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

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Once a Knight is never enough

  • Sep 2, 2008
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This movie will have you on the edge of your seat, and even when your own seat gets tired, you STILL won't want it to be over. It's that kind of movie - long, but you just don't care.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Joker's wild - and he's after money from the mob
2. District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) gets to play the white knight, and sweeps the dark knight's queen off her feet
3. Mob bosses rally to defend their assets, not realizing that the Joker's on them
4. Joker tries to get Batman (Christian Bale) to out himself, and Batman's not sure if he should tell, even though asked very persuasively
5. Twists, rampages, casualties and confessions follow
6. The Joker gives Batman a choice, and the results are explosive
7. Harvey gets dented and decides to let fate decide his future
8. Even at this stage, the movie has loads of action and twists in store
9. Remember to breathe
10. Don't fall off the edge of your seat

Bale plays a very human Batman this time, with a new suit, cool car and new bat-pod. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman provide yeoman support as Alfred and Lucius respectively, and Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a wonderful Rachel Dawes. Eckhart is totally believable as Harvey Dent, and solid support is given by Gary Oldman as James Gordon.

You'll notice that I haven't mentioned the performance of Heath Ledger (may he rest in peace), and that's because he deserves his own paragraph for totally stealing the movie. Ledger's Joker is the epitome of evil - a sadistic, warped, totally twisted, crazy-eyed killer, who may be in line for best-villain-EVER. Can we all say "Posthumous Oscar"?

This one's a classic, and a must-own on DVD.

Amanda Richards

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April 24, 2009
I just saw the movie and Heath was every bit as good as you say. I was amazed at his performance.
February 11, 2009
I've read SO MANY reviews of this film that I'm very grateful for your short attention span version!
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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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