After Boromir's death, Frodo and Sam set of alone for Mordor to destroy
The One Ring. One of The Ring's original bearers, the creature Gollum,
tracks down Frodo and Sam in search for his 'precious,' but is captured
by the Hobbits and is used as their guide to Mount Doom.

The Two Towers between Mordor and Isengard, have united in their lust for destruction. Corrupt wizard Saruman, under the power and guide of The Dark Lord Sauron, has created a grand Uruki-hai army bent on the destruction of Man and Middle Earth. The rebellion against Sauron is building up and the war for The Ring has begun.

While some people think this surpasses the original, I don't.

Continuing right on from where we left off, the Fellowship which has gathered to protect the Hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), on his quest to destroy the One Ring has become dispersed. Frodo and his hobbit gardener Sam (Sean Astin), are lost in the mountains until the slimy creature Gollum which dogged them before is overcome and forced to lead them to the black gate of Mordor.

Meanwhile the evil Lord Saruman (Christopher Lee), is creating an army of Orcs to destroy Middle Earth and the other two hobbits Merry and Pippin escape from Saruman's minions and find themselves in a forest of talking trees. And the heroic trio of Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), in their efforts to find Frodo, find themselves defending the King of Rohan and his lovely daughter played by Miranda Otto from the onslaught of Saruman's hordes.

While some people think this surpasses the original, I don't. The storylines are fractured and geographically and narratively it's sometimes hard to figure out what's going on. And there was an exhilaration with the first one that's somehow missing with this. Howard Shore's score overwhelms some scenes unnecessarily. They're all the negatives, but the positives are many. The romantic scope of this Celtic referenced story remains, the message is clear, you band together to fight for good in this world, elves, hobbits, men and beasts, even trees this time around.

Performances are all ok with a stand out from Andy Serkis as Gollum who has a hard time figuring out whether he's a good guy or a baddie.