The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Overview:

Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

Votes 7412 (8/10)

Runtime: 179 minutes

Release Date 2002-12-18

Budget: $79,000,000.00

Revenue: $926,287,400.00

Website: Link

Tagline: A New Power Is Rising.

Production company:

  • WingNut Films
  • New Line Cinema
  • The Saul Zaentz Company

Production country:

  • New Zealand
  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Action

Trailer

Further Information

Frodo Baggins
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Gandalf the White
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
Aragorn
Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
Arwen Evenstar
Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
Legolas
Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
Gimli / Voice of Treebeard
John Rhys-Davies
John Rhys-Davies
Saruman
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Sam Gamgee
Sean Astin
Sean Astin
Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Billy Boyd
Billy Boyd
Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Dominic Monaghan
Dominic Monaghan
Gollum
Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis
Elrond
Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving
Haldir
Craig Parker
Craig Parker
Théoden
Bernard Hill
Bernard Hill
Gríma Wormtongue
Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
Éowyn
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Faramir
David Wenham
David Wenham
Éomer
Karl Urban
Karl Urban
Galadriel
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
Freda
Olivia Tennet
Olivia Tennet
Boromir
Sean Bean
Sean Bean
Sharku / Snaga
Jed Brophy
Jed Brophy
Halteh
Calum Gittins
Calum Gittins
Madril
John Bach
John Bach
Mauhur
Robbie Magasiva
Robbie Magasiva
Denethor
John Noble
John Noble
Producer
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
Producer
Barrie M. Osborne
Barrie M. Osborne
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
Executive Producer
Mark Ordesky
Mark Ordesky
Executive Producer
Michael Lynne
Michael Lynne
Novel
J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
Screenplay
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
Screenplay
Fran Walsh
Fran Walsh
Screenplay
Philippa Boyens
Philippa Boyens
Director of Photography
Andrew Lesnie
Andrew Lesnie
Art Direction
Joe Bleakley
Joe Bleakley
Art Direction
Philip Ivey
Philip Ivey
Art Direction
Rob Outterside
Rob Outterside
Art Direction
Mark Robins
Mark Robins
Set Decoration
Alan Lee
Alan Lee
Set Decoration
John Howe
John Howe
Set Decoration
Dan Hennah
Dan Hennah
Costume Design
Ngila Dickson
Ngila Dickson
Costume Design
Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor
Original Music Composer
Howard Shore
Howard Shore
Original Music Composer
Elizabeth Fraser
Elizabeth Fraser
Production Design
Grant Major
Grant Major
Casting
Victoria Burrows
Victoria Burrows
Casting
John Hubbard
John Hubbard
Casting
Liz Mullane
Liz Mullane
Editor
Michael Horton
Michael Horton
Editor
Jabez Olssen
Jabez Olssen
Director
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
Casting
Amy Hubbard
Amy Hubbard
Casting
Ann Robinson
Ann Robinson
Stunts
Sean Button
Sean Button
Compositors
Roger Huynh
Roger Huynh
Animation
Shane Prigmore
Shane Prigmore
3D Supervisor
Guy Williams
Guy Williams

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Peter Jackson has always maintained that The Two Towers is "the second act" of his epic undertaking, and perhaps the true greatness of the middle chapter will only be clear when viewed in context. As a stand-alone film, however, The Two Towers is not quite as good as Fellowship. (Nor, indeed, does it extend the universe or deepen the relationships in the manner of The Empire Strikes Back.) That it still merits the full five stars is merely an indication of how high the benchmark has been set. Picking up pretty much where Fellowship left off, this is a considerably darker film, with Frodo (Wood) falling further under the influence of the Ring (giving rise to some seriously spooky hallucinations), while Saruman (Christopher Lee) wreaks even more havoc. There's also the first appearance of Saruman's spy, the sinister Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), and the complex Gollum, a brilliant combination of computer trickery and raspy vocals from Andy Serkis (the campaign for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar starts here). Other newcomers include Faramir (David Wenham), the understandably miffed brother of the recently deceased Boromir, and Éowyn (Miranda Otto), who spends much of her time casting winsome glances in the general direction of Aragorn (Mortensen). Eventually the plot complexities become more coherent, setting the action up for the forthcoming finale, The Return Of The King. As we've come to expect, this is spectacular stuff - from an opening which sees Frodo troubled by dreams about the demise of Gandalf, through to the climactic Battle Of Helm's Deep, which is nothing short of breathtaking. But Jackson cleverly tempers the louder, brasher sequences with some heartstring-tugging moments - peasants despondent as they are forced to abandon their villages, Aragorn and Arwen's troubled relationship, and, of course, the return of Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen, superb as ever), one of the film's most powerful, memorable images that may well leave Ring devotees a little misty-eyed. However, those who still believe that the trilogy is beyond criticism may find their views challenged by The Two Towers. It's just as long as the first film, but gets the heroes no closer to a final victory. And, where the first movie developed its emotional tone from the brightness of The Shire to a darker climax, the sequel is more of a one-note affair, shadowy in both look and content. This is particularly true of the Ringbearer's quest, which adds the not-insignifcant Gollum to the party, but suffers more than the other story strands from the cross-cutting and finishes with a nearly identical pep talk from Sam to the tearful speech that climaxed Fellowship. Of course, given the nature of the material, and Jackson's desire to be faithful, this is all understandable. And by the time we all end up under siege at Helm's Deep, it's unlikely anyone will give a toss about narrative arcs: like Gollum, this is simply gob-smacking, mind-blowing, never-seen-before stuff. Verdict - It may lack the first-view-thrill and natural dramatic shape of Fellowship, but this is both funnier and darker than the first film, and certainly more action-packed. An essential component of what is now destined to be among the best film franchises of all time. 5/5 - Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine

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