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The Dark Knight Rises (2012) or, Batman and the Storm, Darkness, Anarchy, Evil, Depression

+ Best Superhero Movie of the Year

Christian Bale on the poster for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises should undoubtedly attract people with leather and/or domination kinks

Batman has been a depressed hermit for 7 years, having retired Batman, in which time his business has gone to hell. Now a young woman steals a pearl necklace from his safe, and a lunatic by the name of Bain threatens Gotham City ...

Rises is impressive, - partially shot in IMAX, - and intensely exciting, SPOILER especially around Bain's main attack on the city and in the climax. The action scenes are excellently staged, (with cinematography by Wally Phister (Inception (2010))), thriving on a kinetic energy that is irresistible, and heightened by the production values: The huge budget involved here isn't lost on CGI excesses; it is, which is much more exciting to watch, put to excellent use on action, chases, unique props and vehicles and first class actors:
Morgan Freeman (Se7en (1995)) is arguably squandered, - he simply has so little to do here besides just being there in a few scenes. But he is the exception. Michael Caine (The Dark Knight (2008)) breathes more life into Albert than we are used to and is spirited; Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden (2016)) is ideal as Robin, - who isn't really Robin yet here, - Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)) is no Michelle Pfeiffer, - but the film is no Batman Returns, - and she makes an impressively strong Catwoman come to life. Gary Oldman (Batman Begins (2005)) is terrific as Gordon, and Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone (2012)) impresses yet again in a pivotal, surprising role. Christian Bale (The Fighter (2010)) is still an ideal Bruce Wayne, though a more troubled one here than we are used to; a man in a serious mid-life crisis. Tom Hardy (The Revenant (2015)) is physically imposing as Bain, a role that involves wearing a metal mask that covers most of his face, while he has several long speech scenes, which as a result become less fascinating than, say Heath Ledger's Joker villain in the preceding film. Rises is overlong, and some of Hardy's pontificating might have been cut out to alleviate this. 
Hans Zimmer (Inferno (2016)) has created another rumbling, deeply excitement-awakening score full of chanting and war drums, and Rises also has first-rate sound design and mix. English master co-writer-director Christopher Nolan (Inception) wrote the movie with his brother Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer
The reason why The Dark Knight Rises is the least of Nolan's Batman trilogy is mainly that it's too dark, too long - too much in a way, although much of what it consists of are very good elements in themselves. The combination of the poorly Wayne, ungrateful city, Satan-like villain, - a sort of nihilistic, super-violent Communist, essentially, - nuclear annihilation of the films' universe and huge plot section about getting out of a steep pit; it might just be a little bit too much for a superhero popcorn movie. SPOILER The very end, with Wayne appearing to pop up alive with Catwoman in Italy, also, is mystifying and unsatisfying to me.
The film's overly dark mode was made an even more pregnant fact around its summer release when where a young, deranged man shot 12 people and wounded 58, wearing a Bain-like gas mask at a midnight showing of the film in Aurora, Colorado. He later called himself the Joker. The tragedy put a heavy, dark shadow over a movie that already had enough darkness in itself.

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Tom Hardy is fairly unrecognizable as the angry, strong, merciless Bain, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises

Most of the principal characters of The Dark Knight Rises on display in this appropriately dark as !#?¤ artwork

Watch the trailer here

Budget: 230 mil. $ (after tax reductions)
Box office: 1 bl. $
= Mega-hit, 10th highest grossing film of all time

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