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The Dark Knight Rises

I know for a fact that a lot of people were anticipating the release of this movie based on the massive success of ‘The Dark Knight’ and I had friends who hadn’t stopped talking about it since 2011. This movie was on every movie bluffs lips as the most anticipated and probably highest selling film of the year, giving Marvel’s avengers a run for its money but alas, on the 1st day of Screening in one theater in the United States, tragedy struck.

I take a pause here to say R.I.P to the lost souls and solace that is best found in the hands of God be upon their family and friends.

For a movie so highly anticipated, the circumstances surrounding its release caused a major blip in its box office numbers; some attributed this to fear and some to respect for those who lost their but whatever the case, the total numbers for The Dark Knight Rises so far have failed to meet up with its predecessor and haven’t even met up with half of The avengers revenue.

Now to the Movie, I’m sure the guys behind The Dark Knight series of Batman are priding themselves in having one of the most intricate plots in a superhero movie ever made. Most people are used to going to watch a superhero film and having fun watching how some phenomenon made the superhero and then the villain and then they fight it out…… But with this Batman series, a dense plot filled with twist, turns, and tumbles begins with the 1st, gets lighter with the second and then gets even more so with the third.

It’s one of those movies you probably want to watch more than once just to get a total grasp of.

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[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]The film takes off eight years from where ‘The Dark Knight’ left off, Gotham is now a peaceful state as there has been a major cover up of Harvey Dent’s crimes with Batman taking the fall; deceit has been used to create ‘The Dent Act’ for a ‘good’ cause and it has worked so far.

May I note here now that a lot of people think this to be an O.K route to take in life – doing wrong things for the perceived ‘greater good’ of the majority; why can’t we just stick to the truth and let the people either accept it or not. If you read the Bible from the beginning to the end, you will notice that God always places TRUTH in front of us and then gives us the option to choose it. Why couldn’t he have just said this is it and then made everyone conform to it, because He’s given us freewill; why must humans then  try to tamper with it by using deceit to try and get others to do things, don’t they realise the Truth is too powerful to stay hidden?

A significant portion of the film is centred on the cover up and the repercussions for it; and just like Bane took advantage of it, that’s the way the devil takes advantage of situations like this, in fact he delights in seeing people use his ways for their perceived good. For if you didn’t know before, the devil’s way is deception.

Another thing I want to say is that no matter how far one has gone down the wrong part, or how hopeless the situation may seem, he can still be redeemed, just look at Batman.

The plot and production in this film were really good, they were entirely dreary and dark but that fit the theme of the movie perfectly![/toggle]

[toggle title=”Cast“]Bruce Wayne/Batman played by Christian Bale

Before I start talking about this role I just want to commend the hard work Christian Bale puts into his acting, this guy goes all out with his acting and physical appearances to fit his roles.

Now to the role of Batman, the reason why I can have a fitting place for him in my superhero favourites list is because the dude is entirely 100% human. You watch a superhero film and expect to find them with some mutant power or something entirely externally contributed to make them ‘super’ but with Batman, even if he’s got all them external gadgets, he is one superhero who’s  ‘super’ is entirely from within him.

For me it just makes me want to go out daily and make use of the Power deposited in me, the power that sure is greater than batman’s (wink).

For all that doubt, if batman who is just a fictional character can do it, how much more you?

He shows great perseverance and I tell you, if there’s one thing that cannot be touched, it’s your spirit, but one can be made to lose focus and concentrate on circumstances that make you forget this. That’s where fellowship with the word comes in.

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Tom Hardy as Bane

I’m sure a lot of people can go all out and talk about the demonic and extremely dark nature of this guy but there’s one thing that stuck out with this character. Inside all that darkness, he still felt he was doing the right thing; has any one of you stopped to think how even in all the darkness he portrayed, it appeared he was the best out of all the inmates in that prison and helped the young Talia escape.

How did he get from that point to Bane?

I spent a long time in discussion with the Holy Spirit on that and this was the answer I was supplied, the devil is constantly scheming and plotting to get folks to hell with him. One has to choose (actively decide) to reject him and accept the gospel or he falls prey to the devil’s wiles and deception (in this case, the Ra’s al Ghul)

Tom Hardy was almost unrecognisable in this, and did such a fantastic job.

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Selina Kyle/Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway

This is the typical portrayal of the stand in the middle, indifferent person, who decides: ‘I’m not taking any sides’ but ends up doing more harm than good in the world. What they fail to realise is that there really is no middle ground.

If you noticed from the earlier parts of the movie, even though she felt she was doing her own stuff and not being in favour of anyone, her actions were working in the favour of the bad until she actively decided to be on the side of good.

It’s selfish tendencies that cause the stand in the middle mentality and it never works for good.

Anne did do well acting this role, a lot of people didn’t see her pulling it off but she did.

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John Blake played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This character plays the voice of reason, the voice of ‘Truth’ seeking manifestation.

The Truth has powerful but is made manifest through the children of God which shows the confidence God has in His children; that we will take the responsibility of knowing the truth and telling others so they can function in it.

The whole of Gotham would have been swallowed in darkness if not for the actions of this one man. It may have seemed like all he did was talk but sometimes it’s the little things that cause the avalanche of great things to happen!

It was exciting to find out that he is Robin at the end of the film and looks like a new take to Robin who has constantly been portrayed as the delinquent being rehabilitated by Batman.

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[toggle title=”Supporting Cast“]There are some great supporting cast in this movie, for some reason it’s even hard to classify them as supporting cast because they seemed so main cast. Of notable mention are Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

I could write some small pieces on each but I’ll restrain myself and just say they did an amazing job and who would have guessed Miranda was the villain behind the villain all along, whew![/toggle]

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Hope you enjoyed the piece. Sound off in the comments

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. punkenstein

    10th August 2012 at 8:55 am

    I’d give John Blake character the highest rating. Enjoyed the scenes he appeared in and his silently key role in the whole movie…

  2. MoviePencil

    5th September 2012 at 7:33 am

    Well, I could have done that too, I guess it’s just because Bruce is Batman that’s why he gets the highest and then he did more all through the film.

  3. inkheart777

    8th September 2012 at 5:54 pm

    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. very insightful.

  4. Anonymous

    27th November 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This is good. Very diff from d reviews we see out dere. Keep it up bro. I loved d film. D twist (when d lady turned out to be the person behind it all) and the suspense of continuity just trippd me. Nice work

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