Over the last few years Hollywood’s track record of rebooted films has not been that good with duds such as “Fantastic Four” and “Robocop”.
However, on occasion Hollywood gets it right.
MGM Studios in collaboration with Columbia Pictures has revitalized the 1960 western classic “The Magnificent Seven” with a brand new cast.
The original film starred legendary actors such as Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson, and while the cast of the remake has not yet reached that status, they do a phenomenal job as an ensemble.
The eclectic group is led by Denzel Washington who plays Sam Chisolm a man who makes his money by hunting down outlaws.
The next of the seven we are introduced to is gambler Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt).
As the movie progresses early on we become acquainted with the rest of the group… Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Billy Rocks (Byung- hun Lee), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier)
This film marks the third time that Denzel Washington has worked with director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) the last being “The Equalizer” only a few short years ago in 2014.
As the film opens we are transported to a small mining town called Rose Creek.
The year is 1879 and inside of the small town church, residents are having a heated dispute about turning their land over to a bunch of outlaws led by Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) a corrupt industrialist. He is after the town’s land.
After breaking into the church and giving the town an ultimatum, Bogue exits the church with the townspeople and murders several including Matthew Cullen (Matt Bonner). His wife, Emma (Haley Bennett) hires Chisolm to get revenge for Bonner’s death.
For the first 40 minutes of the film we see the “Seven” begin to form and bond as one, and then head back to Rose Creek to begin training the townspeople.
Once the residents return, they face the first major test of the movie in which the town battles Bogue’s men in a fast-paced, action-packed gunfight. The gun handling skills of Hawke, Pratt, and Washington were extremely impressive.
Once the “Seven” have retaken the town, they trained the residents on how to use guns and knives to defend themselves when Bogue’s men return. Of course Bogue’s men include an army and a Gatling gun.
I was curious to see if Hawke and Washington could resurrect the chemistry they had in “Training Day”, and they didn’t disappoint having two memorable scenes together.
The first was a campfire scene while both were en route to gather the rest of the group, and the other was when Goodnight was about to abandon the group, and Sam was pleading with him not to go.
The script was fun and had it has comedic moments where I laughed out loud. Also, the cinematography was GORGEOUS showing many shots of horses riding in the sunrise and sunset. One shot in particular stood out to me is when Chisolm is sitting on his horse at night and is dressed in black. The contrast was most impressive.
I’m not going to spoil the ending for you because this is a film , I definitely recommend you go see. I am giving this (3 out of 4 stars). If you are looking for a fun action packed movie, then this is the one for you. I will see you at the movies.
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