Why It Falls Flat:
Because Bane's anarchy-plagued Gotham works better than a lot of American cities.
Oh sure, we get a little montage of wealthy people getting dragged out into the street, and yes, there are some unfair trials going on. But for the average Joe Gothamite on the street? Life seems to be going pretty well. For example, look at these shots we see of Gotham's streets, months after it was taken over by Bane and his band of revolutionary thugs:
Now let's compare those to what a normal city street looks like after 11 days of a garbage strike:
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