The Dark Knight Rises

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Tom Hardy, left, and Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises

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It has been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night. Assuming responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent, Batman sacrificed everything for what he and Gordon hoped would be the greater good. However, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) force Batman out of exile and into a battle he may not be able to win.

Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday July 20 2012
Duration: 165 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Juno Temple
Nestor Almendros
Anne Hathaway
Gary Oldman
Tom Hardy
Marion Cotillard
Michael Caine
Christian Bale
Morgan Freeman

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Jordan I

I'll be the first to admit this movie has flaws, but for me a 5 star movie is not constituted by something flawless because there is no such thing. No other movie that year got my blood pumping and put my emotions through a roller coaster ride like Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to his Batman saga. Where the Dark Knight was dark and depressing, The Dark Knight Rises is action-packed and full of redemption. I'm not saying that was a flaw in The Dark Knight (especially during the first watch), but after watching it so many times it can wear you down how dark it is. It is simply not as enjoyable of a movie to me than this one. The Dark Knight is certainly the best made Batman and superhero movie made to date, but The Dark Knight Rises to me takes everything that worked so far for Nolan and ratchets it up to 10. This is still thoughtful blockbuster film making, just with a more ambitious and epic scope than the previous two, which in itself will present some flaws the other two did not have. While there is no iconic Oscar worthy performance like that of Heath Ledger as the Joker, Tom Hardy as Bane is still great and the rest of the returning cast are as good as they have always been. The other newcomer, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, is also good and keeps the film in the realistic tone that Nolan has established since Batman Begins. The Dark Knight Rises is not the best film in Nolan's Batman saga, but it is definitely my favorite.

Tux

Great review for a very disappointing film. I also had high hopes for Nolan's Batman run after The Dark Knight's Chaos versus Order narrative. Unfortunately, Nolan wasted a really great opportunity by twisting a promising 'A Tale of Two Cities' inspired story into a shallow comic book 'save-the-city-from-destruction' outing. In fact, it was not even pretentious, but just another comic book fluff film with a frantic pace and some decent effects. I did enjoy the overpowering sound though, and felt that it contributed most to the sense of anxiety the film wished to produce. Why Nolan? Why did you fail us? Perhaps we'll have better luck with Zack Snyder's Superman run. However, if Nolan failed at lifting comic book films to new heights, I fear Snyder (who basically adapts comics to film frame-by-frame) have even less of a chance at success... but let's hope.

Melvin White

The last two paragraphs of this review are depressingly accurate. Still, The Dark Knight and X-Men First Class are there to remind us how much integrity these films are capable of posessing when they're not an absolute Hollywood shambles. You shock and sadden me Mr Nolan :(