The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan (2012)

157min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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 Dark Knight, 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 beefy 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 mood, menace and quality.

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 & Crew

Bruce Wayne/Batman Christian Bale
Selina Kyle Anne Hathaway
Bane Tom Hardy
John Blake Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Commissioner James Gordon Gary Oldman
Miranda Tate Marion Cotillard
Lucius Fox Morgan Freeman
Alfred Pennyworth Michael Caine
Director Christopher Nolan
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Other Information

Language: English / FrenchColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Jul 2012
Drama