The Dark Tower (2017) Movie Review

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The Dark Tower (2017)

2017 | PG-13 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Western
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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The Dark Tower Plot Synopsis:

11-year-old Jake Chambers experiences visions involving a Man in Black who seeks to destroy a Tower and bring ruin to the Universe while a Gunslinger opposes him. However, Jake's mother, stepfather and psychiatrists dismiss these as dreams resulting from the trauma of his father's death the previous year. At his apartment home in New York City, a group of workers from an alleged psychiatric facility offer to rehabilitate Jake; recognizing them from his visions as monsters wearing human skin, he flees from the workers who give chase. Jake tracks down an abandoned house from one of his visions where he discovers a high-tech portal that leads to a post-apocalyptic world called Mid-World..

The Dark Tower (2017) Review

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.

  • The Dark Tower Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.72
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 3.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.6

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About The Dark Tower 2017

Title: The Dark Tower
Year: 2017
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Western
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.86/5 stars from 110,407 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 110,407
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Dark Tower Cast Starring: Idris Elba, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew McConaughey, José Zúñiga, Jose Zuniga, Stephen Stanton, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Paul Riley Fox, Nicholas Hamilton, Dennis Haysbert, Ben Gavin, Marmee Cosico, Marmee Regine Cosico, Claudia Kim, Jabari Gray, Warren Masemola, Katheryn Winnick, Andre Robinson, David Casper Smith, Kenneth Fok, Lemogang Tsipa, Bill Walters, Mary Twala, Adison Eisenberg, Naomi Poremba, Sarah Potter, Alfredo Narciso, Andrew Laubscher, Christiaan Schoombie
The Dark Tower Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen
The Dark Tower Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Box Office: $50,644,837
Production: Sony Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA