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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, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world 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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Nikolaj Arcel

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Akiva Goldsman (screenplay by), Jeff Pinkner (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Walter
Idris Elba ... Roland
Tom Taylor ... Jake
Dennis Haysbert ... Steven
Ben Gavin ... Soldier
Claudia Kim ... Arra
Jackie Earle Haley ... Sayre
Fran Kranz ... Pimli
Abbey Lee ... Tirana
Katheryn Winnick ... Laurie
Nicholas Pauling ... Lon
Michael Barbieri ... Timmy
José Zúñiga ... Dr. Hotchkiss (as José Zuñiga)
Nicholas Hamilton ... Lucas Hanson
Inge Beckmann ... Teacher
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Storyline

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..

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Torre Oscura See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,153,698, 6 August 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,701,325, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,873,047, 20 August 2017
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Idris Elba appeared the previous year in Star Trek: Beyond (2016) opposite the late Anton Yelchin. Yelchin had appeared in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), which was also based on a Stephen King novel with connections to the Dark Tower series: Anthony Hopkins's character appears in the final novel of the series, and notes that Jake Chambers could easily have been a "twinner" for Bobby Garfield. Elba also appeared opposite Hopkins in Thor (2011). See more »

Goofs

On the beginning of the final fight with the man in dark the gunslinger walks in with only half of the bullets on his belt filled. Once he looks at the boy and draws his guns the belt is full of bullets. See more »

Quotes

Roland Deschain: Darkness is your weapon, guns are mine.
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Right at the very end of the credits, you hear the ominous whistle. See more »

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Referenced in The cheermonger zone: krazy daze sail (2017) See more »

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Va Va Voom
Written by Levi Brown and Frank Zappa (as Junior Mintz)
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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Give it a chance
4 August 2017 | by justinwright-05174See all my reviews

I've been reading these books for over two decades now. I was really pumped about the movie. I saw the very first showing, and I can say that the negative reviews coming out about this film are unwarranted.

First, you have to keep in mind what they were hoping to achieve with this movie given the budget. It's a similar play to that of the first Hunger Games movie. If they get some traction with this one, then the subsequent movies/TV series get twice the money to work with. I personally think that they did a fantastic job with this first effort.

The acting was solid. The story was actually pretty good. It had some great actions sequences, and the CGI was surprisingly good (most of the time). It was also a very efficient use of time. Every scene helped explain the Dark Tower lore to new audiences.

It was a fun action flick that doesn't try to repeat the experience of reading the books. I'll always have the novels. I wasn't expecting this movie to recreate that experience for me.

Plus, as a die hard fan from way back, it was just great to see Roland and Jake on screen for the first time. It just felt right.

Give it a try with an open mind.


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