The Dark Tower

by Ken Tasho

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday November 7, 2017

The Dark Tower

Having never read any of the series of books that "The Dark Tower" is based on, I was hoping for a fresh and innovative new movie to watch. I was sadly disappointed with a rushed story, awkward acting, and special effects sequences that look on the quite cheap side.

I'd more than likely have to read Stephen King's novels to understand what's really going on in the new Sony Pictures Blu-ray "The Dark Tower." But for some reason, the title "character" contains the secrets of the universe and the Man in Black (the miscast Matthew McConaughey) wants to destroy it. Another character known as The Last Gunslinger (Idris Elba) seems to have been trapped in a portal for many years with no way out.

A young man (Tom Taylor in his film debut) gets chosen to bring The Last Gunslinger into the real world to fight for The Dark Tower. The rest of the 90 minute running time features endless scenes of gun battles between characters with exhausting CGI effects. I want to read King's books now to see if his written vision is the same as the underwhelming movie version.

So the bottom line is: if you saw this movie in the theaters and loved it, by all means, grab a copy of the Blu-ray. For others, this should be a streaming or Redbox rental. The good news for fans is that there are a whopping eight special feature segments to view on the Blu-ray:

"A Look Through the Keyhole" - split into 5 featurettes, this behind-the-scenes segment features everything from major plot points to how the sets were built for the movie

"The Man in Black" - an interview with actor Matthew McConaughey

"The Gunslinger in Action" - Idris Elba and the stuntmen of "The Dark Tower" explain how the various stunts in the movie were filmed

"The Dark Tower"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things '80's and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with '80's rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.