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

3.8 / 5

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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 :(