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.
Denali (Jonathan Joss) is an Athabascan word meaning "the high one". See more »
Neither the Mohawk, Mahican, or Mohegan people wore their hair the way Red Harvest did; they wore a roughly 3in. x 3in. square of hair at the back of the head. The term Mohawk became popular after Drums Along the Mohawk. The more correct term is a Roach hairstyle, and the tribes that wore it included the Caddo of east Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and the Pawnee of Nebraska and Kansas. The Comanche ranged a large territory which included Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Red Harvest could have encountered Pawnee and Caddo in his travels and decided to adopt their hairstyle. Alternatively, Red Harvest might be half-Comanche, half-Pawnee; both tribes had branches in 19th century Kansas. A marriage between members of the same clan, even of different tribes, was considered illegitimate, and being born out of wedlock could explain his status as an outcast. See more »
[after watching Jack Horne walk away]
I believe that bear was wearing people's clothes.
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As the end credits and background images scroll up, occasional bullet holes appear on screen as if there were a scrolling sheet of glass in front of the images. 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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