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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN review

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Based on the original “Seven Samurai” and “The Magnificent Seven”, 2016’s re-imagining from Antoine Fuqua opens-as the mining town of Rose Creek is under threat from the owner of the mine, Bartholomew Bogue.  Showing no care for its townspeople, it’s clear he only has one goal in-mind, finding gold.  Warrant Office Sam Chisolm is a three days-ride over serving-out one of his jobs, when he is approached by young woman to who is seeking revenge.  She wants him to form-together a posse to go and stop Bogue and his men in Rose Creek.  As the plot for revenge begins, he finds a talented-shooting gambler, a sharpshooter and his protégé-assassin, a tracker, a Mexican outlaw, and a Comanche warrior.  These seven men must come-together to train the people of Rose Creek and take-back the town from Bogue and his men.

Denzel Washington starts as the leader of the “Seven”, Warrant Officer Sam Chisolm.  Chris Pratt plays the easy-going gambler, Josh Faraday.  Ethan Hawke plays the famous sharpshooter from the battle of Antietam, Goodnight Robicheaux.  Vincent D’Onofrio plays tracker Jack Horn.  Byung-hun Lee plays Goodnight’s assassin, Billy Rocks.  Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays Vasquez, a Mexican outlaw.  Martin Sensmeier plays a Comanche warrior named Red Harvest.  Peter Sarsgaard plays the evil and conniving mine owner, Bartholomew Bogue.  Haley Bennett plays Emma Cullen, a woman who escaped from Rose Creek.  Matt Bomer plays Emma’s husband, Matthew.  Luke Grimes plays another Rose Creek townie, Teddy Q.  Jonathan Joss plays a Comanche Chief on Bogue’s side, Denali.  Cam Gigandet plays one of Bogue’s henchmen, McCann.  Mark Ashworth plays Rose Creek’s Preacher.

“The Magnificent Seven” is a fun, albeit cliché ride filled with plenty of jokes, action, and Wild West fare to make all fans happy!  In today’s World full of remakes and re-imagining’s, it is always hard to tell which are going to work and which are going to fall flat.  Thankfully, “The Magnificent Seven” is the former and it keeps a big smile on your face from start to finish.  Whether it’s Denzel as a bounty hunter or Pratt using his charm to a “T”, the film is very well-cast as a whole.  One thing I recently learned after seeing the film was that some of the actors shared a chemistry with the characters they were playing, for example: Sensmeier is part Native American and Garcia-Rulfo is of Mexican descent.  One thing “The Magnificent Seven” does well is has us care for the “Seven” as each of them are given their own spotlight to endear the audience.  As a result, the audience is on the edge of its seat as the film’s climactic action sequence unfolds.  The film is moderately-paced, often changing between speeds as the story builds to its epic climactic battle.  As you would expect, “The Magnificent Seven” is full of Western clichés, but its score (from the late James Horner) makes you feel right-at-home and fits the tone perfectly.  I had feared that Fuqua would elect to use “modern” music but thankfully that is not the case.  And have no fear, the original theme makes its appearance as well!  “The Magnificent Seven” has a run time of 132 minutes and it occasionally drags during the film’s bloated-middle.  All in all, “The Magnificent Seven” isn’t “magnificent” by any means, but it sure is a very entertaining and action-fueled update of the 1954 and 1960 cinematic classics!

“The Magnificent Seven” is a re-imagining from the 1960 classic, as seven gunslingers come together to save a town from a cruel mine owner.  The film features plenty of action, comedy, and Western grit throughout its entertaining story.  If you are looking for a good time at the movies this weekend, go see “The Magnificent Seven”!!

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material, in theaters SEPTEMBER 23RD!  

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