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Movie Info

Year Released:
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MPAA Rating:
PG-13 [Parents Strongly Cautioned]
Runtime (in minutes):
165 mins
Release date:
July 17, 2012
Budget (In USD):
$250,000,000
Revenue (In USD) :
$1,114,085,030

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Tagline: The Legend Ends

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Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes to protect the late attorney’s reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham’s finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Rising to Epic Heights: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"The Dark Knight Rises" (2012) is a triumphant conclusion to Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy, delivering an electrifying blend of action, drama, and emotion. Set eight years after the events of "The Dark Knight," Gotham City is in a state of relative peace thanks to the Dent Act, which has effectively eliminated organized crime. However, this tranquility is shattered with the emergence of the merciless terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy), who unleashes chaos and destruction upon the city.
Christian Bale reprises his role as the brooding Bruce Wayne/Batman, grappling with inner demons and physical limitations as he faces his greatest challenge yet. With Gotham on the brink of annihilation, Batman must rise from the shadows and confront Bane in a battle for the soul of the city.

What sets "The Dark Knight Rises" apart is its epic scope and emotional depth. Nolan masterfully weaves together complex themes of sacrifice, redemption, and the indomitable human spirit, creating a gripping narrative that resonates long after the credits roll. The film's breathtaking action sequences, stunning cinematography, and Hans Zimmer's haunting score further elevate the experience, immersing viewers in the dark and gritty world of Gotham City.

The stellar ensemble cast, including Anne Hathaway as the enigmatic Catwoman and Michael Caine as the loyal Alfred, deliver powerhouse performances that add layers of complexity to the story. Together, they bring depth and humanity to their characters, making "The Dark Knight Rises" not only a thrilling superhero spectacle but also a poignant exploration of heroism and sacrifice.

In conclusion, "The Dark Knight Rises" is a cinematic tour de force that delivers on every level. As the final chapter in Nolan's Batman saga, it leaves an indelible mark on the superhero genre and stands as a fitting tribute to the Caped Crusader.

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Character
  • Bob Kane
Writer 
  • Christopher Nolan (story),
  • David S. Goyer (story)
Screenplay 
  • Jonathan Nolan,
  • Christopher Nolan
Producer 
  • Christopher Nolan,
  • Charles Roven,
  • Emma Thomas

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This was a significant departure from the previous Batman films
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 In spite of the fact that the Swedish cretins, in their boundless idiocy, had changed Batman to something as absurd as “Laderlappen,” which roughly translates to “patch of leather,” Batman was one of the heroes that I looked up to when I was a youngster.

Consequently, I was overjoyed when Christopher Nolan delivered us Batman Begins and avoided turning the prior Batman movies (with the exception of the first one) into absurd comic shows. This was a significant departure from the previous Batman films. Unfortunately, I have to say that I was just as dissatisfied with this one. 

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012): A Spectacle-Filled Conclusion
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The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, is a visually stunning and thought-provoking superhero film. While it doesn't quite reach the phenomenal heights of its predecessor, The Dark Knight, it delivers a satisfying conclusion to Bruce Wayne's story.

Strengths:
  • Epic scope: The film boasts a grand scale, with Bane's siege on Gotham City feeling like a full-blown war. The action sequences are thrilling, particularly the breathtaking fight scene involving a collapsing bridge.
  • Strong performances: Christian Bale delivers a powerful performance as a broken and aging Bruce Wayne struggling to reclaim his mantle as Batman. Tom Hardy is equally menacing as Bane, a brutal villain with a clear ideology. Anne Hathaway shines as Selina Kyle, a complex and morally ambiguous character.
  • Themes of legacy and sacrifice: The film explores the weight of heroism and the cost of protecting a city. It grapples with themes of legacy, sacrifice, and the idea that anyone can be a hero.

Weaknesses:
  • Overstuffed plot: The film introduces several new characters and plotlines, which can feel overwhelming at times. The pacing suffers slightly in the first half as the story gets set up.
  • Convoluted villain: While Bane is a formidable physical threat, his motivations are somewhat muddled. He lacks the psychological complexity of antagonists like Joker and Ra's al Ghul.
  • Ending leaves room for debate: The film's conclusion is somewhat ambiguous and may not resonate with everyone.

Overall:
The Dark Knight Rises is a visually impressive and thematically rich superhero film. It's a worthy conclusion to Nolan's trilogy, even if it doesn't quite surpass the brilliance of The Dark Knight. The film is well-acted, action-packed, and raises interesting questions about heroism and sacrifice. Whether you're a die-hard Batman fan or a casual moviegoer, The Dark Knight Rises is a visually stunning and thought-provoking film that's definitely worth watching.

Recommendation:
If you enjoy superhero films with a strong focus on character development, social commentary, and stunning visuals, then The Dark Knight Rises is a film for you. However, if you prefer a tighter plot and a more clear-cut villain, you might find it slightly overstuffed.

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