The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • 12
  • Peter Jackson (2002)
  • NZ / US / Ger
  • 171 min
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Under the assumption that everyone has seen The Fellowship of the Ring, director Peter Jackson here jumps straight back into the action, with only a revealing flashback to Gandalf's plunge into the void from the first film. With the fellowship fractured, the story diverges into three separate strands: Frodo and Sam's trek to Mordor, on which they are joined by the deranged Gollum; Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn's attempted allegiance with the imperilled kingdom of Rohan; and Merry and Pippin's affiliation with the sentient trees of Fangorn Forest. It's darker and more urgent than the opening segment, and Jackson again displays an unparalleled grasp of storytelling on a grand scale - the siege of Helm's Deep is as heroic and spectacular as any battle scene committed to film. The performances are uniformly excellent, with the original cast reinforced by strong characterisations from Brad Dourif and Bernard Hill. The most impressive contribution, however, comes from Andy Serkis, who provides the creepy tones and fluid physical movements of the CGI-created Gollum.

Plot Summary

The second part of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy adventure, starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen. Hobbits Frodo and Sam, now separated from the rest of the fellowship, travel deep into the realm of the evil Lord Sauron to destroy the ring. The pair are guided on their journey by Gollum, but the slimy creature has a sinister reason for wanting to help.

Cast and crew


Frodo Baggins
Elijah Wood
Gandalf the White
Ian McKellen
Arwen Undómiel
Liv Tyler
Aragorn / Strider
Viggo Mortensen
Samwise "Sam" Gamgee
Sean Astin
Cate Blanchett
Gimli / Treebeard
John Rhys-Davies
Peregrin "Pippin" Took
Billy Boyd (1)
Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
Dominic Monaghan
Legolas Greenleaf
Orlando Bloom
Saruman the White
Christopher Lee
Hugo Weaving
Eowyn of Rohan
Miranda Otto
King Théoden
Bernard Hill
Grima Wormtongue
Brad Dourif
Sméagol / Gollum
Andy Serkis
David Wenham
Karl Urban
Bruce Hopkins


Peter Jackson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Dec 2002
Certificate 12
Entertainment in Video Ltd