Roland (Idris Elba), the world’s last Gunslinger, is on a relentless quest to find the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). The Man in Black wants to destroy the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together, and would enable him to take over. As Roland fights against the Man in Black and other dark forces, he is joined by Jake (Tom Taylor), a young boy from New York City who ends up in Roland’s world. The two forge a friendship as they make their way to the Tower, where they will face the ultimate battle – good vs. evil.
Ok, I know. How in the world could they possibly wrap the entire Dark Tower series into a neat little 95 minute package? Well, they can’t, and they didn’t. As a rabid fan of the series, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when it came to the movie. But I went to the theater with an open mind, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. No, it isn’t an exact adaptation that follows the book word for word. Woven throughout the film are bits and pieces from the whole series of books, and while we don’t meet the whole ka-tet in this film, the time that we spend with Roland and Jake helps us to get to know them a little better in the limited time frame of the film. If you take the movie as kind of an introduction to the world of the Dark Tower, you’ll definitely enjoy it a lot more. The action is great, the effects are awesome, and Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black alone is well worth the price of admission. Rated PG-13.