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The Dark Tower

American fantasy, science fiction, western, and horror film

The Dark Tower

Released 13 January 2017 (6 years, 3 months ago)

Director Nikolaj Arcel and Ron Howard
Duration 95 minutes
Cost $60,000,000
Genre Western, post-apocalyptic film, fantasy film, horror film and science fiction film
Composer Junkie XL
Production company Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel
Producer Akiva Goldsman

About The Dark Tower

The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's epic series, The Dark Tower, has finally hit the big screen. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film stars Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, Walter Padick. The story follows Roland's quest to reach the titular tower, which holds the key to saving his dying world from destruction.

Unfortunately, the film falls short of expectations. Despite the strong performances from Elba and McConaughey, the script fails to capture the depth and complexity of King's source material. The pacing is uneven, and the film feels rushed and disjointed. Fans of the books will be disappointed by the lack of character development and the simplification of the plot.

Overall, The Dark Tower is a mediocre adaptation that fails to do justice to the beloved series. It's a shame, as the potential for a great film was certainly there. Perhaps a more faithful adaptation will be attempted in the future.


- "The Dark Tower review – a hollow, lifeless disappointment" by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

- "The Dark Tower Review: A Disappointing Adaptation" by Chris Agar, Screen Rant

- "The Dark Tower Review: A Disappointing Adaptation of Stephen King's Magnum Opus" by David Crow, Den of Geek

Cast and crew

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