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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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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

There's a few references to popular music (intentional or not), the Crimson King was introduced by Stephen King in 1994, 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 »

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 Midnight Screenings: The Dark Tower (2017) See more »

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How Little We Know
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer
Performed by The Nick Perito Orchestra (as Nick Perito Orchestra)
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Dumbing down the Tower
6 August 2017 | by roland9dSee all my reviews

The Dark Tower by Stephen King is an expansive story that spans 7 books, telling Roland the Gunslinger's journey to the Tower; involving different genres, many characters, many worlds - a big lore.

At a certain point whether you have read the series or not is probably irrelevant. If you haven't read the books, I would imagine the movie just will feel flat and lifeless, with only a few scenes from McConaughey standing out. There's very little plot and character development, all of which come across as a lump of clichés. If you have read the books, you'll likely find the movie a spectacular failure, wondering how the writers managed to dumb down such promising material to a 95 minute generic action movie, and making an actor like Idris Elba overact in a character that should have endless potential. The final result is so hollow and narrow, just watch the trailer and you may count yourself as having seen the whole thing.

If you are intrigued by the story, skip this movie, and give the first book of the series a go.


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