The Dark Tower

In a battle for the security of the universe a powerful extraterrestrial gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba) is in search of “The Man in Black” Walter (Matthew McConaughey); meanwhile, the troubling dreams that earthling Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is sketching might prove to be of assistance in the ultimate battle between good and evil. Traveling through portals of time and space Jake and Roland must partner together in order to defend the Dark Tower. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel and based on the novels by Stephen King this Sci-Fi romp accomplishes quite a bit in its scant hour and thirty five minutes of runtime; the setup of multiple worlds, the rounding out of its main characters, and the efficient time management of action against dialogue to keep the beats of the film on pace. Seems mostly legit on paper, so what’s the catch? The catch is, in the end the audience is left with what appears to be yet another Young Adult adventure reaching for the crown of all that have come before it, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Insurgent, The Mortal Instruments, The Golden Compass, I am Number Four, etc.. And, sadly, there doesn’t appear to be enough momentum to break free of earth’s massive gravity to really soar to interstellar heights. None the less, Elba’s performance gives us meat to sink our teeth into against McConaughey’s Christopher Walken/Arch Angel Gabriel inspired villain. You could do a lot worse, but you could also do better, The Dark Tower is rated PG-13.