Dark Tower is based on the Stephen King’s novel series of the same name. Roland Deshain (Idris Elba) is a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower against the evil Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). This one is a tale of good vs evil with a young boy from Earth, Jake Chambers, caught in the middle who has visions.
The Dark Tower is a building which links all of the worlds in existence together. The gunslingers are a bit like knights who protect the world in the name of peace. There’s time travel between the different worlds and a gang of face-swapping baddies.
The action is good with interesting scenery and characters. However, I didn’t feel any empathy for the leads and the final shoot-out gun scene misses the mark. I haven’t read the books so I can’t comment on the similarities.
Dark Tower is an entertaining fantasy ride with some good elements.
2 and 1/2 stars.
Dark Tower trailer
Currently showing in cinemas around Australia.
Dark Tower behind the scenes
Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee and Jackie Earle Haley
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel