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Eagle-eyed viewers may note that Walter is holding a shiny black sphere in this shot. This may be a Wizard’s Glass, a object of magical power that grants the user all kinds of a powers. In fact, this could be Black Thirteen, one of a baker’s dozen magic stones (representing the 12 beams and the Dark Tower itself) known as Maerlyn’s Rainbow.

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But enough magical mumbo jumbo! Does The Dark Tower have gun fights where Roland gets to hide behind pillars as thousands of rounds chip away at his cover! Yes, it does.

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And will he emerge from behind that cover in slow-motion, pistols blazing? Of course! While this action certainly looks slick, it’s also the least interesting part of the trailer. The Dark Tower books were always about exploring an incredible world, not massive battles. Then again, this is what is going to get butts into seats.

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And let’s just face it: Roland’s speedy reloading just looks plain cool.

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Although I’m not sure how I feel about Roland going all John Woo on us. Maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe I’m just used to thinking about Roland as a cowboy, not a guy who leaps off second stories while firing his gun in slow motion. But once again: these are the shots that grab the attention of non-readers.

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The quote spoken by Roland in the final stretch of this trailer is a slightly abridged version of the gunslinger mantra heard throughout the novels. Here’s the full version: “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart.”

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Speaking of fathers, that’s Dennis Haybsert as Roland’s father, Steven Deschain. It looks like we’ll be getting at least one flashback to Roland’s younger days, before the fall of his world and before…well, let’s just say dear old dad isn’t alive anymore.

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I’m still getting used to Roland sliding along the floor like he’s Neo, guys. I’m sorry. This will take me a little while.

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And I’m still getting used to the idea of Walter using telekinetic powers to match wits with Roland in a gun battle. In fact, watching these two physically duke it out like this rather than play their epic game of cat-and-mouse can’t help but feel weird.

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But you know what? I’m not going to have to get used to watching Idris Elba reload those guns.

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In the final moments, the trailer takes us back to the Manni village, where Jack is kidnapped by the maybe-Taheen…

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…and Roland calmly listens rather than pursue.

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Without looking, he raises his pistol (which glows blue, a magical touch that, once again, gives me all kinds of mixed feelings)…

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…and fires…

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Taking Jake’s abductor down with a single hit to the head.

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Look: this is a cool trailer filled with cool stuff. It’s not the Dark Tower I envisioned, but I think readers are going to have to come to terms with that before it hits theaters in August. Right now, I like what I see, even if certain choices can’t help but feel peculiar. I’m still choosing to have high hopes for this one.

But what do you think? I’m especially curious to hear from those of you who haven’t read the books at all.

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