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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Cillian Murphy
Katie Holmes
Liam Neeson
Ken Watanabe
Tom Wilkinson
Rutger Hauer
Gary Oldman
Morgan Freeman
Directors
Christopher Nolan
Screenwriters
David S Goyer
Christopher Nolan
Running Time
140 minutes

Batman Begins
Christopher Nolan's impressive reinvigoration of the bat-franchise.


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Batman Begins

Plot
Billionaire down-and-out Bruce Wayne (Bale), traumatised since the murder of his parents, is recruited by The League Of Shadows, ninja assassins devoted to eradicating society's ills. Rejecting their methods, he returns to Gotham and embarks on a one-man war against crime.


Verdict
Significantly grittier than previous Bat-beginnings, this finds new things to do with, and say about, a character who's been around since 1938. In a year when the franchise watchword is "dark", this delivers the full noir with a side order of dementia.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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