The Dark Tower

Darktowerhave recently watched The Dark Tower on DVD. It is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and stars Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey. It begins when Eleven-year-old Jake Chambers experiences visions involving a Man in Black who seeks to destroy a Tower and bring ruin to the Universe, and a Gunslinger who opposes him. Jake’s mother, stepfather, and psychiatrists dismiss these as dreams resulting from the trauma of his father’s death the previous year. At his apartment home in New York City, a group of workers from an alleged psychiatric facility offer to rehabilitate Jake. Jake then discovers a high-tech portal, and travels to a post-apocalyptic world called Mid-World.

In Mid-World, Jake encounters the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain and discovers that Roland is pursuing the villainous Walter Padick, the Man in Black across a desert, seeking to kill him in revenge for the murder of his father, Steven, and all the other gunslingers. He explains that Walter, over the decades, has been abducting psychic children, as part of a villainous scheme to destroy the Dark Tower, a fabled structure located at the center of the Universe; this will allow beings from the darkness outside to invade and destroy reality.

Roland takes Jake to a village to have his visions interpreted by a seer. Meanwhile Walter Learns of Jake’s escape and journeys to Mid-World discovering from his henchman Sayre that Jake has abilities which could threaten the Tower. So Walter’s minions, the Taheen, attack the village hoping to capture Jake. Eventually Roland and Jake return to Earth. However Walter and the Taheen are not far behind and Walter captures Jake to use his abilities to destroy the Tower. So it is up to Roland to confront Walter and rescue Jake in order to save the Dark Tower…

A sequel to the Dark Tower called “The Drawing of the three” again starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is also in the works. I have also noticed that Many critics have said that The film not a patch on the original Stephen King novels. I have found this sort of thing with many Film adaptations of novels, there is so much going on in the original novels that it would be nigh on impossible to translate it all to the silver screen and things inevitably get omitted. The Lord of the Rings had a similar issue, I am not saying it’s right but it happens and that explains why I like reading. Still I enjoyed watching it and would like to read the novels next.

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