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Average User Score: 4.3Aug 7, 2017I was actually surprised by how bad the reviews were for this movie. I'm usually pretty good at guessing Metacritic ratings and thought thisI was actually surprised by how bad the reviews were for this movie. I'm usually pretty good at guessing Metacritic ratings and thought this would be somewhere in the 60s. It kept my and my wife's interest. I found the action scenes to be reasonably well choreographed and tense, with the exception of the ultimate showdown between the man in black and Roland, which was moderately silly but enjoyable. I read all of the books and thought Idris Alba did a fine job channeling the surly but ultimately sympathetic Roland from the books. The "fish out of water" scenes when Roland was in New York were predictable but well executed. The actor who played Jake was capable and unobjectionable. I read all of the books and had a feeling that it would be very difficult to make them into a movie, unless the producers were committed to at least 9 or 10 movies, which isn't realistic. Nevertheless there were aspects of the lore, which they would have done well to incorporate -- for instance, the floating doors/portals, the idea that all things serve the beam, the actual Crimson King and the field of roses surrounding the tower. They made the man in black too much of a caricature to take seriously. To echo other complaints, I felt that the plot was far too rushed. This movie should have been closer to three hours and they needed more build up and back story. Roland's motivation for killing the man in black felt flimsy largely as a result of a poorly staged and executed flashback. The Gunslinger books, for me, are the perfect blend of horror, action, and sci fi. If there's a sequel I'd love for someone with more of an imagination to take a crack at it, like an Aronfsky.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Sep 7, 2014If you like horror movies you'll like this movie. If you don't like horror movies you probably won't like it. The plot becomes a littleIf you like horror movies you'll like this movie. If you don't like horror movies you probably won't like it. The plot becomes a little nonsensical at the end but if you can suspend disbelief it's a lot of fun and creepy and suspenseful throughout.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.6Jan 24, 2014I thought this was very good. It's a little slow going initially but picks up and becomes less mystery and more of a good horror film as itI thought this was very good. It's a little slow going initially but picks up and becomes less mystery and more of a good horror film as it goes along. The first part of the movie is moody and creepy and the second part is suspenseful. I'm not sure I understand the critics' criticisms. There isn't tremendous depth to the characters but who cares? That's not what this sort of movie is at all about. The plot twist was perfectly acceptable IMO.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Nov 15, 2013If you listen carefully you can almost here the snapping and cracking of the backs of a million Carmac McCarthy and Ridley Scott fans who areIf you listen carefully you can almost here the snapping and cracking of the backs of a million Carmac McCarthy and Ridley Scott fans who are bending over backwards to try to rationalize and justify the mess that is the Counselor.
I fall into the camp of people that found this to movie to be a monstrosity. The script is indescribably terrible the dialogue is stilted, wordy, pompous, unnatural, shallow, unrealistic and pointless, and it manages to explain too much and explain too little, miraculously, all at the same time. Perhaps with better direction and editing the plot (which is actually fairly simple) would have made a bit more sense but at times you will likely still struggle to follow what's happening because the scenes are put together so poorly and the script introduces new characters at random. This is a movie that gives off the impression, at first glance, of being intelligent. You'll get to hear speeches that draw on the many worlds intepretation of choice and the potential lack thereof, meaningfulness, etc. from unlikely sources. Having majored in philosophy I found them superficial and insulting. If I didn't have a background in philosophy, I would merely have found them preechy and pointless, I'm guessing. The writing was stylistic but yet tried to be conversational and just failed in every way conceivable.
There are a couple decent action sequences and a cool murder scene at the end but the characters are lifeless or caricatures of interesting characters because the writing is laughably abysmal. This movie is a complete and utter failure, and I have a great attention span, have liked movies with little to no plot and was not expecting a suspense filled thriller. This was just a complete turd. I'm guessing what happened is that no one had the courage to tell McCarthy that his script was terrible or someone thought it was deep (even though it isn't) and greenlighted this movie. What a mistake.… Expand