guest appearance that received an applause when they appeared on screen.
2. Star Trek (2009)
What we get from this is a fun, fast paced, thought-provoking and original Science Fiction film, plucked from the depths of the Star Trek Universe. Not a moment goes by in this 127 minute movie where audiences, young or old, won’t be on the edge of their seats. The plot flows very well. With striking cinematography, clever editing, sharp written and a cast which couldn’t be better unless we revived James Doohan and DeForest Kelly from the grave (or space in Doohan’s case), and rejuvenate the whole cast.
1. Rush (2013)
‘Rush’ is not an ordinary movie about sports — the rivalry and respect that comes with it. It’s an extraordinary story which happened in real. This movie is amazing in that it gives importance to every detail of the true story. Starting from the looks of casts resembling the actual people to every small incident connected with the story. Don’t worry about the climax or the thrill. It is full of it. Because it happened in real. And the makers of this movie recreated that to amazing perfection. You will enjoy this movie and at the same time you will get to know how serious and thrilling the world of Formula One is. This is easily the best Chris Hemsworth movie.
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