The Dark Knight Rises prologue is being shown in front of certain IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Not many cities have the prologue since there were certain specifications for the IMAX screen that had to be met in order to show it. Seeing as the bulk of the writers on Lost in Reviews are Kansas City based, they did not get a chance to see it. I am based in Dallas, and it is not showing anywhere near Dallas. The nearest theatre for me is probably in Austin. Fortunately, I am visiting family near Houston, Texas and there is one theatre in Houston that has the prologue: Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 & IMAX.
The IMAX screen I saw it on is huge. It basically exactly like the ones you see an IMAX nature film on in a museum or zoo. It is a massive, massive screen. A screen that makes people sick with the flying overhead shots. If only every IMAX screen was like this. That is what IMAX always meant to me, not these tiny, somewhat enlarged screens that movie theatres pass off as IMAX.
There were no trailers before Mission: Impossible, only the prologue. So as soon as it was dark in the theatre, the prologue began. (Warning: if you have the option of seeing the prologue, don’t read my summary of it. It will spoil it for you.)
The prologue did not begin in IMAX, but in a small slice of the screen. It showed Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) on a podium at a memorial for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). After about thirty seconds of this, the whole screen is used as it switches to full-on IMAX for the rest of the prologue. There is a car driving through some rough terrain on its way to a plane. There are two people in the back with bags over their heads. They arrive at the plane and someone who is in charge is addressing the people who arrived. Seems they were only expecting one prisoner, not two. I am a Tom Hardy fan, and I could tell immediately that one of the guys was Bane (Tom Hardy) just based on his stature and his build. The guy takes both men on the plane along with some other guy that is some kind of authority or informant on something. In other words, he is important in some way. When the plane is in the air, the head guy tries intimidating the two guys with bags over their heads. Eventually, Bane reveals himself to the captors.
This starts the jaw-dropping action set in motion that results in a plane being dismembered (I think that can happen, right?) and dropped to the ground. Bane very much reminds me of The Joker, since he has a crew that helps him out in his endeavors.
I have read on other reviews of the prologue that Bane’s voice is hard to understand. I would have to agree with that. I could understand what he was saying in the beginning, but once other things started happening, he became more difficult to understand. The final thing he says is “The fire rises.” People seem to believe that director Christopher Nolan will fix this before the film comes out, maybe even using subtitles. I hope he fixes it because I would hate for that to be the one thing that makes the film not hit a home run and go out with a bang.
Once the main part of the prologue ends, scenes from the film flash on the screen, kind of like a trailer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Christian Bale (Batman), and Tom Hardy again (Bane) show up in the scenes. You also get to see some of the vehicles that will be in the film, including one that has the capability of catching air and flying. I have seen photos from filming that show Batman and Bane on some steps, and this is included in the prologue. The scene looks damn good with the snow swirling around them.
During the entire run of scenes at the end of the prologue, I had goosebumps all over my body. This film looks AMAZING and will have comic nerds and film geeks all over clambering to see the film! I want to watch that prologue a few more times if I could. I don’t think even another trailer for The Dark Knight Rises could get me more excited to see the film.
So from one film geek to another, if you have a chance to see the prologue, please go see it. It is worth it.
The Dark Knight Rises is in theatres July 20, 2012.