The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
In the second chapter, the Fellowship has dispersed after an attack of Uruk-Hai. Frodo and Sam head south towards Mordor, with the slippery creature Gollum on their trail. Meanwhile, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli pursue the remaining kidnapped hobbits westward across the plains of Rohan, where the Norse-like horsemen dwell. Here they find the once proud people under the spell of the evil Wizard Saruman, who keeps a hold on them from his tower in Isengard. The struggle for the ring now comes from two directions - Saruman's tower in the west and the dark lord Sauron's in the east.
Best Sound Editing, Visual Effects; Academy Awards 2003
2002Rating: M, Medium level violence235 minsUSA, New Zealand
AdventureFantasyBlockbuster

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / Reviews

Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

The next instalment can't come soon enough.

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The Spinoff

The Spinoff

I think this one might be the actual best of the franchise and it's all because of the Ents.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

What Jackson's storytelling lacks in coherency... he makes up for with a new-found sense of urgency and a richer blend of drama, humour and human emotion.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

An army of filmmakers led by the director, Peter Jackson, has made the trilogy's central section a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.

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Total Film

Total Film

Part Two is easily as exciting, involving and visually inventive as Part One.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

There is no letdown, no scrimping on spectacle, no dawdling over exposition.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Unless you're up to speed on the story so far, part two of Tolkien's trilogy could be a baffling experience.

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Time Out

Time Out

In size and scale, Jackson has redefined the word 'epic' - but his attention to the small things really gives this series its awesome stature.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

A thrilling work of film craft.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

The Two Towers is both a triumph of design and cinematic engineering and, at the same time, long, repetitious and naive.

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New York Post

New York Post

An amazing feat of imagination.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

A few sloggy spots aside, The Two Towers is an outstanding effort that maintains the integrity and purpose that distinguished The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Peter Jackson, in the second instalment of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, has confounded expectations and crafted a film that's both livelier and darker than the first one.

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BBC

BBC

Gollum is the first believable CG character, while the battle of Helm's Deep is one of the finest, most expansive combat sequences ever filmed.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

As with the first film, this one also leaves you wanting hours more once those end credits begin flashing across the screen.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A visual pageant of sorcery and action, all but surpasses The Fellowship of the Ring.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A very watchable, distinctive, if over-extended FX spectacular. Nothing more.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Jackson has steered the story into the action mainstream. To do what he has done in this film must have been awesomely difficult, and he deserves applause, but to remain true to Tolkien would have been more difficult, and braver.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What strikes one more than anything in Towers is the material's dreamlike quality, from Frodo falling into the Dead Marshes and the way Gollum slithers on all fours to the massive black gates of Mordor and Gandalf's climactic charge on Shadowfax — the lord of all horses — down a very steep hill.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The Two Towers, shot at the same time as Part I and Part III, is spectacular in every sense of the word, even if you don’ t know an Orc from a Uruk-Hai.

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Variety

Variety

With all three “Rings” episodes filmed back to back in one monstrous 15-month shoot, “Towers” easily lives up to and frequently exceeds the high technical standards set by the first film.

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