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Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

July 18, 2012 by Galvin Tan in Entertainment with 1 Comment

It’s been quite a while I’ve done a proper movie review. Yeah yeah, I know I haven’t been watching movies lately but I did manage to catch a couple of movies this year. However, none is worthy enough for a mention on my blog until this movie came along.

Thanks to P1, I got an invite to catch the premier screening of The Dark Knight Rises at TGV Sunway Pyramid, two days before public release. The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third installation to the epic film series of Batman, a sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). The Dark Knight Rises is intended to be the conclusion of the series.

The Plot

Continuing the story of The Dark Knight, who went into exile for taking the blame for Harvey Dent’s death in order to restore peace in Gotham City. For the next eight years, Batman was nowhere to be seen and Bruce Wayne separated himself from the society. However, the mysterious appearance of Selina Kyle (a.k.a Catwoman from DC Comics) set a line change reaction and bring upon a ruthless terrorist called Bane. Bane threatens to destroy Gotham City and once again the city is in need of a hero.

The Cast

Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne, a billionaire socialite dedicated to protecting Gotham City from the criminal underworld.

Tom Hardy as Bane
Bane is a ruthless terrorist who set to destroy Gotham City. A worthy villain as Bane tested Batman on both on mental and physical level. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’d probably figure out how he looks like in the movie. He’s just like Hannibal Hector on steroids and he is as strong as a gorilla. You’d probably recognize Tom Hardy as Eames from the movie, Inception.

Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle
The gorgeous Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, a cat burglar described as “an associate” of Bane who later establishes a relationship with Batman. She’s good and bad news for Batman.

Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth
And as before, Michael Caine plays Alfred, Bruce’s trusted butler and confidant. Alfred has acted as a father figure to Bruce, and continues to aid Bruce on his missions as well as supplying him with useful advice.

Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Marion Cotillard plays Miranda Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises executive board who encourages a still-grieving Bruce Wayne to rejoin with society and continue his father’s philanthropic works. You’d probably know Marion as Mal in the movie Inception too.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Perhaps a more notable character in The Dark Knight Rises is John Blake. He is a young police officer whose instincts lead him to believe that there is trouble on the horizon. He made quite an impact to the restoration of peace in Gotham City under the leadership of Commissioner Gordon. Joseph too was in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie, Inception.

Gary Oldman as James Gordon
Gary Oldman plays Commissioner Gordon, Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, and one of the city’s few honest police officers.



Now I’m not gonna spoil the whole show so here’s make take on the story. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight is no longer a fancy hero in a costume with gadgets popping out from his belt. The Dark Knight is a serial brawler. The direction of a raw fist fighting makes the Dark Knight, manlier.

When you’re a brawler, you don’t need any fancy gadget. However, The Dark Knight do have some pretty cool vehicles is his armory. Although they plot is rather straight forward, it is however, pretty hard to predict the outcome of the story. Yes, this movie is full of surprises.


 Watch It or Ditch It?

If you’ve watched the previous Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, then YES, you must watch The Dark Knight Rises. Now for those who haven’t got a clue about the previous two movies, you can still watch it. Although The Dark Knight Rises is a continuing sequel of The Dark Knight, you will still be able to understand the movie. If not, the action packed brawling scene will keep you glued to your seat.

I give a rating of 4.5/5.0

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About Galvin Tan

A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.

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good review.i liked the movie was way longer than what i would normally expect in an action movie but dark knight rises isn't your typical action movie.with nolan at the helm,this turned out to be quite complex and short,this isn't avengers.the ending was touching in a way which threw us off completely.

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