The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Marton Csokas, Bernard Hill, Peter Jackson, David Wenham
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|Movie Review by Joe |
May 14th, 2006
The saga continues...
One year after The Fellowship of the Ring, the next installment of the LOTR trilogy arrived in theaters. The Two Towers, once again directed by Peter Jackson, was nominated for six Academy Awards and winning two, The Two Towers is listed by many as the best LOTR movie of the bunch. Surprising, since it has no beginning and no ending.
The movie picks up where The Fellowship of the Ring left off. Gandalf is presumed dead, Boromir is dead, Merry and Pippin are taken by Saruman's forces, Aragon, Legolas and Gimli set out to find them, and Frodo and Sam set for Mount Doom on their own to destroy the ring.
Before they reached the forest of Fangorn, Saruman's army which had Merry and Pippin captive are ambushed by the Riders of Rohan. All of them are slaughtered, and Merry and Pippin seek refuge in the forest. Soon they realize that the trees in this particular forest can move and talk, and they are taken under the protective wing of the head of the Ents, Treebeard (voiced by John Rhys-Davies, who also played Gimli). Treebeard takes Merry and Pippin to "the White Wizard," who they think is Saruman.
While on thier quest to free Merry and Pippin, Aragon, Legolas and Gimli run into the riders of Rohan, led by Eomer (Karl Urban). They have been exhiled from thier land of Rohan by the King Theoden (Bernard Hill), who has been under the magical control of Saruman's assistant, Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), who is in love with the King's niece, Eowyn (Miranda Otto).
As Frodo and Sam continue on their path, they run into one of the original owners of the ring, the disfigured creature Gollum (Andy Serkes), who says he knows a way into Mount Doom that will make them almost invisible to the enemy. Frodo has compassion on Gollum, since he too used to be a half-ling before the corruption of the ring overtook him. Sam, however, is wary of their newfound guide.
After searching through the bodies of Saruman's army, Aragon tracks Merry and Pippin into Fangorn forest. While there, Aragon, Legolas and Gimli run into the same White Wizard that Merry and Pippin were taken to. To their astonishment, they see that the White Wizard isn't Saruman, but Gandalf! Gandalf tells his story about how he defeated the Balrock and became a more powerful wizard. They leave Merry and Pippin in the care of Treebeard, and they race to Rohan to help out King Theoden.
After a fierce confrontation with Saruman, Gandalf shows who he truly is and Theoden is released from the spell of Saruman. Then they discover that Saruman's armies are racing toward Rohan, and they vacate the city and head for the safety of Helms Deep. Gandalf rides out for aid and everyone else heads for Helms Deep. Along the way they are ambushed by an army and Aragon falls over a cliff and is thought to be dead.
As Frodo and Sam embark on their journey, Gollum faces himself and finally rids himself of his evil half. Suddenly they are captured by men of Gondor, led by Faramir (David Wenham), who is Boromir's brother. Gollum returns to his old ways after thinking Frodo abandoned him, and Faramir tries to get the ring from Frodo.
Merry and Pippin are in Fangorn forest and try to enlist the help of the Ents in the battle against Saruman's army. But things are slow in the forest and things aren't picking up soon.
At Helms Deep, Aragon returns and the men of Rohan are assisted by the elves, under the leadership of the great elven warrior Haldir (Craig Parker). Not soon after, the armies of Saruman arrive and a monumental battle takes place, with aid from an unexpected source.
Meanwhile, Merry and Pippin finally convince Treebeard and the Ents to go to war against Saruman, and they advance on Saruman's headquarters.
Faramir has a change of heart and during a battle against the Ringwraiths he supplies a secret escape for Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. Gollum turns evil again and decides to lead Frodo and Sam to 'her,' and he knows that whoever she is will devour them and he can have the ring for himself.
Thus ends The Two Towers, and I eagerly anticipated for another whole year for what I think is the best movie of the three: The Return of the King.
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Dec 28, 2006 1:47 PM
|EXCELLENT SEQUEL. A MUST SEE FILM. |
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