Batman Begins


With Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Rutger Hauer, Michael Caine

Directed by Christopher Nolan

After Joel Schumacher's systematic campifying of the
Batman franchise, we thought there was no way the dark knight could ever be redeemed.
That's until
Memento director Christopher Nolan and American Psycho actor Christian Bale teamed up to breathe new life into the comic book hero.
Not as bizarre as Tim Burton's visions either, here the genesis of Batman's crime fighting get a realistic edge. As the wealthy heir of the Wayne industrial millions, Bruce goes in self-imposed exile to understand the mind of the criminal.

This happens years after the murder of his parents and the confrontation with his helplessness as Gotham City slips into crime. Sought and taught by a secret vigilante ninja sect, he gains the knowledge, strength and technique to defeat his enemies and return to Gotham City to exact some justice. With classified equipment from Wayne Industries' unused military applications, he takes on the big boys and their minions out to tear Gotham City apart.

Deep, dark, invigorating, slick and brilliantly made with a great cast, don't expect a lot of neon lighting, cheap lines or any butt-shots (like Joel Schumacher's versions) … OK, I counted two crappy car-related one-liners, but hey, you can't be deadly serious all the time.

5 / A
- Paul Blom

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