After eight years, Commissioner
Gordon (Gary Oldman) has finally rid Gotham of
its criminal element, but he conspired to cover up deceased District Attorney
Harvey Dent’s crimes and implicated Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in his murder.
Bruce has spent these years as a recluse at Wayne Manor. Now, Bane (Tom Hardy),
a masked mercenary, has come to rid Gotham of
the dominance of Wayne Enterprises and replace the city’s new civic order with
Bane targets a nuclear reactor that Fox (Morgan Freeman) has been
keeping for a peace project along with other weapons to prevent them from ill
use. Against the wishes of his faithful butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), Bruce
returns to Wayne Enterprises. But when he is voted off the board, he asks Miranda
Tate (Marion Cotillard), a humanitarian, to take his place. Meanwhile Selina Kyle,
aka Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), makes a pact with Bane to obtain information she
Director/writer Christopher Nolan’s trilogy is one of the most dramatic
renditions in the comic book-into-movie genre. He fills each moment of the
almost three-hour film, but the emphasis is on action over the drama that we
have come to expect. There is no real character development.
The shooting last
July at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado,
has marred the experience of this film for many. The film employs violence to resolve
This continual failure to show the consequences of
violence—even in a fantasy genre, whether on film, TV, or in video games—may
prevent vulnerable audiences from seeking other ways to solve problems and to
realize their actions can hurt people.
A-III, PG-13 ■ Action violence,
peril, mature themes.