Film & DVD Review: Batman Begins

Country: USA
Language: English
Australia:M / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Finland:K-11 / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIA / Ireland:12A / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / Norway:15 / Singapore:PG / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:12A / USA:PG-13
Duration: 141 min

Reviewed by Al Martin

Finally, Batman Begins has hit the screens, with the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman being played by the critically acclaimed ‘American Psycho’ Christian Bale – well he is Welsh actually (although with his uncanny ability to flawlessly adopt almost any accent you would never have guessed).

In Batman Begins we get to see the training Bruce Wayne went through to achieve his incredible transformation into Batman (who doesn’t actually have any supernatural powers). He is just a man driven by revenge inside an awesome costume. His daredevil feats are almost believable as Lucius Fox (played by Morgan Freeman) shows us the type of gadgets & weaponry available to a wealthy man like Bruce Wayne. Katie Holmes plays the love interest Rachel Dawes, who has known Bruce Wayne since childhood. Katie Holmes has been attracting more attention than usual since she started dating Tom Cruise, which im sure is just a coincidence. The set of Gotham City is incredible, it’s worth seeing for that alone, but with great action sequences and an all star cast it is a must see for 2005.

At the screening I attended, the press audience gave applause at the end. This is the first film I have reviewed where that has happened. I’m certain it will do well at the box office and prompt them to make the sequel they were already considering.

Cast and Crew for Batman Begins (2005)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Writing credits

  • Bob Kane (characters)
  • David S. Goyer (story)
  • Christopher Nolan (screenplay) and
  • David S. Goyer (screenplay) Cast
  • Christian Bale …. Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Michael Caine …. Alfred
  • Liam Neeson …. Ducard
  • Katie Holmes …. Rachel Dawes
  • Gary Oldman …. Jim Gordon
  • Cillian Murphy …. Dr. Jonathan Crane
  • Tom Wilkinson …. Carmine Falcone
  • Rutger Hauer …. Earle
  • Ken Watanabe …. Ra’s Al Ghul
  • Mark Boone Junior …. Flass
  • Linus Roache …. Thomas Wayne
  • Morgan Freeman …. Lucius Fox
  • Larry Holden …. Finch
  • Gerard Murphy …. Judge Faden
  • Colin McFarlane …. Loeb
  • Sara Stewart …. Martha Wayne
  • Gus Lewis …. Bruce Wayne – age 8
  • Richard Brake …. Joe Chill
  • Rade Serbedzija …. Homeless Man
  • Emma Lockhart …. Rachel Dawes (age 8)
  • Christine Adams …. Jessica
  • Catherine Porter …. Blonde Female Reporter/Assassin
  • John Nolan …. Fredericks
  • Karen Shenaz David …. Courthouse Reporter #1 (as Karen David)
  • Jonathan D. Ellis …. Courthouse Reporter #2
  • Tamer Hassan …. Faden’s Limo Driver
  • Ronan Leahy …. Uniformed Policeman #1
  • Vincent Wong …. Old Asian Prisoner
  • Tom Wu …. Bhutanese Prison Guard #1
  • Chike Chan …. Chinese Police Officer
  • Jamie Cho …. Stocky Chinese Man
  • David Murray …. Jumpy Thug
  • John Kazek …. Dock Thug #2
  • Darragh Kelly …. Dock Thug #3
  • Joseph Rye …. Dock Cop #2
  • Charles Edwards …. Wayne Enterprises Executive
  • Lucy Russell …. Female Restaurant Guest
  • Timothy Deenihan …. Male Restaurant Guest (as Tim Deenihan)
  • David Bedella …. Maitre D
  • Flavia Masetto …. Restaurant Blonde #1
  • Martin McDougall …. Gotham Dock Employee
  • Noah Margetts …. Arkham Thug #1 (as Noah Lee Margetts)
  • Joe Hanley …. Arkham Thug #2
  • Karl Sheils …. Arkham Thug #3 (as Karl Shiels)
  • Roger Griffiths …. Arkham Uniformed Policeman
  • Stephen Walters …. Arkham Lunatic
  • Richard Laing …. Arkham Chase Cop
  • Matt Miller …. Gotham Car Cop #3
  • Risteard Cooper …. Captain Simonson
  • Shane Rimmer …. Older Gotham Water Board Technician
  • Jeremy Theobald …. Younger Gotham Water Board Technician
  • Alexandra Bastedo …. Gotham Society Dame
  • Conn Horgan …. Monorail Driver (as Con Horgan)
  • Phill Curr …. Transit Cop
  • Jack Gleeson …. Little Boy
  • John Judd …. Narrows Bridge Cop
  • Sarah Wateridge …. Mrs. Dawes
  • Charlie Kranz …. Basement Club Manager
  • Cedric Young …. Liquor Store Owner
  • Tim Booth …. Victor Zsaz
  • Tom Nolan …. Valet
  • Leon Delroy Williams …. Pedestrian
  • Roger Yuan …. Hazmat Technician
  • Joe Sargent …. Narrows Teenager #1
  • Ilyssa Fradin …. Barbara Gordon
  • Andrew Pleavin …. Uniformed Policeman #2
  • Jeff Christian …. Driving Cop
  • Earlene Bentley …. Arkham Asylum Nurse
  • Alex Moggridge …. Arkham Asylum Orderly
  • Omar Mustafa …. Falafel Stand Vendor (as Omar Mostafa)
  • Rory Campbell …. Opera Performer #3 Mefistofele – Tenor
  • Spencer Wilding …. League of Shadows Warriors
  • Mark Smith …. League of Shadows Warriors
  • Khan Bonfils …. League of Shadows Warriors
  • David Legeno …. League of Shadows Warriors (as Dave Legeno)
  • Ruben Halse …. League of Shadows Warriors
  • Nadia Cameron-Blakey …. Additional Restaurant Guest #1
  • Mark Straker …. Male Restaurant Guest #2
  • Kieran Hurley …. Crane Thug #2
  • Emmanuel Idowu …. Narrows Teenager #2
  • Jeff Tanner …. Bridge Cop
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