As you can guess Batman Begins tells the
story of how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. The movie
starts off with a flash back of Bruce Wayne and Rachel
Dawes as kids. Running through a garden. Bruce steals
the arrowhead Rachel found in the garden. He runs away
and falls into a well. Bruce is attacked by bats in the
well. Thus providing the Bruce's fear for bats. This
movie centers around fear. Fear, Anger and Guilt.
You then find Bruce (Christian Bale) older in life in a
prison somewhere in Asia. I am assuming it is Asia but
am not certain. Bruce takes on 6 prisoners and is sent
to solitary where he meets Henri Ducard (Liam Neison).
Ducard tells Bruce Wayne about the League of Shadows as
he knows Bruce is to be released the following day.
Ducard tells Bruce to pick a blue flower and climb to
the top of the mountain to find what he is looking for.
The League of Shadows is a vigilante band of Ninjas with
the sole purpose to seek justice. Bruce trains The
League of Shadows and eventually comes to the part where
he needs to execute a murderer to become part of the
League. Bruce refuses to be an executioner and fights
his way out of the burning temple and saves Ducard's
life in the process. The League wanted Bruce to help
them destroy Gotham City to rid the city of Crime and
Evil. To seek justice and set the wrongs right.
Bruce returns to Gotham where he finally becomes Batman.
Wayne Enterprises is involved in military armament and
weapons developing. This is where Bruce gets the bat
suit (without nipples as seen in Batman and Robin) and
his other gadgets. Developed by Lucius Fox (Morgan
Bruce Wayne chooses to become Batman because bats are
his one true fear, thus instilling his fear of bats into
the minds of his enemies. Once again fear comes into
Christopher Nolan (Director of Batman Begins) comes up
with a new batmobile. It's literally a tank on wheels.
It was developed to jump rivers with cables attached to
it to make bridges in military combat. This is one
badass piece of machinery. You'll just have to see the
movie to understand fully. Great idea from the director
on the batmobile concept.
Carmine Falcone is the crime boss in Gotham. He's paying
off Dr. Jonathan Crane (also Scarecrow, Cillian Murphy
of 28 Days Later fame) to get his thugs out of jail and
into Crane insane asylum known as Arcum. (Where Mr.
Freeze is sent to in Batman and Robin, as well as The
riddler in Batman Forever) You come to find out Arcum is
the breeding ground for a new hallucinogenic
psychotropic drug that makes your worst fears come to
reality. The blue flowers from the beginning are the
derivative of the drug. Crane is able to weaponize the
drug. Crane uses the drug on Falcone's character and
drives him to the point of sanity. This is the first
instance you get we get to see the Scarecrow character.
We then find out Crane is dumping his weaponized drug
into Gotham's water system. Batman comes to the rescue
after he crane has already drugged Rachel Dawes. The
only problem is the drug must be inhaled for your fears
to be realized. This may present a problem but Wayne
Enterprises conviently lost a prototype military weapon
called a microwave emitter that is supposed to vaporize
your enemies water supply. Put 2 and 2 together and in
this situation you get about 6. Batman comes to the
rescue and saves Rachel (Katie Holmes) from losing her
mind by giving her an antidote Fox worked up from the
first time Bruce was poisoned by Crane.
All the while is going on it is Bruce Wayne's birthday.
He gets back to Wayne Manor where he is having his
birthday party.. We come to find out that he has a very
important guest, Ra's Al Ghul. It turns out Ducard is
Ra's Al Ghul. Ra's Al Ghul is in Gotham to destroy the
city with the Microwave Emitter. Bruce immediately
dismisses his guest in a drunken manner. Ra's Al Ghul
and The League of Shadows beat up Bruce and set Wayne
Manor on fire. Trapped under a wooden beam on fire Bruce
is knocked out. Alfred (Michael Caine) comes to Bruce's
aid and they escape to the batcave before the house
They have already started to turn the Gotham's water
supply into vapor in the Narrows. (The Ghetto of Gotham)
All the murderers and thugs that were locked up in the
insane asylum by Crane are let free to rome the streets
and create chaos.
Batman has to stop Ra's Al Ghul before he drives the
train (built by Bruce's father) into Wayne Towers, the
center of the city. If Ra's Al Ghul is able to get to
Wayne Towers the Gotham City will be in a state of
complete and utter state of panic.
Batman of course saves the day and rids Gotham of Ra's
Al Ghul with the help of Lieutenant Gordon who shoots
out the beams holding up the train with the batmobile.
They leave the movie open for a sequel (which I hope
Christopher Nolan directs) introducing a new villain
that leaves a Joker calling card.
In the original Batman movies (directed by Tim Burton)
The Joker is the person who kills Wayne's parents. That
was set up by Tim Burton. More along the lines of the
graphic novel, Joe Chill is the man who killed Bruce
Wayne's parents after they left an opera because Bruce
was getting scared by the bats in the opera.
Once again fear plays an important role in this movie.
Batman is actually afraid of Bats and wants his enemies
to share that fear. To become Batman he must overcome
that fear. The drugs crane weaponizes brings to reality
your deepest fears. Fear is very prominent in this
The fighting scenes are a little hard to follow. Some
people might have a problem with this. Their is a lot of
camera action during the fighting scenes and is kinda
hard to follow. For me this didn't take away from the
film. It's supposed to be that way. I think Nolan is
trying to depict the fighting as fast and realistic. The
second time viewing the movie I was farther from the
screen which helped me follow the fight scenes a little
better. Something to keep in mind...
Batman Begins finally brings the Batman series back to
where it was before Batman and Robin and even Batman
Forever, which is the better of the two. Christopher
Nolan's (of Memento fame) vision is simply amazing. He
achieves a visual quality like no other and really
explains the origin of Batman. Never reading the comics
or the graphic novel I know understand why Batman is
Batman. Christian Bale is the best Batman to date. He
brings a fierceness to Batman. As well as anger and
guilt. Bale just takes the role and runs with it. As you
could expect if you have seen and of his other movies.
(American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Machinist) David
Goyer (writer of the Blade trilogies) writes a solid
solid screen play with the help of the Director
Christopher Nolan. All in all this is a fantastic movie.
If you are a fan of the Batman series and were
disappointed by the last 2 movies Batman Begins brings
respectability and a breath of fresh air back to the
franchise. All without overbearing CGI. Christopher
Nolan proves you don't need a bunch of extra crap to
make a quality movie.
Amazing vision from an amazing director. David Goyer
comes through again with an amazing screenplay. Bales
devotion to the role warrants me to give this movie a
5/5. Definitley the best movie I have seen in 2005.
Trust me I've seen a lot.