Batman Begins

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Warner Bros. Released 2005

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Director:
Christopher Nolan
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13

This film is a re-boot of the Batman film franchise, and it follows Bruce Wayne's early years as he deals with the childhood trauma of losing his parents and his decision to become the champion of justice Gotham City needs. Bale plays Bruce Wayne, and the film finds the young millionaire traveling the world, studying martial arts and fighting technique with a powerful ninja organization, The League of Shadows. The League and Bruce Wayne share a simple ideal, that Gotham City is corrupt and needs to be cleaned up. However, Bruce Wayne learns that the League's methods for cleaning up Gotham will lead to the deaths of untold numbers of innocents. Bruce Wayne then returns to Gotham as Batman, where he stands ready to protect the city's civilians from any threat.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Conceived in the shadow of American pop rather than in its bright light, this tense, effective iteration of Bob Kane's original comic book owes its power and pleasures to a directo...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A carefully thought out and consummately well-made piece of work, a serious comic-book adaptation that is driven by story, psychology and reality, not special effects.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Ambitious, well made but not exactly rousing.

SUBMIT REVIEW
Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Batman / Bruce Wayne

Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Alfred

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Ducard / Ra's Al Ghul

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Rachel Dawes

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman

Jim Gordon

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow

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  • QUOTES (16)

    • Large Prisoner: You are in hell, little man. And I am the devil.
      Bruce: You're not the devil. You're practice. (fight ensues with large prisoner and cronies)
      Prison Guard: Solitary.
      Bruce: Why?
      Prison Guard: For protection.
      Bruce: I don't need protection.
      Prison Guard: Protection for them.

    • Ducard: A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man... if you devote yourself to an ideal... and if they can't stop you... then you become something else entirely.
      Bruce: Which is?
      Ducard: Legend, Mr. Wayne.

    • Ducard: Crime can not be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding.

    • Ducard: To conquer fear, you must become fear. You must bask in the fear of other men.

    • Fox: (Fox shows Bruce what will become the bat suit) Nomex survival suit for advanced infantry. Kevlar bi-weave, reinforced joints.
      Bruce: Tear-resistant?
      Fox: This sucker will stop a knife.
      Bruce: Bulletproof?
      Fox: Anything but a straight shot.
      Bruce: Why didn't they put it into production?
      Fox: Bean counters didn't think a soldier's life was worth 300 grand.

    • Bruce: (spotting the future batmobile for the first time) What's that?
      Fox: The Tumbler? Oh, you wouldn't be interested in that. (a test-drive ensues) Does it come in black?

    • Gordon: (Gordon sees the Batmobile in action) I've got to get me one of those.

    • Officer 2: (chasing the batmobile) What street is he taking?
      Officer 1: He's not on a street. He's flying on rooftops.

    • Bruce: Mr. Earle.
      Earle: Happy birthday Bruce.
      Bruce: Thank you. How'd the stock offering go?
      Earle: Prices soared.
      Bruce: Who was buying?
      Earle: All kinds of funds and brokerages. It's a bit technical. The key thing is... our company's future is secure.

    • Bruce: (Bruce awakens after being exposed to the toxin) I've felt these effects before, but this was so much more potent. It was some kind of hallucinogen, weaponized in aerosol form.
      Fox: You have been hanging out in the wrong clubs, Mr. Wayne.
      Alfred: I called Mr. Fox when your condition worsened after the first day.
      Fox: I analyzed your blood... isolating the receptor compounds and the protein-based catalyst.
      Bruce: Am I meant to understand what that means?
      Fox: Not at all. I just wanted you to know how hard it was. Bottom line, I synthe an antidote.
      Bruce: Could you make more?
      Fox: You planning on gassing yourself again, Mr. Wayne?

    • Rachel: What's "scarecrow"?
      Crane: Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormenter... usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.

    • Earle: (speaking to Fox) I'm merging your department with archives. And I'm firing you. Didn't you get the memo?

    • Gordon: (responding to Flass) I'm no rat. In a town this bent, who's there to rat to anyway?

    • Alfred: (Bruce is trapped under a fallen beam) What's the point of all those pushups if you can't even lift a bloody log?

    • Earle: I seem to remember firing you.
      Fox: You did. I got another job. Yours.

    • Earle: What makes you think you can decide who's running Wayne Enterprises?
      Bruce: Well, the fact that I'm the owner.
      Earle: What are you talking about? The company went public a week ago.
      Bruce: And I bought most of the shares. Through various charitable foundations and trusts and so forth. Look, it's all a bit technical, but the important thing is... that my company's future is secure. Right Mr. Fox?
      Fox: Right you are, Mr. Wayne. Didn't you get the memo?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Budget - $150,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $205,343,774 (8th)
      Worldwide Gross - $372,710,015 (9th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $261,404,867
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $474,463,919

    • Production Companies:
      DC Comics
      Legendary Pictures
      Syncopy Films
      Patalex Productions III

    • Filming locations include:
      East Tilbury, Essex, Englan
      Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, England
      Bedfordshire, England
      Chicago, Illinois
      England
      Chicago, Illinois
      Clerkenwell, London, England
      Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
      Iceland
      Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
      The Loop, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      London, England
      Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, England
      New York City, New York
      Bloomsbury, London, England
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
      Shepperton, Surrey, England
      Skaftafell, Iceland
      St. Pancras, London, England
      Svínafellsjökull, Vatnajökull, Austurland, Iceland
      Tilbury, Essex, England
      Waukegan, Illinois
      Öræfasveit, Iceland

    • Music:
      Folletto!...Folletto!
      Written by Arrigo Boito
      Performed by Norman Treigle
      Happy Birthday to You
      Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
      Divertimento on D
      Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Performed by Cavendish String Quartet

    • Academy Awards Nomination:
      1. Cinematography

      ASCAP AwardsWins:
      1. Top Box Office Film

      Saturn Awards Wins:
      1. Best Fantasy Film
      2. Actor - Christian Bale
      3. Writer

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1. Music
      2. Special Effects
      3. Costumes
      4. Director - Christopher Nolan (won by Peter Jackson for King Kong)
      5. Supporting Actor - Liam Neeson (won by Mickey Rourke for Sin City)
      6. Supporting Actress - Katie Holmes (won by Summer Glau for Serenity)

      BAFTA Awards Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects
      2. Production Design
      3. Sound

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Superheroes, Thrillers, Crime