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The second film in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy released in 2008.

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When Chaos Comes To Town

  • Mar 21, 2009
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atCrime no longer pays in Gotham City. With the arrival of the Batman, criminals, thugs and crime bosses have found it rather hard to ply their trade. The grip of corruption is also loosening in the city's police force. Top it all off with the new DA, golden boy Harvey Dent, and you quickly find that a crook's wages are quickly getting poorer.

So what's a crime boss to do? That's easy. Eliminate the Bat. Who's insane enough to take the job? A heartless, maniacal, lethal and much-more-intelligent-than-he-looks villain who goes by the name on his calling card: the Joker. He lives by no rules and creates chaos for no other reason but to create chaos.

Christopher Nolan picks up where his wonderful Batman Begins left off in The Dark Knight.  Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman and delves even deeper into the psyche of the character. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman also return. Neither of them skips a beat in their respective roles as Alfred and Lucius Fox. Cillian Murphy makes a brief (but still cocky) appearance as the Scarecrow. Another returning face is Gary Oldman as quite possibly the most sane person in the entire film, Lt. Gordon.

Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes from Katie Holmes in Batman Begins.  I felt that Holmes' performance was the weakest in Batman Begins and was actually glad to see her not return in this film. Gyllenhaal brings a much more believable performance to the screen. She's torn between two men that she legitimately loves. One is Bruce Wayne and the other is Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).

Eckhart hasn't received much publicity for his role in this film when compared to another newcomer, but he is just as brilliant in the role of Dent. He's one of the more sympathetic characters in the film, and he rides an emotional rollercoaster throughout this story.

Of course, all eyes were on Heath Ledger as the Joker. All of the hype is true. Ledger's performance as the Clown Prince of Crime is the most sinister and cruel performance I've ever watched on the big screen. He makes you forget that this film is based on a comic book series that features a man in a batsuit and his boyish sidekick in red and yellow. Ledger is simply chilling. He's also quite hilarious in a sadistic way. You know you shouldn't laugh at him, but you just can't help it at times.

The film also features a number of other film and television stars in lesser roles. Keep an eye out for the photographer (Nestor Carbonell) from Just Shoot Me, the geek (Anthony Michael Hall) from Sixteen Candles,  Julia's estranged brother (Eric Roberts, as a slimeball crime boss) and the highly underrated William Fichtner as a gun-wielding banker.

The film is tense. Characters are given multiple choices, most of which are lethal no matter what they decide. There are also a number of surprises in this film. One in particular caught me completely off guard.

Without revealing anything else, I have to say that if you see one movie this summer (or buy one DVD within the next year), The Dark Knight is the film you want. It has a very, very hard PG-13 rating for a number of good reasons. Part of me wished that the film had gone ahead with an R-rated release, but don't let that keep you from watching this film. It's excellent, and I highly recommend it.

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The Dark Knight is a 2008 American superhero film co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is a sequel to Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman's primary conflicts in the film include his fight against his arch-nemesis the Joker and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent. For his conception of the film, Nolan was inspired by the Joker's first two appearances in the comics and Batman: The Long Halloween. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. The director used an IMAX camera to film six major action sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. The Batsuit was redesigned, with a cowl allowing Bale to move his head.

The film was released on July 18, 2008 in North America, and on July 21, 2008 in the United Kingdom. During its opening weekend, the movie brought in over $155 million, breaking nearly every box office record.
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Release Date: July 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
Runtime: 152 minutes
Studio: Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Studios
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