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The Dark Tower (2017)

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The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as 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 ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

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The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as 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 ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

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In a world of superheroes, there is only one gunslinger. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. | See all certifications »

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4 August 2017 (USA)  »

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La Torre Oscura  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,153,698 (USA) (6 August 2017)

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$41,673,047 (USA) (20 August 2017)
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During the first act of the film, several Stephen King Easter eggs are visible. The twins from The Shining (1980), the family (including the dog) from Cujo (1983), and the car from Christine (1983) (as the toy pushed by Jake in his room) are each shown briefly. See more »

Goofs

Understanding that this is a fantasy story and that Roland's pistols are somewhat magic there is a bit of a glitch here. The pistols are based on the Remington 1858 army model and, as such, should be single action pistols meaning that the person firing them would have to cock the hammer manually each time they're fired. Roland operates these pistols as double action pistols (never manually cocks the hammer) throughout the movie firing them one handed. See more »

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Roland Deschain: For centuries, the gunslingers were knights. Sworn to protect this from the coming of the dark. Now I'm the only one left.
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Right at the very end of the credits, you here the ominous whistle. See more »

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Written by Levi Brown and Junior Mintz
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An abysmal failure......
9 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

I have read a good number of the Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King and I'd rate them as some of his very best work.

I was then hugely excited and then quickly disappointed by the cinematic interpretation of King's work. The Dark Tower could best be described as the "Coles Notes" version of the books. Whilst Coles had their place summarizing often complex literary works for confused students, the abbreviated silver screen version of the Dark Tower series is disappointing.

Worse still its unfaithful to the books. Roland Deschain, "the Gunslinger", indisputably the main character in the books is "side lined" in favor of an important but more marginal character, "the boy", Jake Chambers. Its a naff move that disrupts focus and displaces the context of the story.

The result is a film with a "boys own" feel. There are a few dark moments but they in no way capture the atmosphere of the original books which are dark, gritty and nihilistic, in a Clint Eastwood's, "The Unforgiven", on steroids kind of way.

Idris Elba is a great casting choice for Roland but the role he is cast in provides limited opportunity for character development. Jake's character, the overlooked, unloved son of the books, fares little better.

Suffice to say, the cinematic Dark Tower is, to my mind, a missed opportunity that seems unable to take advantage of the wonderful material on offer. Three out of ten from me.


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