The Dark Tower is based on a mythology series by Stephen King. This film centers around Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a young boy who is haunted by his dreams with visions of a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), a gunslinger (Idris Elba), and a dark tower. His mom Laurie (Katheryn Winnick) and step-father Elmer (Karl Thaning) are at their wits end with their son’s delusions and are desperate to get him to snap out of it. Jake knows that his visions are real and he sets off to try to find the men in his dreams.
Matthew McConaughey is great during the first half of the film as a sexy, yet evil sorcerer who goes by the name Walter. He truly commits to the role and does not overact which makes you almost admire his character outside of the odd name of Walter. Idris Elba delivers a good performance as the mysterious gunslinger Roland who tries to protect Jake from Walter.
This first hour of this film is very slow paced with no real storyline to keep the audience’s attention. During the entire movie, you want to know more about this new world and the back history of how these two main characters came to be. Unfortunately, you leave the theater with no more information than what you started with at the beginning of the film. When the action is there it’s great, however, there are very few scenes with any real gunslinging and action which was a huge let down for me. Instead, you leave the theater feeling confused wondering what Nikolaj Arcel’s intentions were with this movie.
This movie is not horrible, but it isn’t good either. This film lacked the imagination and story that Stephen King’s mythology series offered. I would have to recommend that you WAIT to see this film in theaters. This film is better suited for a Redbox night. If this movie is greenlit for a second installment, I truly hope that they take the time and put forth real effort to bring this Dark Tower series back to life.
The Dark Tower hits theaters this Friday, August 4th. Click here to purchase your tickets at Fandango. Have you seen The Dark Tower? Share your thoughts on the film in the comment section below.