The Dark Tower (2017) Movie Review

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2017 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Western

User Score: 60/100

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The Dark Tower Review


The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

The Dark Towers (2017) is a 1h 35 min PG-13 American sci-fi action-fantasy adventure western film that was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA and Cape Town, South Africa. Filming began in 2016 in South Africa and continued in October 2016 in New York City. The movie had an estimated budget $60 million and grossed over $111 million at the box office.

Director and screenplay writer Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair (2012), Truth About Men (2010), Island of Lost Souls (2007), King’s Game (2004)) ruined this film in several ways. The movie contains bad language, violence, gore, bad dialogue and a dull storyline. The Dark Towers is the first installment, and it combines several elements from a few novels in Stephen King‘s eight-volume series.

The Dark Tower revolves around Roland Deschain ( Idris Elba - Prometheus (2012), Zootopia (2016), Pacific Rim (2013), Thor (2011)) who is the last of the gunslingers. Roland is on a mission to protect a mythical structure known as The Dark Tower which supports all realities. The movie takes place in modern-day New York City and also in Mid-World which is Roland’s West style parallel universe.

Elba’s performance was excellent, but it was not enough to help the film’s incoherent plot and writing that was incomprehensible to newbies. Elba did an excellent job playing Roland, but I felt that the movie did not adequately allow him to embody Roland’s character. Elba was the only one that gave us an exceptional performance.

I felt terrible for Stephen King as this movie appears to be an injustice to his books and its audience along with King’s fans. The cinematography, special effects, poor editing, dialogue, a weak/dull storyline with little backstory and a disjointed narrative structure was torturous to watch. The Dark Tower was a complete disaster to watch. It needed to have a longer runtime and a better-baked script.

About The Dark Tower 2017

Title: The Dark Tower
Year: 2017
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Western
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, José Zúñiga, Fran Kranz, Paul Riley Fox, Nicholas Hamilton, Dennis Haysbert, Ben Gavin, Marmee Cosico, Claudia Kim, Jabari Gray, Savana Tardieu, Christopher Stein, David Casper Smith, Lara Adine Lipschitz, Michael Barbieri, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Fok, Bill Walters, Samantha Willoughby, Eva Kaminsky, Robbie McLean, Dan Hirst, Sara Cicilian, Joe Vaz, Tom Taylor, De-Wet Nagel, Victoria Nowak
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel, Stephen King
Director: Nikolaj Arcel