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The Dark Knight Rises - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Christian Bale reprises his dual role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in this epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy. Set eight years on from the events of the 2008 film 'The Dark Knight', the film sees Batman returning to save Gotham City from the evil clutches of brutal terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) and his enigmatic sidekick, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). However, Batman's ability to act as an avenging angel is curtailed by the fact that he is now on Gotham City Police Department's Most Wanted list, having assumed responsibility for the crimes of deceased District Attorney Harvey Dent. The all-star supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Of all the "most anticipated" movies ever claiming that title, it's hard to imagine one that has caused so much speculation and breathless expectation as Christopher Nolan's final chapter to his magnificently brooding Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Though it may not rise to the level of the mythic grandeur of its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises is a truly magnificent work of cinematic brilliance that commandingly completes the cycle and is as heavy with literary resonance as it is of-the-moment insight into the political and social affairs unfolding on the world stage. That it is also a full-blown and fully realized epic crime drama packed with state-of-the-art action relying equally on immaculate CGI fakery and heart-stopping practical effects and stunt work makes its entrée into blockbuster history worthy of all the anticipation and more. It deserves all the accolades it will get for bringing an opulently baroque view of a comic book universe to life with sinister effectiveness.
Set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, TDK Rises finds Bruce Wayne broken in spirit and body from his moral and physical battle with the Joker. Gotham City is at peace primarily because Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent's murder, allowing the former district attorney's memory to remain as a crime-fighting hero rather than the lunatic destructor he became as Two-Face. But that meant Batman's cape and cowl wound up in cold storage--perhaps for good--with only police commissioner Jim Gordon in possession of the truth. The threat that faces Gotham now is by no means new; as deployed by the intricate script that weaves themes first explored in Batman Begins, fundamental conflicts that predate his own origins are at the heart of the ultimate struggle that will leave Batman and his city either triumphant or in ashes. It is one of the movie's greatest achievements that we really don't know which way it will end up until its final exhilarating moments. Intricate may be an understatement in the construction of the script by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. The multilayered story includes a battle for control of Wayne Industries and the decimation of Bruce Wayne's personal wealth; a destructive yet potentially earth-saving clean energy source; a desolate prison colony on the other side of the globe; terrorist attacks against people, property, and the world's economic foundation; the redistribution of wealth to the 99 percent; and a virtuoso jewel thief who is identified in every way except name as Catwoman. Played with saucy fun and sexy danger by Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle is sort of the catalyst (!) for all the plot threads, especially when she whispers into Bruce's ear at a charity ball some prescient words about a coming storm that will tear Gotham asunder. As unpredictable as it is sometimes hard to follow, the winds of this storm blow in a raft of diverse and extremely compelling new characters (including Selina Kyle) who are all part of a dance that ends with the ballet of a cataclysmic denouement. Among the new faces are Marion Cotillard as a green-energy advocate and Wayne Industries board member and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a devoted Gotham cop who may lead Nolan into a new comic book franchise. The hulking monster Bane, played by Tom Hardy with powerful confidence even under a clawlike mask, is so much more than a villain (and the toughest match yet for Batman's prowess). Though he ends up being less important to the movie's moral themes and can't really match Heath Ledger's maniacal turn as Joker, his mesmerizing swagger and presence as demonic force personified are an affecting counterpoint to the moral battle that rages within Batman himself. Christian Bale gives his most dynamic performance yet as the tortured hero, and Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Gordon), and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) all return with more gravitas and emotional weight than ever before. Then there's the action. Punctuated by three or four magnificent set pieces, TDKR deftly mixes the cinematic process of providing information with punches of pow throughout (an airplane-to-airplane kidnap/rescue, an institutional terrorist assault and subsequent chase, and the choreographed crippling of an entire city are the above-mentioned highlights). The added impact of the movie's extensive Imax footage ups the wow factor, all of it kinetically controlled by Nolan and his top lieutenants Wally Pfister (cinematography), Hans Zimmer (composer), Lee Smith (editor), and Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh (production designers). The best recommendation TDKR carries is that it does not leave one wanting for more. At 164 minutes, there's plenty of nonstop dramatic enthrallment for a single sitting. More important, there's a deep sense of satisfaction that The Dark Knight Rises leaves as the fulfilling conclusion to an absorbing saga that remains relevant, resonant, and above all thoroughly entertaining. --Ted FryATTENTION REQUIRED: The UV download for thiss product was expired on the 2nd December 2014 --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition. See all Product Description
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'War-Lord' ''Bane''(Tom Hardy) is imposing his will on the city.
'Bruce Wayne' (Christian Bale) has not had to resume his role as 'the Dark Knight'
till now that is.
He has to overcome the injuries he still carries from his previous activity 8-years
ago, he does need to put the Cape on again to save his beloved city.
Family servant and friend 'Alfred' (Michael Caine) expresses his concern for 'Bruce's'
safety, has 'Batman' met his match taking on 'Bane' ?
He will need the help of jewel thief 'Cat-Woman' (Anne Hathaway) despite her apparent
act of treachery along the way.
A superb visual treat for 'Bat-man' fans.
For such a densely plotted film, the story is haphazard. On one hand recycling elements from the Knightfall comic series, together with effluents (that should have been elements, but I'm going to let the autocorrect stand) from Frank Millers Dark Knight Returns while trying to tie all these disparate strands back to Batman Begins. The trouble is it makes very little sense. Knightfall was about batman being broken at the height of his powers. In TDKR, Batman is already broken before he is beaten by Bane. At the same time it doesn't do anything with the idea of an old batman either.
The most egregious scriptwriting crime is that all of this is achieved by jettisoning the characters and relationship dynamics established in the previous two instalments. Alfred vanishes partway through, following a revelation that seemed a few years too late to matter and Lucius Fox and Jim Gordon are barely in the film to warrant inclusion.
You get a sense that the death of Heath Ledger threw a spanner in the works of this production. There seems to be a sense of someone trying to paper over a massive hole in the ceiling and realising that the paper will only stretch so far before the whole lot collapses.
Sure, there's plenty of action but its difficult to care about any of it. Batman begins and the dark Knight had real tension and you knew what was at stake. Here, by the time the villain's plan is revealed you wonder why they just didn't blow up Gotham to start with.
Speaking of Bane, Tom Hardy might look the part but he must be the most overrated actor of recent times.Read more ›
The weakest of the three films, by far. The premise is on a par with The Dark Knight in terms of scope and scale, but the execution is much poorer. Whilst the plots of the previous two films could arguably stand up to critical scrutiny this one fails right from the get-go, from the atrociously incautious CIA agent to the remarkably flimsy plane. Later I noticed, without really intending to, two glaring production errors: Cat woman speaks when her lips are clearly not moving; and a henchman falls on his backside as though struck during a choreographed fight scene despite receiving not even a glance from an opponent.
All-in-all there seems to have been less effort put into this film than the prior two, and it shows. Pity. Maybe it was a little rushed?
Several of the players seemed to merely sleepwalk through their scenes, whilst the main villain was a typical pantomime type that should have stayed at home in the comics
Overall, a disappointment and one that I won't be viewing again.