The Dark Knight Rises
On July 16th, the long-awaited sequel to the world-famous The Dark Knight (2008), was finally released.
Set 8 years after the The Dark Knight’s story line, one of the Batman’s own mentor’s students who goes by the name of Bane, reigns terror upon the city of Gotham. The Batman is needed once again.
The Dark Knight Rises(2012) was directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David S. Goyer.
Based on the DC Comics series ‘Batman’, the film is the third and final in Nolan’s Batman film trilogy.
Throughout the world The Dark Knight Rises has earned over a billion US Dollars, from which over 445million in the USA.
Worldwide, it is the seventh-highest-grossing film of all time and the second-highest-grossing film of 2012, with a worldwide opening weekend of nearly 9 million.
The film’s budget was 0-300 million.
The genre of the film is Sci-Fi and action.
The movie takes place in the city of Gotham, in the same era as the present, even though there are nonexistent weapons.
“Jim Gordon: ...but shouldn't the people of Gotham know who the hero was that saved their city?
Batman: A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended. “
Batman a.k.a. Bruce Wayne Christian Bale
Commissioner Gordon Gary Oldman
Bane Tom Hardy
Blake Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Selina Anne Hathaway
Fox Morgan Freeman
Miranda Marion Cotillard
Alfred Michael Caine
n.b. main characters are in bold
Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, organized crime has nearly disappeared in Gotham City because of the Dent Act. With the death of Harvey Dent, Batman died out too, as he was no longer needed. The city could hold his own.
Gordon feels guilty about the cover-up about Dent’s crimes, but decides the city is not yet ready for it.
While trying to chase down thugs in the sewers of Gotham City, Gordon gets captured by Bane’s men. Gordon manages to escape the sewers, but heavily injured. A police officer called John Blake finds Gordon, and brings him to the hospital. While healing in the hospital, Gordon promotes Blake to detective.
Wayne Enterprises, owned by Bruce Wayne (also known by the viewer as the Batman), is nearly bankrupt after Bruce invested in an energy project, a fusion reactor. However, after the reactor could also be used as a nuclear bomb, the project was shut down.
In an attempt to stop Bruce from returning as the Batman, Bruce’s butler, Alfred, resigns, leaving Bruce alone to stop Bane.
After Bane attacks a stock exchange, he uploads a virus which renders Bruce’s company, and thus Bruce, bankrupt.
In search of Bane, Batman asks Selina, a burglar, to lead him to Bane in exchange for a device that would erase every trace of her on every database on the world.
Instead, Selina leads him to a trap, so that Bane would not kill her.
Bane reveals he knows Batman’s true identity, and will (attempt) to destroy Gotham, which was both Batman’s and Bane’s mentors’, mission. Bane breaks Batmans back and sends him to a prison, where Bane grew up.
Meanwhile, Bane manages to trap nearly all of Gothams’ police force underground. Having isolated Gotham from the rest of the world, Bane reveals to have stolen Wayne Enterprice’s fusion reactor, and modified it so that it would serve as a nuclear bomb. Bane also releases all the prisoners in the local prison, and reveals the cover-up of Dent’s crimes, in order to start a revolution amongst the population.
Bruce spends months healing in the prison, while training himself for his escape. Eventually he manages to indeed escape, and together with Selina, Blake, Tate, Gordon and Fox he attempts to stop the nuclear bomb. Together they also manage to release the trapped policemen underground.
After a massive fight between good and evil, Batman seemed to win from Bane, but just before he could finish it, Tate comes to Bane’s aid, revealing she was Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, whom was also Batman’s and Bane’s mentor. Tate was also carrying the remote detonator for the bomb.
Just when Tate presses the button to detonate the bomb, Gordon blocks Tate’s detonator using a special device.
Due to corrosion effects however, the bomb would still go off because of the destabilized core. In an attempt to still save Gotham, Batman uses a helicopter-like vehicle to throw the bomb into the sea outside the city.
Batman succeeds and is praised a hero, while his true identity, Bruce, is assumed killed by the riots.
Overall it was a great film, with a lot of action, as well as a good story line. It is one of my favorite films I have ever seen, mainly due to the great story line and acting.
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