THE DARK TOWER has a hero (named ROLAND) and a villain (known as THE MAN IN BLACK) that are very cool and fun action sequences (a couple of which manage to be colorful and dark at the same time). What could go wrong? How about not focusing completely on them? The emotional core of the story is supposed to be a kid (named JAKE CHAMBERS), but he's not very interesting. Tom Taylor only emotes when the script specifically tells him to do it
(the death of his parents doesn't seem to affect him after the scene where he finds what's left of them!).
It's hard to tell if he or director Nikolaj Arcel is to blame. Idris Elba and Katheryn Winnick's performances are good. So is Matthew McConaughey's, who finds the balance between threatening and funny. He's hammy but not ridiculously effeminate. The last 1/2 hour feels rushed. The scene transitions not always skip things that could be relevant to the plot, but they do skip moments that cause plot holes.
How did ROLAND and JAKE leave the hospital without a guard stopping them (specially after he says "Give me my guns")? Where did they sleep on the night they arrived to New York? JAKE's parents reported his disappearance and then he walked all over the city without hiding. Nobody noticed him? Didn't his school call about his absences? Didn't his parents' bosses call about their absences?
4/10 ------------------------------------- You can read comments of other movies in my blog (in English, in Spanish or in Italian).