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- DescriptionGenius of mystery and intrigue Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, FOLLOWING, INSOMNIA) helms this prequel to the Batman films based on the DC Comics series, explaining how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) the billionaire prince of Gotham whose parents were killed in an alleyway mugging transformed into the crime-fighting superhero. With flashbacks to his privileged childhood, young Master Wayne, as he is called by the butler Alfred (Michael Caine), develops a terrible fear of bats when he falls through the backyard garden into a hidden cave. As a young adult, Wayne lives among the League of Shadows, a martial arts group in the mountains of Asia. His leaders Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) teach him strength, endurance, and unfortunately evil, against which he naturally rebels. Returning to Gotham and reinstating himself as a dapper socialite and the rightful heir to his parents' enterprise, Wayne quickly devises his secret identity, commanding help from the gadgetry expert Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). With one eye on his childhood playmate Rachel (Katie Holmes) now a beautiful woman and dedicated lawyer and the other on his mission to save Gotham from criminal corruption, Batman makes his fledgling debut. But when the blue-blooded mastermind Dr. Crane (Cillian Murphy) who steals every scene with chilling menace taints the water system with a hallucinatory substance, Batman realises he has met his first true opponent. An attitude of grave seriousness elevates BATMAN BEGINS above more cartoony Batman movies, as Nolan crafts a dark drama that thrives on sci-fi intrigue. Bale strides into the role with grace, adding refinement that is seldom seen in action-oriented films. And while the action scenes explode with high-tech glitz and fast-moving thrills, they are evenly placed among sequences of plot and character development, making for a complex and satisfying viewing experience.
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- Leading Role 1Christian Bale
- Director 1Christopher Nolan
- Leading Role 2Katie Holmes
- Leading Role 3Cillian Murphy
- Additional Roles byMorgan Freeman,Ken Watanabe,Gary Oldman,Lucy Russell,Sara Stewart
- ProducerCharles Roven,Larry J. Franco,Emma Thomas
- ScreenwriterChristopher Nolan,David S. Goyer
- Score ComposerJames Newton Howard,Hans Zimmer
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2005
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Subtitle LanguagesArabic,English,German,Hebrew,Icelandic
- Running Time134 minutes
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- shadowlesssword07 Jul, 2016by
Good film I thoroughly enjoyed it
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- aswa440018 Aug, 2016by
Great film ruined
A excellent film from watched on tv many years ago... But due to interruptions every 15mins!!! It absolutely gets rubbish!!!! I hope the other 2 i ordered work better!!!
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- rklp_7921 Aug, 2012by
Batman Is Back and Better Then Ever......WOW!
Christopher Nolan (and cast) have pulled off what I hadn't dared to dream - a Batman every bit as good as Burton/Keaton's vision - and eradicated the camp, feverish memories of Clooney, Kilmer and (cough..) O'Donnell. The story is as good an origin story as you'll find - covering all the major (true-to-the-comic) events, and not wasting ages on them. We see Wayne's all-important training period (previously ignored), and his connection to the Tibetan shadow-ninja clan led by Ra's Al Ghul. We see Bruce come up with ideas for his symbol, his costume, his gadgets, his car, his cave - IT ALL FITS SO PERFECTLY. That's not all - Liam Neeson is perfect (as ever, when Lucas isn't writing his lines), Batman's first mad nemesis (the Scarecrow) is genuinely frightening; with some outstandingly scary 'fear' effects.. Gary Oldman looks just like a young Commissioner Gordon (and doesn't dominate), Morgan Freeman and Rutger Hauer give solid heavyweight support to the boardroom machinations at Wayne Enterprizes. I love Michael Gough(?) but Michael Caine is great as Alfred. It's only Katie Holmes who didn't ring true for me - not because of her performance, but simply because she looks all of 15 years old (sorry Katie). I am always blown away by Christian Bale, and this is no exception. The fights are great, the Bat-gadgets all there, the car is amazing, the plot is thorough and exciting, Gotham looks great, Batman really is frightening & menacing (and lethal!).. And the scenes with the bats themselves FINALLY get across the idea of how scary they can be. There is some humour, but it's fairly dry. The soundtrack, like all the best original soundtracks, is excellent - you hardly know it's there, but the emotions of the scene are enhanced and boosted. For the most part this is a serious Batman film, with plenty for long-time fans. This NEW Batman is one I'd like to see again. Bravo Mr Nolan, bravo. Read full review
- 438532959@delet...20 Nov, 2011by
Kapow!! Batman Begins!
Christian Bale has remade Batman in his image, this gives more background into the Legend of 'Batman' This follows the DC Comics version so much more then its predecessors.
- bevyk7508 Nov, 2011by
A good film but nothing like the first four films.
I do like this film but I am a fan of the originals which were true to the cartoon caper character and full of bright lights and loud characters. This film is much darker and more serious. It trys to explain why Bruce Wayne becomes Batman (which was done already but differently in the 1st film) His character is brooding and sulky (and a ninja!)and it is a great stand alone film but don't expect it to be anything like the first four films. Michael Caine is a star as Alfred the butler.
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