The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.--From container.

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chaliser
Apr 22, 2018

Such Great Foundation Premise - that is, so long as it is not mistaken for something other than what it is. Lets see if I can explain that without gaining a spoiler alert: 'the creed' as stated is a metaphor for (the power of intention as related to) the heart center (and by intention) the Centered Heart. (Because, for ONE...) What we call "Reality" is the school of hard knocks and the dance of learning (one of the paradoxes of a dualistic universe, no matter how many realities). EG: Walking "on the earth" (grounded in understanding of what's goes on in people's hearts, minds, and bodies in the daily grind, etc), "but not of the Earth" - aware that it's ALL part of the dance of learning. In the special features, McCanaughey, describing the mindset behind the role he plays, refers to various beliefs relating to Free Will and (negatively) to "saying yes to all of it," but that does not account for the premise that every critical play of a Present Moment requires a unique approach drawn through and filtered by that Centered Heart via choice (becoming increasingly conscious) per Free Will. As far as that 'creed' goes, it could be said that if one "kills" hate within one self, one transmutes one's lead into gold - and that kind of gold attracts more toward that pure intention and away from divisive thought. Which metaphor also relates to the Kali-Shiva (death & rebirth) theme of metaphysics... There, didn't say anything about the nature of the screen play or the (intense) action carrying the plot, right? Much easier to correlate the metaphors than in the Matrix series. At least so far, although some may question why the tower is a "Dark Tower" vs a "Light Tower"(?). But knowing Stephen King (albeit not having read the books), I'm guessing future movies on this theme will continue to mix it up a bit, while deepening and expanding the metaphor(s). But just forget all that and enjoy the movie ;-) as the other reviews here indicate there is no worry about the movie being a spoiler for the book version - or vise versa. (How's that for positive spin? ;-)

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steresem
Apr 16, 2018

This movie was so unlike the book that it only had the title in common. Okay that is not all together true, but you get what I mean, or at least you had to have been there (which I highly recommend that you don't). This movie isn't even good as a stand alone movie regardless of the supposed connection to King. If you expect this to be a Dark Tower movie you are going to be disappointed. If you look to this to be a coming of age story, well, you are going to be disappointed on that front too. Leave it on the shelf.

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misatim
Apr 14, 2018

Excellent! This is a film made for every teen boy who feels he has lost his power. Huge stars with great backing. very impressed with the shoot.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Apr 05, 2018

I thought this one was quite good for a smash and bash movie. Good win's over evil, but not before many good souls are lost. Much like this planet seem's to keep rolling on.

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lasercats
Apr 01, 2018

I'm not sure if anyone involved in producing this movie actually read the book. I enjoyed the many references to other King stories and Idris Elba as the Gunslinger but that was it. The movie was terrible and rushed. Don't waste your time.

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Shellie1_us
Mar 21, 2018

I read the book series and they did what they could to condense the story into the movie. It made sense, .and,of course they need to do a TV series to really tell the story I liked the actors in this movie and hope they do a series someday. King uses the Crimson King in so many of his books that I have enjoyed. Hearts In Atlantis, for example. It would be great to see the full story done well in a series.

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bansidthe
Mar 09, 2018

Did the producers read the books....no heart no soul. The absolute worst adaptation of any of Kings works...what a waste of acting talent

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Ky68RasK
Mar 09, 2018

Very entertaining.

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williamoliver1315
Feb 02, 2018

I haven't read the series so had no expectations. I really enjoyed this it was 1 of Stephen Kings better movies. Would have been great to see on the Big screen.

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steresem
Jan 31, 2018

This was so disappointing. Being a lover of the Dark Tower series of books, I was appalled at this adaptation which bears little resemblance to the book. There is a guy named Roland, a guy named Walter, a kid called Jake and a "Dark Tower." That is where they are alike. And that is where it ends. It's an 8 book series and the tale is impossible to tell in two and a half hours, but I can't help but feel they could have done a better job.

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Mar 10, 2018

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Dec 05, 2017

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jimg2000
Dec 16, 2017

Script does not remotely resemble books from the master writer King, harmless and dull except this repeated chant:

“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. I kill with my heart.”

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