DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW follows a group of misfit heroes as they fight, talk, and sing their way through protecting the timeline from aberrations, anomalies, and anything else that threatens to mess with history. The Legends deal with the aftermath of last season's finale. After saving the world via the power of song and themed entertainment, the Legends are major celebrities. Some struggle with the transition from lovable losers to A-list stars, while others start letting fame go to their heads. When a documentary crew decides to film the Legends in action, distracting them from their original mission, in Hell, Astra Logue (new series regular OLIVIA SWANN) frees history's most notorious villains in a bid for power. It's up to the Legends to forgo fame and stop these reanimated souls (who they quickly dub Encores ) from wreaking havoc on the timeline, whether it's Rasputin popping out of his coffin and trying to become an immortal tsar or Marie Antoinette (and her head) turning the French Revolution into a deadly, non-stop party.
Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London now a giant, predator city on wheels from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head. Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by OscarÂ®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy AwardÂ®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay.
An action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be...a king. Features: Featurettes- James Wan: World Builder-James Wan has created one of DC's most ambitious films. With his help, we'll take a deeper look at the inherent challenges and solutions James faced in both performances and visual effects in order to bring a new world to life. Becoming Aquaman-Jason Momoa provides a rare look at what it means to be number one on the call sheet. Watch him become the King of the Seven Seas through rollicking behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews shot before, during and after shooting the movie. Going Deep Into the World of Aquaman-A unique, revealing look at the creation of all facets of the movie, leading up to the unveiling of Aquaman to the world. Experience hard work required to create a world that has never been seen before, with exclusive access to his cast and crew. James Wan: World Builder-James Wan has created one of DC's most ambitious films. With his help, we'll take a deeper look at the inherent challenges and solutions James faced in both performances and visual effects in order to bring a new world to life. Dark Depths of Black Manta-Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Manteen II hosts an insightful look into the comic book history and film debut of Arthur Curry's deadliest foe! The Heroines of Atlantis-Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and rising star Amber Heard as Mera discuss making their way in an action packed, epic film that hinges on the impact of the two most important women in the life of Arthur Curry. Villainous Training-Patrick Wilson (Orm) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta ) unveil a first-hand look at what it's like to face off against Jason Momoa and the training that goes into it. A match made in Atlantis-Jason Momoa and Amber Heard's chemistry onscreen and off is captured in this fun conversation about the development of their underwater romance developed and their surface land friendship blossomed, illustrated with BTS footage and bloopers . Atlantis Warfare-Aquaman redefines underwater excitement! The Visual effects and stunt departments provide a breakdown of the epic finale. Creating Undersea Creatures-The undersea world of Aquaman has a galaxy of creatures tha t populate those kingdoms and regions beyond. Teams of crea tive artists uncover the creation and inspiration for these memorable and often terrifying denizens of the deep! Aqua Tech-Filmmaking has always had a close relationship with innovation and technology and how it aids in the storytelling. Foll ow director James Wan as he uses both original and classic filmmaking tools to help push the boundaries and tell his story! Scene Study Breakdown: The Submarine-Detailed examinations of the most exciting sequences from Aquaman! Scene Study Breakdown: Sicily Showdown-Detailed examinations of the most exciting sequences from Aquaman! Scene Study Breakdown: The Trench-Detailed examinations of the most exciting sequences from Aquaman! Kingdoms of the Seven Seas-King Atlan himself, Dolph Lundgren, hosts this tour of Atlantis following the earthquake that sank the kingdom and broke it into pieces, resulting in seven distinct and dangerous undersea regions. Shazam Sneak Peek-Exclusive sneak peek at Shazam!
Iron Man: Suit up for action with Robert Downey Jr. in the ultimate movie adventure, Iron Man! When jet-setting genius-industrialist Tony Stark is captured in enemy territory, he builds a high-tech suit of armour to escape. Now he's on a mission to save the world as a hero who's built, not born, to be unlike any other. Co-starring Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, it's a fantastic, high-flying journey that's massively entertaining. Incredible Hulk: This explosive, action-packed adventure, in one of the all-time msot popular super hero sagas, unfolds with a cure-in-reach for the world's most primal force of fury: The Incrediblr Hulk. Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is living in the shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the warmongers who dream of abusing his powers won't leave him alone - now will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Our brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by the abomination, a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whos powers match The Hulk's own, and a fight of comic-book proportions ensues, threatening New York City with total destruction! Iron Man 2: Get the ultimate cinematic experience powered by action, humour and supercharged special effects as Robert Downey Jr. returns in Iron Man 2. Now that Tony Stark's Super Hero secret is revealed to the world, he must once again suit up in order to face his most dangerous enemy yet - but not without a few new allies of his own! Thor: The world has many heroes but only one is a god. When the arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Star Trek) is banished to Earth from his homeworld of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero. Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins also star in this blockbuster adventure critics have called a rousing, entertaining thrill. Captain America: Captain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organisation, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Critics and audiences alike salute Captain America: The First Avenger as total suspense, action and fun! Avengers Assemble: Marvel Studios makes cinematic history as it unites the Super Hero team of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) assemble together for the first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster - alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Joss Whedon creates an unprecedented masterpiece that has become a global phenomenon. Included Extras: 6 Matt Ferguson artcards 6 original theatrical posters Iron Man: Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD) Incredible Hulk: Alternate Opening, The Making of Incredible, Becoming the Hulk, Becoming the Abomination, Anatomy of a Hulk-Out, From Comic Book to Screen, Deleted Scenes, Feature Commentary With Director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth Iron Man 2: S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault: An In-Depth Look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe HD, Commentary by Director Jon Favreau, And More! Thor: Commentary by Director Kenneth Branagh, Road to The Avengers HD, Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant HD, 11 Deleted Scenes HD, 7 Featurettes HD, And More Captain America: Outfitting A Hero HD, The Assembly Begins HD, And More! Avengers Assemble: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Marvel One-shot: Item 47, A Visual Journey *BONUS DISC* Click Images to Enlarge Phase 1 archives' bonus disc, including Phil Coulson's introductions to each film, the famous and Then Shawarma After' featurette, deleted scenes, animatics and more from each film Iron Man - Agent Coulson Intro: Iron Man, Iron Man - Deleted Scenes - Champions, Iron Man - Animatics, Iron Man - Pre-viz, The Incredible Hulk - Agent Coulson Intro: The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk - Pre-viz, Iron Man 2 - Agent Coulson Intro - Iron Man 2, Iron Man 2 - Deleted Scenes, Iron Man 2 - Animatics, Iron Man 2 - Pre-viz, Thor - Agent Coulson Intro - Thor, Thor - Deleted Scenes, Thor - Animatics, Captain America: The First Avenger - Agent Coulson Intro - Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The First Avenger - Animatics, Avengers Assemble... - Agent Coulson Intro -Avengers Assemble, Avengers Assemble - And Then Shawarma After, Avengers Assemble - Deleted Scenes, Avengers Assemble - Animatics, Avengers Assemble - Pre-viz
Jaws 4K UHD - 45th Anniversary Edition Experience Jaws like you have never seen before in stunning newly-remastered 4K UHD with HDR for brighter, deeper, more lifelike colour. Directed by Academy AwardÂ® winnerÂ° Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history. Special Features The Making Of Jaws The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy Of Jaws: The Restoration Deleted Scenes And Outtakes From The Set Original Theatrical Trailer
A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.
Burst City is an explosive Molotov cocktail of dystopian sci-fi, Mad Max-style biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police, and riotous performances from members of the real-life Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU. In a derelict industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear powerplant, bringing them head to head with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of their turf. This extraordinary celebration of Japan's punk music scene of the early 1980s thrust SÅgo Ishii (now known by the name of GakuryÅ« Ishii), the underground filmmaking wunderkind behind such works as Half Human: EinstÃ¼rzende Neubauten (1986), Angel Dust (1994) and Electric Dragon 80,000V (2001), to the next level and is regularly cited as an early landmark in Japanese cyberpunk cinema. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation Original lossless mono Japanese soundtrack Optional English subtitles Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film expert Tom Mes The Punk Spirit of '82: SÅgo Ishii on Burst City, an exclusive new 56-minute interview with the director Bursting Out, an exclusive 27-minute interview with the academic and independent filmmaker Yoshiharu Tezuka on jishu eiga and the making of Burst City Original Trailer Image Gallery Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Player
A group of teens must escape from a massive labyrinth, survive a desert wasteland and break into the legendary Last City in this epic trilogy based on the Maze Runner book series.
The sequel to the first one! (That's just lazy writing) But wait there's more! If your second time wasn't enough, your second, second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut* gives you even more of everyone's favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That's a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package! Features: Gag Reel Deleted/Extended Scenes Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes Deadpool's Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs The Most Important X-Force Member Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2 Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts The Deadpool Prison Experiment Chess with Omega Red Swole and Sexy 3-Minute Monologue Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Theatrical Version Only) Deadpool's Fun Sack 2 Stills (28 Images)
THERE'S A NEW REASON TO BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. A sci-fi/horror sleeper hit that birthed a franchise and launched the career of a new action movie icon, Pitch Black holds its own today as a nerve-shredding creature-feature in which the monsters outside finally meet their match against a monster within. When an intergalactic transport ship crashes on a remote desert planet with no sign of help on the horizon, the survivors, led by Fry (Radha Mitchell), band together to find a way back home. Among the passengers is Riddick (Vin Diesel), a convicted murderer being transported by marshal Johns (Cole Hauser) and now freed of his chains and on the loose. But as a solar eclipse plunges the planet into total darkness, a threat even worse than Riddick reveals itself, and the last humans standing may have to form an uneasy truce with the cunning fugitive (whose eyes have been surgically altered to see in the dark) to last the long night. Boasting crackerjack direction and a whip-smart script by David Twohy, as well as a star-making performance by Diesel, Riddick's first outing is freshly unleashed in an illuminating, brand new 4K restoration, with hours of exclusive bonus content. ULTRA HD 4K BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the Theatrical and Director's Cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround on both cuts Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts Archive commentary with director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser Archive commentary with director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black, a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy Black Box: Jackie's Journey, a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith Black Box: Shazza's Last Stand, a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black Black Box: Bleach Bypassed, a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby Black Box: Cryo-Locked, a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang Black Box: Primal Sounds, a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell The Making of Pitch Black, a short behind-the-scenes featurette Pitch Black Raw, a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage Additional behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia Johns' Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character's hunt for Riddick The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana Griffith reprising their roles Dark Fury bonus features including Bridging The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator, A View Into The Light, and a pre-animation version of the film Slam City, a motion comic from the film's official website Into Pitch Black, a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film Raveworld: Pitch Black Event, footage of a dance music event held to promote the film Theatrical trailers, plus trailers for the two sequels and video game Image galleries Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned night and day artwork by Luke Preece FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Simon Ward on the film's creature designs (including a new interview with creature designer Patrick Tatopolous), original production notes and information from the film's official website, and an archive interview with Vin Diesel from Starlog magazine; plus collectable O-card with night variant artwork by Luke Preece Extras subject to change.
ZOMBIELAND 1 (2009) Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies despite being scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. As they join forces with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. Running Time: ZOMBIELAND 1 (2009) 1 hr 28 mins ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP 1 hr 33 mins
When Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect Senator PadmÃ© Amidala, he discovers his love for her and his own darker side. Obi-Wan Kenobi uncovers a secret clone army as the galaxy marches towards full-scale war. Episode II: Attack Of The Clones Bonus Disc Conversations: Sounds In Space Discoveries From Inside: Costumes Revealed The Art Of Attack Of The Clones From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters In Episode II Feature-Length Documentary State Of The Art: The Previsualization Of Episode II Documentary Films Are Not Released, They Escape Documentary Episode II Visual Effects Breakdown Montage (Siggraph Reel) Coruscant Overview Ewan McGregor Interview Naboo Overview Tatooine Overview Geonosis Overview Hayden Christensen Interview Blue Screen Acting Extended Speeder Chase Jedi Temple Analysis Room The Lost Twenty Anakin's Nightmares PadmÃ©'s Parents' House Anakin And Ruwee Obi-Wan & Mace - Jedi Landing Platform Dooku Interrogates PadmÃ© Raid On The Droid Control Ship & Extended Arena Fight Dexter Jettster Maquette Zam Wesell Speeder Concept Model Youngling Outfit & Helmet Costume Zam Wesell Costume Shaak Maquette Anakin Outland Peasant Costume (With Cloak) Anakin Outland Peasant Costume (Without Cloak) PadmÃ© Outland Peasant Costume (With Cloak) PadmÃ© Outland Peasant Costume (Without Cloak) C-3PO Costume Tusken Raider Woman Costume Tusken Raider Child Costume Geonosian Maquette Acklay Maquette Nexu Maquette Reek Maquette PadmÃ© Trip To Geonosis Costume (With Unused Headdress) Jango Fett Costume Super Battle Droid Maquette Geonosis Arena Maquette Republic Gunship Model Clone Trooper Maquette
'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey the Company continues East encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves the Dwarves journey to Lake-town and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug. Special Features: New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth - Part 2 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Trailer 1 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Trailer 2
Rocky - The 1976 Oscar winner for Best Picture, John G Avildsen's Rocky is the story of a down-and-out club fighter who gets his million-to-one shot at a world championship title. In the title role, Sylvester Stallone (who also penned the screenplay) draws a carefully etched portrait of a loser who, in Brando-esque fashion, "coulda been a contender". Rocky then becomes one thanks to a publicity stunt engineered by current champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), while finding love courtesy of timid wallflower Adrian (Talia Shire) along the way. Burgess Meredith revives the spirit of 1940's genre pictures through his scenery-chewing performance as Rocky's trainer. An enormously entertaining film, Rocky is irresistible in its depiction of an underachiever who has the courage to start all over again--a description that could have been applied to Stallone's own life at the time. --Kevin Mulhall Rocky 2 - The Italian Stallion returns for a rematch with Apollo Creed, hoping, finally, to capture the heavyweight title. This time, even his girlfriend, Adrian, gives Rocky her blessing. Sylvester Stallone wrote and directed this exciting follow-up, with Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, and Burt Young all reprising their roles from the first film. Rocky 3 - Rocky's lifestyle of wealth and idleness is suddenly shaken when a powerful fighter challenges him to a fight for the championship. After being beaten, the previously over-confident Rocky resumes his training in preparation for a re-match. Rocky 4 - A World Heavyweight Boxing contest is to be staged between the champ, Rocky Balboa and the Soviet amateur champion, Ivan Drago. Both men know that this is more than just a tough contest of strength and skill. Rocky 5 - Times are hard for Rocky Balboa. A lifetime of taking punches has terminated his boxing career and a crooked accountant has left him in financial difficulties. The Balboa family moves back to its roots in a downtown neighbourhood where an aspiring boxer turns to the champ for training... Rocky Balboa - The sixth installment of the Rocky series picks up the story of the Italian Stallion 16 years after the morose Rocky V. And sure, at his advanced age, Sylvester Stallone now looks like one of those sides of beef his character used to pound on. No matter. Somehow you buy the premise after all these years, even if it takes forever for Rocky Balboa to stop wallowing in self-pity (Adrian is dead, his old haunts are demolished) and get down to the business of drinking raw eggs and running up steps. The business at hand is an unlikely exhibition fight with champion Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver), which the near-sexagenarian Mr. Balboa has no business accepting. Of course, just as sure as the horns of Bill Conti's theme music are even now trumpeting through your head, the ol' Rock might have a punch or two left in him. Stallone wrote and directed, and there isn't much to say except that the movie steps in its pre-determined paces with a canny sense of what has come before (it's practically an homage to all the previous Rocky pictures, complete with fleeting flashbacks). Burt Young is around again, and Geraldine Hughes makes an appealing, rather chaste female companion for Rocky. Stallone's Rocky has gotten suspiciously articulate over the years, but he still knows how to slouch. If Stallone never forgets that, he can probably keep the franchise rolling. --Robert Horton
Jack Black, two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan star in The House with a Clock in its Walls. Based on the beloved children's classic written by John Bellairs, this magical adventure tells the story of 10-year-old Lewis, who goes to live with his uncle in a creepy old house. But this town's sleepy faÃ§ade jolts to life when Lewis discovers that the house has a mysterious tick-tocking sound coming from its walls. Determined to find the ticking, Lewis uncovers a secret world of warlocks and witches and accidentally awakens the dead - forcing Lewis, his Uncle Jonathan and their neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman into a race against time to save the world.
It's a well-known fact that Halloween is Scooby's and Shaggy's favorite holiday. Why? Because it's the one day out of the year when the monsters are guaranteed to be fake (plus, there's free candy everywhere!) But, this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the SPOOKIEST MONSTER THEY'VE EVER MET starts knocking on doors and scaring everybody out of town! Now it's up to Scooby and his pals to solve the mystery of this terrifying trick-or-treat and save the day!
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-speciesthought to be mere mythsrise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.
Based on a true story, an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new race car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
Of all the "most anticipated" movies ever claiming that title, it's hard to imagine one that has caused so much speculation and breathless expectation as Christopher Nolan's final chapter to his magnificently brooding Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Though it may not rise to the level of the mythic grandeur of its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises is a truly magnificent work of cinematic brilliance that commandingly completes the cycle and is as heavy with literary resonance as it is of-the-moment insight into the political and social affairs unfolding on the world stage. That it is also a full-blown and fully realized epic crime drama packed with state-of-the-art action relying equally on immaculate CGI fakery and heart-stopping practical effects and stunt work makes its entrée into blockbuster history worthy of all the anticipation and more. It deserves all the accolades it will get for bringing an opulently baroque view of a comic book universe to life with sinister effectiveness. Set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, TDK Rises finds Bruce Wayne broken in spirit and body from his moral and physical battle with the Joker. Gotham City is at peace primarily because Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent's murder, allowing the former district attorney's memory to remain as a crime-fighting hero rather than the lunatic destructor he became as Two-Face. But that meant Batman's cape and cowl wound up in cold storage--perhaps for good--with only police commissioner Jim Gordon in possession of the truth. The threat that faces Gotham now is by no means new; as deployed by the intricate script that weaves themes first explored in Batman Begins, fundamental conflicts that predate his own origins are at the heart of the ultimate struggle that will leave Batman and his city either triumphant or in ashes. It is one of the movie's greatest achievements that we really don't know which way it will end up until its final exhilarating moments. Intricate may be an understatement in the construction of the script by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. The multilayered story includes a battle for control of Wayne Industries and the decimation of Bruce Wayne's personal wealth; a destructive yet potentially earth-saving clean energy source; a desolate prison colony on the other side of the globe; terrorist attacks against people, property, and the world's economic foundation; the redistribution of wealth to the 99 percent; and a virtuoso jewel thief who is identified in every way except name as Catwoman. Played with saucy fun and sexy danger by Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle is sort of the catalyst (!) for all the plot threads, especially when she whispers into Bruce's ear at a charity ball some prescient words about a coming storm that will tear Gotham asunder. As unpredictable as it is sometimes hard to follow, the winds of this storm blow in a raft of diverse and extremely compelling new characters (including Selina Kyle) who are all part of a dance that ends with the ballet of a cataclysmic denouement. Among the new faces are Marion Cotillard as a green-energy advocate and Wayne Industries board member and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a devoted Gotham cop who may lead Nolan into a new comic book franchise. The hulking monster Bane, played by Tom Hardy with powerful confidence even under a clawlike mask, is so much more than a villain (and the toughest match yet for Batman's prowess). Though he ends up being less important to the movie's moral themes and can't really match Heath Ledger's maniacal turn as Joker, his mesmerizing swagger and presence as demonic force personified are an affecting counterpoint to the moral battle that rages within Batman himself. Christian Bale gives his most dynamic performance yet as the tortured hero, and Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Gordon), and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) all return with more gravitas and emotional weight than ever before. Then there's the action. Punctuated by three or four magnificent set pieces, TDKR deftly mixes the cinematic process of providing information with punches of pow throughout (an airplane-to-airplane kidnap/rescue, an institutional terrorist assault and subsequent chase, and the choreographed crippling of an entire city are the above-mentioned highlights). The added impact of the movie's extensive Imax footage ups the wow factor, all of it kinetically controlled by Nolan and his top lieutenants Wally Pfister (cinematography), Hans Zimmer (composer), Lee Smith (editor), and Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh (production designers). The best recommendation TDKR carries is that it does not leave one wanting for more. At 164 minutes, there's plenty of nonstop dramatic enthrallment for a single sitting. More important, there's a deep sense of satisfaction that The Dark Knight Rises leaves as the fulfilling conclusion to an absorbing saga that remains relevant, resonant, and above all thoroughly entertaining. --Ted Fry
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