Dark KnightPosted on: 30 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Laurence Green reviews the new Batman crusade, and you can watch a video clip from Gotham City.
Fear not. The Caped Crusader is back to save mankind from the dark forces in the continuing battle between good and evil as Christopher Nolan's latest, long awaited Batman saga The Dark Knight hits the big screen.
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and the committed new District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organised crime in Gotham City for good.
The triumvirate initially proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker. He thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces The Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
Things turn darker for the District Attorney when, after battling with The Joker, half of his face is disfigured by acid, and, bent on revenge, he becomes another thorn in Batman's side.
To be fair this latest episode in the multi-million dollar franchise lacks the clarity and depth of its predecessor Batman Begins. That took the legendary character back to his origins, re-imagining why and how the billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne became the enigmatic crime fighter known to the world as Batman.
Furthermore the story jumps from one incident to another, scarcely giving the audience time to breathe.
But, having said that, this rollercoaster of a movie does have some tremendously exciting sequences, most notably the bank robbery at the beginning in which the criminals led by The Joker escape with their ill-gotten gains in a fleet of school buses, or the climatic car chase between The Joker, the police and Batman, with the latter shooting excitedly at a police van with a bazooka, not to mention the most explosive sequence involving the implosion of an entire building.
The gadgets and weaponry have also been taken up a notch, including the innovative Bat Pod, the mother of all motorbikes.
This indeed is a film you have to see on the big screen. I saw it on the giant IMAX screen which plunges you right into the heart of the action and makes you feel you are flying through the air just like Batman.
Christian Bale once again reprises the role of Batman, bringing a strong degree of conviction to the role of the comic-book superhero.
Heath Ledger, in his last screen performance prior to his untimely death, impresses as the unhinged psychopath and Batman's arch-nemesis, the clown-faced Joker.
Sterling support is provided by Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal - taking over from Katie Holmes - and Aaron Eckhart.
This is bound to be the blockbuster of the summer and I'm sure fans will not be disappointed.
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The Dark Knight official movie website: thedarkknight.warnerbros.com
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