Thursday, June 28, 2012


By D.E.Levine

The third in the Batman franchise by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is a thoughtful and though-provoking commentary on modern morality as well as being an adventure thriller and disaster epic.

Filled with dazzling adventure sequences and breathtaking special effects, the film attempts to do so much that it fails to achieve its rather lofty goals.

Set in a post-911 Gotham where there are encompassing fears of terrorism and economic collapse, the film addresses the real world fears of terrorism and economic collapse that currently exist.

Taking place eight years after the last one (The Dark Knight) ended, when Batman (Christian Bale) took the blame for crimes committed by DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and Dent has been memorialized as an almost saint and all around good guy.

As a result, the reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne remains in seclusion, looked after by trusty butler Alfred (Michael Caine).

With peace and prosperity in Gotham, and the disappearance of organized crime, the city is now threatened by a terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy) and a cat burglar Selina Kaye (Anne Hathaway) who seem to be in cahoots.

Wayne has some allies - the business manager and inventor Lucius Fox,  police chief Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman),Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate (Marion Cottilar the d) and an idealistic rookie cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Many of the scenes evoke memories of real life scenarios such as Occupy Wall Street and Nolan covers admirable themes, however, he lingers too long on the action scenes of car chases, fistfights and car chases.

Also, while some people have commented that it's bold for Nolan to show a comic book super hero with real life melancholy, to the true Batman follower, their hero was trained by masters in Tibet, survived imprisonment and many adversities and frankly, the Batman here seems wimpy and not the type of character you'd want to follow or align yourself with in the future.

It's a summer release and provides entertainment and a cool afternoon or evening, but misses the mark the film is going for in its deeper issues.