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The Dark Knight Rises

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Director: Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy

Cast: Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy


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Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes with this Warner Brothers release that finds The Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe possessed of tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman (


Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes with this Warner Brothers release that finds The Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe possessed of tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman (Christian Bale) watches from the shadows as the Dent Act keeps the streets of Gotham City free of crime. Meanwhile, an elusive cat burglar seizes the chance to strike, and a masked anarchist plots a devastating series of attacks designed to lure Bruce Wayne out of the shadows. Determined not to abandon the people who he once risked his life to protect, The Dark Knight emerges from his self-imposed exile ready to fight. But Bane (Tom Hardy) is ready, too, and once Batman is within his grasp, he will do everything in his power to break Gotham City's shadowy savior. Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Gary Oldman return in a sequel also starring Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Christopher Nolan concludes his Bat trilogy with a nearly three-hour opus that focuses just as much on Gotham as it does the Caped Crusader. Indeed, the hero spends a good deal of time sidelined in his own picture. Nolan's vision is another grand crime tale, yet he shoots for bloat while going for broke in the final installment -- all without a charismatic villain the likes of the Joker (who carried the previous film) or the one-two punch of Liam Neeson and the Scarecrow, whose mad gas gave Batman Begins a terrifying touch. Here audiences are given Bane, a ridiculously voiced brawler whose menace rings more hollow than not. Thankfully, Anne Hathaway brings some life to the proceedings as Catwoman, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt adds much to Rises when Batman is not around. Fans of the series might be satisfied with what they find in the film, but that doesn't mean that there aren't valid criticisms to be found in this lofty, yet meandering third outing. The action picks up eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, with the death of Harvey Dent allowing the government to pass the Dent Act, which has helped to clean up organized crime within the city. Batman remains an outlaw; still blamed for the district attorney's death, while the man behind the mask, Bruce Wayne, has turned into a crippled recluse. Only after a burglar (Hathaway) steals his fingerprints does the Bat come out of the cave again, just in time to confront an underground group of terrorists fronted by Bane (played by Tom Hardy), a masked muscleman who takes down Wall Street while also taking all of Bruce Wayne's fortune away from him. Meanwhile, a beat cop (Gordon-Levitt) does much of the detective work on the anarchists while Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) lays in the hospital recovering from his own run-in with Bane. Soon Gotham finds itself cut off from the rest of the world, with both the cops and Batman out of commission to help them, while the maniac Bane stages an event that will level the city if he's not stopped. So we have a madman who is committed to taking the riches away from the wealthy -- except that doesn't figure much into his final goal. While The Dark Knight was the answer to a post-9/11 world, the third film takes cues from its own modern political landscape, but it ends up being a grab-bag rather than a statement. All of this wouldn't be such an issue if the movie wasn't intended to draw parallels. And just where does Batman figure into all of this? Good question! The structure of the film puts the main character in a loop of not being a hero, then being a hero, then not being a hero, and then back to being a hero again. It seems that Nolan is much more interested in what happens to a city in the hands of a madman rather than having much to do with the main character. Even without its Batman problems, there are still inconsistencies that are big (jumps in logic connecting two main characters) and small (characters audiences didn't know suddenly being referenced as if they are important), making it seem that the director's original vision was even longer. Emotionally it remains cold, even when characters are blubbering with awkward tears. On the plus side, Wally Pfister's cinematography is stunning, with all other technical aspects being top form -- especially Hans Zimmer's exceptional score, which pulses through each scene. To his detriment, Nolan is either unconcerned with delivering bravura popcorn moments -- or he's just bad at it. In the same year where The Avengers wowed audiences with one crowd-pleasing moment after the next, The Dark Knight Rises is intent on being subdued and without humor. The film's sprawling size is equally fascinating and frustrating. Rises is not the masterstroke that many consider The Dark Knight to be. That said -- time constraints aside -- it is absolutely the film that Nolan set out to make. And that remains as important as any criticisms leveled against it.

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Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

- The Journey of Bruce Wayne

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Bruce Wayne/Batman
Anne Hathaway Selina
Tom Hardy Bane
Marion Cotillard Miranda
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Blake
Michael Caine Alfred
Gary Oldman Commissioner Gordon
Morgan Freeman Fox
Liam Neeson Ra's al Ghul
Juno Temple Jen
Nestor Carbonell Mayor
Burn Gorman Stryver
Josh Pence Ra's Al Ghul (young)
Matthew Modine Foley
Tom Conti Prisoner
Joey King Older Prison Child
Chris Ellis Fr. Reilly
Brett Cullen Congressman
Josh Stewart Barsad
Daniel Sunjata Captain Jones
Ben Mendelsohn Daggett

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Kevin de la Noy Executive Producer
Jordan Goldberg Co-producer
David S. Goyer Original Story
Zak Grobler Art Director
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Kavanaugh Production Designer
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Josh Lusby Art Director
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
Jonathan Nolan Screenwriter
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Lee Smith Editor
Emma Thomas Producer
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Dean Wolcott Art Director
Robert Woodruff Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dark Knight Rises
1. Scene 1 [9:02]
2. Scene 2 [10:05]
3. Scene 3 [11:07]
4. Scene 4 [10:51]
5. Scene 5 [10:00]
6. Scene 6 [9:19]
7. Scene 7 [9:30]
8. Scene 8 [10:12]
9. Scene 9 [10:45]
10. Scene 10 [8:24]
11. Scene 11 [9:32]
12. Scene 12 [11:22]
13. Scene 13 [10:25]
14. Scene 14 [8:24]
15. Scene 15 [11:01]
16. Scene 16 [6:35]
17. Scene 17 [7:40]


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The Dark Knight Rises 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this wasn't that bad. It was actually pretty good. The acting, the pacing, the action and well, the story and characters were interesting. Could of been a little better but the movie was pretty good overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie was the most boring and poorly made movie I have ever had the misfortune of watching. Never again will I watch a movie by Christopher Nolan. I really wish he would stop ruining all of dcs movies. They need to get someone else to start directing their movies. And just a question why does batman get his ass kicked throughout the whole movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great film. This is the best of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy come back and are excellent as usual. Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard are great in the roles they are in. Christopher Nolan was able to make the each Batman film better than the last. Watch the films in order: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and you will see a great story unfold. Like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings before it, The Dark Knight Trilogy is an epic achievement in Filmmaking and Story telling with great people in front the camera and behind the camera. I recommend this to any Batman fan, Nolan fan and any film fan in general. You won't be disappointed.
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Knight-2000 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. Look forward to seeing where Warner Brothers takes the Dark Knight after the Nolan movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman are the only things saving this movie. Lots of sizzle (3 hours worth) and little steak. Christian "Batman" Bale seems to be phoning it in and his voice is so husky that you can barely understand what he's saying. It felt as if no one really wanted to make this movie, but knew that they had to, as if it was a chore. The climax of the movie is short-lived and barely existent. Hollywood's new fad is getting into the psychology of characters. That was refreshing, but it seems to have become a formula rather than a creative thought that this reviewer is not buying.
SasquatchLovin More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!! The Dark Night is written well for a comic book movie, but it's not the best movie ever!
movieboywon More than 1 year ago
Almost 3hrs long. Not worthy of that. Titanic, Gone with the wind, JFK are worth 3hrs. Not this! You wont want to watch it more than once. The first one was also too long, but better than this one. They will make another one, Hollywood needs lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Kadty More than 1 year ago
Fantastic conclusion to this trilogy.  I've watched it three times since it came out on DVD!
SamLowry More than 1 year ago
This groundbreaking series comes to its epic finale where Christopher Nolan finally lets his reach exceed his grasp. While still immensely entertaining, The Dark Knight Rises is a movie full of great ideas but poor execution. The writing, something that was spectacular in the previous entries of the series finds itself playing out here like we're watching a live action rough draft of what will become a great movie down the road. Character motivations are all over the place, no one really has any time to breathe, and some of the dialogue is so cheesy you feel like you're watching a Marvel movie. There's a fantastic movie in here somewhere, but this is the flawed finale to a great series.