Genre: Superhero, Drama, Action
Running Time: 2 Hours 44 Minutes
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell, Diego Klattenhoff
Synopsis: “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” (Warner Bros Pictures).
Verdict: It’s perhaps Christopher Nolan’s worst movie to date but in overall, it’s still pretty good. The Dark Knight Rises is significantly inferior to The Dark Knight (2008) because the main villain is not as interesting as The Joker and the plot isn’t as intriguing or should I just say – it’s a little cliche. Many things don’t make sense and don’t tally as well (read the spoiler section below if you wish). However, the intensity and emotional engagement are definitely on a higher level. The full potential of the Bat vehicles and gadgets are nicely shown in action. Tom Hardy’s performance as Bane can be appreciated as well, especially his voice. A decent end to the trilogy but could have been more satisfying, I believe.
Second opinion: “It’s a long movie, but it is so awesome until I never checked the time” (Iris Loong, never seen Batman Begins).
Selina Kyle / Catwoman: This version of the character played by Anne Hathaway clearly beats the one played by Halle Barry (2004) but there is no explanation or background on the character given in the movie as to why she’s so skillful and knowledgeable. In my opinion, the greatest portrayal of Selina Kyle / Catwoman is in Batman Returns (1992) played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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Plotholes part 1: So after 8 years of hiding in the mansion, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) still looks pretty fit despite not exercising for a long time. He gets trashed by the obviously bigger and stronger Bane and in the process, he gets his back severely injured before being dumped into a prison that seems to be very far away. Ridiculously, he gets healed in the prison by a bunch of unknown prisoners in the most unorthodox and unconvincing way, and just by doing pushups and situps for a few weeks, he manages to defeat Bane on their second face-off! What the fuck?
Plotholes part 2: Let’s rewind a little. The doctor in that hell hole prison doesn’t seem to speak English at the beginning and then suddenly, somehow, he’s speaking in English. Wayne, after climbing out of that prison, manages to get back to Gotham City and find Selina Kyle seemingly in an instant. How did that happen? He borrowed a miracle bike like Bruce Banner in The Avengers? It also doesn’t make any sense that Selina Kyle can immediately know how to ride Batman’s bike and use it so efficiently. But then again, same can be said about Batman as he flies his new air vehicle, namely the ‘Bat’, in the movie without any practice beforehand.
Batman’s not taking the situation seriously? A nuclear bomb is about to blow in a couple of hours and he still has time to make something that shapes up into his logo when it’s lighted in flames.
Where is The Joker? Doesn’t make sense to not feature him at all in this sequel when all the bad guys are released from prison by Bane, with Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) making a couple of appearances.
Robin: I gotta love the little twists at the end of the movie but can’t say I didn’t see one of them coming when it’s deliberately made obvious at the earlier scenes where Batman kinda tells John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to wear a mask if he wishes to fight for justice like him. And John Blake’s legal name is revealed to be Robin (same name as Batman’s sidekick in the original comic series) during the ending of the film before he resigns from the police force and swings himself into the Bat Cave to continue Batman’s job.
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