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The Dark Knight Rises

The 2012 film directed by Christopher Nolan based on the DC Comics character

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'The Dark Knight Rises' And Rises And Rises (Video)

  • Jul 19, 2012
By Joan Alperin Schwartz
Okay, the bottom line...'The Dark Knight Rises' directed by the uber talented Christopher Nolan, is not only the very best comic book hero movie ever made, but in my opinion, it's worthy of an Oscar nod. That's how good it is.

The film, which was written by Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, with story by David S. Goyer, picks up 8 years after the death of Gotham's, D. A. Harvey Dent, as well as the demise of Bruce Wayne'/Batman's (Christian Bale) soul mate, Rachel Dawes.

For those of you who may have forgotten, Dent is the dude who went psycho and became the super evil 'Two Face'. Comissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) convinced Batman to take the fall for Dent's murder so he could implement extremely harsh anti crime laws. 

And it worked. For the last 8 years, Gotham City has been crime free. Problem is...everyone thinks that Dent was a hero and Batman...a villain.

And speaking of the Batman...He's been hiding out in his mansion, suffering from depression and an assortment of physical ailments. In other words, he is one messed up Super Hero.

But soon everything is about to change for Batman and for Gotham.

To quote Selma Kyle, aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) as she dances with Bruce at a charity ball, thrown by wealthy philanthropist, Miranda Tate (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard),,,'There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne'.

And that's putting it midly. The storm comes in the form of a man known as Bane (Tom Hardy) Bane is a former member of The League Of Shadows. He's big, bad, brutal and extremely lacking in the looks department...In fact, the dude looks like an alien, thanks to a leather tubular mask that covers most of his face.

Oh and I should mention that Bane sounds a lot like, Darth Vader.

Terrorist Bane has two goals...Destroy Gotham City and crush Batman...

To say this guy has major anger issues is putting it mildly. You really can't blame him too much. He spent his formative years in a dark pit and had most of his face has been destroyed.. But hey, no one's childhood is perfect. 

What I really loved about 'The Dark Knight Rises' besides the spectacular set pieces (74 minutes of the film was shot with the big Imax camera)) the story hooks you on a deep emotional level, lifting it above your typical 'comic book super hero' movie.

Batman/Bruce Wayne is tormented. His heart is broken and he's lost his direction in life. Even his loyal butler Alfred (Michael Caine) begs him to...get out of the house and start living again.

And eventually Bruce/Batman does just that.... 

The supporting cast, including Joseph Gordon Levitt as policeman John Black, who knows Batman's true identiy and Morgan Freedman, as inventor Lucius Fox are all wonderful 

Anne Hathaway, besides looking great in a cat suit, brings just the right amount of humor to her part.

The stunts, the vehicles, the action are just what you expect them to be and more. Plus there are a couple of surprises you won't see coming.

I gave 'The Dark Knight Rises' which opens in theatres Friday July 20, 2012, 5 bagels out of 5 (my highest rated film of 2012)

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July 19, 2012
I am trying to avoid all reviews for this film until I get a chance to see it and review it. I will return once I have done my own review to comment further. Glad to see it was good! I will feature this review of yours tomorrow night!
July 19, 2012
totally understnad. Thanks Will. Can't wait to see what you think
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy,

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: July 20, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures
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