Batman bids adieu to silver screen
From his humble beginnings nearly 15 years ago with the 1998 neo-noir ﬁlm “Following,” Christopher Nolan has ascended to become one of the most inﬂuential and successful directors of the most recent decade. His latest project in question was the conclusive chapter of The Dark Knight Saga, which is easily Nolan’s magnum opus, even standing against the ingenious 2010 sci-ﬁ heist ﬁlm “Inception” and the beautiful “The Prestige.” Following the trilogy’s arrival in 2005 with “Batman Begins” and continuation in 2008 with “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” is truly a masterpiece, a beautifully shot, epic-scaled ﬁlm following the evolutions of a spectacular ensemble cast of characters and featuring powerful themes
regarding the class system in society and the nature of legends. “The Dark Knight Rises” serves, ﬁrst and foremost, as the resolution to the compelling arc of the broken man known as Bruce Wayne, once again portrayed by Christian Bale. The intermediate chapter in his story chronicled his corruption and utter demoralization, which leads into the beginning of “Rises,” in which Wayne has regressed into a hollow and miserable existence. He has become consumed with grief after the demise of one of his last connections to humanity, leading to him abandoning his vigilantism with the pursuit of helping humanity through philanthropy, until the failure of his clean energy project completely broke his spirit.
Eight years after the climax of “The Dark Knight,” Bane, a student of Ra’s al Ghul, the same terrorist
The other characters include Tom Hardy as Bane, Michael Caine as Alfred, a loyal father ﬁgure to Wayne, and
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leader that mentored Wayne, has gathered together the remnants of al Ghul’s fanatical cell with the intent of punishing both Wayne for betraying their teacher and by extension, the city Wayne had sworn to protect.
Gary Oldman as Police Commissioner James Gordon. There’s also Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, a thief that is drawn into Bane’s promise of social revolution, Marion Cotilliard as Miranda Tate, Wayne’s former busi-
ness partner, and ofﬁcer John Blake, a cop that is inspired by the legend that Wayne created, the Batman, and portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Among those that stand out the furthest in the cast is Bale, whose conviction in Wayne’s wounded determination and regret provide a needed humanity to a character that has nearly lost his. Even his movements and mannerisms are wonderful. Along with him are Hathaway, who excellently conveys the passion and desperation of an individual that embraced a criminal lifestyle out of a need to survive, and Hardy, who, with just his eyes and voice, conveys the brokenness and anger of a man that was born into, and has only experienced cruelty and pain, and the ruthless shell of a fanatic that he became as a result.
Regardless, Nolan has crafted a wonderful conclusion to his vast and compelling trilogy. He has ﬁnally brought a complete character arc with resolution to the character of Bruce Wayne, after nearly 75 years of remaining a static character in the source material. “The Dark Knight Rises” is easily one of the greatest ﬁlms of the year, though it certainly has competition on its coattails in the coming months, such as PT Anderson’s “The Master” and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
“Dark Knight Rises”
Christian Bale Anne Hathaway Tom Hardy
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Legacy does not live up to expectations tommy turner staff writer
Ten years ago Matt Damon and director Doug Liman introduced Robert Ludlum’s super assassin Jason Bourne to Hollywood. After two successful sequels (directed by Paul Greengrass) that gave us a satisfying ending, we never again expected to hear such phrases as “Blackbriar,” “Treadstone” or “Bourne is in Manhattan!” It appears we have spoken too soon. Now it seems “there was never just one” as the tag line of the latest installment entitled “The Bourne Legacy.” The film does not star Matt Damon or have Greengrass behind the camera but still contains that catchy Moby theme and newcomer to the series, Jeremy Renner. Our first shot of the spin-off is that of a man floating similarly to that of Jason Bourne in the original film. As the
movie progresses into real time, it is a bearded mountain man diving into the depths of the sea to reach an unimportant steel canister that is absolutely never mentioned again throughout the duration of the film. We later identify this man as Aaron Cross, professional wolf warrior, or so it seems as he battles wolves for no apparent reason. Now flashback to Virginia, where we see a couple familiar analysts and sketchy politicians who reiterate the same conversations over, and over, and over. Eventually they bring Edward Norton in as some sort of professional at giving orders as he is never seen doing anything other than yell about Outcome, America’s latest program to give randomly selected Army recruits
various agent pills that transform them into highly skilled mercenaries, as opposed to Jason Bourne who
in any data he foundbut whatever, that’s movie logic. Thus the government tries to destroy Outcome with
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was trained the old fashion way of being beat repeatedly and drowned. Oh no! We hear Jason turned every single operation top side for the world to know about, except for Outcome; some how it was never brought up
agent Aaron Cross, who, when he isn’t busy fighting wolves, is either having an awkward love scene with Rachel Weisz or screaming at her for drugs because that’s what heroes do. After a good scream-
ing match Aaron goes on a journey looking for more agent pills and does some cool Jason Bourne moves such as parkour, jumping through doors, and hand to hand combat on the way. The action scenes are filmed at a fast pace and sometimes a bit too shaky and can leave you feeling like you missed a bit of the action, which is one of the only upsides to this film. One scene in particular is a 30 minute chase scene between Aaron and some sort of Asian superman that ends in a cheesy CGI effect leaving you feeling almost cheated. The acting is fairly solid from Renner, Weisz, and Norton. I wish I could say more for Asian superman,but I feel this was just an overall shabby attempt
at milking a series dry. Overall, if you love Jeremy Renner and are in the mood for some decent action scenes, average acting, hectic disorienting fight scenes, complete with a Moby song this one might satisfy your craving. It’s “A pure adrenaline rush.” In my opinion, I would rather be shot and left for dead in the Mediterranean Sea without any memory of this film than see it again and just remember Bourne as he should be remembered: being Matt Damon.
“The Bourne Legacy”
Starring: Jeremy Renner Edward Norton Rachel Weisz Run Time: 125min. Rating: