Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
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Satisfying but underwhelming
Nolan's three part story-line started off brilliantly with all the humanizing we needed. The second film picked up and exploded onto the screen and never slowed down. 'Rises' begins from a dead stand-still of a re-humanized hero and jogs to the final few yards where it dives over the finish line to finish as one of the best trilogies created. I stand in the vast minority that says 'Begins' was the best, so don't take my word for it. It's absolutely still worth deciding for yourself.
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There are very few trilogies which are able to reach any level of greatness, much less maintain it throughout all three films. Off the top of my head, I can think only of the Lord of the Rings. Christopher Nolan has achieved the rarity now with the conclusion to his masterful Batman saga. The Dark Knight Rises, like the two before it, is not just a great superhero film. It is a great film, regardless the genre. New additions Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy join an already high caliber cast of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. Everyone here does an outstanding job, but it is Hathaway and Hardy who truly steal just about every scene they are featured in. I could gush for another 10,000 words about how Nolan has crafted one of the best story translations ever in the history of cinema, but instead I will just tell you to go see for yourself.