With Stephen King's beloved, multi-volume source material to draw from, while roping in two star leads in Idris Elba and Matthew McConnaughey, this mid-budget adaptation of The Dark Tower should've been anything but boring.
Though The Dark Tower has been deemed "unfilmable" in the past, most likely expected the end product to be an ambitious failure at worst, rather than the blandly generic Young Adult farce fans ended up with.
Elba tries his hardest to embody the might and spirit of the steely Roland Deschain, but he's left stranded in a weirdly dull, forgettable fantasy bust that misguidedly shifts the focus to young Jake Chambers in the hope of scoring family-friendly box office bucks.
With its mere 95-minute run-time and frequently jarring editing, it came as little surprise when reports emerged that the film was mangled in post-production by nervous studio executives, who no doubt panicked and ripped out everything from the movie that felt even remotely soulful.
That's not to say director Nikolaj Arcel's original vision would've been especially good, but it surely wasn't striving to be quite such a personality-devoid genre exercise.