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The Two Towers continues on the journey from The Fellowship of the Ring, with Frodo and Sam off to Mt Doom to destroy the ring, Sam and Merry captured by Urk-hai, and Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn set to save Rohan from upcoming invasion.

Peter Jackson and the animation team do a wonderful job with the Ents (talking tree creatures) who save Sam and Merry and defeat Sarumon the White's evil Urk-hai army. They bring water and new life to the depressing environment Sarumon has left.

The battle in Rohan is well-presented and great for those seeking a good battle scene. This movie avoids the romantic indirect nature of the battles in The Fellowship of the Ring and instead aims for a more hard-hitting type of battle which is harder to produce.

Frodo entrusts Gollum to lead him to Mt Doom while Sam is uncertain that Gollum is to be trusted. Gollum, who Frodo calls by his original name Smeagel, is a Man who has been granted dirty unpleasant eternity in life by the ring, has been taken over with desire for it, and who will kill and die for it. Andy Serkis plays the digitally-enhanced creature that has made film history worldwide. The three encounter Boromir's brother and must persuade him that they should be allowed to continue their quest to destroy the ring.

The title of this film was controversial. Some said it was insensitive to name it The Two Towers following the tragic events of September 11, although Director Peter Jackson was determined to keep the original name. The name is in reference to the dark evil Barad-dr and Orthanc towers.

The film tried to gain publicity by getting controversial radio and television star Paul Holmes, who has been a successful broadcaster in Australia, UK, Holland, Vienna and New Zealand, to play an Orc in the movie.

I'm expecting even more from The Return of the King.

By Michael Sergel.

179 minutes
Production companies
New Line Cinema
Saul Zaentz Company
WingNut Films
New Zealand
Censorship rating
Germany 12
A New Power Is Rising
Director Peter Jackson
Writers Book written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Screenplay by Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair and Peter Jackson.
Frodo Baggins Elijiah Woods
Gandalf the White Ian McKellen
Saruman Christopher Lee
Samwise Gamgee Sean Astin
Aragorn Viggo Mortensen
Pippin Took Billy Boyd
Merry Brandybuck Dominic Monaghan
Legolas Greenleaf Orlanda Bloom
Gimli John Rhys-Davies
Boromir Sean Bean
Uglk Nathaniel Lees
Elrond Hugo Weaving
Arwen Liv Tyler
Gollum OR Smeagel Andy Serkis
Faramir David Wenham
Galadriel Cate Blanchett
Haldir Craig Parker