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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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Occupy Gotham City!

  • Jul 19, 2012
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The 3rd and concluding sequel to the Batman series premiers in Hong Kong theaters today. I didn't plan to see it today since I wasn't that big a fan of Batman and it's a lot cheaper to see it on a Tuesday. Anyhow, I found myself really bored since last night so thought I'd go see it today instead. The Amazing Spiderman that I saw some weeks ago was truly enjoyable so with that in mind, I went to see The Dark Knight Rises.

These superhero comics generally follow the success formula of a villain trying to create havoc and destroy ordinary men's lives. Superman, Spiderman, Batman, etc, etc... We humans need a superhero to give us some directions, it seems.

What had made it interesting to keep watching such movies is that we still harbor the fantasy of being "saved" by a force greater than ourselves. We dreaded the drudgery of daily working lives. We, especially some of us, indulge ourselves in such movies. me inclusive. 

There is hope yet though as after decades of superheros and James Bond's movies, the movie industry begin to reinvent itself by not only improve on the visual aspect of the movies but also the human aspect of the stories. I enjoyed watching Christian Bale's acts but with the last generation of movie goers retreating to the offices and homes, the cinemas need a new generation of younger actors to take over and continue the legends and legacies of these superheros.

That's the general trend of movies today. We need (not new superheros but) new casting. The batons are being handed over to the current generation. We see that in Spiderman and we see that in Batman. That doesn't mean we cannot enjoy this trend of renewal though.

I had watched most of the superheros movies since I was a teenager. I'm still watching these superheros movies. That does not mean my peers do though. In fact, most of them don't go to the cinemas any longer. Other priorities of life take over. That's life.



Now, the Dark Knight Rises portrays that aspect of life just as my peers are living theirs. Recluse? Yep, I believe so. What I was pleasantly surprised was not the cool gadgets, cars and transportation that we see. Instead, the Occupy Wall Street movement was more or less transferred to the screen. When extreme inequality appears in society, there will be some who decide to change the system and strike the society. Corruptions, terrorism and whatever that are currently afflicting the different societies are also being portrayed. We have yet found a superhero in our society but we certainly have an endless supply of terrorists it seems.



We need a superhero, even if he simply appears in the movie! We also live in hope that there is a Batman who will be wise enough to stop the villains from turning to the extreme. Unfortunately, we only have one life to live and we probably can never start afresh (even digitally)! Nonetheless, there are twists and turns in this particular movie to give us a surprise ending! An ending that makes sense! As for the guys, you'll love this Catwoman!!!
Occupy Gotham City! Occupy Gotham City! Occupy Gotham City!

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July 19, 2012
Sharrie's back with a review YAY! How are yah?
July 20, 2012
Haha, feeling pretty smug now that I've seen this movie ahead of most lunchers, LOL!
 
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review by . July 19, 2012
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  I don't know if I have ever started a review like this but I want you to do yourself a favor and stop reading after this first paragraph, in fact stop reading everything about this movie. There are no spoilers in this review, I'm not going to ruin anything but if you really want to enjoy this movie then you need to get away from it all.   If you are anything like me before you saw this movie you read everything that came out, you rewatched the previous ones, you are probably …
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review by . July 22, 2012
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review by . July 21, 2012
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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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