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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:34

By Trevin Smith



In all of the superhero movies I have seen, never have I watched one go through such agony as Batman does in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

In two hours and forty minutes, Batman is banned a traitor, despised in Gotham city, his reputation torn to shreds, making for a movie that pulls the audience in philosophically rather than through violence.

The story takes place eight years after “The Dark Knight.” Batman (Christian Bale) has become an unshaven recluse, nearly excommunicated from Gotham city and its people.

A terrorist leader named Bane (Tom Hardy) then steals a nuclear reactor the city had planned to use for energy and threatens to detonate it.

Director Christopher Noland brings out the emotionally darker side as Bruce Wayne, not Batman, has to revive himself after having everything he holds dear, even Alfred, ripped away from him.

My only problems were Batman’s butler Alfred, who in nearly every scene is snibling and wining at Bruce Wayne, telling him how much he loves him. The next is Bane’s voice, which sounds like a cross between Darth Vador, Barry White and Robin Leach.

I could count the number of fight scenes on my hand, and you see more of Bruce Wayne struggling to identify who he is, rather than being Batman, which I think will turn off the people who only want to see fights and bat-gadgets. But it is because of these struggles that I loved seeing who this hero is, rather than what he can be.


Trevin Smith, of CV, is currently studying journalism at Las Positas College where he has been the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the school newspaper, The Express. You may read more of his work at and emai: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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