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Tagline: A New Power Is Rising.
Plot: Picking up where the first film left off, Peter Jackson's THE TWO TOWERS throws the remaining members of the Fellowship into the scattered chaos of Middle-earth, now fully under siege by the forces of Sauron. While Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) journey to the dreaded Mordor, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are held captive by orcs, and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) search for their abducted companions. Soon Frodo and Sam are joined by the sulking and duplicitous Gollum (portrayed by the voice and motion-captured acting of Andy Serkis), who becomes their guide through the barren lands leading to Mount Doom. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin encounter the looming Treebeard (voiced by Rhys-Davies) and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli find themselves in the land of Rohan, accompanied by an old friend. As the tale continues, each scenario becomes more perilous, and fierce battles erupt at both Isengard, home of the treacherous Saruman (Christopher Lee), and the massive Helm's Deep.
After masterfully setting up the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien in THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Jackson continues the trilogy with the increasingly dark and battle-filled TWO TOWERS without skipping a beat. Although the director takes a
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The Two Towers will neither disappoint the legions of Lord of the Rings fans or the new converts who adored The Fellowship of the Ring. But be forewarned: The Two Towers isn't about cute Hobbits going on a quest--this one gets down to the nitty-gritty.
--Kit Bowen (Hollywood.com)
The Two Towers starts out a little slowly, but the rousing second half, which gathers momentum like a boulder racing downhill, will leave audiences craving more when the end credits roll.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
Yes, there are some "middle-chapter" problems, but Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation hasn't lost its devastating humanity, its heart-stopping cinematography or its epic sweep.
--Charles Taylor (Salon)
What one misses in the thrills of these epic splendors is much depth in the characters. All of the major figures are sketched with an attribute or two, and then defined by their actions.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
I sat in a seat, wrecking my spine and numbing my ass, to watch what was supposed to be the greatest moment at the multiplex this year, possibly ever... They duped me into seeing this series a second time.
--B. Alan Orange (MovieWeb)
This is quite simply an amazing film, a triumph of storytelling, a triumph of action, a triumph of terror and yes damn it a triumph of special effects.
--Carl Lazarevic (MovieWeb)
The Two Towers as a film was absolutely amazing. Any fan of the books as well of the first movie will be thoroughly engulfed by the story of The Two Towers.
--Brian Balchack (MovieWeb)
It certainly surpasses "The Fellowship of the Ring" in terms of wit, action and narrative drive. What it lacks - at least until the climax - is the first film's wow-factor. We are now accustomed to the environs and inhabitants of Middle-earth.
--Nev Pierce (BBC Films)
|Well, mind-blowing action is one thing. What sets the LOTR movies apart even more is that through it all, we remain close to the countless memorable characters embodied by a greatish cast. |
--Kevin N. Laforest (Montreal Film Journal)
Utterly astonishing, truly epic film that comfortably exceeds all possible expectations – with stunning action sequences, jaw-dropping special effects and thoroughly engaging characters, this is a directorial tour de force.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
Two Towers should serve as a postcard to George Lucas, one that reads 'Making great movies, wish you were here!'. A
--Larry Carroll (CountingDown)
The epic legend of "The Lord of the Rings" continues -- and the second installment, "The Two Towers," is an utter triumph.
--Paul Clinton (CNN Showbiz)