DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan

8 years after taking the blame for the crimes of Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent, Bruce Wayne has retreated into seclusion, hiding from the city he sacrificed so much to save. But when the deadly masked mercenary Bane sets his sights on Gotham, the peace begins to shatter, and Wayne knows that the time has come for the Dark Knight to rise from the ashes. But there can be no redemption, without sacrifice…

THE RESULT

It isn’t the sense shocking masterpiece that THE DARK KNIGHT was, but by bringing back the sense of adventure and race-against-time pacing of BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES finds itself sandwiched between the two, both in terms of tone and quality. But when both films preceding it were so incredible, that is hardly a criticism. The first half juggles a few too many characters, and there is quite a bit more plot setup than story, but once the second half comes, it kicks in with a vengeance. Providing action spectacle that would make Michael Bay blush, and a heart and soul built over the entirety of the trilogy, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is an example of Hollywood filmmaking at it’s most exciting, ambitious and emotional, and cements this saga as one of the greatest of all time.

FULL EXTENDED REVIEW, AFTER THE JUMP.

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