Idris Elba is the gunslinger of the Dark Tower

Dark tower
  • The Dark Tower is a 2017 fantasy, action- adventure Western starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
  • It revolves around a New York teenager with disturbing dreams who escapes to a house deserted and possessed with killer energy
  • He cannot go back and the only way out is through a doorway in a parallel world separated only by a dark tower

 The Dark Tower is a 2017 fantasy, action- adventure Western series by Stephen King and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

 The one hour thirty five minute flick revolves around a New York teenager with disturbing dreams.

He escapes to a house he’s dreamed of only to find it deserted and possessed with killer energy.

He cannot go back and the only way out is through a doorway into another world-Mid World- inhabited by demons, psychics and psionics.

 It is a desolate, parallel world separated only by a dark tower, which, as long as it stands the two worlds stay divided.

But there is The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) out to bring the tower down and hard on his heels is The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) seeking to avenge the death of his father, who was mandated to protect society.

 The Man in Black is seeking teenager Jake, as only a child with exceptional mental powers can destroy the tower. Are Jake and The Gunslinger a match against the abilities of The Man in Black?

Stephen King began the seven book series 35 years ago and director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, Truth About Men) had the daunting task of writing the screenplay as he did with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Elba is commanding in his performance with dramatic action sequences and provides occasional humorous retorts, but McConaughey’s talents are underused.

There is nothing threatening about him and his handsome face rarely changes expression. As the most psychically advanced of the three, the film would have been served by portraying him with dark, menacing, dramatic audio visual effects.

The young Jake is realistically played as a teenager not aware of the full extent of his abilities and how to use them.

The movie is partially filmed in South Africa’s Karoo desert and interiors in an old shopping mall in Cape Town.

As in The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, which was filmed in Namibia’s Namib Desert, the desolateness of the environment goes a long way in providing mood and contributes to the hardship we know the characters must go through to achieve their goals.

The movie is a mash-up of horror, the supernatural and sci-fi, but each protagonist uses one thing, their mental abilities, even The Gunslinger who shoots physical bullets by mental control following The Gunslinger creed: “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.”

It encompasses the Hermetic Law, “As within, so without, as the universe, so the soul” and also several metaphysical and spiritual principles on the ability of mind over matter.


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