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In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, an masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
Action Adventure - This is a very faithful adaptation of the comic book icon--very
dark, very action-packed, and also very character-driven. Those
drawn in by the slick costume may be disappointed as it doesn't show
up until well halfway into the film. That said, the film has a lot
to offer to a wide audience of moviegoers: action, effects alongside
character and story. Some sequences may be too scary for younger
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Batman Begins is designed as the start of a new life, a reboot for the franchise. In the process, Nolan has not only crafted the best Batman movie, but arguably the second-best motion picture superhero narrative (topped only by the linked duo of Superman and Superman II).
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent I said this is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed. The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment. There's something to it.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average But as an overall movie, Begins does the opposite of what Mike Tyson did fighting Kevin McBride last weekend. Before eventually landing a few punches of varying capabilities, it spends the first hour sitting on the stool in a daze.
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We collected 219 moviegoer opinions. BATTASTIC! "BATMAN BEGINS" IS A MUST SEE! With close to half rating it "Fantastic," which is extremely rare, "Batman Begins" is destined to become a modern classic. It will almost certainly be one of the top movies of the year. DON'T MISS IT!
It's a question that haunts Bruce Wayne (CHRISTIAN BALE) like the specter of his parents, gunned down before his eyes in the streets of Gotham on a night that changed his life forever.
Tormented by guilt and anger, battling the demons that feed his desire for revenge and his need to honor his parents' altruistic legacy, the disillusioned industrial heir vanishes from Gotham and secretly travels the world, seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.
In his quest to educate himself in the ways of the criminal mind, Bruce is mentored by a mysterious man called Ducard (LIAM NEESON) in the mastery of the physical and mental disciplines that will empower him to fight the evil he has vowed to destroy. He soon finds himself the target of recruiting efforts by the League of Shadows, a powerful, subversive vigilante group headed by enigmatic leader Ra's al Ghul (KEN WATANABE).
Bruce returns to Gotham to find the city devoured by rampant crime and corruption. Wayne Enterprises, his family's former bastion of philanthropic business ideals, now rests in the hands of CEO Richard Earle (RUTGER HAUER), a man more concerned with taking the company public than serving the public good.
Meanwhile, Bruce's close childhood friend Rachel Dawes (KATIE HOLMES), now an Assistant District Attorney, can't secure a conviction of the city's most notorious criminals because the justice system has been so deeply polluted by scum like crime boss Carmine Falcone (TOM WILKINSON). It doesn't help that prominent Gotham psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Crane (CILLIAN MURPHY) bolsters insanity defenses for Falcone's thugs in exchange for nefarious favors that serve his own devious agenda.
With the help of his trusted butler Alfred (MICHAEL CAINE), detective Jim Gordon (GARY OLDMAN) - one of the few good cops on the Gotham police force - and Lucius Fox (MORGAN FREEMAN), his ally at the Wayne Enterprises' Applied Sciences division, Bruce Wayne unleashes his awe-inspiring alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten to destroy the city.