Batman Begins

Batman Begins

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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes

     
 

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The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City.…  See more details below

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The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage and bent on retribution until encouraged by his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), to search for answers beyond his own personal vendettas. Wayne eventually finds discipline in the Far East under the tutelage of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows who guides him in the study of martial arts -- and the ways in which an ordinary man can hone his senses to an almost superhuman acuity. After seven years away from Gotham, Wayne returns, determined to bring peace and safety back to the city. With the help of his faithful manservant, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a scientist at his late father's corporation, Wayne develops a secret identity as Batman, a masked fighter for justice. But when a shady psychiatrist (Cillian Murphy) joins forces with the criminal underworld, Wayne realizes that putting an end to their nefarious plans will be very difficult indeed. Batman Begins also features Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon and Tom Wilkinson as the crime boss Carmine Falcone.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A sizable number of critics and fans alike have called Batman Begins the greatest comic-book movie ever made, a claim that would be difficult to dispute even if we wanted to. The film has been made without any trace of condescension or campiness by Christopher Nolan, a talented director whose previous thrillers, Insomnia and Memento, both bear the noirish hallmarks he brings to Batman's origin. The story begins with multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) drifting around the Orient and winding up in the mountain fortress of Ra's Al Ghul, the enigmatic head of a vigilante fighting force devoted to exterminating evil without regard for the niceties of due process. Wayne trains with these warriors but spurns their offer of membership, instead returning to his hometown, Gotham City, to wage his own secret war against the criminals that have overrun it. And to do that he decides to become...well, you know. It's great to see such a film brought to the screen with a serious tone and respect for the underlying property; a respect Nolan underscores by casting A-list actors in the supporting roles. Oscar winner Michael Caine does fine work as Wayne's butler, Alfred, whose wry sense of humor isn't overlooked by the screenwriters. Liam Neeson plays Henri Ducard, the front man for Ra's Al Ghul and Wayne's primary instructor. Morgan Freeman appears as Lucius Fox, a Wayne family confidant who helps the grimly determined scion adopt his new identity by secretly furnishing state-of-the-art gadgetry. The earnest performances of these superlative actors -- along with those of supporting players Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Gary Oldman, and Rutger Hauer -- lends Batman Begins credibility usually absent from comic-book adaptations. This Batman is truly a frightening figure, an eerie apparition of the night that swoops from the sky and takes human form to pummel his prey. Destructive but non-lethal, he cuts a wide swath through Gotham's underworld while maintaining the pose of irresponsible playboy Bruce Wayne. Here, finally, is a Batman movie that gets it right. Those who grew up with the character as depicted in the '60s TV show might find Bale's incarnation a trifle too revisionist, but it's actually a whole lot closer to the Dark Knight created for the comics by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939. And we approve heartily.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The Dark Knight lives again with Batman Begins, a stunning big-screen reintroduction that resurrects a crippled franchise and does justice to the legacy of the dark Caped Crusader. Director Christopher Nolan and writer David Goyer boldly turn their backs on Burton's inspired gothic styling and Schumacher's gaudy odes to camp and instead weave the character into a convincing modern world that acts as an enticing base for what's to come. Though the design might seem a bit jarring, the pair sells it all thanks to the grounded context they've laid out; it doesn't hurt that the flick is a virtual who's who of Hollywood, with heavyweights lending their credibility to each role as this new universe is established for the crime fighter. Batman himself is one mean, angry machine, played to a hilt by Christian Bale. While the character's voice has its on-and-off moments, for the most part, Bale delivers a solid study of the vigilante billionaire. Supporting him effortlessly in their roles are such stalwarts as Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Liam Neeson, who shine in an abundance of solid performances. And while easily the weakest link the otherwise top-notch cast, the young Katie Holmes surely handles one of the most poignant lines in reference to who and what Bruce Wayne really is; just one moment out of many that nails the core of what makes the mythos tick. In fact, the results are downright frightening at times, adding to the excitement of how different this version feels. For everything it does right, the movie does have a few shortfalls, starting with the furiously edited action scenes. While Nolan tried to capture the criminal's confusion, far too often the close flashes of breathless cuts overload on too much visual chaos for the audience to register. Some have fault with the music as well, with both James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer collaborating on an eclectic score that features no driving superhero theme (though one was originally written). In their defense, this isn't the kind of rousing piece of work that deserves that kind of pageantry, nor should its exclusion take away from their otherwise superlative work. DC Comics finally has a film worthy of Marvel's most successful theatrical outings, and if this and the zinger that's at the end of the movie is any indication, there's plenty more good stuff on the way.
New York Times
It's amazing what an excellent cast, a solid screenplay and a regard for the source material can do for a comic book movie. Manohla Dargis
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

This is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed. The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
UPC:
0883929017690
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:20:00
Sales rank:
42,883

Special Features

The Dark Knight Prologue

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Batman/Bruce Wayne
Liam Neeson Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer Earle
Ken Watanabe Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Flass
Linus Roache Thomas Wayne
Morgan Freeman Lucius Fox
Gus Lewis Bruce Wayne (age 8)
Michael Caine Alfred Pennyworth
Larry Holden D.A. Fisk
Sara Stewart Martha Wayne
Richard Brake Joe Chill

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Screenwriter
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Peter Francis Art Director
Larry Franco Producer
David S. Goyer Original Story,Screenwriter
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Paul Kirby Art Director
Cliff Lanning Asst. Director
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Dominic Masters Art Director
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Lee Smith Editor
Lucinda Syson Casting
Emma Thomas Producer
Cheryl A. Tkach Associate Producer
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Su Whitaker Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Batman Begins 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Holy Reboot Batman! This is the best Batman movie ever. After the disappointed movie of Batman and Robin, Christopher Nolan did an excellent job in writing and directing this movie. Christian Bale did an excellent job performance as Batman. i love Batman and I'm a big fan of the Dark Knight.
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DannyAlabaster More than 1 year ago
Good script, acting, cinematography, direction--Christopher Nolan is great. Bought it as soon as it came out.
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TheReturnOfStryker More than 1 year ago
amazing movie from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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First of all, let me just say that I loved Tim Burton's two Batman films. I loved his vision of Gotham City being dark and gritty, much like the people who inhabit it. Loving these movies so much, I was just a bit skeptical of this movie directed by Christopher Nolan. I knew that he was a great independent filmmaker who specialized in great character studies and terrific atmospheres, but that might not translate into a great action movie. However, he turned out to be just the man for the job. He not only provided thrill seekers with incredible action scenes, but he also gave people a real inside look into Bruce Wayne's psychology. The film was appropriately dark, just like a comic book. Christian Bale proved himself to be the best Bruce Wayne/Batman combination ever to grace the screen, and the supporting cast was excellent. Ultimately, this was a fantastic experience that proved a hit with fans of action, comic books, Batman, and fine film alike. I'll definitely be picking this up on DVD. The deluxe edition, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't help but go to see this movie in the theater a second time to make sure it was as good as it seemed the first time around (it was). It's a superhero movie that even non-fans will enjoy, since the characters are so well sketched out by a terrific script and a killer all-star cast. The movie's contemporary setting and realism take the Batman story into the realm of near-plausibility. The director, Christopher Nolan, clearly took these characters and the story very seriously and has a sincere respect for them to which audiences really respond. There are also several great, unexpected moments of tenderness and wit. Overall, one of the top three superhero movies of all time (the other two appear below)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, this was the best Batman, no best super hero movie ever! Christian Bale is a tremeandous actor in this movie. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. There is lots of action and you really see what Batman's past was really like. 5 stars to Batman Begins. If you like any of the other Batman movies you will love this one 10 times more! It really makes the other ones look like a joke. See it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The key to Batman's longevity has always been his ability to strike fear in the hearts and minds of all criminals and someone finally got it right. What a great job by Christian Bale and for that matter the rest of the cast. This is the only Batman flick where "I" was afraid of Batman. Key scene- what I call the Cop Yo-Yo. The intensity on Bale's face made me a believer as I had publicly disagreed with a Brit playing the role of Batman. It's like asking an American to play James Bond, but I digress. Even friends of mine who don't like comics enjoyed this film immensely. Can't wait to see Batman go up against the Joker next time around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit, when I first saw advertisements for this movie I did not want to see it. I loved Spiderman and Superman, but at Batman I drew the line. However, I went to see it with a friend and was surprised. Surprised that it was AWESOME that is! It wasn't all based on his high-tech gadjets, though there were some good ones, but on Batman himself, how he grew and how he changed. It was perfect. A great film. Perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best Batman movie ever! I wasn't thrilled about Christian Bale when I saw the previews but he did the role justice. And I have it on good authority that he's signed on for 2 more Batman movies! Batman Continues...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 60s'Batman show was fun when you're little & know not of the comics, but today it's nothing more than a parody of the Dark Knight. Tim Burton's two films were awesome as Burton's trademark gothic style mirrors the world the caped crusader lives in & although Michael Keaton actually played a good Batman, his take was more of a straight-up brawler then a shadowy menace & his Bruce Wayne wasn't what you see in the comics. Shumacher's Batman Forever was a fun foray with Jim Carrey stealing the show as a unforgettable Riddler. But Batman & Robin seemed to kill hopes for future Bat-Films..until Chris Nolan & Chris Bale swooped in to save the day AND franchise in true comic book tradition. This is who Batman really is: Menacing, Mysterious, Intelligent, Decieving, Unpredictable, putting fear into evil. Bale was born to play Batman & using his Wayne persona as a spoiled playboy cover is exactly how Bruce works. New Batmobile rocks. Can't wait for Batman vs. Joker, but can anyone really top Nicholson's masterful & classic performance? If this Batman was cool, just imagine what Superman Returns will be like!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely the best Batman movie I've ever seen. Bale is also the finest actor to ever wear the suit. All other Batman movies pale in comparison to this version. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better in comparison to the other 4 movies (2 by Tim Burton and 2 by Joel Schumacher). Action packed but also a well told story to go with it. Great supporting along with the lead Christian Bale make this one a must see for all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Plain and simple, THIS is the REAL Batman the way it should have been from the start...5 Stars, Excellent! If you read Old-School Batman comics then you will appreciate this movie. Hopefully any Batman movies made from this point on are done "Old-School" just like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of all the batman films, finally makes you believe that batman can work on the silver screen. Have been waiting along time to see Batman fight THE SCARECROW. OF course the only way to go is the special edition dvd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got tired of begging my friends to go see the movie... maybe now they can see for themselves that it's awesome. Thank you Batman.