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The 100 Best Movies Of The Complex Decade

10. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Mirando Otto, Brad Dourif, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett

When dealing with a trilogy, it's typical for the second entry to be the most frustrating, since it's unavoidably going to end on a cliffhanger, leaving viewers with cinematic blue balls.

Peter Jackson's glorious The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, however, never comes off as a time-filling cheat, mainly because, like all of the best sequels, it enhances everything that made 2001's story-building The Fellowship Of The Ring so impressive. Meaning, more action, bloodier fights, and increased spectacle, namely from the introduction of the fiendish mini-ghoul Gollum (a brilliant Andy Serkis).

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