The dark knight rises

The dark knight rises

Director: Christopher Nolan.; Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard

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Published: Fri 24 Aug 2012, 6:45 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:54 PM

Christopher Nolan concludes his Batman trilogy in typically spectacular, ambitious fashion with The Dark Knight Rises, but the feeling of frustration and disappointment is unshakable. Maybe nothing could have met the expectations established by 2008’s The Dark Knight, which revolutionised and set the standard for films based on comic books by being both high-minded and crowd-pleasing. With Christian Bale as his tortured superhero starting from 2005’s Batman Begins, Nolan has explored the complicated and conflicting motivations of man as well as the possibility of greatness and redemption within society.

Here, as director and co-writer, he’s unrelenting in hammering home the dread, the sorrow, the sense of detachment and futility of a city on the brink of collapse with no saviour in sight. With so many new characters who are all meant to function in significant ways that The Dark Knight Rises feels overloaded.

It does feature the kind of impeccable production values we’ve come to expect from Nolan’s films; but his approach is so coldly cerebral that it’s a detriment to the film’s emotional core. This is the problem when you’re an exceptional, visionary filmmaker. When you give people something extraordinary, they expect it every time. Anything short of that feels like a letdown.

The film is rated PG-13 for violence and action, sensuality and language. Running time: 164 minutes. — AP

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