Reel Watchers: 'Dark Knight' delivers action, betryal, gadgets

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A sold-out crowd was at Brenden Theaters before midnight Thursday to see the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Pictured from left to right are some who dressed for the occasion: David Greene, Anthony Vanrees, Isabel Nava, Seth Cunningham and Julie Kremenak.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> A sold-out crowd was at Brenden Theaters before midnight Thursday to see the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Pictured from left to right are some who dressed for the occasion: David Greene, Anthony Vanrees, Isabel Nava, Seth Cunningham and Julie Kremenak.

In "The Dark Knight Rises," the final installment of the Batman trilogy, director Christopher Nolan shows us a weak, depressed and tortured Bruce Wayne. He's devastated by the loss of his girl, his lifestyle and his avocation.

Even Alfred leaves.

Gotham, on the surface, is humming along just fine - but there is a storm brewing.

We meet Catwoman, who burgles the Batman himself, and he still seems to be grasping at the good in people.

Eventually the conspiracy at the heart of the film presents itself. The plan? Crush the police, let anarchy reign, destroy Gotham - and pin the blame on Batman.

Batman manages to reach down and find his strength and come back to confront his new nemesis, Bane, who has secrets of his own.

This movie has a terrific storyline. Christian Bale does a wonderful job with his devastated Batman. As it turns out, Anne Hathaway, as Catwoman, has action chops. Who knew? And Michael Caine, of course, is exceptional as Alfred. Let us not forget about the amazing Bat-toys pulled out for this movie. There's the motorcycle with the huge tires that spin every direction, including sideways. If it were street legal, every man in America would want one. And the Bat-helicopter is a pretty awesome piece of work.

On the downside, there are some who might say there isn't enough footage of Batman being Batman. This movie, though, has an exciting save-the-city story arc, and there is another arc concerning Batman coming back from the ashes and restoring his good name.

The movie runs about 2 and a half hours, which is long, but it didn't seem that way in the theater. It was that captivating.

There is a lot of action, betrayal, bad guys not necessarily being as bad as we think and of course good guys being secretly bad. Probably not as highly rated as the last movie of the set, but this is still a great movie.

I give it three and a half Miners.