The Dark Tower

5.8 IMDb
3 August 2017 Release
$ 60 000 000 Budget
95 min Duration
Genres:Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director:Nikolaj Arcel
Writers:Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner
9 Votes

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The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Movie Comments

  1. wackywhovian11, 1 month ago
    Okay I gave it a 3 out of 10 because I love Stephen King but this film wasn't good at all. I love the books and I learned from IMDb in the trivia that this is a sequel to the 7 books. How you gonna have a sequel to films that haven't even been made yet? It works with Lord of the Rings or Star Wars but not The Dark Tower. Now if they had actually made the film called The Gunslinger which is the first book in the Dark Tower series then it probably would have worked to develop an understanding of the characters and what's going on. For me they rushed it. You can't just throw characters out there and expect people to understand what's going on the moment the film begin, well unless you've read the book like myself but what if you've never read the books? Then well you're screwed then because you'll be lost. This film seemed rushed to me. The studio was only looking for an excuse to create prequels or that TV series out of the books which they should have done at the beginning instead of trying to cram 7 books into one movie that's only 1 hour and 35 minutes. The dude who plays the gunslinger was cool. Idris Elba is a good actor so I can't fault him for the role because he had to work with material that was rushed into development because this is the year of the King and they want to bank of Stephen. Matthew McConaughey who plays the Devil was okay but he was a bit overdramatic in his acting I didn't believe he was the Dark Lord from the Underworld. I mean he's an Oscar winner you were giving us Emmy winner performance in this film. I'm glad I didn't pay to see this film, well I did but it was only a dollar at Redbox so not that big of a deal. Don't get me started on that kid who played Jake, ugh his acting was terrible. There's a scene in the film was somewhat sad and he was taking over the top with his crying and making a scene I was thinking of myself lord have mercy go back to acting class and learn how to cry. The film itself the idea of it was cool but when you actually sit down to watch it didn't pan out for me. Should you watch this film, well if you get lucky and get it for a dollar at Redbox then by all means rent it but don't be surprised if you find yourself wondering why they decided to make this into a movie instead of the original idea of a TV show. You could wait until HBO plays it because I know they'll be playing it.
  2. griffdaddy, 1 month ago
    Total slop. Besides trying to cram several thousand pages into 90 minutes or so, This is a chop job as is commonly done to Kings work. Those who watched The Running Man after reading it will experience a similar dissatisfaction. Even if I hadn't read the series, I would not have been impressed. The only kudos I can give to this movie are for the acting and, surprise surprise, the effects and action. The casting wasn't great, but they could have done far worse. Most of the rest of this movie was trash. If you're a King fan, expect to be disappointed. I was and my expectations were very low.
  3. SnoopyStyle, 3 weeks ago
    Jake Chambers is a troubled boy in NYC. He's haunted by nightmares and the city is rocked by earthquakes. His visions are of the fearsome Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) and the mysterious last Gunslinger (Idris Elba). After a fight at school, his mother reluctantly calls a facility to the delight of his stepfather. He recognizes the two facility workers as fake-skins from his drawings. He runaways and gets transported through an abandoned portal to Mid-World. A tower at the center of the universe protects every world from the dark forces outside. The Man in Black called Walter with his fake-skin minions intends to use kidnapped children to bring down the tower.

    It's been decades since I read the books and I'm not sure if I read them all. The most memorable aspect of the books are the Lobstrosities and I doubt those creatures in the amusement park are them. It's all fine. I don't need them. I do need charismatic characters in a compelling story. The story is relatively bland after getting stripped down from the novels. The characters are even more bland. Both McConaughey and Elba are playing it reserved. It's not wrong but the movie struggles with their blandness. The kid isn't much better although he starts off well. The first act on earth is fine but it doesn't explain the abandoned house. It's just there with the portal and things happen. More things happen and then even more things happen until I stop caring. The sad part is that I don't think anybody on the film set cared either.
  4. Marcus James, 2 weeks ago
    Though I have read some of Kings books (the Shining was really the only good one), I had not read the Dark Tower stuff so I am simply reviewing the movie on its merit as a stand alone movie. It stinks. Its just another action flick with little to no character development and given it took itself seriously, the premise was beyond absurd. Some magic tower is keeping several worlds protected. The bad guy wants to take it down. He has already nearly destroyed one world and wants to get to our Earth to rule that too. Problem is, he has no motive. He could already reach our Earth and was already insanely powerful and could have taken over our Earth easily in many ways from espionage to economics. He didn't need to take down the tower.

    Then we have this magic gun toting hero with a deep brooding voice who is out to avenge his parents. He does not believe in the gunslinger cause because his world was already largely defeated. But he get his drive back after he meets the kid in the show who was being hunted by the bad guy. He drops his revenge and decides to pick up the mantle of gunslinger. From then on he was basically a super human who can dodge hundreds of bullets and hit anything at will including his own bullets.

    The movie simply didn't have enough character development. I didn't care about any of the characters nor their drive. The plot also needed to be better grounded. It tries to tie the modern world to a fantasy world and I don't think it worked.