A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he's trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League's true purpose -- the complete destruction of Gotham City -- Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) ], a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born.
Writer: David Goyer, Bob Kane
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producer: Charles Roven, Larry J. Franco, Benjamin Melniker, Emma Thomas, Michael E. Uslan
Cast: Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Linus Roache, Morgan Freeman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Gus Lewis, Sara Stewart, Mark Boone Junior
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A once careless Bruce Wayne has taken Gotham‚Äôs problems upon himself as he assumes the role of Batman in a thrilling and modern way.
Overall, this show is action packed, shows the story of how Bruce Wayne became batman, and takes a realistic approach to it for the most part.
The action is great but the story has some depth as well. I'd agree with the MPAA rating of PG-13 with this one. It's a bit mature for kids under 13.June 5th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
I thought this film was incredibly violent. It's also a brilliant prequel to the Batman series. Christian Bale is phenomenal.August 9th, 2013 · Details
I thought this film was incredibly violent. It's also a brilliant prequel to the Batman series. Christian Bale is phenomenal.August 18th, 2011 · Details
Fantastic re-boot of one of the greatest comic book characters of all time. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. If you're a Batman fan and haven't seen this, be sure you do.February 12th, 2011 · Details
"Batman Begins" is easily the best of all the big-screen Batman movies . . . not that that's saying that much.
Even Tim Burton's films of DC Comics' Caped Crusader haven't aged well and let's not even get into the garish Joel Schumacher films, or the silly '60s television spin-off.
"Batman Begins" is a solidly entertaining superhero movie that smartly jettisons all the baggage left over from previous films, even as it tries to create and expand upon its own mythology.
Still, you do have to wonder whether audiences will respond favorably to a superhero movie like this, which is more of a psychological thriller at times, and which clearly emphasizes character over action. Although there is plenty of action.
Also, this is the darkest, scariest Bat-film since Tim Burton's "Batman Returns," and it's definitely not for young ones.
"Batman Begins" is an origin tale that begins with the combat training of young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) at the hands of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), the evil R'as Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and other members of the League of Shadows.
The guilt-ridden Bruce hopes that the training will give him skills to clean up Gotham City. Fortunately, he also has the support of his butler and confidante, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a long-forgotten scientist working at Wayne Industries.
Lucius arms Bruce with a high-tech suit and weapons, and by night the bachelor playboy takes on Gotham's criminal element, which includes mob boss Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) and Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy), a psychological researcher with an alter ego of his own the fear-inducing Scarecrow.
Writer/director Christopher Nolan and co-screenwriter David Goyer have clearly tried to mimic the successful "Spider-Man" formula. But the film is a little overstuffed, with too many competing subplots, including a tacked-on romantic story line featuring Katie Holmes.
Still, there are some very effective moments. And thanks to Bale's multi-layered performance, this is the best, most complex character to put on the Bat-cowl. And there's no denying the visceral thrills to be had from watching the new Batmobile (which is almost more tank than car).
With the exception of the underutilized Holmes, everyone in the excellent supporting cast gets to shine. In fact, Caine and Freeman are so good they beg for more screen time, as does Gary Oldman, who plays police detective Jim Gordon.
"Batman Begins" is rated PG-13 for strong scenes of violence (including gunplay, sword fights, combat, vehicular violence and explosive mayhem), drug content (use of hallucinogenic drugs, as well as hypodermic needles), and scattered use of strong profanity. Running time: 140 minutes.
June 15th, 2005 · Details