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The Dark Knight (12A)

PUBLISHED: 17:37 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

The Dark Knight (12A) by Alex Wellman Aside from the tragic death of one of the principal actors, one of the things that has set The Dark Knight apart from every other release this year is the fact that some of it has been shot using IMAX

The Dark Knight (12A)

by Alex Wellman

Aside from the tragic death of one of the principal actors, one of the things that has set The Dark Knight apart from every other release this year is the fact that some of it has been shot using IMAX cameras.

Not being a techno-geek the only thing I know about IMAX cameras is that they are bigger and better than normal cameras but this seems the perfect way to describe Batman's latest adventure.

Bigger and better.

Not only is The Dark Knight bigger and better than its predecessor, Batman Begins, but it is also bigger and better than any film you are likely to see this year.

Set exactly after the events the first film, The Dark Knight shows a Gotham City wracked with splintered criminal gangs all vying for the top spot.

Impostor vigilantes in curious black attire are popping up across the city and the police force is still being eaten away by corruption.

Tiring of the situation, District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Batman/ Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) take the chance to put hundreds of criminals away for a long time and make the city a better place.

A disgruntled criminal community hits back and takes advantage of an offer to get rid of the Batman from a mysterious, sadistic new face on the block called The Joker (Heath Ledger).

A series of frenetic battles ensues as the good guys look to catch the bad guys and the bad guys look to kill the good guys leading to a deadly confrontation.

In a word this film is fantastic.

With this movie, director Christopher Nolan has once again breathed new, gritty life into the superhero genre.

Similar in tone to the first film, The Dark Knight sees Batman crash into walls, smash into cars and stitch up his cuts afterwards as he looks to clean up Gotham City.

A few new gadgets, including a huge armoured motorcycle called the bat-pod, help and old friends such as Alfred (Michael Caine), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) are on hand to offer advice.

In the role of the demented Joker, Heath Ledger is a revelation.

With The Dark Knight, Ledger has created one of the most memorable and chilling villains in recent movie history.

Gone are the theatrics of Jack Nicholson and in comes a hate-filled psychopath with no limits and a desire only to see chaos reign supreme.

The Joker is the type of person to waltz into a gang boss meeting after raiding a bank with their cash in it only to offer them a magic trick which includes making a pencil disappear and a hoodlum's eye.

Action scenes are shot to perfection and help continue the 'real, gritty' feeling which coursed through the first film.

A scene where the Joker and his thugs are trying to ram a SWAT van holding Harvey Dent and culminates in a big-rig truck being flipped 180 degrees rams up the pulse and numerous gun and fist fights keep it going until then end.

An ending which leaves no doubt that the Batman will return and if the following films are anything as good as this we welcome it with open arms.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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