The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.--From container.

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Biblitz
Jan 16, 2018

If I had borrowed this stinker in Vancouver, where they charge 50 cents per hold, I'd demand a refund. Not one redeeming feature.

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22METZ
Jan 15, 2018

Terrible. Disappointing.

It's a fine movie if you've never read the books, but if you have so much as read the first book it's awful. You can't squash 8 books into a 90 minute movie.

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smatte
Jan 06, 2018

This movie was well-produced and the cast played their parts accordingly. The script, however was dismal and the source material was nowhere to be found. Seeing as it is supposed to be an adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus, this is sacrilege. Some viewers may enjoy it as a fly-by-night action movie, but as someone who has waited for an adaptation for over a decade, I was very disappointed. I almost think that HBO should have made a miniseries version of The Dark Tower to replace revenue from this year's lapse in Game of Thrones. Instead, we got Westworld, and this pathetic cash-in of a movie.

Even Stephen King was disappointed in this adaptation. I can see why. It's dull. It has it's moments but overall it's not scary, not even creepy. The Gunslinger has some cool moves but that's about it. Much ado about nothing.

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margarita89
Jan 05, 2018

Well, there's obviously the sequel already in store because not alot happens in this installment and then it ends rather quickly. It was good for a Friday night flick but and unfortunately, that's about all I can say. I didn't find that either performances stood out to me, which was disappointing when you get McCaugnhey and Elba in the same room together.

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FrostedFlake
Dec 27, 2017

Disappointed in this movie after all the hype :(

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 22, 2017

I have not read the book so I viewed the film totally independent of any bias. And along this line I find the film fails horribly, despite the presence of a couple of strong actors. In the hands of a better director, this could be a different story.

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dennismmiller
Dec 20, 2017

The Dark Tower, the movie, is a tremendous mess, but it is difficult not to have sympathy for the filmmakers - the Dark Tower, the book series, was a tremendous mess by the end as well. Indeed, they deserve credit for many of the elements they include effectively - the taheen, retro-futuristic technology, the references to other King works that never add up to anything. Unfortunately, they faced an impossible task - to condense the seven books into a single movie without either alienating the fans or confusing neophytes. In the end, they failed to do either - the movie feels like 4000 pages crammed into 90 minutes without having much in common with the novels beyond general background.

But the film's biggest flaw is its lack of atmosphere - Mid-World, far from being an exotic fantasy-western world, is thoroughly mundane, while a NYC bar with a demonic clientele is about as disturbing as a similar establishment on the TV show Angel. Somehow, this movie manages to make a group of animal-demons walking around in human suits snatching children seem not the least bit spooky or unsettling. No doubt in the interest of broadening the product's appeal, the filmmakers chose to jettison both King's horror sensibility and his earthiness. The Dark Tower books were many things, but they were certainly not family-friendly action-comedies.

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Jackson661
Dec 17, 2017

I liked the drawings by the young ..memory is a great thing.. great movie

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relache
Dec 05, 2017

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jimg2000
Dec 16, 2017

Script does not remotely resemble books from the master writer King, harmless and dull except this repeated chant:

“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart.”

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