The Dark Knight Rises

  • 12
  • Christopher Nolan (2012)
  • US
  • 157 min
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

Director Christopher Nolan concludes his game-changing Batman franchise with another ambitious epic, which sees Christian Bale's caped crime-fighter taken to hell and back. Eight years on from events in the last film, Gotham City has seen nothing of the Batman since Harvey Dent's death, and Bruce Wayne has become a recluse. But when nefarious masked terrorist Bane (a beefed-up Tom Hardy) and his minions infiltrate the city and Wayne encounters slinky cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), it's time for the tortured tycoon to suit up and get back in the game. Only this time, he may have bitten off more than he can chew, as his adversary is smart, organised and ruthless. As with The Dark Knight, Nolan produces some superb set pieces (the plane hijack, Bane's explosive assault on Gotham) and gets terrific performances from his cast, both regular and new (nods to Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an idealistic young cop and Hathaway, who's spot on as a sexy but no-nonsense Catwoman). But this is a long haul (at nearly three hours) and with so many different plot strands to fit in, the film's momentum sags occasionally. However, there's so much that is good (breathtaking action sequences, star chemistry, directorial ambition) that Nolan can still be credited with producing a superhero franchise unmatched for its mood, menace and quality.

Plot Summary

Batman has drifted into isolated retirement years after helping to rid Gotham of organised crime. He is lured into returning to duty by an encounter with an enigmatic thief, but his investigation leads to a far greater threat - the leader of a terrorist army planning to seize control of the city. Conclusion of Christopher Nolan's comic-book thriller trilogy, with Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy.

Cast and crew


Bruce Wayne / Batman
Christian Bale
Selina Kyle
Anne Hathaway
Tom Hardy
Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Caine
Commissioner Gordon
Gary Oldman
Lucius Fox
Morgan Freeman
John Blake
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Miranda Tate
Marion Cotillard
Matthew Modine
Ben Mendelsohn
Juno Temple
Mayor Anthony Garcia
Nestor Carbonell
Burn Gorman
Tom Conti
Wayne's lawyer
Tomas Arana
CIA agent
Aidan Gillen
Ra's Al Ghul
Liam Neeson
Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Cillian Murphy
Desmond Harrington
William Devane
Young Ra's Al Ghul
Josh Pence


Christopher Nolan

Other Information

English / French
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Jul 2012
Certificate 12