The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Directed By Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale  •  Tom Hardy  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Gary Oldman  •  Morgan Freeman Genres Action  •  Action Thriller  •  Based-on-Comics  •  Crime  •  Crime Thriller  •  Superhero Film  •  Thriller Studios &
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Batman  •  DC Comics  •  Legendary Pictures  •  MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Nominated  •  Wizard World Louisville 2014
Release Info July 19, 2012
Color  •  164 minutes PG13 Rated PG13
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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 8/15/2011 Reply  · 

Bring on the epic finally to the greatest trilogy in film history!!!

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SithRage

SithRage on 2/4/2012 Reply  · 

Lord of the Rings and original Star Wars say hi.

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Randommale7

Randommale7 on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

don't get your hopes that high, Lotr and original Star wars are better trilogies

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

I'm with you dude. Star Wars blows.

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SkoochXC

SkoochXC on 7/23/2012 Reply  · 

LOTR was one story over three movies. Star Wars was more serialized than anything, and the Original Trilogy is buoyed by Empire more than anything. You can take any one of the Nolan Batman Trilogy movies and have it mean something while also not needing the other two movies to be complete.

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Manmovies

Manmovies on 7/25/2012 Reply  · 

This is definitely the greatest film trilogy of my generation (17) qlong with LOTR but who can forget classics like the Godfather and The Man With No Name trilogies. I love the Dark Knight series and it applies to our lives morsel, hence its higher ranking on my chart. Go Bane!

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Manmovies

Manmovies on 7/25/2012 Reply  · 

*moreso

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 1/24/2013 Reply  · 

*cough cough* Never forget the one trilogy to rule them all and the original star wars trilogy either ;)

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Showtimebr

Showtimebr on 1/12/2012 Reply  · 

Gosh,i can't wait.

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Vinniemack84

Vinniemack84 on 3/9/2012 Reply  · 

Agreed with Square...If this movie lives up to the other 2, and thats a big IF, then this trilogy will likely be my favorite trilogy of all time. Passing even the original Star Wars trilogy...which if any of you knew me would know that's saying a lot.

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goldminer

goldminer on 4/10/2012 Reply  · 

I think the movie series should last longer than just 3 movies. Batman/Bruce Wayne hasn't really fully developed as a character yet.

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johnmason

johnmason on 6/9/2012 Reply  · 

Much as I'd love to see more, I would rather Nolan make a great trilogy than just keep fishing for more sequels.

I'm keeping my expectations low. I don't expect TDKR to top The Dark Knight. But if it is at least a worthy sequel, I will be very happy.

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Randommale7

Randommale7 on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

after watching it i actually want another sequel because it's totally set up for one

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 6/25/2012 Reply  · 

Seeing as how the majority of film critics and film goers still consider the Dark Knight to be the top film of the genre, along with Nolan being a flawless director seemingly incapable of being involved with a bad film, I have no doubt that the Dark Knight Rises will be the top film of 2012.

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/6/2012 Reply  · 

This is my most anticipated movie of all time. I have serious faith in Nolan.

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 7/7/2012 Reply  · 

Well, judging by early responses, TDKR will be an epic masterpiece, destroy the comic book trilogy curse forever, and cement Nolan as the elite filmmaker in the industry.

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Seb

Seb on 7/10/2012 Reply  · 

Sithrage, return of the jedi was mediocre. The original trilogy is no where near the best trilogy of all time

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 7/16/2012 Reply  · 

Reviews are pouring in, and it looks like Nolan has once again created a masterpiece that eclipses any other installment to the comic film genre.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 7/16/2012 Reply  · 

There are soooo many people with TDK in their top 20, I wonder how those people will feel about TDKR, seeing how the reviews on Rottentomatoes so far have been almost exclusively praise, with 29 fresh against 1 rotten and an average rating of a 9 out of 10. That's rare. As long the reviews keep positive, I think there will be a lot of debate on whether or not it's better than The Dark Knight, which is already considered to be a masterpiece by many. The Dark Knight vs The Dark Knight Rises; matchup of 2012, possibly? Can't wait to see it, I'll post my thoughts on that particular matchup after I've seen it.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

Definitely not better than The Dark Knight, but still a very well made epic (Not without it's missteps, though).

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shane24

shane24 on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

14 dead.Hope everyone is alright from flickchart. Sad to hear about what happened.

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monty31

monty31 on 7/22/2012 Reply  · 

Seen it twice now and it gets a B+ from me...Dark Knight is a little better. But Dark Knight Rises makes a very good effort. Everything is in place for a truly epic movie and it does not disappoint. Bane's voice though is weird sounding. After two viewings it's still takes awhile to get used to. But Tom Hardy is awesome in the role. As was Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle. She kicked ass. It's a shame they are ending this series and the potential for more great Batman films is just beginning. A wealth of stories yet to be told. Hope this film gets some love come award season too! If nothing else, Hans Zimmer for the awesome music score yet again!

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Emikjel

Emikjel on 7/22/2012 Reply  · 

I kinda agree with square. I feel that The Dark Knight trilogy are 3 perfectly executed brilliant movies, and i don't see how any of them could have been improved.
While my other two favorite trilogies, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars are almost perfect, and true classics, there are some errors.
Star Wars has the prequels, and ewoks in Jedi. LOTR is close to perfect, but some of the dialouge (especially in two towers) come off as extentially boring.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 7/23/2012 Reply  · 

Stunning, epic, a truly fitting ending to the Nolan trilogy. This film has it all.

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kookio

kookio on 7/25/2012 Reply  · 

Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard & Matthew Modine also starred in this film.

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Showtimebr

Showtimebr on 7/30/2012 Reply  · 

Best trilogy i ever saw.

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johnmason

johnmason on 8/2/2012 Reply  · 

I enjoyed it, but while I am a Nolan fanboy, I am not so much so to believe that The Dark Knight Rises is perfect. There was such an emphasis to make this movie "bigger" and "more epic", that it sags a bit under the weight of its ambitions. The Avengers did BIG better, but that's because it never aspired to be anything other than big fun. TDKR is striving to be "about" something, and I give it points for that, but it doesn't quite match up to Batman Begins or The Dark Knight.

Still, I enjoyed it. I liked how it brought the story back around to the beginning of Nolan's trilogy, and it's a fitting enough sendoff. TDK still stands as the classic among Nolan's Bat-films, though.

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Seb

Seb on 8/16/2012 Reply  · 

get off nolans dick everybody. rises was a bloated, disinteresting bore of a film. im not a cynic. i love most of nolans other work. all rises does is flaunt an A-list cast, have a couple of set pieces and make a few nods towards contemporary issues. its a sterile action film masquerading as a political allegory. on top of that we have gaping plot holes, uninspired dialogue and a hans zimmer score that tries to move the film along by being as loud as it can possibly be. everyone get off the nolan bandwagon and actually consider my criticisms before throwing immature, hateful comments at me

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 8/17/2012 Reply  · 

uh...how the HELL were you bored by it?

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Seb

Seb on 8/20/2012 Reply  · 

It's a bore, I wasn't completely bored, but I wasn't really challenged either

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 9/15/2012 Reply  · 

TDKR has a lot going for it. It's a visually stunning action-thriller thematically linked to redemption and sacrifice, with corruption functioning as an undercurrent. Like TDK, it too talks about various relevant themes and issues such as freedom vs security, lack of an established order, perseverance, revenge, post-9/11 counter-terrorism tactics, the anti-corporate movement, vigilantism, capitalism, rising to the challenge and continuing one hero's legacy for the greater good of the people. There's more to it than visible on the surface level. As for the plot holes, most of them can be explained by applying basic logic. The only one which can't be explained is Miranda not warning Bane about Bruce's return to Gotham. Can't really be detail-oriented while watching a superhero movie. It's not like BB and TDK were the most realistic films ever made. Suspension of disbelief is necessary. TDKR is multilayered and far more intelligent than the average comicbook flick.

I liked how Batman's hard work remained largely unappreciated in TDK where as in TDKR, he finally got the recognition he deserved. His efforts didn't go in vain. He got the respect he deserved even though he didn't need it ;)

TDK, through Gordon's epic monologue and that tragic ending, threw light on the corrupt nature of Gotham and how it was unfair to let one man take the heat for it. TDKR, on the other hand, told us that if one hero's sacrifice is enough to boost a decaying city to unite as one and inspire it to rise above its shameful past, it's probably worth it. Both chapters of Nolan's trilogy explore complex social themes which allows them to transcend their genre. Not only that, these films also deliver entertainment by the bucketful. Did I mention Wally Pfister's fabulous work in the cinematography department? Each film (including Begins) has a beautiful and unique feel.

If anything, TDKR is a worthy addition to the franchise. TDK had set the bar so high that a drop in quality was almost unavoidable. Thanks to TDKR, Nolan expertly ensured that the fall is negligible, thus cementing the trilogy's place among the all-time greats.

We all have different opinions on our favorite films. For instance, 2001 bored me to death and I have no intention of watching it ever again. Yet it's in your top 5.

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Seb

Seb on 9/19/2012 Reply  · 

you mention all of the themes that it brings up, but the problem with dkr is that it doesnt explore the ideas very successfully. it just brings up ideas, it doesnt build on them in smart, narrative driven ways. dark knight did that very well. all dkr does is talk about things, but never shows us. e.g. robin knows that bruce is batman because he saw the same look in his eyes because theyre both orphans?? biggest cop out. robin just tells the audience. all this film does is mention things without showing them and expects us to take it with a grain of salt.there are heaps of issues i had with it narrative-wise. this film is just lazily written. it has no where near as much inspiration as the dark knight, or begins. im not a hater. we all have difference opinions. i just personally dont understand how everyone doesnt see what i see. this film is not quotable at all either. dark knight was endlessly quotable, because it was well written. this film purely has the dialogue there to move the plotalong. its not stimulating or memorable at all. its just monotonous. there was one line i remember liking. there were a few that made me cringe and the rest were just forgettable. u sound like an intelligent dude, and i respect your opinion. everyone at one stage dislikes a film that everyone likes. mines the dark knight rises

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Seb

Seb on 9/19/2012 Reply  · 

im surprised we disagree so much on this, our top 10s are really similar. p.s. there will be blood is the bomb

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 10/4/2012 Reply  · 

This article answers most of the queries in regard to the so-called exposition: http://www.nolanfans.com/2012/07/26/15-things-that-didnt-bother-us-abo ut-the-dark-knight-rises/. I personally thought the film handled all those themes in a delicate and well-crafted manner. The Blackgate prison plot was executed masterfully. A city's moral foundation is seriously messed up if its political structure relies on the false ideals of a child-murdering psychopath. The Dent Act was a ticking time bomb, waiting for someone like Bane to expose its fundamentally flawed nature. This was an extremely smart way of incorporating the unfortunate Harvey Dent coverup in The Dark Knight. The high level of corruption in Gotham provides Bane's character with a certain depth, although his own intentions were probably worse. Bruce's retirement gives it a tragic quality.

The film succeeds wonderfully as a character study as well. Bruce Wayne was, for the most part, sidelined in TDK with more focus being given to Harvey Dent and The Joker. TDKR was all about Bruce Wayne facing his darkest fears, and coming to terms with his regrets and limitations. The psychological scars and physical wounds pointed to a man past his prime with dwindling motivation. These reasons make Batman's inspired comeback to save his city one last time all the more epic. John Blake's detective skills and similar emotional path as Bruce indicate that he was indeed the right dude to continue the dark knight's legacy. The action was thrilling and almost all the performances were fantastic, JGL's acting being standout. The story went full circle in spectacular fashion. I didn't find anything monotonous in TDKR.

"i just personally dont understand how everyone doesnt see what i see."

Are you implying that you alone are right and everybody else is wrong? Only The Joker's lines are highly quotable which is understandable since Heath's performance was one of the best of that decade. Give TDKR some time. We still don't know how future generations will look back at the final chapter of Nolan's trilogy. The critical reception seems to suggest that it is a great film. Hopefully you'll like it more with repeat viewings.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 10/7/2012 Reply  · 

http://www.nolanfans.com/2012/07/26/15-things-that-didnt-bother-us-about-the-dark-knight-rises/

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 8/17/2012 Reply  · 

Almost as good as The Dark Knight. ALMOST.

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Seb

Seb on 9/19/2012 Reply  · 

thats an insult to the dark knight

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JRM

JRM on 8/23/2012 Reply  · 

Can't say it was better than The Dark Knight... but damn, it was fantastic. And it was a great ending to a great trilogy.

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Seb

Seb on 9/19/2012 Reply  · 

it was great because it tied everything up in a neat little bow

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Cenasucks23

Cenasucks23 on 11/14/2012 Reply  · 

DARK KNIGHT RISES = GREATEST FLIM EVER

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Seb

Seb on 3/14/2013 Reply  · 

FLIM, maybe. FILM, no.

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 5/3/2013 Reply  · 

Still the best 3rd installment of a superhero trilogy ever made!

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watchman

watchman on 6/30/2013 Reply  · 

the movie could have been better, the dark knight is the better movie

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JC13

JC13 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

The perfect close to the perfect trilogy. RISE

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Area_hulk

Area_hulk on 3/16/2014 Reply  · 

all the ending was fantastic, it should still be in AFI's top 5 most overrated movies of all time. Along with dark knight, and scarface

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cheesydog1

cheesydog1 on 4/13/2014 Reply  · 

Second best Batman film behind The Dark Knight

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cheesydog1

cheesydog1 on 6/1/2014 Reply  · 

I don't know why everyone was so disappointed with this film I loved it I don't think it's better than The Dark Knight but I do think it was better than Batman Begins I really liked it a lot I don't think it's perfect but again really liked it

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 9/17/2014 Reply  · 

The single greatest CBM trilogy closer ever produced to cap off the benchmark of genre trilogies.

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AverageMovieBuff

AverageMovieBuff on 4/17/2015 Reply  · 

It's an okay movie, it's neither good or bad. It looks good but lacks in other departments.

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AverageMovieBuff

AverageMovieBuff on 5/2/2015 Reply  · 

Actually, it's trash. Not as bad as Man of Steel though.

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seve24

seve24 on 5/11/2015 Reply  · 

It's a fun flick with bad and great moments.

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Koroy

Koroy on 6/18/2015 Reply  · 

It is my favourite from the triology actually

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 6/13/2016 Reply  · 

Congratulations to Christ-opher Johnathan James Nolan for holding back not one, but TWO CBM trilogies from taking its crown. TDK trilogy is STILL the KIng!!!

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Eagleskywalker87

Eagleskywalker87 on Sep 27 Reply  · 

Most overrated movies: 1. Lord Of The Rings. 2. TDKR. 3. The Princess Bride. 4. The Matrix. I'm not exaggerating, I generally dislike these 4 movies!

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