Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Nicholas Hamilton, Dennis Haysbert, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Alex McGregor, José Zúñiga, Tom Taylor
OUR RATING: ★★½
Story: Western sci-fi fantasy directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, the story follows Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters a Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, who is on a quest to reach the Dark Tower that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction. However, Deschain is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black, and he must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together.
Verdict: Having never read Stephen King’s novel on which this movie is based there was no expectation going into watching this movie. After watching it the story and characters feel underdeveloped and everything feels one-dimensional with no emotional depth. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey deserved so much more than what this movie presented as the final product, however without them this movie would have been even worse than the actual finished product. This is such a shame as this seemed to have so much potential and a great source material, but for whatever reason we just get a story that is lacking in any depth and a plot that is rushed, leaving you feeling confused.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 17)
Dr. Hotchkiss: You’ve been, uh, quite busy, Jake. This big tower in the clouds you keep dreaming about, you say these earthquakes we’ve been having have something to do with it.
Jake Chambers: They happen because the tower is under attack.
Dr. Hotchkiss: You’re a smart kid, Jake. You know, when you can’t differentiate between dreams and reality…
Jake Chambers: It’s not a dream. Okay? I’m not crazy. I always see the same thing. The tower, the man in black, the creepy guys with the fake skins. What if the tower were destroyed? Darkness and fire.
Dr. Hotchkiss: Let’s talk about your dad.
Jake Chambers: Surprise.
Dr. Hotchkiss: When you lost your father, your world fell apart. You have these visions of impending hell on earth because that’s how you feel inside. Even words like “darkness” and “fire”, Jake, you’re describing the night your father died.
Jake Chambers: It can’t just be about that.
Dr. Hotchkiss: They’re just dreams, Jake. They’re not real.
Walter: The tower will fall, Roland.
[Deschain points his gun at Jake]
Roland Deschain: Who are you?
Jake Chambers: It’s you. I’m, I’m Jake. Jake, Jake chambers. I dreamt about you. Please. Here, look. You’re a gunslinger, right?
Roland Deschain: There are no gunslingers. Not anymore.
Jake Chambers: But I saw you.
Roland Deschain: Your dreams deceived you, boy. Told you what you want to hear.
Jake Chambers: I came a long way to find you. From another world!
Roland Deschain: Have a nice trip back.
Jake Chambers: Hey. Wait! Dude, come on. Look, I saw you. There was a battlefield, and you were fighting the man in black. And there…
Roland Deschain: The man in black? No, no, no.
Jake Chambers: You know him? Stop. Please, please, please.
Roland Deschain: He sent you. You’re one of his tricks.
Jake Chambers: No, no, no. I don’t know!
Roland Deschain: Where is he hiding?! Where is he hiding?!
Jake Chambers: I don’t know, I swear! I just, I just saw him in my dreams, like I saw you! Your name is Roland, right? Please.
Roland Deschain: When did you first see this?
Jake Chambers: A year ago. Who is he?
Roland Deschain: He’s a sorcerer. In all your visions, Walter is here?
Jake Chambers: Uh, yeah.
Roland Deschain: In this place?
Jake Chambers: Yeah. Wait, his name’s Walter?
Roland Deschain: Inside the circle is your world and my world many others. No one knows how many. The dark tower stands at the center of all things, and it’s stood there from the beginning of time, and it sends out powerful energy that protects the universe, shields us from what’s outside.
Jake Chambers: What do you mean, “outside”? What’s outside the universe?
Roland Deschain: Outside is endless darkness full of demons trying to get to us. Walter wants to tear down the tower and let them in. When the tower falls, he’ll rule in a world full of monsters.
Jake Chambers: But you’re trying to stop him, aren’t you? To protect the tower. I’ve seen them try to destroy it. If we could just get there…
Roland Deschain: There is no “we”, Jake. All that matters to me is that I find and kill Walter. That’s it.
Walter: [to Roland] Everyone who walks with you dies.
Walter: I hope you don’t mind me making myself at home. Where I come from, we don’t have chicken.
Roland Deschain: Do they have guns in your world?
Jake Chambers: Yeah.
Roland Deschain: And bullets, are they as rare as they are here?
Jake Chambers: You’re going to like earth. A lot.
Phedon: The gunslingers have sworn an oath to defend the tower….
Roland Deschain: Look around you. The war is over, and we lost. If you left your little haven, you would see that for yourself. The darkness is everywhere and trying to fight against it accomplishes nothing.
I was fighting to defend the tower before most of you were even born. There’s always a battle. Always. But no more.
[as they are about to cross over to earth]
Roland Deschain: Right, let’s go.
Roland Deschain: Do the animals here still speak?
Jake Chambers: What? No, that’s a commercial. Wait, what do you mean by “still”?
Roland Deschain: [to Jake] I will kill him, for both of us.
Roland Deschain: Your shine is your weapon, Jake. Guns are mine.
Roland Deschain: Stop hiding behind your magic and face me, Walter!
Walter: We both know that no matter who crosses the finish line first the universe will die out eventually. Death always wins. That’s the deal.
Roland Deschain: I do not aim with my hand. He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand. He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. Not while the tower still stands. Not while you still stand. I kill with my heart. I kill with my heart.
Jake Chambers: Here.
Roland Deschain: What is this? Thank you.
Jake Chambers: Thanks. Hot dog.
Roland Deschain: Savages. What breed?
Jake Chambers: No, it’s not a breed.
Total Quotes: 17