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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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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.
Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the all-powerful ring, bringing them face to face with the magical artefact's twisted former owner Gollum. Meanwhile, their allies prepare to make a desperate last stand against the vast armies of the corrupted wizard Saruman, who has declared war on a neighbouring kingdom. Part two of Peter Jackson's fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Andy Serkis and Christopher Lee.
Cast & Crew
video, DVD and Blu-ray
20 Dec 2002
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