A boy haunted by visions of a dark tower from a parallel reality teams up with the tower's disillusioned guardian to stop an evil warlock known as the Man in Black who plans to use the boy to destroy the tower and open the gates of Hell.
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..
There are references to popular music (intentional or not): the Crimson King was introduced by Stephen King in 1994, and the British progressive rock band King Crimson was formed in 1968. A poster in Jake's room has The Black Keys (a US band) in writing. When leaving the diner, Walter mumbles "You ain't seen nothing yet" - the title of a 1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive song. See more »
In the final scene Jake takes a bite of his hot dog. Then the camera changes and the boy's hot dog is not bitten. See more »
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 hear the ominous whistle. See more »
Worst film of the year in my personal opinion. You have MM and Elba, you have 8 - EIGHT - books of material, and you do a movie that is hour and a half long, you butcher the material, and after all, you don't make the Gunslinger the central character in the movie.
This project should've been straightforward: Chronologically you start with the genesis of the conflict between Ronald and the Man in Black, you build your characters toward the conflict aka Last Stand, and you end the movie in the dark, just before the start of the first book. Movie of 2, 2.5 hours, dark, with R-rating. You exploit the potential of the brilliant actors at your disposal.
You just don't do this. Rubbish. I gave it three stars just because of McConaughey and his obviously good performance as the Man in Black.
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