The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Critic Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. -- (C) Warner Bros. … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Christopher Nolan|
|Written By:||David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, Bob Kane|
|In Theaters:||Jul 20, 2012 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 3, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises
[This] wrap-up wraps up few of the threads in the first two films, and that the climactic cliff-hangers are nothing special (as well as flabbily edited).
By the thrilling... Nolan satiates his taste for the big action set piece, but all is grounded in an intricately woven world of fierce loyalty and even more fierce enmity.
You should consider the overall brilliance of Nolan's series of "Dark Knight" films and wonder whether the next filmmaker willing to take on the caped crusader's story is batty.
Lacking a central figure as dazzling as Heath Ledger's Joker, The Dark Knight Rises is not as strong as its predecessor, but it's still a doozy. Um, a violent, grim, nightmarish doozy.
My issues with it are few and didn't detract from my love for this film, which I believe you're going to love, too.
Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises
Despite Wagnerian pretensions what arrives is a film awash in its own mythos, like a soul mumbling to itself in the dark ... which should suit the fans just fine. Effective performances, enough surprise cameos to charm, decent and fun writing, strong directorial vision, a bad guy up to Batman's standards (altho vocally muffled - what's up with that???), what's not to like? See it at IMAX for the full thundering effect, and there's a lot of thunder.
The more time that passes, the worse I feel about this film. this film adds levitt and hathaway, two actors i love, but is really pretty bad. a dud to cap off what could have been a masterful trilogy.
Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, a reclusive Bruce Wayne brings Batman out of retirement to combat a ruthless mercenary with an army of fanatical followers who hold the entire city of Gotham for ransom. I feel I have to begin this review by pointing out that The Dark Knight Rises is a beautifully crafted superhero blockbuster, because otherwise it's going to sound extremely negative! The problem for me is that this film is somewhat lacking in the "X Factor" that made the first two instalments seem so very special. Let's face it, Tom Hardy had an act that's basically impossible to follow but when the script touched on the moral ambiguity of the character of Bruce Wayne (that he's essentially a billionaire who goes around beating up poor people to maintain the establishment's status quo) I thought that Nolan had done it again. Unfortunately he chose not to explore the social implications, instead electing to hang a bomb over the heads of this "citizen's revolution" reducing Bane to another hostage taking thug instead of a radical revolutionary. I also think that removing Alfred and therefore much of the humanity and humour from the equation was a mistake and I would have liked a little more ambiguity (a la Inception) as to the fate of the character. Plus I could also point out that the story is basically Rocky III crossed with Star Wars with yet another generic race against time tacked onto the end. All of these complaints conspired to make me somewhat disappointed with the film, but I reiterate; this is only by the incredibly high standards that were set by the franchise. By any others, The Dark Rises is an excellent piece of entertainment and deserving of the highest praise as a fitting conclusion to a series that has single handedly raised the bar for the quality of mainstream cinema.
The Dark Knight Rises Quotes
|Bane:||Your punishment must be more severe.|
|Miranda Tate:||You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes it's time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones, that's the knife, that cuts deepest.|
|Bane:||You think darkness is your ally. You've merely adapted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man and by then it was only blinding.|
|Bane:||Do you feel in Charge?|
|Daggett:||I paid you a small fortune.|
|Bane:||And this gives you power over me?|
|Daggett:||What is this?|
|Bane:||Your money and infrastructure has been important, until now.|
|Daggett:||What are you?|
|Bane:||I'm Gotham's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you all have been living on.|
|Daggett:||You're pure evil.|
|Bane:||I'm necessary evil.|
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