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The Dark Tower
Runtime: 95 minutes
Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Haysbert
Director: Nicolaj Arcel
Sex: Girls flirt on a bus; kisses and affection from parent
Language: Words like 'hell' and 'demons' frequently used; mild cursing
Violence: Gunfights; people stabbed and slashed by knives and swords; characters burned; character can make people die with sorcery; moderate use of blood; past and present deaths of parents
Drugs: Character takes painkillers in excess
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as 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 ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
"The Dark Tower" is based on Stephen King's acclaimed set of eight books in a series, stewing adventure, fantasy, and western genres in a pot. What seems to have worked on the page does not translate into a 90-minute film, where director Nicolaj Arcel attempts to stuff so many plots and backstories that he cannot provide adequate attention to any action scenes. The film may make audiences hesitant to even read the books.
Without as much action and adventure as anticipated, Arcel's formula would need the magnetism from its main stars, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Instead, under the aloof direction, the two mix like oil and water, never letting their scenes really take off. Individually, they provide moments assuring their star power. But the talent is squandered by a clunky script that demonstrates little to no ear for human relationships.
"The Dark Tower" is a rushed film for what King must have hoped for his work. Save for some nice choices in cinematography, the film is difficult to enjoy. Despite themes of good prevailing over evil, and finding father figures in other people, the subjects of hell and revelation, which the film deals in frequently, will keep "The Dark Tower" from being a truly appreciable Dove film.
Not Dove Family Approved
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