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There's nothing like a red digital display, counting down to zero, to focus your mind. So it is with Batman in the final of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, particularly since the display is attached to a nuclear weapon.

While this is hardly an original narrative squeeze, the path taken to get there is engaging, thrilling and even a little emotional. This entry turns on the issue of trust, and how far a little faith can take you. It's at the centre of Bruce Wayne's reclusiveness and Batman's tarnished legacy. Even Alfred gets the chop over misplaced loyalty.

But when faced with anarchic evil bent on reshaping the city or blowing it off the map, Wayne suits up and places his trust in Gotham, and in Batman. More interested in adult than comic themes, Nolan keeps the tone dark, saving quips for Hathaway's reluctant Catwoman, a resourceful woman with trust issues of her own.

A fitting finale to a spectacular series.

// COLIN FRASER
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STUFF

CAST
Christian Bale
Tom Hardy
Anne Hathaway
Michael Caine

DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan

SCREENWRITER
Jonathan Nolan
Christopher Nolan

COUNTRY
USA

RATING / RUNTIME
M / 164 minutes

AUSTRALIAN
RELEASE DATE
July 19, 2012
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