The Dark Tower

The science fiction western film The Dark Tower is out on DVD. It is based on the series of books by Stephen King that incorporates themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western. The series was chiefly inspired by the poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning. King also identifies The Lord of the Rings, Arthurian Legend, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as inspirations. He identifies Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” character as one of the major inspirations for the protagonist, Roland Deschain. King’s style of location names in the series, such as Mid-World, and his development of a unique language abstract to our own (High Speech), are also influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien’s work. The Dark Tower combines elements from several novels in the eight-volume series, taking place in both modern-day New York City and in Mid-World, Roland’s Old West-style parallel universe.

The film is A continuation of Stephen King’s seven novel series of the same name,and serves as a sequel to the events of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. The film was directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arce and stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger who is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of “Arthur Eld”. Roland’s world Is Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society and shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland is called upon to embark on a quest to protect the Dark Tower – a mythical structure which supports all realities and is both physical and metaphorical, from his evil nemesis, Walter o’Dim, the “Man in Black” (Matthew McConaughey) who is plotting cataclysmic events which could have a disatrous effect the universe, time and space

It also features Jake Chambers an 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World and finds himself spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, on his quest to reach the “Dark Tower” which is located in End-World and acts as the the nexus point between time and space. Along his journey to the Dark Tower, Roland meets a great number of people Including the Ka-tet of the Nineteen and Ninety-nine, consisting of Jake Chambers, Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean, and Oy. However The Gunslinger and Jake Chambers face a number of obstacles on their journey including various monsters, Walter o’Dim the Man in Black, Mordred and The Crimson King, and they discver that trying to reach the Dark Tower Is rather a challenge. The series, and its use of the Dark Tower, expands upon Stephen King’s multiverse and links together many of his other novels. King has described the series as his magnum opus. Many of King’s other books relate to the story, introducing concepts and characters who appear as the series progresses. The Film is Intended to launch a film and television franchise.

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