Friday, August 08, 2008

The Day when I & Family watched The Dark Night


The film begins with the Joker robbing a mob-owned bank with several other accomplices, whom he tricks into killing each other before killing the last one himself. That night, a trio of Batman impersonators attempt to interrupt a meeting of various mobsters and the Scarecrow. The real Batman appears and apprehends all of the criminals and impostors, but suffers injuries which lead him to re-design the batsuit. Batman and Lieutenant James Gordon contemplate including new district attorney Harvey Dent in their plan to eradicate the mob, as he could be the public hero Batman cannot be. Bruce discovers Dent is dating Rachel Dawes.

Mob bosses meet to discuss Batman, Gordon, and Dent, while a Chinese mobster accountant, Lau, informs the gang leaders he has hidden their money to preempt a plan Gordon has hatched to seize the mobsters' funds. The Joker arrives unexpectedly, offering to kill Batman for half of their money, but the offer is denied. After Batman successfully abducts Lau in Hong Kong and delivers him to the Gotham City police, and with their funds in jeopardy, the mobsters agree to hire the Joker. The Joker tells all of Gotham that if Batman does not turn himself in to the police, people will die each day. Public officials, including Commissioner Loeb and the judge presiding over the mob trials, are among the murdered. Wayne decides to comply, but, before he can, Dent announces that he is actually Batman so they can draw the Joker out of hiding. The Joker attempts to ambush the police convoy carrying Dent, but Batman and Gordon intervene and arrest the Joker.

At the police station, Batman interrogates the Joker, who reveals that Dawes and Dent have been placed by the police in warehouses rigged with explosives, on opposite sides of the city; they are far enough apart that Batman cannot save them both. Batman speeds off to save Dawes, while Gordon and the police head after Dent. However, the Joker lied, sending Batman after Dent and Gordon after Dawes. With the help of a bomb planted at the police station, the Joker escapes with Lau in tow. Batman arrives at Dent's location in time to save him, but Dent sustains burns to the left side of his face. Gordon does not arrive in time to save Dawes; she is killed in the explosion. In the hospital, Dent is driven to madness over the loss of Dawes. The Joker frees Dent from the hospital and convinces him to exact revenge on the corrupt cops and mobsters that placed him and Dawes in the warehouses, as well as Batman and Gordon.

Harvey "Two-Face" Dent goes on a personal vendetta, confronting the corrupt cops and mobsters one by one, deciding their fates with the flip of a coin. The Joker burns Lau along with his half of the mob's money. He announces to the public that anyone left in Gotham at nightfall will be subject to his rule. With the bridges and tunnels out of the city closed due to the Joker's bomb threat, the authorities begin evacuating people by ferry. The Joker places explosives on two of the ferries—one ferry with convicts, the other with civilians—telling all the passengers the only way to save themselves is to trigger the explosives on the other ferry; otherwise, he will destroy both remotely at midnight.

Batman locates the Joker and prevents him from destroying the ferries after both ferries decide not to destroy each other. The Joker acknowledges Batman as truly incorruptible, but that Dent is not, and his madness has been unleashed upon the city. The SWAT team captures the Joker, and Batman leaves in search of Dent. At the remains of the building where Dawes died, Batman finds Dent holding Gordon and Gordon's family at gunpoint. Dent proceeds to judge the innocence of Batman, himself, and Gordon's son through coin tosses. Dent shoots Batman in the abdomen, but before Dent can determine the boy's fate, Batman tackles him over the side of the building. As Dent lies motionless on the ground, Batman and Gordon realize the loss of morale the city would suffer if Dent's acts of murder were to become known. Batman convinces Gordon to preserve Dent's image by blaming Batman for the murders. As Gordon destroys the Bat-Signal, a manhunt for Batman ensues.

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Produced by Christopher Nolan
Charles Roven
Emma Thomas

Written by Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan
Jonathan Nolan

Story: David S. Goyer
Christopher Nolan

Characters: Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Jerry Robinson

Starring Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Heath Ledger
Gary Oldman
Aaron Eckhart
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Morgan Freeman

Music by Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard

Cinematography Wally Pfister

Editing by Lee Smith

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Running time 152 min.

Country United States

Language English

Budget $180 million[1]


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