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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    I personally thought it was the best of the trilogy. Seeing it a second time was probably even better than the first time, picking up on all the small details. The final minutes were crazy, had a rush of different emotions as it came to a close.
    Bane was great, his voice was cool as hell. Even better than the Joker, Tom Hardy played the role well.

    It felt as if the movie was taken in a hurry. The ending was just bleh, no real emotion in the climax. Its a good movie, not a great one.

    saw the midnight release at IMAX, by far the best of the 3. the IMAX experience made it so much more immense. Nolan did an amazing job, definitely made a feel a range of emotions. If you haven't seen it, you need to.

    The only real problem was that in both The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises had at exactly the same point in both films right near the end the exact same thing happens in regard to a nuke with the exact same pay-off.
    Now I realise that Avengers story was under tight wraps and TDKR would have finished shooting by the realise of Avengers, but it stood out like a thumb to me.
    Apart from that and the sad unavoidable lack of the Joker whom would have been great to have around when Bane released all the prisoners I thought the film was great and can hold its head up with the others in the trilogy and among the best super hero movies in general.
    Oh and Bane kicked ass.

      I have read that about the Avengers before, How long do people think it takes to edit and put in the effects into a movie. The shooting of the movie would have ended 6 months before being released.

      Have to disagree on the Joker part. I felt that his appearance (even if Heath was still with us) would have dampened the majesty of the previous performance, as his appearance would have at best been token (as was Scarecrows). Also the tone change would have been more dramatic that I think a lot of people think, i.e. the chaos that the Joker causes wouldn't have fit into the almost "ordered chaos" of Bane. My 2c anyway.

    it was terrible, long and lifeless, poorly written, bad dialogue, and bad acting; it's a shame the series had to end like that

      I agree 100%. This movie was truely awful. I liked the first two but this was a clear stinker.

        produce a better one
        or at least provide scene by scene, dialogue improvements

          I fucking hate this argument, if you can even call it that. 'You make a better one!', what, are you still in primary school? It's a forum for voicing your opinion, not for sucking off Christopher Nolan. There are going to be people with all different opinions. At least his comment had correct grammar.

      Good but not great. Long and at times felt segment

    Saw the movie last night. There are moments of greatness, but only fleeting.

    Lets start with the premise that Batman would retire after his girlfriend gets blown up. REALLY? You don't think that Batman would double down and become MORE focused on punishing criminals? Nolan tries to get us passed this with the "Dent Act" which magically cleared Gotham of all crime by locking up 1000 criminals without the chance of parole, but it never feels right.

    I'll leave the rest if the plot for someone else to spoil, suffice to say this Batman is a pussy. The fight scenes are poorly choreographed and feel like he's just going through the motions. And Batman's utility belt? Used once to no effect.

    Nolan has taken plot point from some of the best Batman stories ever told, including Knightfall, No Man's Land and The Dark Knight Returns. And he wastes every single one of them. My god, the wasted opportunities in this film depress me.

    All that said, I'll sti see it again

      I have to agree with everything said here. It was a good movie but with some real amateur mistakes.
      It was predictable and there were some major plot holes that defy explanation. I found it particularly unbelievable that the citizens of Gotham would so suddenly and so violently turn on each other, seemingly a ham-fisted allegory for the 'Occupy movement'.

        I think you missed the point entirely. The idea was the extension of that from DK, whereby a citizen or group of citizens controls the outcome of the lives of all the others. All the hate, anger, prejudice and poverty wells up in the down-trodden and people who believe they're "undeserved" of their station in life, whether they are or not, are given the power.

        The Occupy movement had nothing to do with this movie and its' a shame you think it was politically motivated as such.

          PS- I'm well aware the Occupy movement believe that is what they are. However, in reality, they are a political movement that is about wealth distribution. Not about the criminals and criminalistic believing they were hard done by, thanks to a "corrupt" justice system- like in Batman.

    Meh. It was OK. Lead villain a bit weak, the whole thing was 30 mins too long, and the plot felt very well-trodden.
    The horror-pit prison really wasn't that bad, the easy the cop guesses batmans identity was lame, and half of what bane said was unintelligible. Overall there whole thing felt a little thin.

    If Bane can break concrete with his fists, Batmans head should be pulp by now.

      That is only AFTER Btaman had broken Banes mask. Bane goes insane with pain and becomes more or less uncontrollable.

      You forget, Batman is ridiculously tank as well, and all that high-tech armour helps him as well.

    Couldn't get the image of the bat copter on the end of a crane that I saw in the making of out of my head. Also I thought the fight scenes were pretty rubbish and at one point one of banes tumblers blows a hole in the door of the prison but the explosion didn't match up with where the canon was aimed and destroyed the illusion for me. Then the timer is counting down on the nuke with barely minutes to go and they figure they'll just stand around and listen to Tahlias dieing words intead of trying to save the city.

      Also the part where the cops are running at the armed thugs and there's heaps of ricochet effects on the bitumen in front of them. I was thinking "why are they shooting at the ground and not the cops".

        could the reason most of banes army shot the ground not the police be because the majority of them were citizens who had joined banes cause after they found themselves with no police force there to help them, thus a reappearance of the police came as a conflict between the order they once knew and the order they had come to know.

          I think the majority of them would have been Blackgate prisoners, actually. People who absolutely loathed the police.

            Reading an article on this scene.... this was one of those rare modern film moments where no (little) CG was used... All the "people" you see, are actual people (a rarity in today's film making)...
            This leaves us with a single take opportunity, not wanting to stuff up the scene by hitting the front runner police until the fist fight starts...
            Not saying it was the best scene in history, but there is a reason...

              Yes, they might loath the Police. But we're not talking all murderers, child molesterers, pyschos and rapists here. Sure, we've got Scarecrow etc. who wouldn't think twice about shooting cops. But I'm sure there were money launderers, petty thieves, dodgy accountants, crooked cops and so, all who would be unwilling and maybe even sympathetic to cops. Of the 1000 prisoners who escaped, maybe 200 if that would've shot a cop. Plus maybe another 200 from Bane's men. The other 800 prisoners and 1000 or so citizens are likely to get in a punch up with coppers, but not kill them.

              I was a bit taken aback by all the ricochets too, but the scene is supposed to be symbolic of how good CAN triumph over ultimate evil.....if they all die by 400 guns (which, let's face it, even 3000 unarmed coppers would be demolished by that many) before they get close....doesn't really make much of a scene....

                Actually - its implied that they are just that. Blackgate was housing the worst of the worst, locked up under the dent act.

    Love the first 2 sequences, Darknight rises ... a bit boring, too much talking, no surprising factor, villain is not mean enough (remember how mean the Joker was? this guy is not even half as mean). Above all, i 'd say that it's better than LOL, but feel like a bit of a waste of money if watching at the cinema (not worth it)

      I actually thought Bane was pretty menacing.. I found him much scarier than the joker, something about how he liked breaking peoples necks.. and Batman's back.. ouch.. that fight was brutal as..

      Yeah I found Bane more menacing and evil than the other two, mainly because the other two were just crazy, while Bane was more together and just plain evil. And the first fight scene between batman and Bane was awesome, I think it was because there was no music so you could hear all the bone crunching etc.

    It was a decent enough movie. The only thing that *really* irked me was was near the end, where apparently Cops in Gotham decide that charging in one big mass, at men with assault rifles, while themselves being armed with only pistols is apparently a marvelous idea.

    Literally one of the best movies I've seen. Watching it in imax was an entirely different experience than in a normal cinema. Amazing.

    The b3est comedy I watched this year

    I think after the home run of Dark Knight this was going to be tough movie. Let's be honest Chris Nolan has set the standard for comic movies (first being an origin story, second needing a strong villain) but what could be done with a third as let's be honest there is no good 3rd movie in a franchise especially comics. With that in mind I think Dark Knight Rises is still great due to Gordon (Gary Oldman's speech was poetry), Alfred (Michael Caine leaves it all on the field) and Fox (Morgan Freeman, like a Twinkie).

    I did feel Bane was a little weak, good in set pieces but a poor adversary to where Batman is, the prison trying to be an origin didn't work as there was little empathy. Selina was great but honestly could have done with some more time to develop her character and motives more clearly, as they seemed a little story forced, the moment when Fox comments on Batman/Catwoman relationship needed more.

    Saying this I think this is great conclusion to a sequence and shows what happens when a group think is not allowed to ruin a vision of one or two people (The Nolan's), this movie is worth a 2nd watch thinking about the parallels to the others and the way elements have been built up for great pay-offs. Personally this puts Chris Nolan up there with the great directors (Josh Whedon as well this year for Avengers) in the very best attempt at a 3rd movie I've seen.

      Given this story in its entirety I didn't see Bain as the villian just the lead henchmen. Also I see all three movies as an origin story with the Batman story I grew up with occuring after the events of this movie. But as with the Batman story itself (And many other comics as well) it isn't actually about Batman.

    They way I felt watching the ending is how I SHOULD have felt at the end of ME3. Christopher Nolan made Bioware look like rank amateurs.

    Was awesome, imo was better than the first 2 (maybe cus ive watched the first 2 too many tiems). Great way to end the trilogy!

    Deff the worst of the three, but still good. Bane was awesome, although his death was a little sudden and underwhelming. It wasnt until the end of the movie I had to really think back to remember how he died.

    I give the Emo Batman 3 sparkles. Especially like the scene at the end where he rides into the nuclear sunset on his unicorn.

    Seriously, a nuclear bomb blowing up just a few miles off the coast, and everyone cheers... the next 3-4 generations will die horrible deaths in cancer related illnesses and will probably see some new mutations too.

      Actually, the effects of a Neutron Bombs radiation would not extend much beyond its' blast radius- in this case 6 miles. The Neutron bomb was designed to kill people by radiation, without the excessive damage to environment like a Hydrogen bomb. So, within that 6 Miles or so- you're screwed. But outside, because of the radiation source being high energy neutrons, which are actually absorbed by air over time, rather than gamma rays and the like from Nuclear bombs which can irradiate materials/metals etc, it's actually like a bubble of fallout around the bomb that has a walled cutoff.

      I think this is WHY they used the Neutron bomb, because you could happily survive outside of those 6 Miles....and because it's required because of the way it was created- from a fusion reactor. All Nuclear weapons are fission only.

    One word. Meh.
    There was nothing outstanding for me, and nothing that would get me to ever watch it again.
    Characters were fairly boring, plot and motivations were non-existent and the action scenes and cinematography was pretty average. The football stadium explosion was interesting, but that's about it.

      Mutants like Killer Croc or Man-Bat

        oops this was ment to be a reply to the ubove post

    I was just left thinking that I was pretty sure you can't just punch a vertebrae back in :P Even if you could you'd likely be paralysed.

      Oh yeah, and why didn't they just climb the rope out of the prison? o_O I mean it clearly went all the way to the top.

      Still a fantastic movie though that was full of win.

        There was a rope at the top of the prison well but it was looped at the top and wasn't down the the well.
        I thought it was funny how Bruce kicked it down when He left giving all the murderers and rapists a way out.

          The rope totally was down the well. How do you think the rope was able to save the attempted escapees from plummeting to their deaths, and how they were able to be lowered back down to safety?

          The only way that could have possibly worked was if the rope went all the way from the bottom of the well to the top, looped around some kind of pulley and went all the way back down again to where the noose was tied around the one attempting the climb.

          Hence, they could have just climbed the rope to the top (or at least most of the way to the top), instead of climbing up the wall and attempting an almost impossible jump.

          I'd need to see it again to see if they actually show a shot of how the rope is actually strung up.

            Agree, I need to see it again to tell, but I think the rope was attached about 3/4 of the way up on the wall on a hook- there's no pulley, cause the rope goes slack when they climb. I'd assume that hook is put on an area of wall that's exceedingly smooth, so even getting there would do no good as you've got no where to go.

            That's the suspension of disbelief- you're mind makes up things that allow that scenario to play out. Overthinking it too much just ruins the illusion of the story being told.

            It didn't go all the way up. It ended about 2/3 of the way up the shaft. Thats why they fell each time they missed the jump instead of being caught by the rope....the anchor point of the rop was below the platform they were jumping from and them being attached to it simply served as a safety measure. You'll note when making the jump that the rop isn't anchored above him at that point.

        My thoughts exactly.

        There was a platform 3/4 of the way up that seemed fairly easy to reach. Somebody probably took a rope up when they reached that part. I didn't get the impression that the rope people used while climbing went all the way to the top.

    i worked out that the chick was talia al gul and it kinda ruined the movie because i knew she was gonna bertray him, but still it was amazaing.

    Agreed, the whole prison thing confused and annoyed the hell out of me. How did they get there so quickly? How did Bruce Wayne get back so quickly? Who was looking after the prisoners? How did they get tv reception from the US so far down a well? Why didn't they climb the rope. And at the top either Wayne throws the rope down to them thus freeing hundreds of rapists and murderers, or he drops the only rope there was to the bottom thus condemning them to death as there's no way down for food or freedom? why didn't someone climb to the ledge at the top and then rope up a home made ladder or plank of wood to stretch across? and so on and so forth........Oh and how did Bane get down there and then back up again? and so on and so forth......

      How did he get back so quickly? The shot you see before he attempts to get out the final time shows Fox saying they've got 23 days till the bomb goes off....next shot with Bruce in front of Catwoman, they're talking about it going off the next day....22 days you could drive around half the planet! And Bruce has contacts through Wayne Enterprises. He would've just needed to get to a town with a phone.

      That other stuff is WAY overthinking. This is a movie- not a thought based experiment. Learn some suspension of disbelief.

      "How did they get there so quickly?" - Probably a plane
      "How did Bruce Wayne get back so quickly?" - He was there for several months. When he got out he probably also used a plane
      "Who was looking after the prisoners?" - I think some of Bane's people probably looked after the prison
      "And at the top either Wayne throws the rope down to them thus freeing hundreds of rapists and murderers" - I'm pretty sure they said that Bane/The League took over the prison, so the people in there are probably not murderers and rapists, but people who caused problems for the League.

        i get the whole plane thing, and maybe i am looking into it way too much, but Batman to me is a detective, in which case a film with him in it should be pretty tight story wise. Maybe my love of Nolans films and batman means i over analysed the film. The whole scene bugged me, even now i'm thinking, wasn't the prison scene after Wayne goes bust? he'd have to call someone to fly him out, passports etc. The chances are Bane would know about it...Stupid brain.

        And a lot of the people in there were the ones who kicked the crap out of Bane so they would have been murderers and so on.

          Yeah, but "Bruce Wayne" would've had many friends from the Wayne Enterprises philanthropy. I'm sure it wouldn't have been hard to ask for a smuggling favour to get him back to the country.

          You're completely entitles to your opinion about how you view Batman as a Detective- That was, after all, the way he was portrayed in the comics. But I've always seen the Nolan series as a re-imagining of Batman in a dark and modern world. One that is years behind ours in taming violence and greed, although we don't do so well sometimes. This was about the spirit and symbolism of Batman- One man rising above the nature of the world to fight its' worst.

          The prison was taken over by Bane too- most of the people in there would've been "enemies" of the League of Shadows. Not necessarily murderers and rapists etc. In fact, they're more likely to be in Bane's army.

      Well Bane owned the prison (they mentioned once or twice that it was "Bane's prison now"), I'm pretty sure he'd have methods of getting in and out. Hell he could have had a helicopter air lift him in and out for all we know (as shown by the opening sequence, he had men that could fly aircraft).

      The ropes anchor ended below the point they were falling.

    And the end...!....why didn't Tate tell the guy driving the truck with the bomb to just stop? They weren't going to blow up the truck, she was dead anyways, just stop. or turn around and drive away from the bay?
    The Nolans are good story writers and teller, but there were way too many questions and whys?? in this film. The cinematography was exceptional though and I really liked Bane. He's already more quotable than any other Batman enemy ( Hear a song you like on the radio say in a strong and overly dramatic Sean Connery accent "such a lovely, lovely voice" ) and you get the idea.

      Well what I didn't get is why bother waiting five months to blow up the city. I know Bane gave his speel about giving people hope only to bring it down, but
      a) He wasn't the one running the show in the end, the lady was and I'm not sure her motives really fitted into a scheme where the city would be left to stew for five months.
      b) The people were going to die anyway, so there was no point really in 'breaking' them in such a manner. It's the people outside Gotham whose hope could be built up and then destroyed but the only interaction with those people was the guys on the bridge who were all too happy to blow it up when it looked like some people were about to escape. As far as the viewer is concerned, the outside world didn't hold out much hope for Gotham anyway.

      I also don't get why in the final fight not one of the cops thought to take a shot at Bane during the brawl.

      I think it all could have been a lot more tightly developed.

        On point A, the entire premise reminded me a bit of those silly James Bond moments they stood up in Austin Powers where they set up an easily escaped trap and turn their back for ten minutes.

        The entire "death by exile" made me wonder why people didn't just grab something that would float and swim out across the water while it was still summer time.

    I need to see this again and will be in fact. It WASN'T as edge of your seat anarchic as DK, but I think that was an unfair expectation to have. The Joker is what made the twists of that movie so wild- the swap of the locations for Harvey and Rachel was like a weight dropping in your stomach when Batman bangs open the door- just so wildly unexpected, with no warning.

    This movie uses ALOT of foreshadowing and for that reason, you can see alot coming- I picked Talia as SOON the did it on the loungeroom rug- it was too quick and "passionate" to believe she actually liked him. And it was obvious Batman was going to "die" when he tells Catwoman "I've not given them everything- Not yet".

    It was a different movie for a different purpose. It may not have been as wildly unexpected as DK, but I thought it was damn good. The ending was a LITTLE too Hollywood- no one actually dies, everyone lives happily ever after, the foreshadowing of "Robin". But hey, what do you expect- likely the producers told Nolan "You've gotta get this stuff in there, this is what they'll expect." He didn't have that limitation in DK, because there was still more to tell.

    If I gave DK the 10/10 I did, it was one of the best movies I've ever seen, I'd give this a solid 8.5, maybe a 9, depending on 2nd viewing. Oh and the music was epic, yet again! :D

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