Dark Tower review: A science fiction western bullet that should be missed

Dark Tower review: A science fiction western bullet that should be missed

The Dark tower is an American science-fiction-western film. It is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 8 book series by the same name. Now who could have thought that someone can adapt 4000+ page written material wonderfully into a 95 minute film, that’s right absolutely no one. The Dark Tower suffers from an age old disease called monopoly of Hollywood Studios, who tried to fit in 6 films worth of material into one but it is abrupt because usually its the other way around. Film happens to have a phenomenal star cast with Idris Alba (Ronald Deschain/ The gunslinger) and Mr. alright, alright alright Matthew McConaughey ( Walter Padick/ The Man in Black).

A young boy Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who is a loser in school and with friends is always fascinated by the monsters and the unimaginable, happens to find a doorway to the other world where now only one Gunslinger is standing. Jake asks Ronald about the myth of Walter and they get to a conclusion that evil Walter now wants to destroy the dark tower which is the only source of hope and light for the earth, as without this millions and billions will die. Ronald and Jake come back to the earth to save it from The Man in Black by firing a lot of bullets as the gunslinger does.

Director Nikolaj Arcel tried to bind the action of 60 hours into 50 minutes and it might give a few moments to Gunslinger but the pure essence of good vs evil takes time to establish, which makers of the film does not seem to have. Story and screenplay struggled hard for stability but both of them relished gushingly into the abyss of time that the film did not have. Visual effects of the film did justice to Stephen Kings audacious vision. On the whole The Dark Tower can be missed and one might want to give a chance to its reading after all.


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