Hmmmm. Good, but definitely not great would be my feeling, which I think is probably what I’d have said about all the entries in this trilogy.
It all looked cool, kicked along and had some great set pieces, a reasonable twist in the plot too. It was pretty much all rosy up until about the half way mark. Able support from Oldman and Hathaway and Tom Hardy was excellent as Bane (I seem to have seen him in a lot of things lately and he always brings some proper intensity to the table, he was awesome in Bronson).
Michael Caine more closely resembles a giant side of ham with every performance, though. Given the huge buildup the resolution was rather anticlimactic, and the hand to hand action seemed somewhat ponderous, unconvincing and hard to make sense of. It seemed shot and edited to obscure everything rather than to make it clear. Worst of all, though, I dunno, for a film that presents itself as a gritty and realistic take on the subject matter it was pretty schmaltzy and predictable in the end, not to mention at times rather silly. The world’s most terrifyingly horrible and awful prison in the world ever in the world didn’t seem that bad. I can sure imagine worse. And a huge phalanx of policemen charging down a big open street at a cordon of ultra-heavily armed and highly trained terrorists ending in a big formless punch-up? Really?
And why is everything so ass-numbingly long these days?