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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Movie Review: The Dark Tower disappoints

Dark Tower movie poster
Dark Tower movie poster

Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

BASED ON: Stephen King’s novel

Release date: August 4

Stephen King is perhaps one of the most celebrated novelists of all time. Some of his novels have been have been made into films that achieved great success in the box office. But King fans might be disappointed with Hollywood’s latest adaptation of his novels. The Dark Tower is a collection of eight novels by King, all of which revolve around the same plot and characters.

A young Jake Chambers keeps having dreams about a mysterious other world and a terrible doom that will consume the world. Through his dreams and drawings, Jake starts to learn more about the Mid-World and its protector, the Gunslinger. Jake follows his clues, which lead to him being transported into the Mid-World. He meets the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain. Roland and Jake embark on the journey to the mythical Dark Tower. The Man in Black seeks to collapse the Dark Tower, which means the end of all life in all the worlds. Roland and Jake try to stop the world from ending but they must destroy the Man in Black to accomplish their mission.

The film tries to sequel the original novel series by incorporating some storylines from several novels within the series. Big mistake. What follows is 95 minutes of incomprehensible story telling that does a great injustice to King’s work. Quite ironic that for a film centred around a gun slinger who never misses his mark, this film misses all its targets. The only consolation we get is an hour and a half of watching Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey at their best. But even their great acting skills fail to save this sinking ship.

Star Rating: 1.5/5

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