The Dark Knight Rises: Film Review

* This review is dedicated to the victims in Aurora, Colorado. My heart goes out to all of them and their families.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman

Synopsis: It has been 8 years since Batman (Christian Bale) took the blame for Harvey Dent’s crimes and he is long since retired leaving the city in the hands of Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman). A rival of Wayne Enterprises has hired the mercenary Bane (Tom Hardy) to cause mayhem throughout Gotham. He also hires expert thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) to steal Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints all in an attempt to seize control of Wayne Enterprises. After it becomes clear that Bane is going to be to much for the Police to handle Batman comes out of retirement against the wishes of his longtime friend Alfred (Michael Caine). After their first confrontation Bane severly injures the Batman and exiles him from the city. After taking Gotham by force Bane forms and army that will give control of Gotham to the people. Batman returns with an army of his own and wages all out war in an effort to defeat Bane.

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Review: I went and saw this last night and I have to say I have been waiting for this movie since The Dark Knight and I wasn’t disappointed. This is by far the best third chapter of a superhero series even though there isn’t tons of competition on that front. Tom Hardy stole the show in my opinion he was just amazing as Bane the ferocity of his performance coupled with his massive size made for one of the most intimidating villains in a long time. Christian Bale brings the goods again as Batman and the core cast of Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are great as usual.  Anne Hathaway does a very good job as Catwoman but she couldn’t top Michelle Pfeiffer. This is just a very satifying end to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and I suggest you go see it because there won’t be anything like this for a while. A+