THE STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION IS BY SONY PICTURES AND DIRECTED BY NIKOLAJ ARCEL. “THE DARK TOWER” STARS IDRIS ELBA, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY AND NICHOLAS HAMILTON.
The Dark Tower has this premise:
Jake Chambers is an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters a Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter o’Dim, the Man in Black hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.
The PG-13 movie premiered on August 4 and it currently has 20% in the Rotten Tomatoes. For decades, Hollywood wanted to make a movie about the book series and now they did. After poor test screenings, Sony spent $6m on re-shoots to help flesh out Idris Elba’s Gunslinger character. The film has a budget of 60 Million. And is projected to gross $20–25 million from 3,200 theaters in its opening weekend.
It would be a waste of everyone’s time to go on about how this 95-minute movie deviates from the source. Let’s just say it turns The Dark Tower into something generic, and leave it at that. – A.V. Club
Onscreen, The Dark Tower serves up a generic, half-baked scenario no different from a slew of better-known YA properties in which young, wide-eyed protagonists discover their connections to a hidden fantastical world. – Time Out
About the only thing holding it together is Idris Elba, whose irrepressible magnetism and man-of-stone solidity anchors this mess but can’t redeem it.- New York Times
The film is indeed dark, but not in a good way. – Kaplan VS. Kaplan
Source: Rotten Tomatoes