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.
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|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:||Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, Bob Kane|
|In Theaters:||Jul 20, 2012 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 3, 2012|
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as Alfred Pennyworth
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as Miranda Tate
as John Blake
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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).
Nothing here compares to the spastic, crackling electricity of the interrogation scene between Batman and the Joker in "The Dark Knight."
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.
Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises
A perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies in history, "The Dark Knight Rises" balances smarts, action and emotion with expert precision.
"Rises" may not be a great movie on its own. As a standalone story it feels incomplete and without the existence of the prior two chapters it would be vacant emotionally. "Rises" manages to also improve the stature of first entry "Batman Begins" and cements "The Dark Knight"'s status of one of the best superhero films in history.
Set eight years since the conclusion of "The Dark Knight", "Rises" finds Bruce Wayne in depressed hiding, still recovering from losing his true love and sacrificing his alter ego's reputation for the sake of Gotham City. But his sacrifice is only a temporary solution as there's terror threatening to rise and destroy Gotham City. Wayne/Batman is inspired to come out of hiding as a cat burglar awakens his libido and arouses his curiosity.
The story is not as strong as "The Dark Knight" was but the themes are connected and Nolan is able to complete his trilogy puzzle quite ably. Tom Hardy puts some affected touches on Bane, but it works.
"The Dark Knight Rises" ends one of the best superhero trilogies in dark but appropriate fashion.
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.
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