A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
In the long shot of Goodnight Robicheaux training the village men how to shoot a rifle, he gets upset at all of them. Josh Faraday, who is leaning up against a fence along with Chisolm, brings his right arm over to the left, presumably to reach for something on his left side. The camera does a close up of Faraday, and Faraday's back is up against the fence again, bringing his right arm over to the left and reaching for a rifle, which he then hands over to Robicheaux. See more »
Good remake, lots of action, entertaining Western!
Yet another remake but the trailers for this one were at least encouraging, especially with Denzel Washington playing the lead.
I have vague memories of seeing the original The Magnificent Seven, (which is in itself a re-imagining of Seven Samurai), and I seem to remember liking it. I think 56 years is long enough of a gap to justify a remake, so I'll give them a pass on this one (although you could argue that 1980's Battle Beyond the Stars was another Seven Samurai remake). So what was it like?
Each character was steadily added to the team, they had a bonding/preparing the town montage, the bad guys showed up, they shot each other a lot, characters were killed, the film ended. Pretty much what I was expecting, and that's fine.
Personally, I love Westerns (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is one of my favourite films ever), so for me this formula really worked. Is it going to win any awards? Probably not, but the performances were good (although it might be hard to argue that Chris Pratt was acting anything other than himself, which again, is fine), it looked good, and most importantly, I was entertained.
(From my blog site: whingewood.wordpress.com)
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