After the success of 'The Fellowship of the Ring', much of the vast weight of expectation has been lifted from the shoulders of Peter Jackson when it came to this sequel. While Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the all-powerful ring, their former companions face the forces of evil, which are massing together in an attempt to overrun Middle-earth. This beautiful epic is not without fault - although the story moves at a fluid pace, Peter Jackson could have trimmed a good twenty minutes off the running time and one has to question his decision to allow Liv Tyler onto his film set. Still, the final hour, most of it taken up by the battle at Helm's Deep, is absolutely bananas. Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Andy Serkis star.