Strong characters make 'Dark Knight' rise


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rated M (Violence). 164 min.

This American superhero film is the latest in the series based on the DC Comics character, Batman, that has been directed by Christopher Nolan.'"Batman Begins" (2005) began the series, and was followed by "The Dark Knight" (2008). "The Dark Knight", world-wide, to over one billion dollars at the Box Office.

Batman has taken the fall for the crimes of deranged District Attorney, Harvey Dent. He has lost his true love, and he has been chased into exile by Gotham City's Police, who want him for the terrible things they believe he has done. A frightening new psychopathic villain, Bane, emerges to terrorise Gotham City and destroy it, and a mysterious cat burglar, Selina, presages his arrival.

This movie is much more psychologically complex than its two predecessors. It is visually spectacular, but combines engrossing, dramatic character development, with state-of-the-art special effects, without the emotional drama being compromised.

Bane may not be the mad eccentric that The Jer was in "The Dark Knight", but his scheming and evil plans are haunting, and the film is scripted brilliantly to show him insidiously at work. His pathological cruelty lends a chilling touch to the whole movie, and the film plays intelligently with the modern-day perils of terrorism, and economic collapse.

Despite its length and complexity, this is the best film in the Batman series to date. It will soar at the Box Office. Nolan and his production team will no doubt be tempted to find some reason to contemplate, "The Dark Knight Rises Again".


The Dark Knight Rises (Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting)