Christopher Nolan brings his epic Batman trilogy to an awesome conclusion with The Dark Knight Rises, giving Christian Bale’s brooding vigilante superhero one last hurrah against the forces of anarchy and chaos that invariably beset Gotham City.
Eight years have passed since the events of the previous movie and Bruce Wayne has hung up Batman’s cape and cowl to live as a bearded, hobbling recluse behind the walls of Wayne Manor, attended only by doting butler Alfred (a gruff but teary Michael Caine).
He’s tempted out of seclusion, though, by encounters with Anne Hathaway’s slinky cat burglar Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, and Marion Cotillard’s silky millionaire philanthropist Miranda Tate, but it takes the apocalyptic threat posed by masked terrorist Bane to get him to resurrect his crime-fighting alter ego in a bid to save Gotham from annihilation.
Along the way, Nolan stages jaw-dropping set pieces with typical bravura, Bale continues to prove he’s the best screen Batman and Hathaway’s sexy and mischievous Catwoman gets to purr the film’s best lines and provides most of its rare moments of humour.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download by Warner Home Video on Monday 3rd December.
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