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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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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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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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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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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 »

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The movie is supposed to take place in New York City, but when Roland and Jake leave the Globe Theatre, they are clearly in Los Angeles. Famed L.A. landmark the Eastern Columbia Building is visible in the background as they exit. See more »

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Roland Deschain: I'm sworn to defend the Tower. I'll stop at nothing to defend it.
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An abysmal failure......
9 September 2017 | by s3276169See 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 the 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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