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An Epic Conclusion to The Dark Knight,
"The Dark Knight Rises" is a most fitting conclusion to "The Dark Knight" trilogy of Batman films directed by Christopher F. Nolan. (When you see this film, you will understand why Christopher F. Nolan has said he has no interest in directing another "Batman" movie.) It is the most emotionally satisfying of the three films, drawing upon both of its predecessors to provide a rich back-story for the cataclysmic events that unfold within. Nolan and his brother Jonathan have written such an intricate script rich in both emotion and action that will leave viewers in suspense until the very end; not a minute is wasted in a film more than two and a half hours long, but one that will seem much shorter in length due to its ample psychological and physical action. "The Dark Knight Rises" may be the best acted of the three films, with excellent performances by Michael Caine ("Alfred"), Morgan Freeman ("Lucius Fox") and especially, Gary Oldman ("Police Commissioner Jim Gordon") that emphasize more than ever, the gravitas and emotional weight displayed by their characters. Viewers will also find commendable, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's portrayal as devoted, heroic Gotham cop ("John Blake") who symbolizes all that is still good within the corrupt Gotham police department. Marion Cotillard gives an emotionally and psychologically riveting performance as a wealthy green-energy advocate ("Miranda Tate"). Anne Hathaway's "Selina Kyle" is a fun-loving, sexually charged hustler and thief who becomes the catalyst for all of the film's plot threads. Though he's encased in his facial mask throughout the film, Tom Hardy ("Bane") is "The Dark Knight" franchise's most intelligent and diabolical villain, in a performance nearly as memorable as Heath Ledger's "Joker" from "The Dark Knight".
Eight years after the events of "The Dark Knight", Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a reclusive millionaire, suffering from its psychological and emotional toll, retired from his crime-fighting duties as the Batman. Harvey Dent is celebrated as a crime-fighting hero murdered by Batman; only Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) knows the truth, but is afraid to speak it. Neither one knows that a "storm" is about to burst upon the city of Gotham; a storm orchestrated by the mysterious "Bane" and his terrorist militia army; one where they will have the city's inhabitants seeking justice and retribution from Gotham's wealthiest elite. Wayne will wage an intense, emotionally charged, psychological battle within himself, wondering whether he can defeat Bane and rescue Gotham from its "date" with an unspeakable calamity that will reduce the city into ruins. "The Dark Knight Rises" is indeed a most impressive cinematic achievement and one destined to be remembered as among this year's finest films.