Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan (2005)

134min
12 Certificate
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Review

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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.

Summary

Billionaire Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice, consumed with rage over his parents' murder. Trained by a secret society, he hones his fighting skills and returns to his home city of Gotham on a mission to rid it of crime and corruption in the guise of a masked vigilante. Comic-book adventure, exploring the origins of the Dark Knight, with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes.

Cast & 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
Flass Mark Boone Junior
Martha Wayne Sara Stewart
Joe Chill Richard Brake
Director Christopher Nolan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 16 Jun 2005

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