The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland has been locked in an eternal battle with 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 epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.--From container.

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caleherreman Jul 10, 2019

This should have been good. The action scenes are decent, and McConaughey's take on the Man in Black is just dripping with charm and evil, but I just couldn't get into this. I enjoyed Stephen King's series of books, and I understand that you can't turn seven volumes (some of them pretty thick) into a 95-minute movie without taking some liberties. That's not my issue. It's more that the world of this movie wasn't really that compelling. You'd think a broken world of ruins in which magic and science coexist would be pretty cool, but this movie breathes a sigh of relief when our heroes leave that behind for the bustle of familiar New York City. Roland has something of a redemption arc, and Jake learns something about being a Gunslinger, but their motivations, and the apocalyptic danger of the Man in Black's plans, never quite connect. It's not the fault of the excellent cast, maybe the problem is an underdone script, or an overcut film.

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anonymouswe
Jul 08, 2019

This film falls short. Perhaps it was too ambitious? Perhaps the screenwriter failed to distill such a significant novel into two hours of script, thereby leaving it too scattered to become a cohesive film? Perhaps the director simply blew it when it came to pacing and developing the evil of the villian and the mythos of the hero? Perhaps all of these things - it was entertaining in its own fashion, but this was an underwhelming film viewing experience. I couldn't help but think The Dark Tower is too much for a simple film - what it really needs is a cable or streaming studio to develop it into a multi-part series so things can be appropriately developed, explored and paced. As a film, this fell short of good entertainment for me.

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evolvepreneur
Jul 07, 2019

I did not read the Stephen King adaptation of this novel. I thought it was alright. The continuity and special effects of the film were subpar. They must have had a tight budget to work with even though they had Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey cast as the leads.

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kpelish
Jun 05, 2019

Good adaptation of King's sci-fi/horror book with his trademark black and white Good vs. Evil. U.K. actor Tom Taylor plays a young New York artist with "The Shine" (paranormal sensitivity) and is considered crazy by most--until his persistence finds him a portal to parallel universes and the guardian of the universe, The Dark Tower. Idris Elba is excellent as the cynical, almost-out-of-faith Gunslinger while Matthew McConaughey steps out of his usual good guy role and revels in being the truly evil Man in Black. Note this has scenes of children being kidnapped and tortured in attempts to break down The Dark Tower, so not recommended for under 13.

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SAPL454
Mar 25, 2019

Excellent Stephen King adaptation!

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blkops33
Feb 05, 2019

NO STARS!!!!!!!!!!
Why don't they make an animated series for adults?!!! would that be so bad? couldn't be worse or as disappointing!
Waste of time and talent, this is nothing but a TYPICAL holywood money scam!!!

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publicenemy46
Jan 03, 2019

This movie was okay nothing great about it nothing horrible. Got to watch for free.

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dnooner
Dec 03, 2018

Disappointing, haphazard character development...crappy special effects. Expected more based on the book and Ron Howard directing.
Only thing more disappointing will be a "The Dark Tower II".

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coolpup
Nov 15, 2018

What a horrible movie!! It doesn't really follow the story line in the book, and the screenwriters basically made stuff up. If I was Stephen King, I would have been screaming blue bloody murder about how the story was so badly butchered. Don't waste your time checking it out.

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claudialg
Oct 13, 2018

I’ve seen a few comments of how if you have not read the books, it will make no sense. However, I had never heard of the series prior to watching this movie and I found I quite enjoyed it anyway. It’s the classic battle between good and evil, not that hard to understand.

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anonymouswe
Jul 08, 2019

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Mar 10, 2018

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relache
Dec 05, 2017

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kpelish
Jun 05, 2019

Violence: Gifted children are kidnapped and tortured. Battles with aliens and evil. Mom and stepdad killed.

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jimg2000
Dec 16, 2017

Script does not remotely resemble books from the master writer King, harmless and dull except this repeated chant:

“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart.”

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