From the Chicago Reader July 13, For more recent thoughts about this film, please go here. Artificial Intelligence — a film whose split personality is apparent even in its two-part title — is as much a Kubrick movie as a Spielberg one, this is in large part because it defamiliarizes Spielberg, makes him strange. Yet it also defamiliarizes Kubrick, with equally ambiguous results — making his unfamiliarity familiar.
The film reboots the Batman film seriestelling the origin story of Bruce Wayne from the death of his parents to his journey to become Batman and his fight to stop Ra's al Ghul and the Scarecrow from plunging Gotham City into chaos.
Aiming for a darker, more realistic tone compared to the Oedipus and david denby films, a primary goal for their vision was to engage the audience's emotional investment in both the Batman and Bruce Wayne identities of the lead character.
The film, which was principally shot in the United Kingdom, Iceland and Chicago, relied heavily on traditional stunts and miniature effectswith computer-generated imagery being used in a minimal capacity compared to other action films.
Year One and Batman: The Long Halloween served as inspiration. The film received highly positive reviews and is considered by many critics to be one of the best superhero films of the s.
Plot As a child, Bruce Wayne falls down into a dry well and is attacked by a swarm of bats, subsequently developing a phobia of bats.
While watching an opera with his parents, Thomas and MarthaBruce becomes frightened by performers masquerading as bats and asks to leave.
Outside, mugger Joe Chill murders Bruce's parents in front of him. Orphaned, Bruce is raised by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworthwhile Chill is imprisoned. Fourteen years later, Chill is paroled in exchange for testifying Oedipus and david denby Gotham City mafia boss Carmine Falcone.
Bruce intends to murder Chill, but one of Falcone's assassins does so first.
Bruce's childhood friend, Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawesberates him for attempting to undermine the justice system, saying that his father would be ashamed. Bruce confronts Falcone, who tells him that real power comes from being feared.
Bruce decides to travel the world and learn how to confront injustice. While serving a prison sentence for theft in Bhutanhe meets Henri Ducardwho trains him as a member of the League of Shadowsled by Ra's al Ghul.
After completing his training and purging his fears, Bruce learns that the League intends to destroy Gotham, believing it to be corrupt, decadent, hypocritical and beyond saving. Bruce rejects the League's cause and burns down their temple during his escape. Ra's is killed by falling debris, while Bruce saves the unconscious Ducard.
Bruce returns to Gotham intent on fighting crime. Inspired by his childhood fear, he takes up the vigilante identity of "Batman" and sets up a base in the caves beneath Wayne Manor.
He takes an interest in his family's company, Wayne Enterpriseswhich is being taken public by the unscrupulous William Earle. Company archivist Lucius Foxa friend of Bruce's father since deposed by Earle, allows Bruce access to prototype defense technologies, including a protective bodysuit and a heavily armored car, the Tumbler.
Bruce publicly poses as a shallow playboy to allay suspicion. Batman intercepts a drug shipment, provides Rachel with evidence against Falcone, and enlists Sergeant James Gordonone of the few honest cops left in Gotham, to arrest him.
In the prison, Falcone meets Dr. Jonathan Cranea corrupt psychologist whom he has helped smuggle drugs into Gotham, and threatens to reveal his complicity if he does not declare him mentally unfit for trial. Crane puts on a scarecrow mask and sprays Falcone with a fear-inducing hallucinogen that drives him insane which causes Falcone to constantly mouth the word "Scarecrow"and has him transferred to Arkham Asylum.
While investigating "the Scarecrow", Batman is exposed to the hallucinogen and left incapacitated. He is saved by Alfred and given an antidote developed by Fox. When Rachel accuses Crane of corruption, Crane reveals that he has been pouring his fear-inducing drug into Gotham's water supply.
He drugs Rachel with it, but Batman saves her and subdues Crane, who claims to work for Ra's al Ghul. Batman evades the police to get Rachel to safety, administers the antidote, and gives her a vial of it for Gordon and another for mass production.
Ducard reappears at Bruce's birthday party and reveals himself to be the true Ra's al Ghul. Having stolen a powerful microwave emitter from Wayne Enterprises, he plans to vaporize Gotham's water supply, rendering Crane's drug airborne and causing mass hysteria that will destroy the city.
He sets Wayne Manor aflame and leaves Bruce to die, but Alfred rescues him. Ra's loads the microwave emitter onto Gotham's monorail system, intending to release the drug as the train travels toward the city's central water source.
Batman rescues Rachel from a drugged mob and indirectly reveals his identity to her. He pursues Ra's onto the monorail and fights him as Gordon uses the Tumbler's cannons to destroy a section of the track. Batman refuses to kill Ra's, but also chooses not to save him, gliding from the train and leaving Ra's aboard as it crashes and explodes, killing him.
Bruce gains Rachel's respect but loses her love, as she decides she cannot be with him while he is Batman. Bruce reveals he has secretly purchased a controlling stake in Wayne Enterprises, fires Earle, and replaces him with Fox.
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