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Genre: Action & Adventure / To Be Announced / Director: Christopher Nolan / Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman ... / Features of the DVD: Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, PAL, Surround Sound

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      The second instalment in Nolan's Batman trilogy but an outstanding film in its own right

      Of Christopher Nolan's eight motion pictures, six of them find themselves in the IMDb Top 250, only "Batman Begins" straying past the #100 mark at #106. Now, IMDb may not be the best representation of ratings, but I'd say that's still pretty good going. And while I disagree that "Batman Begins" is so low in comparison to "The Dark Knight Rises" (should be the other way round, perhaps?), I completely agree with "The Dark Knight" holding the #8 spot, receiving an 8.8/10 rating from regular users (which is amazing for an IMDb rating considering there are only two films with a highest score of 9.2).

      This is one depiction of the success and popularity of Nolan's Batman Trilogy, and in particular, "The Dark Knight". In hindsight, it's very different to its two neighbours which are very much connected, and while it remains important to Nolan's Batman story, is the least significant in that respect. It works as a standalone film excellently, although I do recommend you watch "Batman Begins" beforehand. It is far more important to have seen "Batman Begins" before "The Dark Knight Rises", though. Once again, David S. Goyer and Nolan's story has immense depth and morality that shines through the sheer entertainment "The Dark Knight" offers brilliantly. With Heath Ledger's superb performance as The Joker doing the film wonders too, it's not hard to see why the film has been received so well. I watched it for the fourth or fifth time the other day, and I found myself more blown away by Nolan's work than on previous viewings. "The Dark Knight" will stand the test of time and will remain one of the most liked and respected films in the history of cinema.

      -== The Dark Knight ==-

      Director: Christopher Nolan
      Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman
      Runtime: 152 minutes
      Rating: 12

      [Again, please note that while I'll try my best to avoid spoilers when plot-describing, certain details about the previous instalment will be revealed]

      One way in which "The Dark Knight" (from here on in referred to as 'TDK', and "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight Rises": 'BB' and 'TDKR' respectively) differs from BB and TDKR is the speed in which the film picks up the action. There's no messing around. Batman has established himself, The Joker, as mentioned at the end of the previous film, is already running amok, and by various lines in the opening fifteen minutes, you get the impression that there has only been a gap of a few months since the end of BB. TDK opens with an engrossingly unique bank robbery sequence orchestrated by The Joker (Heath Ledger) that displays his aptitude and apathy. Meanwhile, recently elected district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and his girlfriend, Bruce's once-girlfriend-ish Rachel Dawes (now played by Maggie Gyllenhaal as Holmes' turned down the opportunity to reprise the role - crazy woman) are planning on dealing with the significantly-less-due-to-Batman but still predominant crime in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is struck by Dent's idealistic approach, and rather than viewing it as naive and unrealistic, he begins to believe that this is what Gotham "needs" - "a hero with a face", as opposed to Batman. Does he truly believe this, or is his love for Rachel overriding. At the end of Batman Begins, she told him that while Batman is around, they can't be together. In a sense, she believes that Bruce has become Batman's alter-ego, not the other way around.

      Although Falcone from BB is locked up, other mob bosses (who owned the bank and further the money which The Joker stole in the opening sequence) are still prominent in Gotham. Lau, a Chinese accountant, has fled to Hong Kong with the rest of their money, and informs of this in a meeting. Enter The Joker, who states to them that their main obstacle is "The Batman". He makes a proposal: that he will deliver Batman's corpse to them for "half" their money, which they find quite amusing and refuse. As the film progresses, however, The Joker's power rises, emitting turmoil over Gotham through sadistic crimes and mind games, as he threatens the city and everything Dent stands for.

      There is a triangle. Batman - the caped crusader, has been cleaning up the streets of Gotham for many months now, and has done so quite successfully - the Dark Knight. Harvey Dent - the idealistic attorney, providing hope and stability to Gotham - the White Knight. And The Joker - the merciless anarchist - the agent of chaos. This triangle provides the foundation to the film, and allows themes to be explored. As mentioned in my last review for BB, terrorism is a main theme across the board, and each of Nolan's Batman films are representation of the terrorised post 9/11 in which we live in. The Joker is a terrorist unlike terrorism seen in the other two movies. Ra's al Ghul of BB was using a toxin as wide-spread killer across Gotham City, while Bane of TDKR revisits Ra's al Ghul's quest to destroy Gotham on never-before-seen heights, displaying utter carnage and disarray. The Joker is calculated, psychotic and specific. He tells Gotham that he will kill a person each day until the Batman reveals his true identity - and he is true to his word, killing innocents, judges, and even attempts to murder the mayor of Gotham. He is a destroyer, both physically and emotionally. He describes himself as a "dog chasing cars", in that he ever caught up with one, he wouldn't know what to do with it. He apparently doesn't have a plan, but rather acts on brutal impulse. He never threatens the character of Batman quite like Bane, but his effect on the city and the actions he carries out are monumental. The character of The Joker is layered, and Heath Ledger's take on the villain is absolutely fantastic, and well deserved of the posthumous Oscar he received for Best Supporting Actor. While he conveys the completely craziness of The Joker well, the chip on his shoulder and paranoia is depicted so effectively. He is one with a troubled past, stemming from parental abuse, evoking a strange, deep-rooted and ever-so-minimal trace of sympathy; The Joker's self-contained response to somebody calling him 'crazy' is powerful. While sympathy is evoked, there is also shock, horror and fear present - Ledger did a wonderful job, and while quite a sinister role, it's an incredible representation of the actor's supreme and diverse talents, and he will be sadly missed.

      It could be said that Ledger and The Joker steal the show, but Nolan has tonnes more to offer with The Dark Knight. The theme of idealism vs. terrorism speaks universally, and is executed superbly in TDK. To use an iconic character such as The Batman is a great ploy, but rather risky considering he has always been perceived as a comic character, in both senses of the word. Nolan instils darkness and seriousness like no other, and the story speaks volumes. The Joker is like a wrecking ball over a Gotham on the rise; both Dent and the Batman are threatened. It becomes quite an emotional story as people die and characters fall. The acts of utter terrorism are frightening and oftentimes reminiscent, and the effect that is made throughout the whole film is powerful and distressing. Aaron Eckhart plays the role of Harvey Dent very well, while Christian Bale's role of agent under fire is portrayed excellently.

      Christopher Nolan has a rather individual and specific style in directing. Colour is one thing; if BB was brown, TDK is blue. Scenes are finished off with a cool blue hue, and it creates unison across the movie, and gives the film its own identity. Meanwhile, for the majority of the scenes, you constantly feel like you're about to move on to the next one, which is helped somewhat by Zimmer and Newton Howard's score, which I will return to. The film almost feels like a complete montage, which does somewhat subconsciously reduce the 152 minute runtime - it never gets boring or 'slow' (I hate using 'slow'). The quiet moments are helped by high levels of tension, or emotion, or comedy, the latter again being helped along the way by Michael Caine's Alfred and Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox. And the action sequences are spot on. The bank robbery at the beginning, the street chase when Dent is being escorted, the Hong Kong heist and the final hunt for The Joker - every element is on an epic scale. I felt by the end of it that the film was just perfect. Of course no film can be completely perfect, but TDK gets pretty close. It provides elements of every genre fantastically, but is completely and equally entertaining and emotional. Nolan executes the balance inspirationally, and come the final line ("a dark knight") and the punch of the title 'The Dark Knight' before the end credits, you feel like you've experienced something very special - a unitary masterclass in filmmaking; and that's exactly what it is! But like I say, no film is perfect, and some people have had quite a few niggles about TDK...

      There are two very material elements that people dislike TDK for, both of which are just silly. Firstly, some people view Christian Bale's voice for Batman as overly husk. Well, if he went round speaking in his own voice, they'd all soon clock on that he's Bruce Wayne now, wouldn't they? At the end of the day, he's a normal person like you and I, and he knows that he needs to use an alternate voice to hide his true identity - plus he wants to inflict fear. You'd try and make your voice scary; Bale's voice for the Batman is honest, and very appropriate. Secondly, the length of screen time for the villain Two-Face. Yes, he isn't in it for long, but there is good reason. One of the most admirable elements of Nolan's Batman trilogy is both Nolan and Goyer's efforts in creating a story that brings a renowned superhero to a realistic and modern level. Their stories for the three films, particularly TDK, are fantastic in the sense that every detail is relevant. They haven't brought a certain character in for the sake of it, and the inclusion of Two-Face is incredibly relevant to the story. Yes, they could have stuck an extra half an hour onto the run time and have him go around killing people, but there's no need. His short-lived presence is extremely effective regardless. As mentioned in the BB review, this idea that the trilogy "isn't perfect" or "has loads of mistakes" is another ridiculous view. I have a mental spectrum for these films, on the action and comedy front, anyhow: Bond or Bourne? In other words, fun, round-around-the-edges and slightly comic action, or hard-hitting, serious action. The Dark Knight along with the other two films take influence from both; Nolan is a big fan of the James Bond films, so while his leaning towards a highly serious and dark story with some highly serious and dark elements is predominant, this is a blockbuster and he adds some very fun elements too, such as Lucius Fox's Applied-sciences department (which is ultimately Q-Branch), the gadgets and vehicles, and the humour, particularly between Bruce and Alfred and Lucius. Take "Goldfinger", for example. People remember that as a great film, but I'm sure somebody could go and pick numerous mistakes out of that. But what's the point? It's enjoyable and does everything it sets out to do! TDK blends so many elements, and undertakes such a serious subject that, really, it needs these 'Bond' elements to give us a little bit of a break and, ultimately, appeal to the masses.

      Finally, sound and music. The former received the film's only other Oscar: Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Richard King, while the latter didn't receive anything from the Academy. The score for TDK, composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, is one of the most marmite soundtracks of modern cinema. I personally love it (see my review 'Gotham FM'), but I know that others certainly do not. Their style is perfect for Nolan's. His films make room for a lot of music, and Zimmer and Newton Howard carry this film fantastically from scene to scene. Zimmer's Joker idea is innovative and psychotic, using razor blades on electric guitars and cellos and what not, while Newton Howard's brass-laden Dent themes are wonderful. The score, regardless of how you feel about it, is one of the most defining scores for the 21st century, and is certainly one of the most imitated. The chugging strings, the deep swells and so on. The 2008 score came about during Zimmer's second and arguably higher peak since his late 80s-early 90s work (which includes "Rain Man" and "The Lion King"). This peak has lasted all decade, with "Gladiator" in 2000 right up until "Inception" in 2010, although it's starting to wane a bit now. With veteran James Newton Howard accompanying him, the two composers created a very cool score that has inspired thousands, including myself, and provided a perfect accompaniment to Nolan's work. Nolan states in the OST CD sleeve note that one of the main reasons he returned to the Batman world after BB was because of the music.

      -== Final Word ==-

      I'm not ashamed to say that The Dark Knight is one of my favourite films. It's popular for a reason, but is shunned by some simply because it is such a god damn popular blockbuster. Nolan's vision is world-class, and he is up there as one of the greatest directors ever. He brings out the best in everyone and everything with TDK - the acting is superb, the story is spot on and the atmosphere of the film is one that stays with you. It's a cinematic experience that everyone should enjoy at some point and I strongly recommend that you purchase a copy of this modern classic. In our world, fear and anarchy is omnipresent, whether it's under or above the surface. The symbols of the three corners of the triangle: the Dark Knight, the White Knight and the terrorist are representative of forces in our modern world, and the theme of idealism and hope that underlies The Dark Knight is inspiring and touching.

      Some men want to watch the world burn; I just want you to go watch this bloody movie. Though you probably have already. In that case, go watch it again!

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        04.09.2010 14:47

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        One of the best comic book films ever made. A must see.

        The Dark Knight is the second part of Christopher Nolans Batman films. It sees Batman now having dealt with most of the cities major criminals, leaving the rest cowering in fear. these criminals turn to a man claiming that he can kill the Batman - the Joker. The film then goes on a rollercoaster ride as Batman is pushed to the limits phsyically and mentally as he struggles with the pressures of being Batman.

        Two faces inclusion is a masterstoke and shows the fine line of being the hero and becoming the villain. The interplay between all the charectors is amazing and putting them into real world' style action instead of the overdone cartoon violence makes it an experience that the die hard fans and casual movie goer enjoy in equal measure.

        Heath Ledger and Christian bale give world class performances and bring the charecters to life. it just sad that this was Ledgers last performance before his untimely death in 2008.

        A masterpiece in film

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        27.06.2010 21:09
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        the greatest film i have every seen

        Theres no superhero movie in the world that can match up to any of the Batman films. Spiderman just feels to childish and abit to silly and doesnt have the grit that is contained in almost everything Batman can bring. Sure Watchmen was good but it was a little to barbaric and didnt posses the more subtle side that Batman can do so well. No if you want a good superhero you should always turn to the Batman and this latest installment really cant be compared to any of the other films. As far as Batman goes you aint seen nothing yet.

        While some of the other Batman films you see a superhero that is in someway cold and devoid of the emotions that would affect somebody after seeing what there is in the world around them. In this motion picture however we see our bat as a much more human hero. Luckily however our villian is missing these human qualitys, allowing for a much darker story to take place. Thanks to director Chris Nolan we are treated to a much grityer film in which Gotham City has fallen under mob rein, and other vigulantys have risen to try and reanact the good deeds they have seen there caped crusador do. The set peices in this film are truly astounding with fight scenes and car chases looking like they are happening spontanously rather then being corregraphed. This makes for a much edgeier film and in a way takes it away from being a superhero film, and changes it into a more action packed thriller which is a huge change but one that's been needed for years.

        The film beings as all good films should with us being thrown in the thick of the action. The Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger) spear heading the robbing of a mob bank. What begins as a 5 man job ends up as one as the Joker tricks each one into killing each other before he shoots the final one. The action doesnt stop there, as theres a shoot out as a group of armed vigulantys begin a fire fight to try and stop a drug deal. The real Batman (played by Christian Bale) turns up just in time to stop any casualtys. Batman goes to investigate the robbing of the mob bank when he meets up with Lietenant James Gordon (played by gary oldman) who informs Batman of the new district atortny Harvey Dent (played by Arron Eckhart) and they begin to look into his life to see if he can be trusted. It is here that we see the love intrest of the film. Harvey Dents girlfriend Racheal Dawes (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is an old flame of Batmans, shes one of the only people that knows his true identity Bruce Wayne a billionaire with a lavish lifestyle. The plot skips back to the Joker and how he has broken into a mob meeting in which Lau a chinese mobster has moved all the money from the mob banks and put them all in china as he predicted the raids of all the mob banks. However the reason he broke in was because he has offered to do what has never been done before. For half all the net worth of these mob top dogs he promices that he will kill the Batman. Some of the mob leaders take his offer into considoration however, after his interuption a bounty is placed on the Jokers head. The body of Joker is brought to one of the mobsters in retern for the bounty but just as he goes to check the body Joker springs into action and kills his taking control of his men.

        Batman however is in china and has captured Lau and using a gadget called the sky hook he has managed to get Lau back to US soil. At this point Lau is arrested and charged with money laundering but he is refusing to tell them where he has stored the money. For a plea bargain he has traded the names of all his investors and throught this they are able to arrest and charge all the big names in the racketing sydicate allowing them many months of clean streets, the Joker in contrast has other plans and has begun to kill people every day that the Joker doesnt turn himself in. Bruce begins to question if he should continue as the Batman and see's Harvey as the man who can clean up the streets and not need to wear a mask. During a police perade a few days later there is an assasination attempt on the Mayors life in which Gordon is shot and killed. Fueled by rage at his friends death Harvey agrees to anounce himself as Batman in an attempt to try and lure out the Joker. This leads to one of the most high octane scenes of the film in which the Joker is being prosuded by the police and the Batman. The truck that the Joker is driving gets flipped and hes aprehended however he hired two police officers to kidnap both Harvey and Racheal and Bruce must make a choice. Does he save the one he loves or the man he wants to carry the gaunlet after he gives it up.

        What then follows is an explosive ending in which we truly see the choices that a hero has to make and how in order to continue he must break his one rule. And once that rule is broken you can never go back. Bruce must kill the Joker.

        With such powerful scenes you would need some great acting talent and in that respect it really does deliver. For once we get a Batman that isnt a cold shell and more of a man trying to make a difference. Its because of his new found emotions that we can empathise with what hes going through and it allows you to get a much better picture of who the Batman actual is. But of course you cant have the good guy without the bad guy. This time our bad guy is the Joker and much like his vigulanty counter part he to has changed extreamly. Finally the have gotten rid of the rather childish "he fell into acid" story and replaced it with something much darker. The characters themselves maybe good but the acting is even better. Heath ledger is in this film the stand out. Not even a shimmering performance from Christian Bale could cast a shadow over Heaths redition of the Joker. The way that Heath controled the screen and mixed the right amount of dark humour and serouisness into the character is stunning and unlike anything else ive seen before part of me thought that maybe Ledger was the Joker.

        This film is in all an action packed thriller packed with gadgets but a thick under tone of darkness that makes it so much different then other film in it genre. It will appeal to any fans of action films and for any lover of the bond films this is a must see. However just because its themed around batman doesnt mean that children should see it. It is in parts very violent and its dark in a way that may upset younger veiwers, even "The Dark Knight" is a personification of the darkness that we all hold inside of us. For this reason also it means that "hardcore" comic fans may not enjoy this film as its taken away from the comic series in an extreme way.

        With this being the first of a new begining for Batman hopefully there will be a second made and it will be as beautiful and dark as this one has been. If you havnt seen dark knight yet go out and get it, you will never be the same again.

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        I just didn't love it

        The Dark Knight is a film in the Batman series, the sequel to Batman Begins and was released in 2008. The film is 152 minutes long and rated 12A due to scenes of violence. It is also one of six films that have ever made over $1 billion which I think says an awful lot.

        Plot
        Batman, along with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Jim Gordon, the police Lieutenant are working to rid Gotham City of crime by taking out all of the major organisations. Things are going pretty well until criminal mastermind, The Joker arrives on the scene, attempting to team up/ use some of the biggest criminals to achieve his goal but they aren't exactly pleased with what he has been doing. He wants Batman finally unmasked after so many pretenders have been found. Thinking it is for the best, Bruce Wayne plans to reveal himself for the good of the city after The Joker begins killing people left, right and centre. Not only does he have The Joker to battle but also his morals, the city and the love of his life play on his mind.

        Cast
        Christian Bale ... Bruce Wayne / Batman
        Heath Ledger ... Joker
        Aaron Eckhart ... Harvey Dent
        Michael Caine ... Alfred
        Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Rachel
        Gary Oldman ... Gordon
        Morgan Freeman ... Lucius Fox
        Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Det. Anna Ramirez
        Ron Dean ... Det. Michael Wuertz
        Cillian Murphy ... Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow
        Chin Han ... Lau

        My Opinion
        I cant say that I have ever really been a Batman fan, apart from when it was Val Kilmer. I haven't even seen all of the films but after seeing this one, I want to. I know I have watched them out of order and I haven't seen Batman Begins yet even though it was on TV recently.

        I have never liked Christian Bale and I was left with mixed feelings after watching this film. When being Bruce Wayne he was fantastic but as soon as he put on the bat suit, I was less than impressed. This has been something that I disliked in the few other films in this series that I have seen because the mask takes away all facial expressions. The other reason why I didn't like Bale as Batman was his voice. It was so hard to understand him a lot of the time and there was just no passion there. He ended up sounding more like a robot than anything else so I wish the voice change hadn't been so severe.

        There was so much hype about Heath Leger's performance because of the sad events that followed soon after and I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be as good as first described. Luckily, I had no reason at all to be worried. Heath Leger is what made this film for me, completely, and I think if he had lived, then the film would have been just as successful because of him. I wouldn't have even recognised him in this role without already knowing for many reasons. His face is completely covered in make up, so badly put on for the whole film and he also puts on a voice. The creepy voice and bad make up added to the whole atmosphere of the character, making it clear that he is dark, dangerous and weird. After seeing Leger's other films like 10 Things I Hate About You, I really wasn't sure whether or not he could play a character with such complexity and depth. It is a sad, sad thing that this was Ledger's last film because he would have been sure to go such long way in this industry after this inspiring performance.

        I was slightly indifferent to Maggie Gyllenhaal even though she is usually a fantastic actress. Her performance felt quite wooden and I cant say that I was excited by her at all. Also, even though I haven't seen Batman Begins, I know Katie Holmes previously played this role and it is something I don't agree with. It makes me quite glad that I haven't seen the other film though because I know I would have been majorly annoyed.

        One thing that I did enjoy about this film was the story. The amount of character development for Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent was phenomenal. I loved how both characters changed throughout the story and especially the way things turned out towards the end. Because of this, parts of the story were really exciting and interesting for me.

        As a whole, I cannot really compare it to other films in the series because I haven't seen enough of them. I will say though that I preferred the one with Val Kilmer over this. The effects are fantastic and there is a lot of action but it did feel like something was missing overall. I certainly wouldn't call it a boring film, far from it actually, but there wasn't even nearly enough there to make me love it.

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          05.06.2010 01:47
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          A good second revamp.

          This is the second in the Batman revamp series, and features some of the best Batman's villains. Like the first revamp this film is dark and gritty they also tried to make it realistic. I think the story of the Joker rise to the top of the criminal underworld was some brilliant writing.
          Obviously this film had a lot of hype due to the demise of Heath Ledger, even though I liked Heaths portrayal of the Joker I still prefer Jack Nicolsons version better. Saying that If I wasn't told it was Heath I wouldn't have guessed, I liked all the little ticks and mannerisms that he added to his character.

          The overall plot wasn't that great this time around, and it was a shame Katie Holmes didn't rejoin the cast although Maggie Gyllenhaal did well in her absence. I liked the two face storyline as it added a bit of depth to the plot, and I liked that they killed off Rachel.

          The film comes with 2 discs, the first has the movie, and the second has featurets on Gotham City, behind the scenes, 6 episodes of Gotham tonight and galleries.

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          31.05.2010 16:25
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          When is the next one going to be made!

          I watched this movie for the third time last night and I must admit I had forgotten how good it is!

          I loved Batman Begins which was the first Batman film to show the dark (and more accurate) side of Batman...

          This sequel does not disappoint and Christian Bale makes an excellent Batman/Bruce Wayne with Michael Caine playing Alfred his loyal butler. There are gadgets and technology galore in the sequel which, whilst I'm not a techie, even I could not fail to be impressed...! However, Heath Ledger does steal the show as the Joker and he deserved his Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.

          Apparently Jack Nicholson was reported as being furious at not being asked to play the Joker who he reinvented in the 1989 film. But even though I admire Mr Nicholson as an actor I don't think he could have played the Joker with such a manic and reckless air that Heath Ledger did. And I think that the director should be commended on allowing Heath to take this character and make it his own.

          As Batman continues on his mission to wipe out crime in Gotham City, the familiar characters of Lt Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) appear as they work together, however there is a new District Attorney in town, Harvey Dent who is considered the new White Knight of Gotham City. However once the Joker appears havoc ensues and boundaries are pushed to their limits and there is an interesting twist at the end...

          There is some violence in the film and I'm not sure that a 12 rating is appropriate as I would have thought a 15 rating would have been closer to the mark. Having said that there are only a handful of violence so this may be why...

          I found this film compelling from the start right through to the finish and I'm not exaggerating when I say it left me open mouthed and wanting more....

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            06.05.2010 22:00
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            KAPOW!!! again

            Sequels are never as good, or even better? Fact? Balderdash. I watched this having watched Batman Begins a few days previous so the story was still fresh and the hype of Heath Ledger had long since passed. I must admit though that Heath Ledger is brilliant. Another good addition/ replacement is Maggie Gylenhal.

            The story starts with a bank heist of epic and hilarious proportions and moves to the quiet life of Bruce Wayne and the wanna e fake super heroes. With more twists and turns and the incusion of Two Face in a twist I never saw coming this film was surprisingly entertaining. Christian Bale did start to annoy me but that's just a niggle. Morgan Freeman again is excellent and in a story reminisent of current times when the wrong person is thrust into the lime light to save others the ensemble cast provide a solid performance.

            The film got much flak for violence from the Joker but I found two faces other face more freaky. There was one knife attack when I was reaching for the cushion.

            The guns, equipment and gadgets will leave you gobsmacked and the notion of the sonar spy machine is just plain scary
            All in a greatt night for all.

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            06.05.2010 17:48
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            The first 21st Century classic

            It's ofet said that they don't make films like that anymore, well this is the rebuttal. I don't know how many times i've seen this film but even now it still has the same impact.

            Chris Nolan once again helms this sequel to 'Batman Begins', the film that relaunched the character of Batman after the horrible Joel Schumacher films of the late 90's Once again it's Christian Bale who dons the cowl to take on the tortured soul that is Bruce Wayne and Batman. The supporting cast of Morgan Freeman and Sir Michael Caine reprise their roles and give able support, although Katie Holmes is replaced by Maggie Gylenhaal with a minimum of fuss. Notably, Aaron Eckhart plays the part of Harvey Dent to perfection.

            The script harks back to the classic comic book series and in doing so is able to satisfy the fans, such as myself with nods to the origins of characters. Equally, those who are new to the series are taken on a tense, thrilling ride lasting nearly 2 and a half hours yet feeling like only half of that. The set pieces, theaction and the music all combine to make this film an absolute classic.

            And yet for all of that, you'll probably have noticed I've yet to mention two Words- Heath Ledger. No matter what anyone says, his performance as the Joker won the award for Best Supporting Actor. It is one of the great tragedies that he will never be able to reprise the role and has quite possibly made it impossible for anyone else to fill. Ledger immerses himself in the role so much that it becomes impossible to see the young Aussie who portrayed Patrick Verona in 'Ten Things I Hate About You'.

            The DVD and bluray are both packed with additional featurettes on how the film was made. The BluRay does have the advantage with the additional Imax scenes. In short you must owns this film.

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              Best comic book based movie of all time, if not ... i'll tell you why!

              We can't always expect perfection, but this is a movie created with 100% effort from EVERYONE. Im not just going to give this movie good rationgs just for the joker (although it is deserved) , Im going to explain why this film is the best comic book movie of our time.

              The most realistic, all in all this movie had been kept to be realistic as possible (maybe not 100 percent realistic, but to an extent) ... All of batmans gadgets are explained and it seems like this is happening in 'real world'.
              This is done to not only appeal to the die-hard comic book fans but also to normal cinema goers who don't appreciate movies because 'its so fake!' ... this helps it appeal to a LARGE audience!

              Secondly the movie not only met the hype but exceeded it aswell with great acting from everyone taking part. Another great addition to the movie is the soundtrack, i have bought the soundtrack too and this helped the movie build up suspense (SERIOUSLY GET THE SOUNDTRACK).

              The movie's open ending suprised people, but i'll leave that empty for people who have not seen it ... yet (the many few of you out there)

              However, one can not deny that the Dark Knight is one of , if not THE greatest movie in the last decade.

              Ciao

              (p.s. The one flaw in this movie is the cast of Maggie Gyllenhaal ... who really did not fit the role)

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              16.04.2010 17:25
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              As perfect as a film can be.

              This film is just about perfect.
              Written and directed by Christopher Nolan of Batman Begins, this is a genuinely superb film. Brilliant Action scenes, brilliant thrills and fights, some interesting social commentary and most of all Heath Ledger as the joker (who is truly exceptional in this role).
              For those of you who have seen Batman Begins, you'll remember that at the end of that film, there is a moment where we are introduced to the joker by his calling card.
              This film picks up immediately after that. We are instantly drawn into a robbery at a bank where mob money is stolen by several men dressed as the joker, who are all ordered to kill each other. The only man standing at the end of it is the joker himself, who steals the money.
              At the same time, Batman is being hunted by numerous underground groups, and a trap is set for him which attracts the attention of the escaped patients of the asylum (again, remember the scene at the end of Batman Begins).
              The third part of this is the introduction of Harvey Dent, the District Attorney.
              The joker has a proposition for the gang members of the city. He will kill Batman for half of their money. And then the chase begins. Using a number of different ploys, such as blowing up a hospital, kidnapping a room full of Bruce Wayne's guests and then Harvey Dent, Batman and the joker are both ultimately forced into a showdown when the joker rigs to cruise ships to explode.
              The action is immense and non stop, there is great characterization and social commentary, and a wonderful twist at the end with Harvey Dent which I won't ruin for anyone who hasn't seen this film.
              Buy it and watch it!

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              25.03.2010 16:33
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              Great film, can't wait for the next one

              The Dark Knight is the sequel to Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as Batman. The story follows on from Batman Begins, with the introduction of The Joker (Heath Ledger). Batman and Lieutenant Gordon continue their mission to put Gothams 'mob' behind bars. When a plan of the police to raid the banks is leaked, Lau (A Hong Kong businessman) seizes the money and flees to Hong Kong. He contacts the mob with an offer to protect their money. However the Joker makes a surprise appearance and offers to kill Batman. The story has many twists and turns as Batman and the Joker battle it out for Gotham, with many casualties along the way.

              For me, The Dark Knight was a huge success. The storyline, visual effects and especially the acting make this film a must see. The story changes so often it maintains the interest for the entire 2-2:30 hours with ease, and I've seen this film 4 or 5 times already. The visual effects are pretty good too, with well choreographed fight scenes and fast paced chases. I'm a fan of Bale and think he plays his role in Batman very well (I'd love to know if that growly voice is really his!). But Heath Ledger stood out in this film. Nowadays villains just aren't scary anymore, they don't make them like they used to! But Ledger completely obliterated that statement. He just oozes with crazy, wierdness, from his movements, his voice, his appearance, what he says...oh and licking his scars, which is pretty weirdly done! Hes everything you want the Joker to be.

              Personally I can't wait for the next installment, I'm just wondering who the villain is going to be this time...

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                19.03.2010 21:48
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                watch this film you will not be disappointed

                Batman returns to our screens once again in The Dark knight and he is back with a bang. Christian bale dons the batman costume, Aaron Eckhart plays Harvey dent the district atterny, police lieutenant jim gordon is played by gary oldman and the late Heath Ledger plays the joker.

                Batman with the help of the police and district atterney are attempting to rid Gotham once and for all of all the criminal gangs and activity in the city. This is until they meet one of the strongest gangs of them all spearheaded by the mastermind 'The Joker'. In typical Batman and superhero fashion there is a great struggle of power between good and evil. But up against an even stronger evil genious than ever can batman prevail or will gotham be a city run over with crime?

                This film is simply spectacular. While the plot is typical Batman/ Superhero film, it is not the plot which makes this film good. It is visually amazing, even in normal dvd quality the scenes in which there is a city scape are breath taking. With flashes of colour and sharpness make this film a visual master piece. Eventhings like the Jokers make up and Batmans costume look great and all of them add to the visual spectacle.

                The acting is also superb, alot has been made of Heath ledgers performance as the joker. While i think it was a very good performance I think it has been slightly over hyped since he died. I know it may sound harsh but i am not sure he would have got the praise he did if he didnt die, which is ashame. Christian Bale also plays Batman well if a little subdued, he plays the role well but does not grasp the role and make it his.

                Over all i think this is a really good film, it is a treat for the eyes and it is exciting from beginning until end. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from begining to end and leave you stunned at the end.

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                16.02.2010 20:23
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                such a great watch

                Batman the dark knight was for me the best movie of 2008 and perhaps even one of the best movies I have ever seen, I liked everything about it, the twisted characters, the great storyline, the quality of the video footage shot.

                To be honest, I thought the previous batman movie released wasn't really that good, and iv never been a big fan of superhero movies so I didn't really expect all that much from this one, even though it had probably the most hype I have ever witnessed a film receive, though a lot of that being from the sudden unpredicted death of the star of the movie Heath Ledger who played the joker.

                Christian Bale stars as bat man himself, and although he is the superhero he takes on a somewhat darker role, a bit more unpredictable than most superheros you would probably think. But I like this about the character, its not all nicey nicey like a lot of these superhero films are.

                The joker is by far the best character, he is a twisted individual who seems to just do bad things for the kick of it, he is played by Heath Ledger and played tremendously well. Really makes the movie. The film itself has some fantastic scenes, I really liked watching this at cinema, the quality it was all shot in was superb and having owned in on blu ray as well this comes out even more so.

                Great special effects, a great storyline, this is a movie that will just have you gripped at the screen not wanting to take your eye off, its not predictable, its not corny, just a really, really great film, that if you haven't been fortunate enough to see yet, you really should.

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                  08.02.2010 22:42
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                  Great Sequel or stand alone film.

                  This is the brilliant sequel to batman begins but this time its pure action right from the start with out the intense story. You could almost watch this film with out seeing the first one but its still worth while.

                  The story this time is joker has turned up in Gotham to kill batman for the gangsters. Joker then unleashes his highly distructive and testing plans to bring batman and Gotham to it knees. As well as this Bruce/batman struggles to keep both lives appart and try to keep doing whats right.

                  A great story that lasts about 2hours. One annoying thing that bugged me was the change in actress who plays Rachel Dawes was changed but you don't notice as Maggie Gyllenhaal does a great job. Heath Ledger's preformance was great and was the best preformance of the joker I've seen and really gave the film the dark edge it needed. The other great actors like Oldman and Caine played their key characters amazingly and again Christian Bale plays bruce/batman fantasticly giving you the play boy one scene and the kick butt hero the next.

                  The special effects look great as most of the film was done as realisticly as possiable as show on the extras and it really makes you belive and draws you into the film more.

                  You don't have to know anything about batman to see the film but if you do then you might see one of the twists coming but its still great to watch anyway. Recomended to fans of batman or great film lovers as this is sure to be a classic you won't want to miss. Rated 12 so most of the family could enjoy as it find the balance between dark story for with amazing action, Its a bargin at amazon now so theres no reason you should take a look. I would also recomend blu-ray for this as well but just as good on DVD.

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                    recommened

                    You may remember the close scene from Batman Begins involved Lieutenant Gordon handing Batman the joker card and informing him there is a new kid on the block. Now the Joker has taken Gotham for a joyride wrapping his fist around the criminal underworld for which he has complete control over. He toys with its citizens and with Batman giving them a series of tasks in which they have to make decisions out of the chaos around them.

                    This is a brilliantly dark sequel that gain high popularity before its release due to the untimely death of Heath Ledger which has to be mentioned when you talk about this film for his Portrayal as the twisted libertine the "Joker" had been a career defining moment for Ledger who went on to win a post- Oscar for best supporting actor. Ledger's Joker is a terrible yet highly entertaining mix of anarchy and twisted philosophy. Christian Bale is less impressive but not stale playing Batman although his does go overboard with his growling voice now and then. In these instances he ends up talking like Gene Simmons after a Kiss tour. Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are absolutely solid in their supporting roles and create a strong backbone and are the about the only characters you attach a emotional involvement to.

                    Dark and light or rather good and evil/ Law and chaos are themes throughout the movie and Batman dances with the dark obviously but stays a watchful protector over the stale city. Christopher Nolan directs well taking influence from Michael Mann's crime drama heat creating the deadly cat and mouse game between the two main characters. Defiantly a dark and engrossing action thriller.

                    Review also on Ciao.co.uk under username- Pippylong

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