THERE ARE OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE.
11-year-old Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has visions of a different world where a gunslinger (Idris Elba) is trying to stop a man in black (Matthew McConaughey) from destroying a tower; his parents believe he has mental issues, but the visions are true. Both an introduction to a world that Stephen King created and a continuation of his novels, this Spielbergian fantasy about a boy and a gunslinger fighting a common enemy in two universes has potential but never really delivers. Plenty of action near the end though and there’s charisma between Elba and Taylor.
2017-U.S. 95 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel. Novels: Stephen King. Cast: Idris Elba (Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (Walter Padick), Tom Taylor (Jake Chambers), Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee… Jackie Earle Haley.
Trivia: Co-produced by Ron Howard, who at one point was supposed to direct; J.J. Abrams was also a potential choice. Christian Bale, Daniel Craig and Viggo Mortensen were reportedly considered for the part of the Gunslinger.