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The Dark Knight Rises
Review by Christopher Gildemeister
July 20, 2012
PG-13 for intense
sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
Christian Bale, Gary
Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard
Recommended age: 16+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Red
Partial nudity, sex implied
War, terrorism, murder, torture, mass death depicted, guns,
knives, beatings, fistfights, explosions
“Bitch,” “bastard,” “balls,” “hell,” “damn
Retired from his role as Batman and a billionaire recluse, Bruce
Wayne is lured back into action when he is robbed by the Catwoman. But Batman
soon confronts a much greater foe: the terrorist Bane, who cuts Gotham City off
from the rest of the country, imprisons its police force, inspires its citizenry
to revolution against “ the corrupt who have kept you down with myths of
opportunity” – and who threatens to destroy the city with a nuclear bomb. But
behind Bane lurks an even more sinister threat…
Like the previous films in the franchise,
Batman Begins and
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises is dark and violent in the
extreme. Hundreds are slaughtered in the film, as Bane’s thugs wage open war on
the police and innocents, using guns, bombs, and most other forms of weaponry.
Bane frequently murders his victims by grabbing their head and snapping their
neck. An extended sequence features Bane brutally beating Batman and breaking
his back before imprisoning him to be further tortured. Batman is also
graphically stabbed and undergoes other injuries. Bane also forcibly performs a
blood transfusion on a man, as well as massacring many people in public venues.
The film is also replete with imagery likely to be particularly disturbing to
younger viewers, such as a bombing terrorist attack on a football stadium while
a little boy is singing the National Anthem.
Other content is limited but present. Language includes multiple
uses of the words listed above. Batman is frequently seen naked above the waist,
and Bane spends the entire movie shirtless. Bruce Wayne also has a liaison with
a lover in front of a fireplace, though no breasts or genitals are shown and the
actual sex act is not depicted.
Though its lead character is a comic-book superhero, the violence
in The Dark Knight Rises is a far cry from the comic-inspired fantasy
action in such movies as
Captain America or
The Avengers. Instead, The Dark Knight Rises seemingly glories in
brutality, and creates a bleak depiction of the world overrun by terrorists,
characterized by a dismal mood likely to frighten any youngster exposed to it.
Parents are strongly cautioned that the PTC does not recommend this film for
viewers under age 16.
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