Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller. Rated PG-13.
Ledger as the Joker in Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark
Knight - 2008
Bale as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark
Knight - 2008
Chaos and anarchy starts
to simmer in Gotham City, as the Joker begins his reign as the
Crown Prince of Crime, and it is up to Batman to bring law to
this lawless maniac as The Dark Knight.
Christopher Nolan takes up the director's helm once again in the
sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, the film that resurrected
the superhero onscreen. Christian Bale returns to wear the cape
and cowl, as this time the stakes are high for Batman. Also returning
is Michael Caine as trusty butler/father figure Alfred; Gary Oldman
as honest cop Jim Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
It's been three years since Bruce Wayne became Batman, but now
he thinks it's time for him to hang it up. He finds an successor
in "white knight" Assistant D.A. Harvey Kent [future
Two-Face] (Aaron Eckhart), who's also involved with Rachel Dawes
(Maggie Gyllenhaal), Bruce's childhood friend and love interest.
But the Joker (the late Heath Ledger) sets out to bring disorder
to the people of Gotham City, forcing Batman to take an harder
look at who he is, and what happens next will alter the lives
of those around him forever -- even himself.
Much buzz of The Dark Knight has been due to Ledger,
who died earlier this year from an accidental overdose. Critics
as well as actors Bale and Oldman has stated that his performance
could lead to an post-humous Oscar nomination. Still, Ledger was
amazing and brilliant in creating an iconic villain that is also
psychotic, sociopathic, crazy, insane, and over-the-top -- doing
so with such passion, intensity, and dedication from an actor
that goes too soon before his time.
The Dark Knight has up the stakes even more not just
in breathtaking action and stunt sequences, but also in storytelling
with adult and mature themes. The film explores walking the thin
line between right and wrong -- good and evil -- when it comes
to Batman dealing with the Joker -- especially with our brooding
and tragic protagonist deciding if he's either an hero or vigilante.
Is Batman doing more harm than good? But the film also asks this
question: Can you stop evil by becoming evil?
Choose to die as an hero or live to become the villain when seeing
The Dark Knight, now available in theatres.