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Batman Begins

  • Action
  • Crime/detective
  • 2005
  • Christopher Nolan
  • 134 mins
  • 12

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".

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Bruce Wayne / BatmanChristian Bale
Alfred the butlerMichael Caine
Henri DucardLiam Neeson
Rachel DawesKatie Holmes
Detective Sergeant James GordonGary Oldman
Dr Jonathan Crane / ScarecrowCillian Murphy
Carmine FalconeTom Wilkinson
Richard EarleRutger Hauer
Ra's al GhulKen Watanabe
Lucius FoxMorgan Freeman
Commissioner LoebColin McFarlane
Mrs DelaneAlexandra Bastedo
Dr Thomas WayneLinus Roache
FlassMark Boone Junior
Martha WayneSara Stewart
Joe ChillRichard Brake

Crew

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DirectorChristopher Nolan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2005-06-16
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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