Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey REVEAL the reason for joining The Dark Tower

Everything in this movie adaptation has a rushed and cheap feel to it, which is a shame considering the unique worlds Stephen King created in the series were flush with content to pull from.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film also stars Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana; Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg; Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen); Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

It's no secret that The Dark Tower is held up as Stephen King's greatest achievement.

The droolingly anticipated film version of Stephen King's multiverse novel series, The Dark Tower is finally set to be released on August 4, 2017 and surprisingly has gathered mixed reviews across the globe. Jake is told by his parents, classmates, and psychiatrist, that it's all in his head, but after a particularly vivid dream, he seeks out a house depicted in one of his nightmares, only to stumble upon a mysterious portal.

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While the effects used for Roland and Jake's adversaries weren't impressive, the effects used for Roland's gunplay were fantastic.

Overall, I found myself constantly in awe of the world of "The Dark Tower" and its many layers the movie teases, but constantly underwhelmed by how surface level it felt. In the book series, Roland has two other companions apart from Jake.

Heaven knows, the books offer more invention than could fit in one feature film, but in their effort to introduce newcomers to this world, the filmmakers make the saga's contents look not archetypal but generic and cobbled together.

Are you excited to see the film or are you concerned by these reports? On the other hand, isn't that nearly always the case when books are put to film? He plays the campy villain quite effectively - only in a film that never tells the viewer if you are supposed to laugh with or at him.

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Some of the action scenes border on entertaining, as we see exactly why Roland is "The Gunslinger", but those scenes are both poorly staged and poorly lit, as if the sequences were only thought up the day the cast arrived. There's another fun scene where Roland finds himself being questioned by a doctor inside a NYC hospital, but they double down on that fish-outta-water angle in a later scene that's just skin-crawlingly corny (it involves Roland eating a hot dog).

It seems hard to believe the film was given such a puny budget of only $60 million.

"Levi's another name for Matthew in the bible, ' the 'Dark Tower" actor said on 'Good Morning America.' 'We had talked about possibly Matthew, Jr. if he was a boy.

The film is not quite as bad as rumours of confused test audiences and frenzied last-minute editing might have suggested, says the Hollywood Reporter. The film ends with a definite sense of closure, unlike others that don't (still bitter about that, "Green Lantern"). I can already picture John McCain strolling into a theater this weekend, giving a dramatic thumbs down, killing The Dark Tower forever.

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