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Issue: Winter, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight movie review

Dark Mythology

I believe what doesn't kill you simply makes you -- stranger.

A sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight once again presents an unsanitised Batman living rich but sleepless in crime capital of America.

The high cost of the business of fighting crime is paid by the conscience. Bruce Wayne has lost his lovely attorney Rachel to Harvey Dent, a crusading attorney whose extreme behaviours have people thinking the he might well be the Batman.

As the darkest Joker yet terrorises the city and destroys evil-doers and good-doers alike in his bid for untramelled ascendancy, a romantic triangle of crime-fighters must confront the consequences of their actions to criminals and to the innocent.

Movie poster, Batman Dark Knight; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Batman Dark Knight; Festivale film review

Why So Serious?

If you're not getting shot at, you're not doing your job right

What is the true cost of fighting the good fight? Like many other stories, the story of the Batman is the story of a man who is called both villain and hero, who is ruthlessly rejected, attacked and reviled by those he protects.

You either die a hero, or live long enough to become a villain.

The nature of the hero, and what she or he is willing to give up of themselves, psychologically as well as physically, and we must ask the question of whether the great unwashed masses are deserving of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 16 July 2008
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Title: Batman Dark Knight(2008)
Written by: Jonathan Nolan (scr), Christopher Nolan (scr) Bob Kane (characters);
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
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The Players: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Michael Hall

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