I think we can all agree that the opening bank heist in “The Dark Knight” was pretty impressive. However, on December 14, fans were given a treat by being shown the first seven minutes of Christopher Nolan‘s bat finale “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It began as Operation Early Bird; a viral marketing website created to give fans a chance to get free tickets to special December 14 IMAX showings of the film’s opening sequence. The ONMIMAX dome at OMSI was one of the about 25 theaters that hosted the special event.
Before entering, anxious fans were given free T-shirts as well as talking to each other about what they would be seeing that evening. When asked what his expectations where going in, Ian Woosley responded by stating that, “I’m at a happy medium because it’s the third one; basically we will see.”
“The bar has been set pretty high,” Jesse Huxman explained.
Huxman went onto say that, “It’s going to be hard to top, but I would love to be surprised.”Michelle Lee took a slightly different approach to her anticipation.”I don’t really have any expectations. I just don’t want to be disappointed.”
The film begins with a continuation of a scene from the last film, Commissioner Gordon giving a eulogy for Harvey Dent. We then cut to an unnamed country where the CIA is in the middle of a hostage trade off with local militia. A Russian scientist and three prisoners with information on a terrorist known only as ”Bane” are loaded onto a CIA plane.
It’s only after the plane is in the air that the CIA realizes that they have brought on more than they bargained for. It is at this point that we are introduced to the villain of the film, Bane (Tom Hardy), who has been on the plane the whole time.
What follows is an absolutely incredible action sequence, where Bane and his men overtake the plane and exit with the scientist. The presentation ended with trailer showcasing what is to come in the rest of the film.
The whole sequence was shot in IMAX, which made the action on screen all the more breathtaking. As soon as the footage ended the crowd erupted into cheers and applause. The general consensus from everyone leaving the theater was that the opening sequence of “The Dark Knight Rises” completely topped the opening of “The Dark Knight.”
“Really nothing to say, it was just incredible”, Lee explained. “Wow”, Huxman proclaimed.
The use of IMAX photography for this sequence (about an hour of the film was shot in IMAX) was simply mind blowing. The film opens in conventional and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012.
Ian Butcher is the Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Commuter. He is a journalism major with plans to transfer to University of Oregon and pursue a career in film related journalism. In his spare time he enjoys podcasting, watching bad movies, and looking up obscure facts about the Harry Potter cast.