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The Dark Knight: A Nightmare for Civil Libertarians, Game Theorists

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger as The Joker

I went and saw a 3 a.m. showing of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to the wildly popular Batman Begins.  I’m still in the post-show awe that leaves you with little critical reasoning capabilities, so writing a review (especially considering my extreme lack of sleep) is probably not the best of ideas, but there are a few thoughts I had about the movie that I wanted to get down.

Like most people have said, Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker makes the movie.  Absent the haunting, surreal experience of seeing a ‘dead man walk’, as it were, Ledger obviously put in a huge amount of work for this role and it pays off handsomely (at least for Warner Brothers, maybe not so much Ledger’s family).  Instead of talking about Ledger’s role (which has gotten so much play in both blogs and rags that it’s almost irritating to see a role that is almost perfect debated to the point that it loses its lustre).  I’m going to mention a few political allusions that Nolan decided to write into the movie. Continue reading