Watch: In-Depth Analysis of Big Chase Sequence in 'The Dark Knight'
Since its release, many film fans and casual movie-goers have claimed The Dark Knight to be one of the best films of the last decade, and several of them would even count it among the best films of all-time. While I'll concede Chris Nolan's sequel is one of the best superhero movies ever put on film, counting it among the best films throughout cinema's short but impressive history may be a bit over zealous. Other minds have also taken it upon themselves to point out that The Dark Knight isn't perfect, and critic Jim Emerson takes it to the next level as he carefully breaks down the big chase sequence in the middle of the film.
Here's Jim Emerson's analysis of the big chase sequence in The Dark Knight, from Vimeo:
This analysis is part of Press Play's new installment called In the Cut which "will zero in on a crucial scene in a film and they will deconstruct, study and evaluate it for its technical merits and its cinematic effectiveness" In this particular focus on The Dark Knight sequence where Harvey Dent, recently claiming to be Batman, is transferred between precincts to be used as bait to lure out the Joker, Emerson says, "We notice lapses in visual logic whether our brains register them consciously or not. I found this sequence utterly baffling the first time I saw it, and every subsequent time. At last, I now know exactly why.” While he's certainly nitpicking, that's the idea of this feature, and he does concede a sequence like this, shot with the inconveniently sized IMAX camera, would certainly be difficult to pull off flawlessly and without many issues he has with the sequence. Still it's an interesting analysis of a complex scene. What do you think?