The Dark Knight Rises

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Christopher Nolan directs the third and final installment in the latest Batman series with the action-thriller, The Dark Knight Rises. It’s been eight years since Batman took the rap for Harvey Dent alias Two-Face, and he’s still in hiding. The story begins with a terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) hijacking a plane in midair and threatening to destroy Gothem City. In the meantime, a cat burglar named Selina Kyle alias Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) befriends Bruce Wayne alias Batman (Christian Bale) and she inadvertently helps Bane trap Batman. When Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and hundreds of police officers are trapped below the city, Batman shows up to fight Bane only to be beaten and trapped below ground. When Batman escapes (you knew he would) Batman teams up with his weapons expert Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) to take advantage of a new tricked-out batpod with even more powerful weapons. Unfortunately, Batman is without the comfort and advice of his trusty butler Alfred (Michael Caine) because they had a difference of opinion and split up in the beginning of the film. This movie not only has the action you would expect but it also has great dramatic parts and a couple of, extremely emotional scenes. Once again, the acting by Christian Bale deserves an Oscar nomination, but as we all know this doesn’t usually happen to comic book superheros. (Yes, the late Heath Ledger received one for The Dark Knight Rises.) Other outstanding actors in this film that help with the credibility are Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. Over all, it’s the realism in this film that makes the whole story believable. I do have two minor complaints: one is the 2 hour and 45 minute running time. It doesn’t drag down the movie but I would cut down a couple of the speeches that just go to long. Hans Zimmer and his sound track is fantastic but at time it’s so loud it drowns out the dialogue and I had to ask my wife if the characters are saying anything. She said I guess so because their mouths are moving. (Come on Hans – louder doesn’t always enhanced the score just like longer isn’t always better) With those 2 very minor complaints this is still one of the best super hero films made and I’m giving it an A- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.