The Dark Tower (2017) – reviewed by George

“A tower stands at the center of the universe protecting us from darkness. It is said the mind of a child can bring it down.”
Special children, kidnapped from their homes and held in a secret location, are being used to focus their brains on the tower, and indeed destroy it.
In New York City a 5.7 quake hits, and Laurie and her son Jake (Katheryn Winnick and Tom Taylor) act as if it’s a common, though scary, occurrence. Jake has been having dreams and visions, which he commits to paper, and he’s a talented artist. Unfortunately for Jake, the drawings look like sci-fi visions, and Jake’s stepfather Lon (Nicholas Pauling), who is getting tired of having Jake around, uses them to convince Laurie that Jake needs serious psychiatric help.
So when an offer appears out of the blue for highly affordable care outside the city, Lon pressures Laurie to take it. Laurie agrees, because she fears the trauma of Jake’s dad’s death last year is the cause of Jake’s bad dreams and bad attitude. But when the two reps show up to transport Jake, he recognizes them as the Skin People from his visions; that is, monsters wearing skin to look human, and he bolts. As he tries to escape he finds himself surrounded by Skin People, but eventually he finds a portal and travels to Mid-World, the world he has been seeing. There he finds a good guy, Roland the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and a bad guy, Walter, who has Magic (Michael McConaughey), and the fight to save the tower and thus the world is on.
A fantasy adventure with Arthurian overtones? What’s not to love!
Based on “The Dark Tower” Novels of Stephen King, Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, Directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

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