The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua (2016)

127min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Antoine Fuqua is in reboot mood again, only instead of an old TV show (The Equalizer), it's John Sturges's iconic western (itself a remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai) that gets the action-injection makeover. The premise is the same: seven hombres with deadly skills come to the aid of a community bothered by bad guys. Here, however, it's not Mexican peons and bandits, but a small town of settlers under siege from a vicious land baron (played with dead-eyed intensity by Peter Sarsgaard) and his army of mercenaries that forces Haley Bennett's tough young widow to find men with the right stuff. Joining forces are a black-clad gunslinger (Denzel Washington), a wise-ass gambler (Chris Pratt), a sharpshooter (Ethan Hawke), a knife-throwing assassin (Lee Byung-hun) and a burly tracker (Vincent D'Onofrio), wryly described as "a bear wearing people's clothes". Washington is his usual charismatic self and his scenes with Hawke (as a fellow Civil War veteran) provide much-needed substance. But there are big boots to fill. Never mind the fact that Sturges's film had a superstar cast in Brynner, McQueen, Coburn and co, the script was a belter awash with quotable lines and Elmer Bernstein's rousing score is one of Hollywood's best. Fuqua delivers the quick-fire gunplay and respects his source material; he just can't match the epic romanticism or magnificence of that enduring 1960 classic.

Summary

A remote frontier town falls under the control of a ruthless industrialist, who uses the locals as forced labour in his mines. A woman goes in search of help, recruiting a band of seven hired guns to protect the town and train the people to fight back. Remake of the classic Western, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

Cast & Crew

Sam Chisolm Denzel Washington
Josh Faraday Chris Pratt
Goodnight Robicheaux Ethan Hawke
Bartholomew Bogue Peter Sarsgaard
Jack Horne Vincent D'Onofrio
Emma Cullen Haley Bennett
Billy Rocks Lee Byung-hun
Vasquez Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Red Harvest Martin Sensmeier
Matthew Cullen Matt Bomer
Teddy Q Luke Grimes
McCann Cam Gigandet
Director Antoine Fuqua
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Sep 2016
Drama