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Batman Begins [2005 film] (2005)

by Christopher Nolan (Director/Screenwriter), David S. Goyer (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Christian Bale (Actor), Michael Caine (Actor), Morgan Freeman (Actor), Rutger Hauer (Actor), Katie Holmes (Actor)9 more, James Newton Howard (Composer), Cillian Murphy (Actor), Gerard Murphy (Actor), Liam Neeson (Actor), Gary Oldman (Actor), Wally Pfister (Cinematographer), Ken Watanabe (Actor), Tom Wilkinson (Actor), Hans Zimmer (Composer)

Series: The Dark Knight Trilogy (1), Batman Films [chronological] (5)

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As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes. This trauma led him to become obsessed with revenge. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with a ninja cult leader, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City. The City is now overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armoured suit leads him to take on a new persona. He becomes Batman and strikes fear into the hearts of men who do wrong. With the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various criminal schemes that have been set in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right.… (more)
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Long and boring. ( )
  themulhern | Jul 16, 2017 |
An orphaned millionaire learns to fight crime.

When I went to see it for the first time, I had huge expectations, and it blew them all away. Sure, like any sensible person, I like The Dark Knight better. But this one has become my basis of comparison. ( )
  comfypants | Feb 16, 2016 |
Summary: "As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes. This trauma led him to become obsessed with revenge. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with a ninja cult leader, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City. The City is now overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armoured suit leads him to take on a new persona. He becomes Batman and strikes fear into the hearts of men who do wrong. With the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various criminal schemes that have been set in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right." (from WorldCat.org) ( )
  elentari-movies | Feb 11, 2009 |
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  shamela | Jan 17, 2007 |
Possibly the best of all the Batman pictures, though still so choc a bloc full of all the action movie cliches that I couldn't see raising this one above a three star rating.

Bale, Freeman, Caine all did credible jobs but the actings skills of some of the other characters were a bit on the thin side. Especially whoever they got as the forgettable love interest. Also some of the props for Gotham seemed a bit on the Japanese horror movie set circa 1957 side. With CG so cheap nowadays you'd think nobody'd be building model sets anymore. Or perhaps I'm just being too finicky, anyway it was certainly a decent enough way to kill two hours over a few beers. ( )
  worldsedge | Sep 2, 2006 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nolan, ChristopherDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goyer, David S.Screenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bale, ChristianActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caine, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MorganActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hauer, RutgerActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holmes, KatieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, James NewtonComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, CillianActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, GerardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Neeson, LiamActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oldman, GaryActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pfister, WallyCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Watanabe, KenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilkinson, TomActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zimmer, HansComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes. This trauma led him to become obsessed with revenge. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with a ninja cult leader, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City. The City is now overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armoured suit leads him to take on a new persona. He becomes Batman and strikes fear into the hearts of men who do wrong. With the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various criminal schemes that have been set in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right.

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Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?

Cowritten by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine provides much of the film's humor as the family butler, Alfred, and as the love interest, Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) is surprisingly believable in her first adult role. Also featuring Gary Oldman as the young police officer Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as a Q-like gadgets expert, and Cillian Murphy as the vile Jonathan Crane. --David Horiuchi
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