What Did You Think Of The Dark Knight Rises?

The Dark Knight Rises is the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's three-part Batman saga. There's a new bad guy, a swathe of new gadgets and a whole new Batman. So what did you think of it?

The Plot:

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The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. Batman hasn't been seen in almost a decade after he was framed for the "murder" of Harvey Dent. Dent is still being held up as a hero in the city of Gotham and Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) feels pretty average about lying to the city all this time.

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) isn't the man he used to be. He's weak from being Batman and half-broke from a bad energy project he built and keeps hidden, fearing that it may be used as a bomb. Wayne hides in his mansion while benefits and parties are thrown downstairs, and on Harvey Dent Day, Wayne is robbed by a woman posing as a member of the staff for the party. Her name is Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman.

In the meantime, a hulking, masked man known as Bane is captured by the CIA and questioned in connection with the scientist who developed Wayne Enterprises' energy device. Bane breaks out of custody in the coolest plane sequence ever made for film and takes his operation down into the sewers of Gotham.

When Bane strikes the Gotham City Stock Exchange in a bid to bankrupt Bruce Wayne, Batman dusts off his cape and goes after the bad guys, only to be chased down by the entire GCPD. Gordon pursues Bane and is shot in the process, only to be saved by officer everyman, John Blake, who Gordon promotes to detective. Our caped hero meanwhile escapes and regroups back at Wayne Manor, before a teary Alfred begs Bruce to give up being the bat. Bruce throws Alfred out and he begins his hunt for Bane again.

Batman falls into Bane's trap after Catwoman led him there and we're forced to watch our favourite hero get the living bat kicked out of him. Bane imprisons Batman — who he now knows to be Bruce Wayne — in an underground prison.

As every single cop in Gotham conveniently converges on the sewer system looking for Bane, the madman's evil plan is revealed by Blake. Bane triggers a series of explosions around the city, destroying a stadium (which looks amazing) while sealing the cops in the sewer system. How convenient.

Wayne heals himself over time and climbs out of the pit, all the while learning about Bane's origin. He travels back to Gotham to rescue the city now under siege by Bane who says he's handing the city back to the people who are all too terrified to leave their homes. Batman gathers his crew to devise a plan that will prevent the energy reactor-become-bomb from blowing up the city.

I won't spoil anything past here because it's actually a really great ending that I don't think my words can do justice to.

There's so many great little things going on in the Batman universe that it's almost sad to see it over

It's interesting to note, however, that the tone of each film is set by the nature of the villain. Ra's al Ghul was a quiet, mysterious villain with a plan to destroy Gotham with the League of Shadows, meaning that Batman Begins was similarly mysterious yet with a touch of nobility to it, because we learnt about the man who lifted himself out of adverse circumstances to fight crime. The Joker was clever as a fox and his plans were incredibly detailed, as a result, the second film reflected that intelligence. Bane, however, is an agile, violent villain with a plan that moves at breakneck speed with many players involved. As a result, the film travels at such a quick pace you can really feel the gear changes between scenes sometimes.

Enough of what I think, what do you think? Was Bane a good villain? How was Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle? Were there any cool gadgets you like? Did you see the ending coming? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments

    R.I.P Alfred

    It was a predictable load of cliche-ridden old b*ll*cks. Cr*p.

    Was alright, not great but not bad. Bane felt a bit weak and personally I still found him incredibly difficult to make out, which in turn made it difficult to just sit there engrossed in the film as I was struggling too much to hear what he was saying.

    I'll probably need to re-watch it with subtitles. Still, not a bad film.

    I saw it two days ago. Would have been much better with the middle half hour cut out of it.

    Banes voice was muffled and hard to understand.

    The fight scenes between BM and Bane were crap.

    The last 20 minutes were good but too little too late.

    6/10

      The fight scenes are probably the most realistic of any movie in the past 20 years. You are just used to over choreographed kung fu.

    The original comic version of Bane was little more than a steroid junkie with no personality and I have vowed NEVER to acknowledge DC's feeble attempt to have him become a "cool" Batman villain.

    I loved it. Not as good as the second but how do you top that? Still awesome movie.

    The movie overall was far too long for what it was, people who say they enjoyed it must be as blind as a bat itself. The cinematography is terrible and scenes don't make sense, for example when the woman at the end wanted to activate the bomb....well call your truck driver and tell him to stop instead lets jump from one vehicle to that truck and do it that way with the heroes coming after me. Good job

    I want to know who the guy in the mask is and what they did with Bane.

    Seriously, whut. The guy has nothing in common with any incarnation of Bane other than "He wears a mask".

    This movie felt as theough there were a bunch of half ridiculous ideas and all thrown together with no connection, first a 10 year old girl makes the prison jump but a full grown adult with extensive ninja training keeps failing the jump but the whole purpose of the jump was to match Bane in his badness, we later find out it was Miranda that made the jump but she looked ridiculously unfit and did not suit the part, at least the twist should of been catwoman who had some serious skills and badass attitude, secondly the cop crowd charged 2 batmobile with machine gun cannons and a whole bunchof armed militia, who in the world would charge machine gun cannons and survive? The trade centre hold up was ridiculous, what kind of strategy was that??? where the hell did they get motorbikes from??? why would you charge out of the trade centre front doors with a hostage that could of self jumped off the bike..... why didnt anyone just shoot bane with a gun? Why did Miranda spend her whole life buinding up a company which seemed so rich that could easily buy up the whole entire govt and its police force or hire a massive amount of mercinaries.... or even develop a nuclear weapon.... how hard could it be seriously... then Bruce kisses Miranda... where the hell did that come from.... ?? was their a spark of chemistry i missed somewhere?

    I thought the movie was almost perfect in every way, i loved the relationship between Alfred and Bruce and how they made that an important part of the movie,and excellent villian, and i also loved how they showed batman in more light....because in the other movies you hardly got to see him or he would always be in the dark. the only two things i did not like was 1: Anne Hathaway as catwoman (i just dont think she suited the part) and 2: (MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!!!) I think when batman "dies" at the end, he should have stayed dead, i think it would have been more heroic if he had actually died to save gotham...but i know that its not possible to kill off batman because....wel obviously you cant

    Just got around to watching it yesterday, its very weak, worst of the three by far. 9/10 on imdb, prolly best example of bad film high rating due to fanbois.

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