Writer/Director Nikolaj Arcel’s The Dark Tower suffers from too many screenwriters, including Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinker and Anders Thomas Jensen. The result is a convoluted story that is distasteful for young viewers even though the principal character is an adolescent admirably played by Tom Taylor.
Adolescent Jake Chambers (Taylor) has psychic visions from which he creates drawings that make everyone think he is crazy and should be sent to a school for the mentally impaired.
Jake escapes through a portal to Mid-World and learns from Roland, the Last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), that The Dark Man (Matthew McConaughey) is having gifted children kidnapped and is draining the energy of their brains to try and bring down the Dark Tower that protects several parallel universes from the Darkness beyond them.
The film is not as bad as some of the other science fiction drivel that’s been out this year, but you have to be a real fan to enjoy it. I give The Dark Tower a 3 out of 5.