With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
From there, Jake finds a portal to Midworld, where Roland resides, thanks to a not-at-all hidden portal inside a decrepit Brooklyn mansion, which emits a mid-90s modem dial up sound when activated- providing a single laugh-out-loud moment (for me, anyway).
The science fiction western film is based on Stephen King's novel series of the same name. Originally, "Lost" creators Carlton Cuse and J.J. Abrams were behind the movie's development in 2007 but they optioned the film rights in 2009.
The Dark Tower will be released in theaters on August 4, 2017.
Unfortunately, it seems as though my initial suspicions about The Dark Tower not working may be borne out. This unfortunately undercuts not only the tension we're supposed to feel in these scenes, but the inventiveness of the universe they inhabit. Feature film director Nikolaj Arcel as well as and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen writing the script. Mazzara will oversee day-to-day operations on the ambitious project. Or, in this case, a one hour and 35 minute movie.
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On a film with two studios and powerful producers, obviously there is much passionate creative debate on how to work certain ideas or beats. In fact, "The Dark Tower" could have been a better movie - not good, but better - had McConaughey and Elba switched roles.
"It's a fantasy film and so yes, it's complicated; it's intricate and ambitious, but that's a good thing because with the complexity of the stuff on television now, theater audiences want ambition."
McConaughey and Elba are the reasons the movie succeeds as well as it does because the movie truly is fun. The Dark Tower truly ruins its potential by giving the audience a Cliff Notes version of the epic history of the Tower and the men looking to protect and destroy it. Much of the The Dark Tower's charm - and there is charm to be found - lies in Taylor's Jake (and, perhaps surprisingly, in Michael Barbieri's supporting turn as Jake's friend Timmy), particularly in Jake's dynamic with Elba's Gunslinger. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
As for the film's action, The Dark Tower doesn't seem to know how to effectively depict Roland's Gunslinger skills in a way that's both original and doesn't completely slow down the pacing of a sequence. There's one particular shot of McConaughey that is so misguided in how it's composed, I nearly burst out laughing in the theater.
Those Dark Tower sequels and TV follow-up might need reconsidering.
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Are you headed to see The Dark Tower, naysayers be damned?
The Dark Tower movie was years in the making and was meant to represent decades of Stephen King's finest work.
The box office projection favors both The Dark Tower and Detroit as the movies will have no problem beating their production budget ($60 million for The Dark Tower and $34 million for Detroit).
The bad news is the reviews so far have not been kind to Nikolaj Arcel's effort with one critic, Kate Erbland of Indiewire to be precise, calling it a "disaster of a film".
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