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Batman Begins (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.3
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Christian Bale Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine Alfred
Ken Watanabe Ra's Al Ghul
Liam Neeson Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy Dr. Jonathan Crane
Tom Wilkinson Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer Earle
Mark Boone Junior Flass
Mark Boone Jr.
Morgan Freeman
Linus Roache
Plot
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?

Co-written 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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Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Crime; Fantasy; Thriller
Director Christopher Nolan
Producer Charles Roven; Emma Thomas; Larry Franco
Writer Bob Kane; David S. Goyer; Christopher Nolan
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 140 mins
Movie Release Date 6/15/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 542
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/1/2005
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569594159
Release Date 10/18/2005
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Features Not Specified
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