Batman Begins

  • 12
  • Christopher Nolan (2005)
  • US / UK
  • 134 min
Batman Begins
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

After the taut little thrillers Memento and Insomnia, director Christopher Nolan spread his wings with the gloriously epic reboot for the Batman character. It's a distinctly classy comic-book yarn and Christian Bale imbues the Caped Crusader with beguiling dignity - even in silly pointy ears. Nolan does away with the hyper-stylised visuals imprinted on the franchise by Tim Burton and the knockabout comedy baddies subsequently employed by Joel Schumacher. Instead, he offers a darker, more gripping psychological portrait of Bruce Wayne and his painful evolution into Batman. Bursts of adrenaline-pumping action relieve all the brooding, although the plot sometimes creaks under the strain of so much going on. It also lacks a truly terrifying villain, but a sterling cast (including Liam Neeson, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman) stands persuasively for lofty ideals as a climate of fear threatens to bring down Gotham City. Batman Begins swoops you up and doesn't let go till the end. Nolan's scintillating sequel, The Dark Knight, was released in 2008.

Plot Summary

Action fantasy starring Christian Bale. When the wealthy parents of young Bruce Wayne are killed in front of him during a street robbery, the traumatised youth becomes bitter and eaten up with a desire for revenge. After a period in the Far East where he learns disciplined fighting skills and the power to channel his rage from the enigmatic Henri Ducard, the now adult Wayne returns to a Gotham City riddled with corruption and embarks on a crusade to cleanse the metropolis of crime under the guise of "the Batman".

Cast and crew


Bruce Wayne / Batman
Christian Bale
Alfred the butler
Michael Caine
Henri Ducard
Liam Neeson
Rachel Dawes
Katie Holmes
Detective Sergeant James Gordon
Gary Oldman
Dr Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Cillian Murphy
Carmine Falcone
Tom Wilkinson
Richard Earle
Rutger Hauer
Ra's al Ghul
Ken Watanabe
Lucius Fox
Morgan Freeman
Commissioner Loeb
Colin McFarlane
Mrs Delane
Alexandra Bastedo
Dr Thomas Wayne
Linus Roache
Mark Boone Junior
Martha Wayne
Sara Stewart
Joe Chill
Richard Brake


Christopher Nolan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
May be edited for violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Jun 2005
Certificate 12
Warner Home Video Ltd