Batman Begins (2005)
Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a shattered and scarred man after growing up with the burden of his parents death on his mind. He vows revenge for the man who killed his parents, but kingpin Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) gets the shot off before Bruce can. Bruce now has plenty of pent up aggression, and money at his disposal, that he decides to head to the far east and spend time with the League of Shadows where he learns martial arts. Here he is taught a set of skills that allows him to return home to Gotham and become a night vigilante, and his first priority is taking down Falcone’s men. However, a new criminal is working along side Falcone and his right hand man, Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), is planning to distribute poison gas throughout Gotham’s water supply. Batman has little time to stop Scarecrow before the water is evaporated, using a tool made by Wayne Enterprises, and the gas is released.
After Tim Burton made Batman relevent again, director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento, Insomnia) rebooted the series with an even darker and realistic version of the Caped Crusader. After the tragedy that was Batman and Robin, anything would have been better, but knowing that Christopher Nolan only makes great movies, Batman Begins surpassed expectations. It not only thrilled and amazed, but it made Batman more human, yet still mysterious. If you don’t know me, then you probably don’t know that I can’t stand Christian Bale. It’s funny though because I like most of the movies he is in (kinda like Nicolas Cage) but I can’t stand his acting. If it hadn’t been for him, this movie would be in my personal top 100 list, but he drags it down for me just enough to leave it on the outside. The sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, is too good to be left out of my top 100, but that’s for another review. I believe that anything Christopher Nolan makes should be seen as they are some of the best told stories and induce plenty of though, even in a Batman movie! Co-starring Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman, Mark Boone Jr., Rutger Hauer and Gary Oldman.
9/10 Stars – Going from Michael Keaton as Batman to one of my least favorite actors ever, Batman Begins still makes for a great action film!
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