Batman Begins – Filtered

Theatrical Release: June 15, 2005
DVD Release: October 18, 2005


A new restart of the “Batman” franchise under the helm of “Memento” Director Chris Nolan and more in tone with the early “Batman: Year One” style comics. As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes, a trauma which led him to become obsessed with revenge but his chance is cruelly taken away from him by fate. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra’s Al-Ghul, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City overrun by organised crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system whilst the company he inherited is slowly being pulled out from under him. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armoured suit leads him to take on a new persona, one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong – he becomes, Batman. In the new guise, and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan ‘The Scarecrow’ Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right

Dove Review

Bruce Wayne runs from his life of wealth and prestige after confronting the man who had his parents murdered-to no avail. He escapes to the East, and high in the mountains, learns the ancient art of the ninja. He returns to Gotham city to restore the now corrupting city to its former glory. After discovering a deep cave below his property, he takes on the new identity of Batman and begins to cleanse the city. Wow!! Batman Begins!! I’m not usually too into the superhero type movies, but this one was an exception!! It was full of action and information about the history of Batman and, of course, he has come a long way from the Batman of the 60’s (POW!! BAM!!! BANG!!). There were some pretty big names that added to the quality of the movie (Morgan Freeman being my favorite). The movie kept Batman as a good guy and didn’t allow him to kill one person, but instead used the techniques of the Ninja to sneak, disappear and even fly?!? The bad guys, on the other hand, did add enough violence to the movie to prevent Dove from approving it, but if you’ve got older kids, or for those young at hearts…this was a great movie to see!!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Girl kisses man.
Language: None.
Violence: Lots of fighting- not really too much blood or actual contact seen on screen, but lots of fighting, explosions, Batman catches on fire, girl slaps a guy, a few gross parts where a hallucinating spray makes people see things they fear (i.e. bats and maggots come out of a guys mouth and Batman looks evil with a tar like mouth), lots of ninja type fighting.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Guy in boxers.
Other: The ninja leader is able to switch appearances as a way to hide.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Bob Kane and David S. Goyer
Producer: Larry Franco
Genre: Action
Runtime: 141 min.
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor