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"THE DARK KNIGHT RISES"
(2012) (Christian Bale, Tom Hardy) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Mild
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Drama: A superhero must come out of retirement to deal with yet another villainous threat to his beloved city.
PLOT:
It's been eight years since Batman (CHRISTIAN BALE) -- billionaire Bruce Wayne in costume and equipped with various high tech tools and weaponry -- defeated a villain who was intent on destroying Gotham. But the superhero ended up blamed for the death of a district attorney whose work posthumously cleaned up the streets and filled the prisons. Since then, the caped crusader hasn't been seen, which pretty much holds true for Bruce who's gone into self-imposed seclusion, much to the chagrin of his long-time family butler, Alfred Pennyworth (MICHAEL CAINE).

He's not the only one upset with him, however, as Bruce's lack of attention to Wayne Enterprises has meant dwindling business returns. That has lead board member Lucius Fox (MORGAN FREEMAN) concerned, although he continues to use his resources to secretly build new high tech tools for Batman should he ever return. Fellow board member Miranda Tate (MARION COTILLARD) wants Bruce to take the covers off his now long-shuttered nuclear fusion project, but it's board member Roland Daggett (BEN MENDELSOHN) who has more nefarious goals.

He's employed hulking but highly intelligent mercenary Bane (TOM HARDY) to do his dirty work for him, which starts with abducting Russian scientist Dr. Leonid Pavel (ALON ABUTBUL), while cat burglar Selina Kyle (ANNE HATHAWAY) has been paid to lift Bruce's fingerprints from his mansion as part of the master plan. Her involvement with a missing congressman has drawn the interest of local cop John Blake (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) who reports to Deputy Commissioner Foley (MATTHEW MODINE) and his big boss, Commissioner Lt. Jim Gordon (GARY OLDMAN).

When Bruce catches Selina in the act, his interest is piqued and his investigation into her actions soon leads to his discovery that Bane has far more dangerous desires than just being Daggett's heavy. As the situation unfolds, Bruce must decide whether to bring Batman out of retirement and then figure out how to deal with the chain of events that Bane and his goons have unleashed on the city.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many will, especially if they're fans of the earlier "Batman" films or comic books, and/or anyone who's in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.


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