Annal: 2003 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2003.

Film:The Lord of the Rings: Part 2. The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: Part 2. The Two Towers

Peter Jackson

Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship continue their quest to destroy the One Ring and stand against the evil of the dark lord Sauron. The Fellowship has divided and now find themselves taking different paths to defeating Sauron and his allies. Their destinies now lie at two towers—Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman waits and Sauron’s fortress at Baraddur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

Film:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Part 2 of Harry Potter

Chris Columbus

The next installment in the Harry Potter series finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to uncover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.

Film:Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire

Rob Bowman

The Road Warrior meets Dragonslayer in the briskly entertaining post-apocalyptic action thriller Reign of Fire. Reign of Fire exists primarily to give us a bigger and better dragon than the Vermithrax Pejorative of 1981’s classic Dragonslayer, and in that regard, the special effects are mightily impressive; the reptilian fire-breathers are stupendously convincing. While the earlier film offers a richer, more whimsical medieval adventure, Reign of Fire is a fast-moving tale of man versus dragon that takes place in the…

Film:The Santa Clause 2

The Santa Clause 2

Michael Lembeck

Considering how lame this sequel could have been, The Santa Clause 2 makes for a pleasant holiday diversion. It’s got the familiar smell of Disney marketeering, and more than a few parents will object to this further embellishment of the St. Nick legend, but Tim Allen’s amiable presence provides ample compensation. As a divorced dad who inherited the jolly man’s job in The Santa Clause, Allen now faces another Yuletide challenge. According to the “Missus Clause” in his North Pole contract, he can’t continue to be the real Santa until he gets…

Film:The Scorpion King

The Scorpion King

Chuck Russell

There’s nothing original in The Scorpion King, but this derivative action franchise gets off to a rousing start by cleverly stealing from a lot of better movies. Capitalizing on his brief cameo in The Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. World Wrestling Federation star the Rock) stars as Mathayus, an Akkadian assassin in the age preceding Egyptian pharaohs, who vows to avenge his brother’s murder by an undefeated warlord (Steven Brand) prophesied to become the desert-ruling Scorpion King. Their battle for supremacy comprises most of the film’s…

Film:Spider-Man

Spider-Man: film series

Sam Raimi

Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man centers on student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) who, after being bitten by a genetically-altered spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. He vows to use his abilities to fight crime, coming to understand the words of his beloved Uncle Ben: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

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