The Magnificent Seven is a 2016 American Western remake of the 1960 Classic with the same name which was based on the 1954 movie Seven Samurai. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the man behind Training Day, Southpaw, and The Equalizer and starring possibly one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory, with the likes of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onoforio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sargaard, and Hayley Bennett. Let’s get saddle up and explore this modern day Western that we didn’t ask for.
With the town of Rose Creek forcibly taken by deadly industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight “Angel of Death” Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). The band of misfits are an odd mix but they are the only hope for Rose Creek. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown they know is coming, the odds are stacked against them and find themselves fighting for more than money.
If you have seen Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai or the 1960 version of The Magnificent Seven, it’s pretty clear that this modern rendition doesn’t really change the formula. It’s pretty much has the same structure. But the remake was still very good. The film had it’s flaws – one of the bigger ones was it feeling a little too long while lacking the much needed character development. But with it’s flashy visuals and stupendously thrilling fight scenes, the movie was fun and even refreshing for the Western genre. The all-star cast delivered in every way possible. Their chemistry was truly phenomenal from Denzel Washington to Chris Pratt to Vincent D’Onofrio (even though his cowboy accent was a bit tough to understand during some scenes) to Haley Bennett. Even Billy Rocks’ (Lee Byung-hun) quiet demeanor turned out to be quite astonishing. The Magnificent Seven presented characters that had great personality and actors that portrayed each very well. It just sucked that not all of them had equal time. But The Magnificent Seven was very enjoyable, nothing more nothing less.
The Magnificent Seven was magnificently efficient. What it lacks in terms of depth and originality, it heavily makes up with a lot of hefty gun-slinging action. Be prepared to see bodies upon bodies pile up especially with that glorious final battle. With a star studded cast and enough entertainment to keep your attention, The Magnificent Seven will surely do well this weekend. Check it out. SuperSam Rating: B+.