The Lord of the Rings: The TwoTowers

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Director Peter Jackson has done it again with his second masterpiece from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Two Towers is just as powerful, dramatic, action filled, and precisely one minute longer than last years block buster film The Fellowship of the Ring.

The action/adventure/fantasy film starts off where film one finished: Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are in pursuit of the Uruk-Hai who has taken Merry and Pippin hostage, whilst Sam and Frodo struggle onwards to Mordor with their guide Gollum.

The film is done to such a level that you begin to believe that this Middle Earth, filled with Hobbits and Dragons, could be real. The whole fantasy/action genre allows the mind to go wild and starts to imagine impossible, far fetched things and also brings the film to life inside the audiences head as anything can happen and the rules of reality can be bent, and it all adds to the enjoyment in the film.

Fans of the book will be happy to see some of their favourite moments come to life: The Ent attack on Isengard, is a treat to see, also the whinged riders return on truly more terrifying steeds than in the Fellowship, but in my opinion there is no finer scene than the battle for Helms Deep as 10,000 Orcs ascend upon a castle in the hopes of wiping out all humans. The entire scene lasts up to 40 minutes in length and includes tremendous fighting scenes and the battle for man kind. Truly magnificent!

And one other 'small' detail is the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) creation of the new lovable animated character since Shrek. He has a raspy voice that is a cross between a child with a sore throat and a satanic cat, he's a schizophrenic, bug eyed creature...