How Many Different Films Can You Spot In The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer?
Audacity commands respect, or so goes the theory put forth by the third and most recently released trailer for the purported final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman reboot franchise. And this much is to be summed up from the teasing offering: If The Dark Knight Rises doesn't end up being your favorite movie, then it will at least reminded you of a few other films you've always thought were somewhat entertaining.
This trailer has it all: a terrorism crisis at a football stadium (The Sum of All Fears); airplane-switching acrobatics (Executive Decision); a classy soiree with an Academy Award-nominated actress wearing a freaky eye-mask (Eyes Wide Shut); a surely crazy in-flight prisoner wearing a guard on his jaw (Con-Air); Gotham being cut off from the rest of the country (Escape From New York); a battered victim scratching to climb out of a well (Silence of the Lambs); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard (Inception); and even the just-before-this-sucker-ends zinger (every episode of Law & Order ever).
An impressive collection, to be sure.
And yet for all of these bold promises, there's one thing missing from The Dark Knight Rises' most recent trailer: any semblance of what this movie is to offer its audience as plot goes. All this trailer implies is that Bruce Wayne gets into trouble as Gotham City simultaneously goes to the birds at the hands of a evildoer named Bane. Also: Anne Hathaway is Catwoman.
That's pretty much it.
The Dark Knight Rises' newest trailer leaves the rest up to the imagination, and banks of the strength of the Batman brand, a few dramatic fades and cuts, some gnarly visuals and some familiar concepts to carry it.
In other words: It's a flawed formula, and it's the same one that was employed by Nolan's last Hollywood smash.
Then again, all seemed to work out OK for Inception in the end. Turns out the majority of people really like being teased with the idea of seeing some really mind-blowing destruction and graphics at the IMAX.
Hence the success of the Trasformers series, right?
Trailer grade: A-
Watch the trailer below.