The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight Rises

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

It’s been a summer of great expectations. First there was ‘The Avengers’, which ticked all the right geeky boxes and made a truckload of dosh. Then ‘Prometheus’, which disappointed most but still managed to ring a few tills. Now here comes the biggie. Can Christopher Nolan see out his Bat trilogy in style? Can he make that so-far-elusive five-star superhero movie, the one which gets the blend between action, emotion, plot and character just right? Can he at least live up to the eyepopping standard he set with 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’?

The answers are yes, no, and mostly. As its running time suggests, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a sprawling, epic feast of a movie, stuffed to the gills with side characters, subplots and diversions. So if the balance skews in favour of grandstanding action rather than emotional resonance, of statuesque icons rather than real people, we can let it slide. There’s nothing here to match the intensity of Heath Ledger’s Joker, and the movie feels weaker for it. But that was a one-off, and the show must go on.

We’re reintroduced to Bruce Wayne, aka Batman (Christian Bale), living as a recluse, holed up in the east wing of Wayne Manor while Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) presides over a relatively crime-free Gotham City. But when marauding, mask-wearing psycho Bane (Tom Hardy) muscles in with the intention of kickstarting a popular revolution, Bruce must don the cape and cowl once again.

This is just the central thread in an increasingly tangled story: there’s also Anne Hathaway as a slinky, burgling Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a square-jawed beat cop and lots of confusing financial shenanigans with the shareholders of Wayne Enterprises. As in the previous films, Nolan and his co-writer, his brother Jonathan, draw on real-world issues to spice up the fantasy, and with dubious results: with its rampaging Occupy Gotham anarchists, philanthropic billionaires and decent cops who ignore due process, this is so staunchly right-wing it’ll thrill all those Fox News anchors outraged by ‘The Muppets’.

But when the Bat flies, such considerations go out the window. Sublimating CGI in favour of real crowd scenes and massive cityscapes, Nolan creates a grand, dirty, engrossing world, and his action sequences just hum. The way the various strands tie up is a mite predictable, but it’s satisfying nonetheless. And as our heroes swoop off into the sunset, we realise we’ve been witness to something truly impressive: a seven-year cinematic adventure which combined the epic and the personal in dizzying, inventive, sometimes perplexing, often enthralling, always imaginative ways.

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Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday July 20 2012
Duration:
164 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

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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:30
  • 4 star:10
  • 3 star:13
  • 2 star:7
  • 1 star:7
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I thought this film was great, I had low expectations because of the poor reviews it received, but I was pleasantly surprised.


Loved it, far exceeded my high expectations. It's easily the most gripping of the three Dark Knight films. Beautifully shot by Wally Pfister, and expertly directed by Nolan who really knows the meaning of the word "epic"


Anyone who has grown up with Batman and is 40 something is in for a let down....it's a brave attempt at bringing the caped crusader into the 21st Century but I found it getting lost in translation. Bane was good - Cat woman great - the rest of the script was ill-conceived Shame I was expecting more....I don't think there was one laugh in the whole film The moment you start to take Batman too seriously and tamper with what has made it so successful then it becomes bland and not very entertaining.... Great film making cannot make up for this! Bring back the Riddler, Penguin, Two Face - I want a fun, whacky, camp, kitschey, fantastically colurful giddy joyride Not a mock-up cocktail with a silly twist in it that made me feel woozy by the end of it and I nearly walked out of


This is an overhyped film that under-delivers, lacks subtlety (boom-booms and bang-bangs for more than 2 hours is tiring), allows for some of the worse acting of the year and un-shamefully abuses our fear of terrorism and anarchy (huge clichés please step forward), whilst trying to make us swallow all this with a huge pill of special effects. I must admit that the special effects and CGI are excellent, as are some of the costumes. But, this does not make a film when its tension only arises because you are brutally attacked by overbearing (and badly balanced) sounds and excessive visual stimulation, rather than a clever scenario or slow-building climax. This feels like a bad American meal: pill up and eat as much food as you can whilst it lasts – quantity, not quality. In all my years of trusting Time Out’s critiques, this is probably the first time that they let me down. So, avoid this film at all costs or ask for a refund.


If you gave this any less than 4 star, please donate your ticket money to charity and keep out of the cinema. People who don't understand film making give this film a 3 star or below. Stop disgracing yourselves, admire the gravity of not just this film alone, but Nolan's incredible trilogy. Second viewing, 4.5/5


If you gave this any less than 4 star, please donate your ticket money to charity and keep out of the cinema. People who don't understand film making give this film a 3 star or below. Stop disgracing yourselves, admire the gravity of not just this film alone, but Nolan's incredible trilogy. Second viewing, 4.5/5


What’s going on here? It may be “the most eagerly awaited film of the year� but it’s also just another movie, in a very long series, about a man in a mask with pointy little ears, wearing a cape and speaking in an affected growl, having improbable adventures in a fictional universe, derived from a strip cartoon. Whereas these reactions to mere film criticism would be more appropriate to having deep faith outraged by blasphemy, heresy and schism.


I am afraid that I can't give Nolan a free pass because I agree that he got a little sloppy. Perhaps he was tired having already come up with 2 great movies and got stumped trying to come up with fresh ideas for this one. Perhaps he was busy working on something else that commanded his attention (superman 2013 lol) Its not so much that I expected it to be as good as the other two. Its a sequel to a sequel. The problem is that even standing on its own it just wasn't a good movie. There was parts of it that made me wonder if I was actually watching a Nolan inspired Batman film at all and not some tv show. If you are going to make a movie that is almost 3 hours long it has to all flow together and be coherent throughout the entire movie. Speaking of which for me the movie doesn't actually start until almost an hour in. Bad editing period and this is not the first time Nolan has been guilty of it. I thought Dark Knight was entirely too long as well. But overall it was a solid coherent, enjoyable movie all around so I could overlook that. Another thing is I didn't like the character development for the Villians in this movie at all. It was very sloppy. Bane for one came off as being too one dimensional. There was nothing subtle about him and for me nothing likable. Bad guy wants to take over the world. Good guy fights bad guy. It has been done before but much better. Yeah I get that he wanted to have the whole twist at the end and the happy ending but in focusing on that as the big bang moment instead of tying up lose ends in the storyline, editing and character development. He took away from what could have been a much more solid and great movie. That being said it was an ok movie not horrible but just safe.


Disappointing. As another person already said, Christian Bale looks bored and tired. There is little enthusiasm from Batman and it does not come across as 'calm' and 'cool' or whatever they were trying to achieve. Infact he was actually irritating to watch. Tom Hardy as Bane totally makes this movie. Without him this would've been a total fail in my opinion. I felt nothing through this film, no emotion what-so-ever. Boring and hyped up WAY too much. The new Spiderman film is much better than this.


When I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things."


Superb film making,Nolan has treated his audience with respect and intelligence and the outcome is a dizzying array of thrills,shocks,emotional intensity and most importantly,enjoyment. For people who are slating this film,you are idiots and perhaps can only watch a dull,camp presentation with Schumacher behind the camera. This film does live up to the hype,especially the cinematography,which for me is the star of the show.


Superb film making,Nolan has treated his audience with respect and intelligence and the outcome is a dizzying array of thrills,shocks,emotional intensity and most importantly,enjoyment. For people who are slating this film,you are idiots and perhaps can only watch a dull,camp presentation with Schumacher behind the camera. This film does live up to the hype,especially the cinematography,which for me is the star of the show.


Omg just saw it cause I on Sunday evening cause I had my wedding in Saturday. What a dissapointment. Story line very unstructured, felt very unbalanced, god I want to love it. Even the ending was not very exciting. I guessed the plot twists. Not the worst film ever made but deft innately worst than, inception, batman begins, dark knight and momento and on par with insomnia. Sorry Nolan and batman fans but I am being honest here. Believe me I am gutted too. But there are some plus points. And here goes, Anne Hathaway was very very cool but with the batman scene looked a little childish. The film did go by very quickly. Music and sound effects was brill. The first fight seem as edgy and very exciting but where was the calm batman intelligence?. the bat plane did look at time very wobbly!!!. And the first appearance of the bat in the first 30min was Nolan magic then it bonded from there on. Do not listen to any other review.you are hearing it from a true bat fan and cinema perfectionist. Overall I wanted to say omg the best film ever but I just can't. Damn


superb film making, it is a long film but it is not drawn out and the time passes incredibly quickly. it does something that few sequels do these days ... something different. different emotional and physical tests for batman. different themes of pain and anarchy about creating 'revolutions' on behalf of the people without the will of the people. the open ending gave me hours of food for thought and I still havent come to my conclusions. it proves that the mainstream audience is clever, anyone that says it is 'pretentions' (regardless of what else they think about the film is a lunatic. it is simply a superhero film which deals with human emotion. it is funny; however it does this in a flowing way, it doesnt feel the need to stop and tell a joke in the way of avengers. it is proper movie making, gripping, exciting, and intelligent.


superb film making, it is a long film but it is not drawn out and the time passes incredibly quickly. it does something that few sequels do these days ... something different. different emotional and physical tests for batman. different themes of pain and anarchy about creating 'revolutions' on behalf of the people without the will of the people. the open ending gave me hours of food for thought and I still havent come to my conclusions. it proves that the mainstream audience is clever, anyone that says it is 'pretentions' (regardless of what else they think about the film is a lunatic. it is simply a superhero film which deals with human emotion. it is funny; however it does this in a flowing way, it doesnt feel the need to stop and tell a joke in the way of avengers. it is proper movie making, gripping, exciting, and intelligent.


Allright but two people in my aisle started eatng their arm reats...really need to revesit early films..but Hathaway suprisingly good.. lil Juno popped up for a couple of scenes and i was hoping for some girl action but als no


DULL DUMPLING -with the most embarassing denouement ever -inadvertently hilarious -cotillard looks like a caricature and bale looks bored and exhausted and old -a waste of time and money at 3 hours and 200 million dollars too-


Why are so many people panning this movie? Yes, it wasn't flawless, but by no means deserving of the 1/5 or 2/5 viewers have given it! The fight scenes were very good - Batman has not been physically beaten in the other 2 films as he was in this one, because Bane is a different type of criminal; he tested the Batman physically whereas the Joker tested him more mentally. Yes, Heath Ledger's Joker was amazing, and Bane wasn't quite as good, but I couldn't think of another superhero film that has a villain nearly as good as Bane or The Joker! It was well written, the special effects were awesome, it was on a much more epic scale than ever before, the acting was very good and Zimmer did a great job on the score. While I, too, did find Bane a little hard to understand at times, there were no lines that were completely incomprehensible from him - I found that every one of Bane's lines was really cool or meaningful in some way. It was long, yes, but I didn't really notice the time going by! There are a few things that stop it getting 5 stars from me, but these were minor flaws in the grand scheme of things. Overall, a brilliant film, maybe not quite as good as The Dark Knight but a quality ending to Nolan's trilogy.


Christopher Nolan at his most redundant, I'm afraid. Where the subtleties that Nolan can normally draw from high-concept entertainment (Inception)? Where was the humanity (Memento)? Where was the partnership of the real and the artifice (Inception again)? This was loud, vacuous, repetitive, at times criminally mundane. The acting was fine (Joseph and Anne particularly) and Michael Caine was impressively moving for someone who has never been truly an actor (he is a deliverer). But Christian fails on all levels (the Batman growl is truly absurd). Technically the film (aside from the impressive opening in-flight salvo) was average at best. The sound was absurd, Zimmer's (me do big score) soundtrack lacked any real drama or subtlety. An overlong, average end to a trilogy that has never quite escaped it's shackles. I still wait for a truly great Batman film. Maybe James Cameron can persuade Clint Eastwood to don the cape and cowl for a proper version of Miller's Dark Knight Returns? Until then, Burton's and Nolan's efforts merely suffice.


I saw the movie opening day and thought it was great, even better than THe Dark Knight. THe plot was well thought out and tied together with the two other movies, amazing special effects and fight scenes, and batman's conflicts had me on the edge of my seat. And to top it off the ending worked out so well.


I saw the movie opening day and thought it was great, even better than THe Dark Knight. THe plot was well thought out and tied together with the two other movies, amazing special effects and fight scenes, and batman's conflicts had me on the edge of my seat. And to top it off the ending worked out so well.


Tedious and nonsensical with bad fight editing and an incomprehensible wannabe Darth Vader- why did they do it to you Tom Hardy?? Why?? Overall, pretty boring with explosions.


Absolutely amazing, I thought The Avengers wouldn't be pipped but this did it for Me, even though Bane's voice didn't suit! Amazing is the only word!


Absolutely amazing, I thought The Avengers wouldn't be pipped but this did it for Me, even though Bane's voice didn't suit! Amazing is the only word!


The explosions and music overpowered the dialogue at the end of the movie. I have no idea what was going on ... except that I might have broken my eardrums. Disappointing movie from what was expected.


I found it structurally weak, overlong and flabby. The Earth's most hellish prison looked like a Turkish bath with a laundry service, plenty of the dialogue was unnecessary exposition and it all just felt like a bit of a mess. Picked up at the end, but still contained one of the most embarrassingly bad death scenes I've ever seen. Very weak compared to other Nolan films.


Do believe the hype. It is very good. I can see what a few people say about the film length and yes it could possibly be 15 minutes shorter but the story doesn't lag noticeably. There are a couple of excellent twists towards the end and the key actors are excellent throughout. Probably the best blockbuster of the summer thus far. A good 4 star film but not quite 5 stars.


It was a far too baggy 2hrs 40mins. - not enough interaction between Batman and Bane. I know thats the point, with how he comes back, but to me it makes it far less interesting. It was very Rocky Balboa. Bane's line of "I must break you" - I'm sure I've heard that before somewhere?! Bane was a good villain, but I'd much rather have seen someone smarter. It was just smash, kill, Bang. No trying to outsmart - no cunning. I'll just smash up gotham because I'm evil. Seen that before. "Gotham deserves a better class of criminal" was a key line used by the joker - He was right.


Firstly I have to say I loved the film, I thought tom hardy wouldn't suit the role as bain but he was fantastic!!!!, very menacing, The film was long but didn't feel like it, great story, great action and all in all a great night at the movies. However the one drawback to the film and it annoyed me everytime I saw her was catwoman, there was literally no need for her in the movie and to compound it all Hathaway was playing her, that is the only downside to the movie 4 1/2 stars


Wtf are people saying, clearly they were nor watching what I saw! Epic film, one of the greatest ever made by miles, Christopher Nolan there is a seat in heaven reserved for you by God you are the king and have done everyone proud!


Wtf are people saying, clearly they were nor watching what I saw! Epic film, one of the greatest ever made by miles, Christopher Nolan there is a seat in heaven reserved for you by God you are the king and have done everyone proud!


Too long, too pompous. I enjoyed the first two but felt this was far too bloated. And posters who need batman movies for "salvation" really need to get out more...


Negativity can be ignored - Deal with the truth. This film encompasses everything that was promised from its inception (Batman Begins) - Those that can see it, but deny it have no place in the cinema and I suggest they try the church for their salvation instead. Grow up. Enjoy. WONDER. 9/10.


Negativity can be ignored - Deal with the truth. This film encompasses everything that was promised from its inception (Batman Begins) - Those that can see it, but deny it have no place in the cinema and I suggest they try the church for their salvation instead. Grow up. Enjoy. WONDER. 9/10.


Batman what a film everything you want from a modern superhero.A long 164 mins but went very fast.The only downside for me was Bane speaking sometimes a little hard to understand but still a excellent four stars.


Let the madness begin! If the comments and squabbles here aren't at least as crazed and incoherent as the 'Prometheus' User Reviews, I shall be very disappointed. Type fast and furious.


This review starts with the question "Can he make that so-far-elusive five-star superhero movie", to which the reviewer answers Yes - but gave it four-stars instead. Go figure...


This review starts with the question "Can he make that so-far-elusive five-star superhero movie", to which the reviewer answers Yes - but gave it four-stars instead. Go figure...


"What the hell did you just say? TDKR is weak because it doesn't match the "intensity" of Heath Ledger's Joker? That comment makes zero sense, there is no logic in that at all. " Well, he didn't say that, so once you learn to read you'll have no problem.


"What the hell did you just say? TDKR is weak because it doesn't match the "intensity" of Heath Ledger's Joker? That comment makes zero sense, there is no logic in that at all. " Well, he didn't say that, so once you learn to read you'll have no problem.


This film is simply a stunning achievement. It blows any other blockbuster we have seen since The Return of the King completely out of the water with all of the right ingredients... story, characters, emotion, action, humor, romance you name it. And all of this stirred in a pot with the mythology of Batman... simply amazing. Do yourself a favor and see this in real IMAX if you can.


This film is simply a stunning achievement. It blows any other blockbuster we have seen since The Return of the King completely out of the water with all of the right ingredients... story, characters, emotion, action, humor, romance you name it. And all of this stirred in a pot with the mythology of Batman... simply amazing. Do yourself a favor and see this in real IMAX if you can.

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