Bottom line: The Dark Knight Rises contains heavy and brutal violence inflicted by a mad man and the people who work for him. Violence ranges from an up close and personal sort (like breaking someone's neck with his hands) to mass casualties from explosions and such.MPAA Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
Guide age recommendation: 14+
Runtime: 165 minutes
Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Release Date: July 20, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises - Overview
Bruce Wayne has become a recluse since his alter-ego Batman vanished into the night as a wanted criminal eight years ago. Since that fateful night when Harvey Dent died and Batman laid the foundation for a safer city, the truth about which only Batman and Commissioner Gordon know, resulting legislation has driven crime in Gotham City to an all-time low, and Batman has been neither needed nor wanted.
Bruce's societal sleep is awakened, however, when a new breed of criminal comes to town. An illustrious cat burglar, Selina Kyle, steals something very personal to him: his fingerprints. But her petty theft is only a shadow of the awakening of crime in Gotham. Bane, a brutal terrorist with a sordid past, has been laying his own foundation for a devious plan that will rain terror down on Gotham's finest and end in certain destruction.
Forced back into action by Bane's heinous acts, Batman is not quite as nimble as he used to be, and Bane gains the upper hand. Bane and his men take control of the city and brutally make examples of all who don't comply with his vision, as Batman rots in a prison Bane once called home. Batman will need to overcome insurmountable odds in order to save his city again, and he'll certainly need a lot of help.
The Dark Knight Rises - Guide Review for Parents
The last chapter in the Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises is less of a psychological thriller than The Dark Knight, but contains more physical brutality and mass destruction. At 165 minutes, the movie takes quite a while to set up the plot and introduce characters, and it has plenty of time left over to deliver intense action as Bane and his followers take over the city in a reign of terror that brings out the worst in many of Gotham's good citizens.
Heavy violence occurs throughout the movie. Much of the violence is on a level of mass destruction -- explosions, crashes and such. More personal types of violence is also inflicted throughout the film, including hand-to-hand battles as well as people meeting horrible fates like getting their necks broken, getting shot or stabbed, or being forced to walk across thin ice and falling into the icy depths. Some of these scenes of violence are very focused, with closeups of the victims as they experience the horror of what is about to happen and of their deaths. As a villain, Bane is a masked terrorist who loves to inflict pain and strike fear into the hearts of his victims.
The movie also contains some sexual material and language. Selina's skin tight black number is among the sexy outfits women wear in the film. Several characters in the film kiss, and one sexual encounter is implied, though we only see the characters kissing both before and after. Some profanity is used in the film, as well as many instances of threatening and insulting language. For a more detailed description of possibly offensive or frightening content, please see the overview below.
The Dark Knight Rises - Content Overview*May contain spoilers.
- Violence (Extreme): Heavy violence occurs throughout the film. People are stabbed, shot, and beaten up, sometimes shown up close and drawn out for suspense. Weapons such as guns, machine guns, knives, missiles and more are used to kill, threaten and wound. There is also threat of a nuclear bomb being set off. Several instances of mass destruction and violence inflicted by explosions, crashes and angry mobs occur.
- Scary Scenes (High): Scenes listed under violence could be very frightening for kids. Bane wears a weird metal mask over his mouth that alters his voice and makes him sound even scarier. Bane also likes to draw out people's fear sometimes before he kills them or establish his supremacy. Scenes where people are trapped, imprisoned or forces to walk on ice until they fall through to their death may also be particularly frightening for kids.
- Sex/Nudity (Medium): Some women in the movie wear cleavage-revealing or skin tight outfits. Several kisses happen in the movie, and one implied sexual encounter where a woman is shown with a sheet around her.
- Drugs and Alcohol (Low) We see a few people drink or with drinks at parties or other venues.
- Language (Medium): Several uses of "hell" and "damn," as well as some profanity such as S.O.B. and b****. The phrase "My God" or variations of the phrase are used a few times.
- Disrespectful/Imitative Behavior (Extreme): Selina the cat burglar is glorified as a sexy and smart thief. Kids may imitate some of the action or fighting in the film, including Bane's way of threatening and ruling over people. Kids may repeat some of the insulting or profane phrases in the movie. The movie contains a significant amount of terrorist behavior such as taking hostages and threatening people or making them do things under threat.
- Sad/Unsettling Scenes (High): The story of Bane's past and his days in a horrific prison could be sad or unsettling for young viewers, as well as Batman's struggles and imprisonment. Many tense situations involve hostage situations or people trying to protect or save others.
- Movie Topics Kids Might Have Questions About: terrorism, hostages, Bane's face mask, nuclear weapons, underground sewers and tunnels, animosity toward police and other civil servants, the justice system, death and dying, taking from the rich.