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  • The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard [Blu-ray] [2021]The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard | Blu Ray | (06/09/2021) from £16.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture The world's most lethal odd couple bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius's even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as well, you'll have to see. Special Features Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F'd Up Family Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard: #stuntlife On the Set of The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Gag Reel

  • The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 4K UHD [Blu-ray] [2021]The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 4K UHD | Blu Ray | (06/09/2021) from £21.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture The world's most lethal odd couple bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius's even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as well, you'll have to see. Special Features Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F'd Up Family Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard: #stuntlife On the Set of The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Gag Reel

  • Angel Has Fallen [DVD] [2019]Angel Has Fallen | DVD | (16/12/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbell (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

  • Olympus/London/Angel Has Fallen Triple Film Collection [DVD] [2019]Olympus/London/Angel Has Fallen Triple Film Collection | DVD | (16/12/2019) from £11.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbell (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

  • Going In Style [DVD + Digital Download] [2017]Going In Style | DVD | (14/08/2017) from £5.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff's comedy Going in Style. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Dark Knight Trilogy [Blu-ray] [Region A & B & C]The Dark Knight Trilogy | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017) from £34.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Christopher Nolan's award-winning The Dark Knight Trilogy includes BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. BATMAN BEGINS explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good. In THE DARK KNIGHT, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague Gotham. However, he soon finds himself prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker. In THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Batman has vanished into the night, turning from hero to fugitive after assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent. However, with the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose has devised a ruthless plan for Gotham, Bruce is forced out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Features: Batman Begins SPECIAL FEATURES The Dark Knight IMAX® Prologue Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins spoof. Batman The Journey Begins: Concept, design and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself. Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman. Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor and more. Cape and Cowl: The development of the Batsuit. Batman The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile. Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Iceland locations. Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI and effects for the monorail chase scene. Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film. Reflections on Writing Batman Begins with David S. Goyer. Digital Batman: The effects you may have missed. Batman Begins Stunts ¢ Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film. Stills Gallery and Theatrical Trailer Dark Knight SPECIAL FEATURES Batman Tech The Incredible Gadgets and Tools Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight Delve into the Psyche of Bruce Wayne and the World of Batman Through Real-World Psychotherapy Gotham Tonight 6 Episodes of Gotham Cable's Premier News Program The Galleries The Joker Cards, Concept Art, Poster Art, Production Stills, Trailers & TV Spots The Dark Knight Rises OVER THREE HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES THE BATMOBILE Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman's arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. ENDING THE KNIGHT A comprehensive look into how director Christopher Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend. AND MUCH MORE!

  • Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection [DVD] [2017]Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection | DVD | (05/06/2017) from £56.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (5.26%)   |  RRP £59.99

    Actor. Director. Icon.Five-Tiem Academy Award Winner For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros. home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary fi lms created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. Where Eagles Dare (1968) Kelly's Heroes (1970) Dirty Harry (1971) Magnum Force (1973) The Enforcer (1976) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) The Gauntlet (1977) Every Which Way but Loose (1978) Bronco Billy (1980) Any Which Way You Can (1980) Honkytonk Man (1982) Firefox (1982) Sudden Impact (1983) City Heat (1984) Tightrope (1984) Pale Rider (1985) Heartbreak Ridge (1986) Bird (1988) The Dead Pool (1988) Pink Cadillac (1989) White Hunter, Black Heart (1990) The Rookie (1990) Unforgiven (1992) A Perfect World (1993) The Bridges of Madison County (1995) Absolute Power (1997) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) True Crime (1999) Space Cowboys (2000) Blood Work (2002) Mystic River (2003) Flags of Our Fathers (2006) Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Gran Torino (2008) Invictus (2009) Hereafter (2010) J. Edgar (2011) American Sniper (2014) Jersey Boys (2014) Sully (2016)

  • Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves [1991]Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £5.19   |  Saving you £15.06 (383.21%)   |  RRP £18.99

    Kevin Costner's lousy English accent is a small obstacle in this often exciting version of the Robin Hood fable. That aside, it's refreshing to have a preface to the old story in which we meet the robber hero of Sherwood Forest as a soldier in King Richard's Crusades, coming home to find his people under siege from the cruelties of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). After Robin and his community of outcasts and fighters take to the trees, director Kevin Reynolds (Fandango, 187) is on more familiar narrative ground, and he goes for the gusto with lots of original action (Robin shoots two arrows simultaneously from his bow in two directions). Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as Marion, makes a convincing damsel in distress and Morgan Freeman brings dignity to his role as Robin's Moor friend. Alan Rickman, however, gets the most attention for his scene-chewing role as the rotten sheriff, an almost campy performance that is highly entertaining but perhaps a little out of sorts with the rest of the film. --Tom Keogh

  • The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [2019]The Shawshank Redemption | DVD | (14/10/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder spends many years in the Shawshank prison. He is befriended by a convict who knows the ropes and helps him to cope with the frightning realities of prison life.

  • An Unfinished Life [DVD]An Unfinished Life | DVD | (25/04/2011) from £10.78   |  Saving you £9.21 (85.44%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming An Unfinished Life is the story of a modern-day Western family as stoic as they are divided learning the true meaning of forgiveness. Robert Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson a tough-skinned retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. Now Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand and last trusted friend Mitch (Morgan Freeman) who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude . . . until the very person he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke on the run and with a girl named Griff (newcomer Becca Gardner) who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly Einar's quiet life is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly miraculously 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life and her longing for family and a father figure begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected connection adventure mercy and true reunion.

  • London Has Fallen & Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2016]London Has Fallen & Olympus Has Fallen | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £19.00 (317.20%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Olympus Has Fallen When a group of heavily armed and meticulously trained extremists launch a daring daylight ambush on the White House, the President (Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight) and his staff are taken hostage inside an impenetrable underground bunker. But as the Oval office and its environs sustain an aerial and ground attack, a disgraced former U.S. Secret Service agent, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler,300), finds his way into the besieged building to do the job he has trained for all his life: to protect the president - at all costs. With tension rising, the Acting President (Morgan Freeman, The Dark Knight Rises) and US national security team must rely on Banning to rescue the President before the terrorists can unleash their ultimate, terrifying plan. From visionary director, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day),Olympus Has Fallen is an electrifying, and inspired action thriller that will keep your heart pounding from start to finish! London Has Fallen The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.

  • Angel Has Fallen [Blu-ray] [2019]Angel Has Fallen | Blu Ray | (16/12/2019) from £8.09   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbell (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

  • The Shawshank Redemption [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]The Shawshank Redemption | Blu Ray | (14/10/2019) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio.

  • The Lego Movie [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2014] [Region Free]The Lego Movie | Blu Ray | (21/07/2014) from £4.19   |  Saving you £18.80 (448.69%)   |  RRP £22.99

    The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.

  • Unforgiven [Blu-ray] [2017]Unforgiven | Blu Ray | (22/05/2017) from £17.49   |  Saving you £5.18 (29.62%)   |  RRP £22.67

    Winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, director, supporting actor and best editing, Clint Eastwood's 1992 masterpiece stands as one of the greatest and most thematically compelling Westerns ever made. "The movie summarised everything I feel about the Western," said Eastwood at the time of the film's release. "The moral is the concern with gunplay." To illustrate that theme, Eastwood stars as a retired, once-ruthless killer-turned-gentle-widower and hog farmer. He accepts one last bounty-hunter mission--to find the men who brutalised a prostitute--to help support his two motherless children. Joined by his former partner (Morgan Freeman) and a cocky greenhorn (Jaimz Woolvett), he takes on a corrupt sheriff (Oscar winner Gene Hackman) in a showdown that makes the viewer feel the full impact of violence and its corruption of the soul. Dedicated to Eastwood's mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel and featuring a colourful role for Richard Harris, Unforgiven is arguably Eastwood's crowning directorial achievement. --Jeff Shannon

  • Nolan 4K Collection [Blu-ray] [2018]Nolan 4K Collection | 4K UHD | (01/10/2018) from £66.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    DUNKIRK: Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. BATMAN BEGINS: After travelling the world seeking the means to fight injustice, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City and unleashes his alter ego, Batman, who uses strength, intellect and high-tech weaponry to fight evil. THE DARK KNIGHT: Batman continues his war on crime with the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent as rising criminal mastermind The Joker unleashes anarchy, forcing Batman closer to crossing the line between hero and vigilante. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Eight years after Batman vanished into the night as a fugitive, things change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar and the emergence of Bane, a ruthless terrorist who drives Bruce wayne out of exile. INCEPTION: Fugitive Dom Cobb is the best there is at extraction: stealing secrets from a dreamer's mind. Now he has a chance at inception - planting an idea into the subconscious - and success may mean his ticket home. INTERSTELLAR: A team of explorers travel beyond this galaxy through a newly discovered wormhole to learn whether mankind has a future among the stars. THE PRESTIGE: Two young, passionate magicians are partners until one fateful night, when a trick goes horribly wrong. Now the bitterist of enemies, they will stop at nothing, including sabotage, to learn each other's secrets. SPECIAL FEATURES: Includes Special Features on 7 Blu-Ray Bonus Discs Technical Details: 4K: DUNKIRK; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 1.78/2.20 Hybrid 4K: BATMAN BEGINS; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 4K: THE DARK KNIGHT; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 4K: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 4K: INCEPTION; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.40:1 4K: INTERSTELLAR; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.40:1 4K: THE PRESTIGE; 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 2.35:1 Blu-ray: DUNKIRK; 1080p High Definition 16x9 1.78/2.20 Hybrid Blu-ray: BATMAN BEGINS; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.40:1 Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT; 1080p High Definition 16x9 Variable 2.4:1 and 1.78:1 (IMAX Sequences) Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; 1080p High Definition 16x9 Variable 2.4:1 and 1.78:1 (IMAX Sequences) Blu-ray: INCEPTION; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Blu-ray: INTERSTELLAR; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Blu-ray: THE PRESTIGE; 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 Special Features: Special Features are not in 4K or HDR and may not be in High Definition. Extras: DUNKIRK: Join director Christopher Nolan and his production team on their epic journey to recreate the miracle of Dunkirk. Equipped with large-format cameras, innovative effects, historic naval and air fleets and sccores of actors, the filmmakers surmounted staggering challenges in order to create an accurate authentic and heart-pounding cinematic experience. BATMAN BEGINS: The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue, Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins Spoof, Batman - The Journey Begins: Concept, design and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself, Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman, Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor and more, Cape and Cowl: The development of the Batsuit, Batman - The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile, Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Icelandic locations, Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI and effects for the monorail chase scene, Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influencers of the film, Reflections of Writing Batman Begins with David S. Goyer, Digital Batman: the effects you may have missed, The Batman Begins Stunts, Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film, Stills Gallery and Theatrical Trailer. THE DARK KNIGHT: Blu Ray Movie with focus points - Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a scene: Director Christopher Nolan and Creative Colaborators Unmask the Incredible Detail and Planning Behind the Film, Including Stunt Staging, Filming in IMAX, the Batsuit and Bat-pod...and More!, Special Features; Batman Tech - The Incredible Gadgets and Tools, Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight - Delve into the Psyche of of Bruce Wayne and the World of Batman Through Real-World Psychology, Gotham Tonight - 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's Premier News Programme, The Galleries - The Joker Cards, Concept Art, Poster Art, Production Stills, Trailers & TV Spots. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Over three hours of bonus features including; The Batmobile - Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman's arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon, Ending the Knight - A comprehensive look into how director Christopher Nolan and his production team made The Dark Knight Rises the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend, and much more! INCEPTION: The Inception of Inception - Christopher Nolan Shapes His Unusual Concepts for the Movie, The Japanese Castle: The Dream is Collapsing - Creating and Destroying the Castle Sets, Constructing Paradoxical Architecture - Designing the Staircase to Nowhere, The Frieght Train - Constructing the Street-Faring Express Train, And More! INTERSTELLAR: Plotting an Interstellar Journey - Origins, influences and narrative designs, Shooting in Iceland: Miller's Planet/Mann's Planet - Creating two vastly different worlds in one country, Celestial Landmarks - How practical special effects five the illusion of real space travel, Minatures in Space - Explore the large-scale models used in the film, And More! THE PRESTIGE: Director's Notebook: The Prestige - The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Cristopher Nolan: 5 Making-of Featurettes, The Art of The Prestige: Production Photos, Costumes/Sets, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Poster Art Galleries.

  • Lucy [DVD] [2014]Lucy | DVD | (12/01/2015) from £4.99   |  Saving you £15.00 (300.60%)   |  RRP £19.99

    From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history.  Now Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

  • Unforgiven [1992]Unforgiven | DVD | (25/09/1998) from £4.70   |  Saving you £13.55 (393.90%)   |  RRP £16.99

    Winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, director, supporting actor and best editing, Clint Eastwood's 1992 masterpiece stands as one of the greatest and most thematically compelling Westerns ever made. "The movie summarised everything I feel about the Western," said Eastwood at the time of the film's release. "The moral is the concern with gunplay." To illustrate that theme, Eastwood stars as a retired, once-ruthless killer-turned-gentle-widower and hog farmer. He accepts one last bounty-hunter mission--to find the men who brutalised a prostitute--to help support his two motherless children. Joined by his former partner (Morgan Freeman) and a cocky greenhorn (Jaimz Woolvett), he takes on a corrupt sheriff (Oscar winner Gene Hackman) in a showdown that makes the viewer feel the full impact of violence and its corruption of the soul. Dedicated to Eastwood's mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel and featuring a colourful role for Richard Harris, Unforgiven is arguably Eastwood's crowning directorial achievement. --Jeff Shannon

  • Driving Miss Daisy [1989]Driving Miss Daisy | DVD | (18/02/2008) from £2.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (334.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Hoke Colburn sits in the front seat with his hands on the steering wheel but the driver's seat is behind him. That's where Miss Daisy sits. She doesn't want a chauffeur and she won't give in. And neither will Hoke. Driving Miss Daisy the Best Picture Academy Award winner of 1989 is also the best most joyful heartfelt comedy in a long time. Based on Alfred Uhruy's Pulitzer Prize-winning play it tells the story of genteel but strong-willed Southern matron Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) and her patient but equally determined chauffeur Hoke (Morgan Freeman). For two people so different they have a lot in common. And the bumpy road they travel ultimately leads to the friendship of a lifetime.

  • The Dark Knight Rises (DVD + UV Copy)The Dark Knight Rises (DVD + UV Copy) | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £18.00 (360.72%)   |  RRP £22.99

    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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