Batman Begins


The fifth Batman movie goes back to the beginning to show how Batman arrived on the scene. As a child, he sees his wealthy parents murdered, planting the seeds for a lifelong hate of crime. Years later, while in a Chinese labour camp, he meets a mysterious stranger who guides him into the martial arts. Later, back in his home city, he adopts the famous bat persona as he begins the fight against crime.


139 minutes.
No persons under 10 (Violence).
Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller.

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Now I just need some whips and chains...
Now I just need some whips and chains...

Credits

Cast
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Cilian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer
Director
Christopher Nolan
ScreenplayChristopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, from the comics by Bob Kane
MusicJames Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi, Mel Wesson
CinematographyWally Pfister
Sound formatsDolby EX 6.1, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributor Nu Metro
Made in2005
Produced byWarner Bros., Di Bonaventura Pictures, Syncopy

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Yunus Kemp
15
The Cape Times
Dennis Cavernelis
15
The Star
Jeremy Lawrence
18
Die Burger
Jeanne Hugo
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
iAfrica.com
Nils van der Linden
15
eye Weekly
Kim Linekin
15
Box Office
Wade Major
18
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
18
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
20
BBC
Nev Pierce
20

What the People say

Internet
2923 Netizens
17

Average .. 83%

17

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Philip van Rooyen16

Average .. 80%

16

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: It took me a long time to make up my mind about this movie... Batman Begins is part of the new breed of comic-book adaptations, a breed that takes effort with the plot and character development and is not just mindless explosions and special effects. On the positive side, the script is pretty good. Chris Nolan did the mind-game dramas ''Memento'' and ''Insomnia'', while David Goyer has a string of dark action movies behind him, including all three ''Blade'' movies. Influences from both writers come through in Batman. There's plenty of quips and several 'foretellings' — you know, those innocuous comments early in the movie which return with power later on. Some reviewers have noted that the film is a bit long, I didn't find it so. It does take a while before Batman makes his appearance, but it's not wasted time. Actually the only real problem I had with this movie was the production design... it seems to have been set in several time periods simultaneously... ranging from the 1940s through present day and possibly the future as well. I'm not sure if this was deliberate or an oversight, but I found it a bit confusing :-)

And yeah, that Batmobile sucks compared to original comic-book version... :-) The reason I didn't give this film a higher rating was because I felt something was missing, but I don't know what. The general ''guideline for when you don't know what rating to give a movie'' is to give it an Average Rating, but Batman is way better than that.

Philip van Rooyen: The best Batman movie by far. Excellent storyline and phenomenal dialogue. Best Batman actor ever. Definitely a must-see movie. I didn't give it more than 8/10 because of four negligible reasons. Firstly, the change in time (around 20 years) is not properly illustrated. Secondly, although Batman is proficient in many fighting techniques, he mainly attacks people with his fists. This somewhat reminds me of the futuristic Riddick, who only fights with a knife.Thirdly, in some of the fighting scenes you can't clearly see what is going on. Finally Batman doesn't injure people, he just knocks people unconscious. Although noble, it does take away some of the realism. Batman and the bad guys are mainly active at night time, and he has a tendency to show up at just the right time without being seen. Except for these few minor flaws, it is an overall exceptionally good movie.






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