Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

Theatrical Release: December 18, 2002
DVD Release: August 26, 2003
Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers


Director Peter Jackson brilliantly brings to life another of J. R .R. Tolkein’s books. The characters, the colors, the sounds and the story are magnificently fashioned into a remarkable film of beauty and substance. In The Two Towers, the second in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Fellowship has been broken but continues in its quest to help Frodo (Elijah Wood) to the dark land of Mordor to destroy the ring. Gollum (voice by Andy Serkis) is an invaluable guide with his knowledge of the territory but a potential hindrance with his personal lust for the ring. Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Samwise (Sean Astin) return in heroic roles.

Dove Review

This film is well crafted and is an excellent follow-up to “The Fellowship of the Ring.” In this one, Frodo and Sam continue their journey to Mordor to destroy the evil ring in the fires of Mt. Doom. They encounter the creature Gollum, whose life was basically destroyed by the ring. He agrees to guide them to Mt. Doom although Sam remains suspicious of him. Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli find themselves helping King Thoeden and the people of Rohan, with a fantastic climatic battle at Helm’s Deep. The film, as its predecessor “The Fellowship of the Ring” is not Dove approved due to violence. The violence is at a level four in our rating and it must be below a three in order to be Dove approved. This is the only area in which it crosses our line of approval so sadly we cannot award this otherwise fine film our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between a couple.
Language: None
Violence: A fight with the creature Gollum, a battle with orcs and the Riders of Rohan, some stabbings and arrows piercing flesh, an orc's head on a stick, the dead in the marshes, the Battle of Helm's Deep with more stabbings and piercing arrows, and an explosion.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Brief cleavage
Occult: An evil wizard uses a crystal ball, A good wizard breaks the spell of an evil wizard who had possessed the king, and spirits underwater try to get Frodo.


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien and Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and Stephen Sinclair and Peter Jackson
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Barrie M. Osborne and Fran Walsh
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 179 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter