No dizzying heights

The Dark Tower offers little beyond its stars' performances

The Dark Tower had every reason to be good. It's an adaptation of a renowned series of novels by Stephen King. It features Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in leading roles. It's also directed (and scripted) by the man who wrote the 2009 Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as well as 2012's A Royal Affair, both stellar films.

And yet, against all conceivable odds, The Dark Tower is one of the most uninspiring films I've watched this year, with an erratic script that always teeters on the edge of becoming interesting but never quite gets there. The film certainly isn't unwatchable -- thanks to the genuinely delightful performances from Elba and McConaughey -- but it's definitely boring, the kind of film you immediately forget about once you leave the theatre.

Right from the get-go, The Dark Tower doesn't leave a good impression. After a brief and confusing opening dream sequence, we're quickly introduced to Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a young boy who apparently dreams a lot about a tall dark tower, a man in black and a gunslinger, much to the chagrin of his mother and her boyfriend. Convinced that what he sees isn't a regular dream, Jake's suspicions are confirmed when he accidentally steps into a strange, technological portal that sends him to Mid-Earth, where he meets Roland (Elba), the gunslinger of his dreams. Together, they set off on a journey to kill Walter (McConaughey), a sorcerer who is trying to destroy the Dark Tower, a mystical structure that protects all parallel worlds from murderous demons.

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