The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • Time: 165 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime |Thriller
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman


Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes to protect the late attorney’s reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham’s finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.


  • Wonderful! Great action, good acting performances and I liked the ending a lot! The role of Anne Hathaway is an added value to the movie, and so is the character ‘Bane’. Without any doubt, one of the best movies I’ve seen lately. “The Dark Knight Rises” is a must see! An epic conclusion to one of the best trilogies ever!

  • With Avengers Assemble being released right before The Dark Knight Rises, it was always going to be difficult to top it, but there is any superhero to do it, it’s surely Batman right? The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, when the super-villain known as Bane, played by Tom Hardy (Lawless), arrives in Gotham ready to wreak havoc, causing Batman, played by Christian Bale (The Fighter), to return from his absence.

    Before I praise the hell out of The Dark Knight Rises, I have to point out the problems with it. Firstly the few but frustrating errors that are featured in films, for instance why stop and have a smooch when there is a pressing matter of urgency at hand? The other minor issue is the serious nature of Bane, with Scarecrow and Joker featured in the past two films, Batman is known for…

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  • Our bat-friend has never really captivated me. I’ve seen both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”. I can barely remember anything from the first movie. I guess I wasn’t really impressed by that one. “The Dark Knight” on the other hand did, and that because of the charismatic figure “The Joker”. A figure without rancor and with a phenomenal crazy look.

    That’s something I really missed a little bit here. Bane was the personification of intense hatred and had a very menacing look, but the feeling I got was not more then “Oh-ok-again-another-bad-guy”…. And then they started with names like Ra’s al Ghul. I don’t have the faintest idea who that person is.

    There was once in the 80’s a broadcast a whole day of American Television on Dutch Television, which ended with the movie “Klute”. They also programmed an episode of Batman and Robin from that time, where they used fake text balloons during every fight. Batman and Robin also were running around in such gay-looking costumes. Actually I thought that was really hilarious.

    Batman’s current costume obviously looks much more slick and tough. But besides the fact that the text-balloons are gone, the action scenes still follow the same pattern. Something that nerves me always. It’s like everyone neatly awaits his turn to get sucker-punched during a fistfight. It looks a bit ridiculous in the nature of “Wow yeah now it’s my turn because the last one got his ass kicked and lies on the floor knocked out.”

    I’m really positive about the action part. That’s something to lick your chops. The SFX is mostly top notch and the settings of Gotham City look very impressive. But the overall tempo of the movie is quite slow with lots of dialogues and things I couldn’t place since I’m not a real Batman adept. So the only thing I could do was wait until the action broke loose.

    Of course there’s also a bit of female beauty to admire and that in the form of Catwoman (I presume) played by Anne Hathaway, who looked immensely appetizing in that leather, latex suit. The scene where she bends over on the Batpod with her perky butt stretched up in the air, is etched in my memory. This image alone was worth a point !

  • “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal… you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne, a legend.”

    The most anticipated superhero blockbuster since, well, The Dark Knight (2008), the simply-titled sequel The Dark Knight Rises is one of the year’s most entertaining films. Writer-director Christopher Nolan, who has so memorably delivered mind-bending, existentialist films like Memento (2000) and Inception (2010), returns to a franchise with as large a fanbase as anyone could imagine.

    How can one top The Dark Knight, a crime epic masquerading as a ‘superhero’ movie, with arguably the most chilling portrayal of a villain ever in a modern blockbuster? The answer is irrelevant. The Dark Knight Rises stands on its own as a cinematic triumph, and when seen from the perspective of Nolan’s trilogy, it is a fitting end, an epic and satisfying finale you will ever see accomplished in a Hollywood blockbuster.

    Christian Bale returns as Batman, but it is the reclusive Bruce Wayne who serves up a cocktail of intrigue. It has been eight years since the anarchy that the Joker unleashed on the city of Gotham. His relationships with Alfred (Michael Caine), Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) are tested. The villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), creates a terrifying new order in Gotham. He is brutal but never sadistic, and he is so darn strong. Batman has never encountered a villain as physically intimidating as Bane.

    Still, there are issues with the villain. For one, his voice and weird accent sound too intrusive at times, and especially so in a couple of speeches accompanying major action set-pieces. Second, the half-mask that he wears to alleviate his chronic pain does not help Hardy to emote well, giving us a villain that is much less potent than the Joker.

    The Dark Knight Rises cannot be faulted for its action set-pieces. There are only a few, but they are major, and they are huge. The set-pieces build up layer by layer, sequence by sequence, in spectacular fashion. The chase sequences are mostly shot from a low angle, close to the tarmac – a visual trademark of Nolan.

    With most of the action sequences shot using IMAX cameras, this is where Nolan takes filmmaking, and that valuable ideal that is simply called the ‘cinematic experience’ to an unprecedented level – its immersiveness. Is IMAX the bold future of cinema? There are extremely strong arguments for it.

    The film runs quite close to the three-hour mark, but it remarkably feels like a 90-minute feature. Nolan never lets his film drag. His control of pacing is near brilliant, though I must admit that the film does get clunky at times. It is like driving a huge tanker. Even when you have full control, it is still a damn huge tanker to maneuver.

    The screenplay, co-written by his brother Jonathan Nolan, is very, very dense. There is plenty of exposition, loads of dialogue, lots of setting up to do. But we are never put off by its denseness. The Nolans never dumb anything down for the audience; they expect us to play catch-up, to connect the dots.

    There are heavy themes to bear, of guilt and pain. Speaking of which, this could be the most emotional film Nolan has ever done, and that is some sort of a breakthrough for the notoriously cryptic director, who normally cares about matters of the brain more than the heart.

    The Dark Knight Rises does not reach the heights of the extraordinary The Dark Knight, but it delivers a tour de force final chapter, and an epilogue that is as satisfyingly ambiguous as it gets… like a dream.

    Verdict: Despite being the ‘weakest’ installment of Nolan’s ‘Batman’ trilogy, you won’t see a more epic and satisfying finale than this.

    GRADE: A (9/10)

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