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The Dark Knight Rises
17 October 2013
Excerpt: It's been eight years since the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, both Batman and Bruce Wayne have been out of the public eye, and Gotham City has been changing, mostly for the better, as Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) has cracked down on crime. Even so, with the impending threat of an international terrorist and mercenary named Bane (Tom Hardy), Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has to decide whether it's time for the Batman to return, complicated by the entrance of...
REVIEW: Ambitious, Thrilling 'Dark Knight Rises' Undermined By Hollow Vision
14 January 2013
Excerpt: The Batman brand is in the toilet at the outset of The Dark Knight Rises , the third and most self-consciously ornate pillar of Christopher Nolan’s caped crusader resurrection trilogy. The four years since The Dark Knight have passed as eight within the city state of Gotham — one of the neater doublings in a movie inlaid with prismatic tiling — and even the mayor condemns Batman as “a murderous thug.
Conclusion: 'The Dark Knight Rises is an exciting, epic movie and, for the most part, a fitting end to the Nolan Batman era. However, because the bar was raised so high by the trilogy's first two films, this one doesn't quite resonate with the same balance of character, plot, and themes. As a Blu-ray, the video transfer is excellent and the audio is thunderous and dynamic.
Excerpt: There isn’t a single thing about The Dark Knight Rises that isn’t epic. It’s the highly-anticipated sequel to two of the greatest comic book movies of all time; its central villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), is an absolute monster; the cast is filled with recognizable faces at every turn; and it clocks in at nearly three hours long. Hell, when shown on real IMAX even the projection of the movie itself is epic.
Excerpt: Batman returns to Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises , but don't get too used to him. There are a lot of other moving pieces in this, the capper to Christopher Nolan's run of dark and enormous Batman films, and just as he was in The Dark Knight , Batman is probably not even the 8th most interesting character in his own movie-- at times he's outshone by characters not even listed in the credits.
Summary: It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning from hero to fugitive. The Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he hoped was the greater good, but everything changes with the arrival of a cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous is Bane, a masked terrorist who drives Bruce out of his self-imposed exile.
Summary: In a similar manner to how Heath Ledger’s death cast a shadow over The Dark Knight , there’s an air of inevitability to this conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s batrilogy. You know you’re going to be in the theatre for quite a while, that Nolan will use massive scale and strong characterisation to awe you on multiple levels, that it will aspire to loftier heights than most blockbusters, but mostly that it is actually all going to end.