Elijah Wood, Sean Astin,
Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee,
Liv Tyler, John Rhys-Davies, Brad Dourif,
Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving


Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson,
Phillippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair

Fran Walsh, Barrie M. Osborne,
Peter Jackson, Tim Sanders

New Line Cinema/Atlantic Alliance

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images.
Rated AA for scary images and thematic violence

The Battle Begins

"Red sun rises. Blood has been spilled this night."
It was the fastest three hour movie I've seen in a long time. You want action mixed in with your fantasy? Believe me director Jackson has given it to you. How he managed to keep everything straight is an amazing feat. I have to tell you when this trilogy is over he deserves a very long rest and much applause for bringing this trilogy to such vivid life. At the screening of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS everyone stood and applauded this second part of this amazing trilogy. Justifiably so, as it is packed with wonderous images and thrilling battles thet will absolutely astound the viewer. Do I gush? Yes I do. Does it blow away other movies of it's genre? Yes it does. Ahh, if only the new Star Wars Trilogy even came close. Sorry I had to slip that in there. Okay now, come along and be filled with that sense of wonder that is THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

"It was nothing, just a dream."
The minions of Lord Sauron are still doing their best to retrieve the ring in this central film in Peter Jackson's trilogy. Middle Earth is about to be torn asunder by the battle between good and evil in theis epic adventure. Jackson's trilogy represents an unprecedented adventure in filmmaking as well. All three films were made simultaneously over a space of a year and half of production. The release of the first part in December of 2001 was met with worldwide acclaim and brought in over $860 million. It also garnered 13 Academy Awrad<©> nominations winning four. The groundbreaking techniques that were used for Lord Of The Rings brought theTolkien universe to life and was desreving of the Best Visual Effects Oscar<©>.

"The white wizard will know."
By the end of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Gandalf (Ian McKellen) plunged to his doom into the pit at Khazad-dum. Boromir (Sean Bean) meet his death after attempting to take control of the ring. He left behind his Gondorian brother, Faramir (David Wenham) whom we meet in the second film. The two Hobbits, Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) are left alone to continue their journey to Mount Doom.

"My precious."
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS opens with a recap of Gandalf's battle with the fire giant. This time we see how the battle between the two adversaries continued down the near bottomless pit. As they fall, the battle between them is feirce and it ends in a flashback later on in the movie. Meanwhile we find Froddo and Sam still wandering the mountains of Emyn Muil trying to reach their destination only to find themselves going in circles until the meet the star of this sequel. Gollum is introduced into the main story line and what a great character he is. Even though he is the most amazing cgi computer creation, he should be nominated for an Oscar or at least Andy Serkis should be for creating the incredible voice and schizophrenic characteristics Gollum portrays. Guaranteed when you leave the theatre audtiorium Gollum will be utmost in your mind; he absolutely steals every scene he is in. Watching Gollum, the one time protector of the Ring, talk to himself in the two voices of his good and evil self is amazing and really creepy. In one scene when he has been supposedly betrayed by Frodo he speaks and hugs himselfs in two identities while Faramir looks on. While watching this scene you will forget it isn't a real being performing, but a sophisticated computer image. Of course this is also due to Serkis's fine portrayal of Gollum. The one time hobbit that has been turned mad by the ring, is beautifully rendered with his slender arms and bugged out eyes. The funny thing is that everytime I looked at Gollum I saw Peter Lorre. He looks so much like Lorre in fact that if he were still alive and younger this great actor would have been the perfect actor to portray a live action Gollum. For those two young to remember Peter Lorre watch such films as CASABLANCA, ARSNIC AND OLD LACE, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and countless more.
"I found it I did, a way through the marshes."
When Gollum moves so lifelike it is due to Andy Serkis. The actor was dressed in a sensor covered suit while acting the part of the of Gollum. All his movements are recorded to computers where the animator's translate them into a CGI animation over his image. So when Elijah Wood or (Sean Astin) interact with the character they actually make eye contact with a real on stage actor. On screen it appears that Frodo is making eye contact with Gollum, which of course helps the little critter look more lifelike. He moves, talks walks and fights in a realistic manner which of course makes his monologues even more hauntinly realistic.

"Your words are poison."
The story bounces back and forth between the main characters as we are witness to the adventures of each group. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) end up in the beseiged and gloomy Rohan kingdom who is ruled by the once great King Theoden played by Bernard Hill. The king has fallen under the spell of Saruman (Christopher Lee) through the devious manipulations of the slimy and sinister Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif). If a name ever fit a character this is the one. He is a slimy disgusting worm of a character who fawns over a repulsed Eowyn. The niece of the king is played by Miranda Otto a beautiful woman who recognizes that the human Aragorn is a natural leader. She is attracted to Aragorn but he is constantly thinking about his enduring love for the Elf Arwen (Liv Tyler) and the pact they made together. Whenever Wormtongue is on camera in the Rohan storyline his performance steals the scenes with his snake like performance.

"Breathe the free air my friend."
"Dark have been my dreams of late."
When the reborn Gandalf appears in the king's court as the new Gandalf the White he reminds Aragorn that it is his destiny to help unite the Rohan people with the peoples of Gondor who are the last remaining stronghold of human resistance to the evil Lord Sauron. To this end Gandalf The White helps bring King Theoden back from the brink of insanity by banishing the possession by Saruman. After Wormtongue is banished they realize that they will soon be attacked and over run by Lord Sauron's nightmarish troops. Their only hope is to lead the people of Rohan to the one place they can defend themselves, Helm's Deep. There they will meet their destiny by battling valiantly 10,000 raging orcs, Uruk-hai and other beasts that were bred with lethal intent. This is an amazing battle that will keep you glued to your seats. The logsitics of filming this scene must have stretched director Peter Jackson's abilities to the max. Apparently he had to stage the battle scenes with models of castles and little plastic toy soldiers to keep it all together. You will understand when you see the complex battle sequences at Helm's Deep. This entire trilogy has been a big step for the the man who's first film was DEAD ALIVE, it was billed as the vilest most disgusting horror film made and you know it was true. He also directed Michael J. Fox in THE FRIGHTENERS, his most successful film until this triology came along.

"He's dead. He took a little tumble off the cliff."
Jackson has given us a picture with non stop conflict this time around with a prodigious climatic battle that would make any director of the old epic Roman films jealous. You will see vast armies mount a seige of Helm's Deep's castle walls with a fiercious zeal. Arrows and spears fly as countless lives are lost and new alliances as well as old ones are renewed.

"Three hundred against ten thousand."
"They are going to die."
"Then I will die as one of them."
Gimli the Dwarf is used extensively in this film to provide us with not only deeds of bravery but with a great deal of humour. This short legged hero charges into battle with no care for his safety. Most of these deeds of derring-do are filled with comedic moments. He dives headlong at a horde of Orcs and ends up face in the mud.Fe provides those humourous moments need to break the tensions of battle. Standing at the parapets of the castle wall as they are being attacked he keeps bouncing to see over the wall at the enemy. There is even an ungoing rivalry between Legolas and himself over who kills the most Orcs. This is done in a humourous manner that again gives you a breather during the devasting attack. Humour is important during the dark scene so that you as a viewre can just have a second or two to catch your breathe.

"We never say anything unless it takes a long time to say."
The film is full of incredible images. There is the excellent footage of the oliphants, the wargs, winged Nazgul and a forest full of Ents. The Ents are incredible tree creatures. Live trees that walk and talk and when push comes to shove, they even fight. The trio of warrior Aragorn, dwarf Gimli, and elf Legolas pursued a party of Uruk-hai warriors who held captives the fellowship's two other hobbits, Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck (Dominic Monaghan) and Peregrin 'Pippin' Took played by Billy Boyd. Thinking the two dead they moved on to Rohan but Merry and Pippin end up in the limbs of the Ents leader Treebeard. The tree's movements are very good and their scenes are very entertaining. Merry and Pippin struggle to convince the trees to help fight against Saruman and when they do they fight with an intensity that will help take down the Orthanc Tower in Isengard where wizard Saruman plots to take over Middle Earth for his Lord Sauron. This is a spectacular sequence at the climax of this second part.

"What are we holding on to, Sam?"
"There is good in this world, Mr. Frodo and it is worth fighting for."
Over all this is a spectacular movie that will bump any film off the number one postition and shoud garner many nominations again this year at the Academy Awards<©>. It should stay in the number one position for two or three weeks pushing all competitors aside in it's wake. I word of advise when going to see this great film. Don't start drinking that large drink in your hand for a good half hour or more into the movie. The last thing you want to do is get up to use the utilities during the last third of the movie. Go see it more than once, it's worth it.

"Sauron's wraith will be terrible."