The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven (2016)


Justice has a number.

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt make two of The Magnificent Seven in this remake of the classic 1960s Western from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Co-stars Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Vincent D’Onofrio (TV’s Daredevil), Byung-hun Lee (I Saw the Devil), and Peter Sarsgaard (Experimenter).... More

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Farraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Hawke), Jack Horne (D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Cake), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier, Lilin’s Brood). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

The characters in this new version are completely different to the ones played by Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen back in 1960. The original The Magnificent Seven was also a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, which sort-of makes this one a re-remake.Hide

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The Magnificent Seven is an agreeable remake, not bad for an Antoine Fuqua flick, if ultimately an unmemorable movie. Written by Nic Pizzolatto (of True Detective infamy) and Richard Wenk (of The Expendables 2 infamy), this update of the iconic 1960 John Sturges western - itself a redo of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai - is evidently informed by a surface-level “wokeness” that’s attuned to our sociopolitical zeitgeist.... More

The core cast of motley gun-for- hire drifters is drawn from a more diverse ethnic pool than previously managed. It also locates a headstrong female character in Jennifer Lawrence dead ringer Haley Bennett, who plays vengeful boss to the men while acquiring enough badass moves for us to imagine what Katniss might’ve been if she ever set foot in the wild west.

However, nothing about the film’s handling of race issues comes close to the bristly provocations of Tarantino’s last two westerns, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. This Seven mainly hews to its time-tested source template, with Fuqua ticking off familiar crowd- pleasing beats - those grand notions of brotherhood and selflessness that come from strangers banding together to liberate poor, God-fearing villagers from capitalist oppressors.

Even if he remains one of the least distinctive, graceless, action directors on the planet, Fuqua feels more present in the set-pieces than he’s ever been, lending a Peckinpah-esque ferocity to the bullet- strewn, high body count climax.

The flinty, leathery cool of the original ensemble is missed, but Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, both staying well within their comfort zones, are fine in the Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen roles, and a few character revisions, like Vincent D’onofrio’s scalp-hunting man-bear, give this one the colourful kick it needs.Hide

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BY Jashezilla superstar

I gotta admit, the first half of this was some of the most boring film I've ever watched, but after I'd fallen asleep, woken up again, grabbed something to eat, gone to the bathroom and relaxed back into my bed to sleep through the other half of the movie, I somehow found myself watching some of the best film I ever have. The characters actually started to shine, the plot started to heat up and the action scenes were simply amazing. A real pity they had to chuck the first half in there.

BY PercyM superstar

A reboot which provides new charisma and western action sequences, which results in an entertaining and enjoyable tale.

BY fairbrother superstar

For anyone who has difficulty grasping the notion of a Dead Film - the type of corporate-backed, committee-managed, inherently redundant "creative venture" that keeps grinding down audience expectations of cinema as an art-form - here's a textbook example. There is not one facet of this story that rings true even in the key of "exaggerated escapist myth". It parades racial diversity of casting as some proud claim to being progressive but, without irony, has the actors play shallow stereotypes.... More It's a hundred million-dollar remake nobody asked for that, also without irony, posits capitalist greed as the root of all evil. It's western aesthetic is never realized as anything but a gimmicky "themed" backdrop to cartoonish shoot-outs (of the bloodless variety that, with astonishing hypocrisy, allows even a Heroes-Kill-Best message this blatant to pass with a PG-13 rating in the trigger-happy States). Is it slickly produced? Oh, of course, and director Antoine Fuqua won't let us forget it for a second. He's proficient with the technical stuff but his inability to shake his actors out of cliche auto-pilot, his inability to stage a scripted scene as drama, and his inability to imbue frantic mayhem with any essential purpose beyond filling a frame makes this excruciating to endure. Nobody believed this incarnation would be a patch on the original film; it's as though the film-makers themselves took this idea to heart and simply went through the motions.Hide

BY KennethP91 superstar

Reuniting the trio of Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke since Training Day, Magnificent Seven also features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960’s movie with the same title which is also a remake of a Japanese film called Seven Samurai. Magnificent Seven tells the story of seven individuals who band together to save a town from a heinous bandit with an army.

One of the most crucial aspect a western movie... More should have is the look and feel of it. Glad to say Antoine Fuqua manages to create a western film that delivers in terms of look and feel. The set design for this movie is impressive, the costume design is spot on and and this feels like an old western flick.

Accompanied by amazing cinematography this movie is great to look at, it moves well in terms of pacing, and when the climax hits, it’s a fun action packed shoot-out that will make you bob and weave as bullets fly through the screen.

One of the stand out characters in the film is Chris Pratt, he’s the one character you can enjoy as his overflowing charm and humour outshines the rest of the cast.

Apart from Chris Pratt, the movie suffers from the lack of character development. The rest of our cast are mostly one-note characters. Even Denzel Washington falls into a cliched role displaying very little range. Our main antagonist is the biggest culprit of them all as he is inherently evil for absolutely no reason. Although he manages to make the audience hate him, overall he’s a cliched character with nothing to offer than be a bad guy.

Though the movie manages to keep a fun vibe all through out, the moment of vulnerability for our main characters isn’t really there despite the shoot out that’s happening on the screen. Though we’re supposed to care for our heroes lives, they are portrayed in a very super-human way, having perfect aim and dodging every bullet, you never really fear for their lives.

Overall Magnificent Seven is still a fun film, though it is filled with flaws and problems, it manages to entertain all through out. In a year filled with superhero movies, Antoine Fuqua still manages to deliver an action-packed western that’s worth checking out.Hide

BY Colttany superstar

Love the Cast - Storyline could of been a bit better - but hey it was enjoyable to watch this

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The Press Reviews

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  • There's a fine line between a slowburn and dull, and this Magnificent Seven frequently finds itself on the wrong side. Full Review

  • Slick but forgettable, Fuqua's suicide squad is a macho posse movie that could use a jab of fun. It's The Magnificent Seven, but the "magnificent" is silent. Full Review

  • A vehicle for wall-to-wall action, and an unambiguously fond farewell to the Obama years. Full Review

  • Nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made, violent but uningratiating remake of the star-studded John Sturges Western, which itself was a redo of Akira Kurosawa's imperishable 1954 classic, Seven Samurai. Full Review

  • Hits all the right buttons but misses the fun of the original. Full Review

  • Not quite magnificent but certainly Fuqua's best since Training Day and a rare remake that actually delivers. Yee-haw! Full Review

  • The new movie is as moth-eaten as the serapes strewn through the 1960 film, but there's no denying the appeal of the image of Mr. Washington riding a horse, shooting a Colt and leading a posse of vigilantes to save a mostly white Western town. Full Review

  • You don't "remake" a film like The Magnificent Seven by simply recreating some of the original's action scenes and adding a couple of new characters. That's just imitation. Full Review

  • It does, however, earn its spurs with an entertaining ensemble led by Washington, whose black bounty hunter never gets called out because of his race because clearly he's just way too cool. Full Review

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