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Review: The Dark Knight Rises
Eric Schaen (07/24/2012)
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Dark Knight Rises movie ReviewA Little Flawed, But Still Rises!

2005's “Batman Begins” introduced audiences to director Christopher Nolan’s dark vision of one of the most popular characters is fiction. The film was met with praise by both critics and movie goers alike. More importantly it reinvigorated the Batman movie franchise. The sequel “The Dark Knight” to this day is one of the finest example of a sequels ever produced. Now the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is finally here. So, does the final film in the Dark Knight trilogy live up to its expectations? Despite some hard to miss flaws and plot holes, “The Dark Knight Rises” does deliver a satisfying conclusion to the story.

Related: Dark Knight Fails to Rise

8 years have passed since Batman (Christian Bale) became an outcast at the conclusion of “the Dark Knight.” Gotham City appears to be experiencing a time of peace and security, largely due to the secret that Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) maintains about the death of D.A. Harvey Dent. When the infamous villain known as Bane (Tom Hardy) sets his sights on Gotham city to realize the legacy of Ra's al Ghul, the Batman is needed once more.

Part of the enjoyment of watching Nolan’s Batman films is that as a director he seems to have a clearly defined vision of what Batman is and where he wants to take the character. Nolan’s approach seems to ground the Batman in as much realism as one can with such subject material. However with the Dark Knight Rises, Nolan asks his audience for more suspension of belief than he has asked of them before.


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Good review. Should be added that this movie has the best Live Action version of Catwoman to date. Hope you're paying attention, DC/WB!

Posted by: HeroClix GameMaster on 8/24/2015 7:22:19 PM
Seth your almost correct.
In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne turned 30. You can see this in the scene where Rachel gives him the arrow head to him then leaves for the Narrows. There is a banner in the back for Bruce that says 30 on it. So if he is 30 in Begins. Mean he was 31 in The Dark Knight, and 39 in The Dark Knight Rises.

Posted by: Conner Frost on 9/5/2012 10:57:04 AM
Youth shouldnt have anything to do with it. I could be way off, but I think Bruce and Bane are around the same age in this movie.

In Batman Begins Bruce comes back for the trial of Joe Chill, still being in college/graduate school. I'd put him around 25 (plus or minus a few years). He then leaves for the middle of nowhere and is trained by Ras al Ghul for 7 years, putting him near 32. In TDK, the Joker says "Wind the clocks back a year...", so we can assume Batman has been around for somewhere around that time, putting him at 33 or so, and then DKR is 8 years later, putting Bruce someplace in his late 30s to early 40s, depending on how long you want to say he was at Princeton before BB.

In the flashbacks in DKR, Talia-kid looks to be no more than 8 years old (to me anyway), and Bane is several years older than her, probably at least 15, maybe closer to 18. In the present of DKR, Tahlia looks like she might be late 20s to early 30s, even on the short end is somewhere near 20 years, making Bane somewhere in his mid 30s to early 40s.

Yes, he is strong cause of his cause and his training, but his youth have nothing to do with it. Bane isnt significantly stronger, it's just that Bruce is out of shape, lol.

Posted by: Seth on 8/21/2012 6:59:43 AM
Tikiphantom I'm pretty sure in this Bane was just strong due to being strong, he had a cause, training, and youth. The mask was purely for pain releival from what I heard.

Robin/John Blake was a dumb name but a great surprise for those of us expecting any Robin to be Greyson. I thought it at least half a clever twist and he was more like Batman beyond than Robin really. It was nice not having it all by the book. The 2nd took just as many liberties and wasn't quite as good.

Really a fun movie all around and did a great job of reinagining while Stating close enough to the spirit of the material. Great movie, I can't recommend it enough.

Posted by: Bobby on 8/14/2012 6:45:44 PM
As a comic book fan I despised the film. As an avid movie collector I thought it was alright. The thing that pissed me off the most was when Batman broke his back and they write it off as nothing. He gets tied up in a rope abd has to stand for 3 days!!! WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!

Posted by: theo on 8/7/2012 10:55:08 PM
Well the only thing i have to say (negitively) about this review is that IRL the corts of law take a very long time to reach a settlement/have a case taken up by a court so in that aspect the bankrupting of Bruce Wayne is realistic. Otherwise yeah this is a great review of a great film.

Posted by: Marc spector on 7/31/2012 9:37:59 PM
The Avengers had fun wrecking the city unlike The Batman Rises,
taste the dust,feel the despare,watch the rumble in the rubble,try to understand the Bane mumble......ENTERTAINING!!!???
WELL YES!

Posted by: Willpower on 7/26/2012 1:34:27 AM
went to the midnight release. very good movie hopping to go see it again.

Posted by: Green Scar89 on 7/25/2012 11:36:42 PM
I thought the movie did a great job of handling a almost hard to believe story line. Hathaway and Levitt are hightlights to the film. Hardy's Bane does a James Bond villain works. I just have a problem with his mask powers to make him strong. He needs it suppress his pain he has in face. How does that make him strong? All in All I liked the film. Great Ending to a Great series!

Posted by: Tikiphantom on 7/25/2012 7:58:43 PM
It wasn't perfect, but it was a good enough ending to the series.

Posted by: annoyinglizardvoice on 7/25/2012 3:07:56 PM
Loved that the storyline pulled from knightfall and no mans land. liked the ending, but "robin blake?" thats lamer than the batman and robin movie. They should have went with Dick Grayson. Over all, enjoyed the movie

Posted by: Batman fan on 7/25/2012 2:17:20 PM
Just saw it the other night. Really enjoyed it, felt it was a little longer than it needed to be, but was good all the same.

Posted by: Spider-Fan on 7/25/2012 1:35:36 PM