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The Dark Knight

  • Action
  • Crime/detective
  • 2008
  • Christopher Nolan
  • 145 mins
  • 12


Oscar-winning action fantasy starring Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger. Now that Gotham City has its very own masked protector, the heads of the underworld find it increasingly difficult to operate. But then they receive an offer they can't refuse from a garishly attired criminal called the Joker. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne's former girlfriend Rachel Dawes has started a relationship with DA Harvey Dent who is pursuing his own crusade against crime in Gotham.

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A star rating of 5 out of 5.

If Batman Begins was the classy hors d'oeuvre in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster trilogy, then this awesome follow-up is a main course that delivers on all levels. Christian Bale is back as Gotham City's brooding nocturnal guardian, as are solid citizens Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. But just as Batman has Gotham's bad guys on the run, he's soon in the fight of his life with the ultimate opponent, the Joker (Heath Ledger). In the performance that earned him a posthumous Oscar, Ledger creates a villain who's smart, charismatic, vicious and very, very scary. But this is no simple face-off between two iconic opponents. Ledger's scarred schemer wants to bring everything crashing down - the city, the police, even the criminal underworld itself. Nolan revels in the pair's physical and psychological jousting, brilliantly capturing the yin-yang relationship between the troubled hero and his anarchic adversary. That's not to say there's any skimping on the action sequences because there are plenty of fights, chases and explosive set pieces, too. But this is a blockbuster with ambition - the stunningly staged bank heist at the start could have been lifted from a 1990s urban thriller by Michael Mann. The film lags a little when the tragic origin of Two-Face surfaces, but that cannot deflect from this tale being a landmark among comic-book adaptations, as well as one of the best action yarns of the noughties.



Bruce Wayne / BatmanChristian Bale
The JokerHeath Ledger
Harvey Dent / Two-FaceAaron Eckhart
Alfred PennyworthMichael Caine
Lieutenant James GordonGary Oldman
Lucius FoxMorgan Freeman
Rachel DawesMaggie Gyllenhaal
Salvatore "The Boss" MaroniEric Roberts
EngelAnthony Michael Hall
Barbara GordonMelinda McGraw
GambolMichael Jai White
Dr Jonathan Crane / The ScarecrowCillian Murphy
Bank managerWilliam Fichtner
Commissioner Gillian B LoebColin McFarlane
Detective RamirezMonique Gabriela Curnen
LauChin Han
Mayor Anthony GarciaNestor Carbonell
ChechenRitchie Coster
Detective StephensKeith Szarabajka


DirectorChristopher Nolan


Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray

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