The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13)

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

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The plot

Eight years after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and vanished into the night, Batman is forced out of his self-imposed exile by a cunning cat burglar and a merciless terrorist called Bane .
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Release details

Rated:

PG-13

US release:

Fri Jul 20, 2012

Duration:

165 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Nestor Almendros, Juno Temple

Screenwriter:

Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Director:

Christopher Nolan

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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 :(