The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Nikolaj Arcel (2017)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Matthew McConaughey prepares to unleash hell on Earth while dressed, distractingly, as a 1980s magician in this cynical adaptation of Stephen King's book series. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, it is a pick-and-mix of ideas taken from across the eight volumes, with generic fantasy elements thrown in. Meanwhile, a shift in protagonist and its bloodless action enables it to fit comfortably into the young adult bracket. Tom Taylor plays a troubled youngster living in New York City who is plagued by visions of another world inhabited by a disaffected gunslinger (Idris Elba) and a dastardly sorcerer (McConaughey) who's bent on destroying the tower that stands at the centre of the universe to ward off evil forces. The action is vaguely diverting, Elba glowers suitably and softens convincingly, while Taylor is blandly credible. However McConaughey quickly lapses into self-parody - he's less sinister, more smug. The Dark Tower favours flashy spectacle and relentless exposition over characterisation as it hastens to a depressingly open-ended dénouement. Rather like the casing that falls from the gunslinger's pistol, it has been stripped of impact, and hits the ground as an empty shell.


A young lad is transported to a parallel universe where he is caught in a battle between a mysterious gunslinger and a sinister sorcerer. Fantasy adventure based on the Stephen King novels, starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor.

Cast & Crew

Roland Deschain / The Gunslinger Idris Elba
Walter O'Dim / Man in Black Matthew McConaughey
Jake Tom Taylor (3)
Arra Claudia Kim
Pimli Fran Kranz
Tirana Abbey Lee
Sayre Jackie Earle Haley
Lucas Hanson Nicholas Hamilton
Laurie Chambers Katheryn Winnick
Steven Deschain Dennis Haysbert
Dr Hotchkiss José Zuñiga
Director Nikolaj Arcel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Aug 2017