Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Magnificent Seven
Releases  September 23rd, 2016
2 hrs 13 mins
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Western


Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Roger Bimbaum, Todd Black (based on screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Wenk)
Based on Seven Samurai by  Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, a bounty hunter, the leader of the Seven
Chris Pratt as Josh Farraday, a gambler with a fondness for explosives
Ethan Hawke as Goodnight Robicheaux, a sharpshooter
Vincent D'Onofrio as Jack Horne, a tracker
Byung-hun Lee as Billy Rocks, an assassin
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez, a Mexican outlaw
Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest, a Comanche warrior
Peter Sarsgaard as Bartholomew Bogue, a corrupt industrialist
Haley Bennett as Emma Cullen, a young woman who hires the Seven
Matt Bomer as Matthew Cullen, Emma's husband who gets killed by Bogue

"Seven gunslingers join forces in order to protect a small town from a mining tycoon (Peter Sarsgaard) and his goons, who plan to seize the residents' land by force. The seven-man army is led by a mysterious bounty hunter (Denzel Washington), and also includes a sharp-witted gambler (Chris Pratt), a troubled ex-Civil War soldier (Ethan Hawke), a mountain man (Vincent D'Onofrio), an expert knife thrower (Byung-hun Lee), an outlaw (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and a Comanche warrior (Martin Sensmeier). "

Review by Stephen M.

The Magnificent Seven which is a remake of the 1960's film of the same name based off of the Japanese film, Seven Samurai (1954) is a good action film that will entertain you but not Oscar worthy by a long shot.  A star studded cast led by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, they play gunslingers joined by five others all with their own quirks and skills to defeat a mining tycoon threatening a small town.  Unfortunately with such a large cast, and a big focus on action scenes which isn't a bad thing, character development and bonding of characters are minimized.

Denzel is great as the badass bounty hunter Sam Chisolm.  Chris Pratt is predictable as the humorous John Farraday.  Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett are the performance stealers for me.  Vincent D'Onofrio who plays Kingpin on Netflix's Daredevil is unrecognizable as Jack Horne showing his depth as an actor as well the great make up artists and costumer designers for the film.  Peter Sarsgaard as the villain Bartholomew Bogue would be my only negative, who does everything a great villain should do (killing helpless innocent people) but his mannerism and delivery of lines is just unconvincing to me and a bit cartoonish.

Overall, I would recommend the film especially if you enjoy westerns or if you like action films with shootouts.  The film is a bit predictable in its plot, for example with the two Indians toward the end.  But the pacing is good for an action film, and the performances overall while not amazing is good enough given the straight forward shoot from the hip story line and dialogue the actors and actresses are given.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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