Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? Written by
This is the only movie in the Middle Earth series directed by Peter Jackson to not feature Frodo and Gollum and the first of the many Middle Earth films including animated ones not to feature Elrond leaving Gandalf being the only one to appear in every single film based on Middle Earth series written by J.R.R. Tolkien as Bilbo doesn't appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) See more »
According to the Tolkien novels, sunlight renders Orcs non-functional. Since Jackson has Gandalf remark in the film of "Fellowship" on how alarming it is that Saruman's breeding program has produced sun-resistant Orc soldiers, it would seem the films acknowledge this fact as canon. Yet in the "barrel" escape-scene from Thranduil's caverns, the orcs are chasing the dwarves down the River Running, and doing hard battle, in broad daylight without suffering any ill effects. See more »
[sees a chamber full of dead dwarves, with their only means of escape blocked]
The last of our kin. They must have come here hoping beyond hope. We could make for the mines. Might last a few days.
No. I will not die like this, cowering, clawing for breath. We make for the forges.
He'll see us! Sure as death.
Not if we split up.
Thorin, we'll never make it.
Some of us might. Lead him to the forges. We kill the dragon. If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together!
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The second Hobbit film connects you better to the characters than the first in an entertaining ride with more danger, excitement, and humor. The action is well done, and the 3D adds to it, especially in the "whitewater rafting" scene. That part and the whole movie has good editing. In this one, two of the non-King dwarfs' presence is stronger (Balin and Kili). The she-elf warrior Tauriel and what comes with her works, adding some heart to the film.
Besides Richard Armitage leading the way as the King under the Mountain with his great chemistry with fellow castmates, there are three actors who give specially noteworthy live-action performances. Lee Pace is one of the true highlights as Thranduil, who is an Elf King that deals with foreboding in a way that is different from Elrond. Ian McKellen's acting is comparable to him in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as he takes advantage of Gandalf getting his own storyline and heart-pounding action scene. Martin Freeman is good once again as the brave titular character, and actually slightly better.
The confrontation with Smaug is very enjoyable. It is a long movie, but the finale is the high point. Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent job with the arrogant beast's voice, and the dragon looks really cool in 3D. I personally think that they ended it at the perfect place. When they divide a book up, it will inevitably result in a cliffhanger feeling. But, I am satisfied with how they handled it.
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