Before "The Dark Knight Rises", the total gross of Christopher Nolan's last 4 films was 2.3 billion dollars. However, box office success is not the only thing associated to Nolan's films. Christopher Nolan is trying to tell the audience something. He is trying to show something which is not visible but has a pervasive presence around us all the time. It has made a permanent home in our minds and hearts. But it rarely comes on our tongue. Quite possibly, he is trying to present "Delusion" and "Anarchy" filled around us.
We might be living in a world where there could be many "copies" of us. The Prestige, although shown as an epic battle between two magicians, hinted at this idea. The "greatest magic trick" was the central idea of the film. Both the magicians were looking for it. Eventually, Hugh Jackman finds it with the help of scientist Tesla.
The first two films in the Batman trilogy, especially the second film "The Dark Knight" hinted at the gross anarchy present inside each one of us. In a scene in the film, Joker (Memorably played by Heath Ledger) tells Batman, "Their (people or society) morals, their code..dropped at the first sign. When the chips are down, these civilized people will eat each other." People will drink each others blood if water on this planet finishes. The monster inside us is ever present. It is immortal. We fight it every second as it threatens to come out of us. Christopher Nolan created a monster out of the Joker who wanted to bring anarchy in the society.
Inception dealt with the unbelievable theme of dreams. The very thought that all life as we know around us could be just a dream has the capability to question our very identity. It sends a chill in the spine that there could be many worlds around us all. Even more, many of these worlds could just be structures of our imagination.
With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan takes forward the idea of anarchy to an altogether different level. He imagines anarchy at the society and state pedestals. He wants us to believe that society needs anarchy. It needs to start over. The system has become too rotten to continue. It is killing us from inside. It is creating more and more Bane's everyday. The good is finding it harder and harder to defeat the bad. In fact, he explains that in order to defeat the bad, the good has to die. The society in which the good won over the bad and thrived after killing him has become history. In today's times, the good is weaker than the bad. The only way for it to win is by making itself a martyr.
Nolan is extremely successful in articulating this seed of thought in the film. As a result, the film is plot heavy. It contains 'crowds' in many scenes, in order to emphasize anarchy and restlessness of the society. The villain Bane is simply bad in the film. He does not have Joker's eccentricities. He doesn't laugh. He doesn't see the funny side of the things. He is pure evil and angry.
The films hits on the political systems of the US, albeit in a very subtle way. Nolan's last installment of the Batman trilogy will not be as successful as its predecessor. It might not even earn as much as the previous installment did. But after earning 2.3 billion dollars, Nolan is not looking to make movies that will bring cash. He has risen above that. He wants people to know the inherent anarchy present inside us and in our society. The world is in the need of a revolution. A complete water-shed.
The Dark Knight Rises is a piece of art work. It will be remembered as probably Nolan's greatest work. Sadly, that recognition will be bestowed on him only when he would no longer be among us.