A cloak of mystery envelops the story in the new film, “The Dark Tower,” and leaves audiences with more questions than answers.
The film centers on the battle between a group of individuals known as gunslingers and a powerful sorcerer, Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey). Walter wants to destroy a building referred to as the tower, which acts as a fortress to keep evil in the universe at bay. The gunslingers are working to prevent Walter from carrying out his plans.
When the battle between the two groups shifts from their world to Earth, a teenager named Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) starts to experience vivid dreams that include the tower, gunslingers and Walter. Though his parents think he is mentally unbalanced and seek to have him committed, Chambers flees from his home and finds a portal into the gunslingers' world.
He enters an alternate reality to find answers about his dreams. After leaving the portal Chambers meets a gunslinger named Roland Deschain (Idris Elba). The two then embark on a quest for answers and seek a way to stop Walter.
"The Dark Tower" is based on the series of books written by known horror author Steven King. Several of Kings’ short stories and novels have been adapted well for both the large and small screens such as the “Shawshank Redemption, "The Green Mile” and “11/22/63.”
“The Dark Tower” seemed to struggle to find its place between good and great. The end product falls into a middle area of uncertainty. The trailers for this film showed something that looked highly enjoyable to watch and possibility groundbreaking. On the surface, the story’s elements and themes of the old west, magic, horror and science fiction seemed like an odd combination — all of which made the film a hard cocktail to stomach.
Filmmakers tried to make this story come alive, but in the end just didn't give the audience enough of a complete picture to show the entire vision. The story lacked a firm foundation, which, for me, didn’t secure my undivided attention.
The movie also needed more back story to understand the events that are taking place in both worlds. It seemed to me that filmmakers thrust the audience into the middle of the story without any clues of what was going on and provided no map to follow.
Overall if you’re looking for something to see “The Dark Tower” is one that you can miss seeing.
I give “The Dark Tower” three out of five mustaches.
This film is rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action and runs 95 minutes.