‘Dark Knight Rises’ Footage: Cities Under Siege

This year’s MTV Movie Awards delivered one of the most awesome surprises for nerds everywhere, and I’m not talking about K-stew having a solo make out party. I’m talking about new “Dark Knight Rises” footage!

The promo revealed at the awards gave us a few new snippets of info, further confirming Batman and Catwoman’s dynamic duo-ness, and hyping up Bane all the more; but what I took away from the trailer was the siege upon Gotham. From a pile of GCPD cars 20 feet high, to a band of rebels flooding the streets led by Bane, and of course we can’t forget all of the bridges being destroyed in one fell swoop, never have things looked so grim for Wayne’s hometown.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is looking to go down in the books as one of the most epic siege movies ever, so in order to whet your appetite before the film’s premiere, here are five other totally siege-worthy films.

“The Siege”
I mean, come on, with a name like,that how could it not be on the list? In the film, New York City is inundated with Islamic-militant terrorist attacks, the situation getting so bad that the President is forced to declare martial law. In comes Bruce Willis as Major William Devereaux, throwing a conniption fit and herding every American-Muslim into an open air stadium (a.k.a. internment camp), “Farewell to Manzanar” style. There’s tanks, there’s guns, there’s barb wire fences, and there’s pissed off Bruce Willis. Siege enough for ya? I think so.

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
Substitute Bruce Willis for Megatron, New York City for Chicago, tanks for giant robots that can turn into tanks, and the entire human race for Islamic-Americans, and you pretty much have the same movie as “The Siege,” albeit with a 300 million dollar budget. Despite the ludicrous plot, this is definitely the best film in the “Transformers” series, so you might want to check it out.

“Red Dawn”
It’s the 1980s, (and probably the most ’80s they’ve ever been) and World War III is real. Soviet and Cuban communist forces have invaded America and have laid siege to the small town of Calumet, Colorado. Enter: Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen as the Brothers Eckert. They lead a rag-tag team of rebel kids called the Wolverines against the communist forces to win back the town, and break the siege in one of the cultiest and campiest siege movies of all time.

“Enemy at the Gates”
Jude Law faces off against Ed Harris in an epic sniper battle that will make or break the siege of Stalingrad in WWII Russia. Pepper in a little Ron Perlman, Rachel Weisz and a pre-“Flashforward” Joseph Fiennes and you’ve got one hell of a thrill ride.

“28 Weeks Later”
Finally, the coup de grace of siege films: “28 Weeks Later,” whose awesomeness can be summed up in two words… zombie siege!

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