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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

Justice has a number.Sep. 14, 2016 USA132 Min.
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Cast

Chris Pratt isJoshua Farraday
Joshua Farraday
Ethan Hawke isGoodnight Robicheaux
Goodnight Robicheaux
Lee Byung-hun isBilly Rocks
Billy Rocks
Martin Sensmeier isRed Harvest
Red Harvest
Peter Sarsgaard isBartholomew Bogue
Bartholomew Bogue
Haley Bennett isEmma Cullen
Emma Cullen
Matt Bomer isMatthew Cullen
Matthew Cullen

Synopsis

Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

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Original titleThe Magnificent Seven
IMDb Rating6.9 123,262 votes
TMDb Rating5.7 1898 votes

(347) comments

  • trublu215September 9, 2016Reply

    It had all the ingredients to be great but instead it is merely just ”OK”.

    Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is about as brazen as the cowboys
    it portrays. It is loud, visceral and action packed but lacks the
    necessary functions for it to be a truly great film. Despite Fuqua’s
    most confident directing and Denzel Washington’s excellent performance,
    the film ends up being as cluttered as the cast would suggest. When it
    all comes down to it, it is a matter of an overload of star power.
    While there have been films in the past that have had incredible casts
    and flourished, this film makes it feel as though the film is only big
    enough for one star. Chris Pratt is great as an alcoholic and
    incredibly ballsy gunslinger, Faraday, but he lacks any gusto to really
    command the screen as does most of the cast outside of Denzel
    Washington (someone who I can’t say enough good things about here). It
    ends up feeling like these roles could have been played by anyone when
    it should have felt like these actor’s owned these roles so much so
    that you can’t imagine anyone else in it. Unfortunately that isn’t the
    case here. Quite frankly, the only performances worth noting are
    Washington and Peter Sarsgaard, who gives a devilishly good performance
    as a sadistic law man. In this respect, the film is very much a
    disappointment for anyone expecting to see the next great ensemble film
    of the year. More importantly, those of you who were excited to see the
    re-teaming of the Training Day squad (Washington, Hawke and Fuqua) will
    have to wait a bit longer for that because there is barely any
    chemistry between Ethan Hawke’s Goodnight Robicheaux and Washington’s
    Chisolm. The screenplay, written by True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto and
    action aficionado, Richard Wenk is lackluster to say the least. As I
    said, the character development with the characters is either not there
    or so forced and unnatural that it takes you out of it. After the
    abysmal season 2 of True Detective and this, I think is safe to say
    that Pizzolatto is turning into the one hit wonder that everyone feared
    that he would be. However, I will still hold off on officially saying
    that about him because there are some ideas that were introduced in the
    film that were really interesting which is why it is all the more
    frustrating when they are cast aside and never touched upon again. The
    screenplay is the big problem here. It is well paced but emotionally
    hollow. It never really reaches anywhere near the heights of the
    Kurosawa masterpiece or even the 1957 remake that that film spawned. In
    this case, the script reads and sounds like a bad imitation. Despite
    this, The Magnificent Seven does boasts some pretty exceptional action
    set pieces much to Fuqua’s credit. The film is explosive but it is
    highly predictable. Those who are killed don’t really resonate with the
    viewer because quite honestly, we don’t care about any of the
    characters outside of Washington. They are mere footnotes to the larger
    picture which is a monumental disappointment. Overall, I thought that
    Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven boasted a great idea and never
    truly capitalized on it. The film felt like it really could have been
    something but we are left holding on to the idea of what could have
    been.

  • Filler RuthSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    It is not as good as ”Training Day” or ”Southpaw”….Strictly a marginal OK movie

    This movie is one of the most anticipated movies of this year and
    finally, will release in the theater. Director Antoine Fuqua has
    already made some good movies and some of his movies are very good. I
    like his direction and the way he executes the suspense of a story,
    that was good and enjoyable. His ”Training Day” is a crime drama film
    and ”Southpaw” is a sports drama movie, these two movies are really
    good and that’s why I was very curious about this release.

    This is a western movie and there are lots of action sequences
    obviously present in this movie. Antoine Fuqua frequently casts his
    common choice Dengel Washington. But in this movie Dengel Washington
    maybe not acted up to the mark. The movie is full of punching dialogues
    and overloaded with gunplay action. This is a western movie and it is
    normal to use lots of gunplay sequence but may be overloaded use of
    this is not good. There are lots of questions arise in this movie and
    lots of subplots and illogical breakdown of the story. The suspense and
    the thrill which the director executed are good but the unnecessary
    questions maybe not digestible for the audiences.

    Performance-wise Dengel Washington is OK and his performance is nothing
    to shout about. Ethan Hawke is also OK but Chris Pratt has done a
    wonderful job as ”Josh Faraday”. His dialogue delivery was good and
    only his acting makes some shines in this movie and the only enjoyable
    screen presence for this movie.

    Summer is already going but if you want to experience some hot- headed
    action-packed movie, this is for you. The advice is, don’t expect more.

  • allstarrunnerSeptember 19, 2016Reply

    One Hell of a Ride

    Finally another great western movie!

    To be sure, all the western clichés are found in this movie; and I
    don’t have a problem with that! One of the things I liked best about
    this western was the pacing, sometimes I find westerns to be a little
    too slow (for my personal taste – subjective, I know) but I felt this
    movie nailed it, even with a run time a little over 2 hours.

    The action scenes are great, very well done. The casting and acting was
    great – Denzel does a great job as the leader of this rag tag group of
    guys. Pratt, of course, nails the comedic relief role.

    The movie carried a surprising amount of ”heart” throughout it all the
    way to the end.

    Here is the bottom line: Yes, this movie is worth your hard earned
    money to go see in the theater.

  • Kees CornelisseSeptember 20, 2016Reply

    A lot of fun

    After I saw the trailer of the movie I was expecting a fun western with
    just good action and nice characters because the cast is great on
    paper, but then the question of course is if it also works for the
    movie. Well for me it worked. I just had a lot of fun with it.

    I have to say that I haven’t seen the original movies that this is a
    remake of so I didn’t have that to compare it to, therefore if I
    compare it to something, I compare it to other movies I have seen.

    Because the movie has a lot of things I have already seen in other
    movies (I won’t say what because that may be considered spoiling the
    movie). Therefore the story isn’t what makes this movie and if you’re
    looking for a great story, the movie might not be for you.

    What the movie does have first of all is a great cast that delivers.
    Denzel Washington gives the best performance of the movie by far but
    also Chris Pratt shows that Guardians wasn’t a fluke, Hawke, D’Onofrio
    and just the entire cast works very well together for this nice team of
    7 misfits that has to save the town.

    Also the action is great, it’s very true to the old westerns. There are
    some very tense stand-offs and when the shooting starts, the action is
    fantastically shot, directed and just well executed.

    And the movie has a good sense of humor, there are good comedic moments
    that give good levity to the movie.

    Because the movie actually is pretty towards an R-rated movie, it has
    some harsh and brutal things happening that might not be for kids. It’s
    one of the most mature PG-13 movies I have seen.

    All in all, the Magnificent Seven is a fun time in the theater,
    probably not as good as the original but better than most remakes these
    days (looking at you Ghostbusters) and I give it an 8.5/10

  • timothyalanwilliamsSeptember 20, 2016Reply

    Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington Team Up Again for This ”Reimagining” of a Classic

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • ctowyiSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    Not quite the rising sun for the begotten genre but still a good entertainer

    This multi-racial and ethnic cast may seem appropriate in these
    contemporary times but it is still a pale shadow compared to John
    Sturges’ 1960 remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954). Not that
    it sucked though… it just made me reminisce so fondly the motley crew
    led by Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Dammit… I can hear Elmer
    Bernstein’s iconic theme soaring in my head now.

    The story is the same – a town is under siege by a corrupt
    industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). The desperate
    townspeople employ the protection of Bob Chisolm (Denzel Washington)
    who then rounds up his crew of six – gambler magic-slicker Josh Faraday
    (Chris Pratt), a sharpshooter has-been Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan
    Hawke), and his knife extraordinaire sidekick Billy Rocks (Lee
    Byung-Hun). Rounding out the rest of the titular seven are a Mexican
    outlaw named Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Native American named Red
    Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and a mountain-man called Kingpin… Opps
    sorry, Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio). Not all of the seven will
    survive, but the town will be saved from the evil clutches.

    How I wish I could say this is one rollicking, surprise-laden,
    potboiling action thriller, but I just can’t in all honesty. I think it
    is because I grew up watching Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven
    (1960), and these movies occupy a cozy room in my heart. I find myself
    just not magnanimous enough to being fair to Antoine Fuqua’s remake. In
    all fairness, it is indeed a huge summer tentpole movie with the fun
    quotient dialled up and the action set-pieces revved up to the max. But
    IMHO the characters feel under-written and the camaraderie feels
    perfunctory. It is not that I need a backstory for everyone but a
    clever writer will make you identify with just one cool trait of each
    character and run with it. If you think back to John Sturges’ film and
    I ring out all the actors’ name, you can definitely see and feel that
    character in your head. When these characters eat lead, a lump forms in
    your throat. But I didn’t feel any lumps here. I don’t know… I think
    it is a tall order for me to displace the classic seven and align with
    everyone in this new seven. But I must say having Denzel Washington and
    Chris Pratt onboard is just awesome.

    Fuqua excels in the action set-pieces, especially in the drawn-out
    final shootout. Every tenet of the genre can be seen here and a gleeful
    smile crept up on my face as one shot will floor a bad guy and yet
    another one drops down from the roof. My heart will whimsically shout
    out a yeah when yet another faceless slimeball gets flung down from his
    horse. That said, this new seven just couldn’t touch the legacy of its
    more illustrious predecessors, let alone displace them. Even the music
    score by the late James Horner barely registered more than a blip in my
    consciousness. This, I am afraid, is hardly the Rising Sun for the
    begotten Western genre. No doubt, it is quite an entertainer though.
    Just don’t expect anything more than that and you will be fine.

  • Tom WestSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    Modern soft touch remake

    This is a remake with a nice soft touch too it. Very nicely put
    together with great cinematic scenes. Perfect music and sound with the
    entire classic western style theme needed for the old west to come at
    you. Mixed with some good modern day high paced action make this a nice
    late summer action movie.

    It was entertaining and I enjoyed it (maybe the free scotch at the gala
    event helped a bit on the mood). It wasn’t too long or too short, and
    was never bored at any point. Not to long drawn out an introduction to
    the bunch of characters. I personally enjoyed Chris Pratt & Vincent
    D’Onofrio’s characters the most and really had some good laughs from
    what these two characters brought with them.

    Though I sort had wished a bit more from Ethan Hawke and his character
    Goodnight Robicheaux. Part of him was sort of left out of the movie.

    The movie sort of missed something towards the end. For me it was at
    times too predictable a script which is why I give it 7 out of 10.
    Overall it is a good movie which is definitely worth heading towards a
    movie theater for.

  • John WayneSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    Another Bad Remake of a Classic

    I won’t trouble ya’ll with too much blather, just enough maybe for the
    required ten lines! This remake of the classic 1960 version was every
    bit as painful to watch as the remake of True Grit, and more! The whole
    story line was pitifully redone and didn’t even vaguely resemble the
    original, the dialog, I thought was cheezy and more often than not,
    unintelligible! There was no great acting on display here if you want a
    comparison between this cast of Denzel Washinton, Ethan Hawke, Vincent
    D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, and Peter Sarsgarrd, and the 1960 cast of Yul
    Brenner, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, and James Coburn.
    Hands down! the earlier 1960 version outshines this poor excuse of a
    remake! My advise, save your money and wait til it hits HBO or Cinemax!
    Semper Fi

  • Dominik SchlatterSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    Pretty good

    Antoine Fuqua is always a safe bet. So it’s no surprise that this movie
    didn’t disappoint. I give it 8 stars for a straightforward plot and
    storytelling. Fuqua does not add unnecessary complications or romance,
    but focuses on action and flow. (I am forever grateful I didn’t have to
    see Haley Bennet’s character unrealistically fall for one of the 7) The
    only flaw, if you will, is that it doesn’t have any iconic scenes that
    will stick to one’s memory foerver. It’s very good, but clearly no
    masterpiece. Even the soundtrack was nice while watching, but
    forgettable. And the showdown between the hero and the villain was
    almost a letdown. I expected it to be, erm, harsher, maybe? Or cooler?
    Anyway.

    Go watch it, you’ll be entertained.

  • scottlindquistSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Welcome Back to the Old West

    The Magnificent Seven is an excellent movie for what it is trying to be
    – an old school western.

    The modern western began, largely, with Unforgiven (1992). Prior to
    Unforgiven, there had not been a successful western at the box office
    for several years. But, with that film, Clint Eastwood, created a very
    dark, very dramatic western that was more of a character study than an
    action film. For this re-imagination of the genre, the film was
    rewarded with 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. What
    has come since then is, predictably, a number of attempts to recapture
    that style with dramatic, character driven westerns – Open Range, 3:10
    to Yuma, and the True Grit remake come to mind. This movie, on the
    other hand, is anything but a character study.

    With The Magnificent Seven remake, director Antoine Fuqua, clearly
    decides to keep with the style of the original 1960 film, which was
    itself a remake of the Kurosawa classic, The Seven Samurai. After an
    incredibly tense opening, the remaining first third of the film is a
    slow buildup (perhaps a little too slow for some viewers), as the
    director introduces the main characters. However, once the full,
    namesake team is in place, and arrives to the town they have been hired
    to defend, the film is a tense, action thrill ride for the remainder.

    For those who are fans of old style, shoot-em up westerns, or simply a
    fan of action movies with nasty villains and clever one- liners, this
    film will not disappoint. The final 20+ minutes are a tense, edge of
    your seat, non-stop shoot out.

  • floodmylifeSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    A-Team with Six-shooters

    Good movie, but certainly not great. The cast are tremendous actors,
    but IMO Vincent D’Onofrio was the star of the show…fantastic acting
    on his part. Of course, Denzel Washington was a good main character,
    however, unbelievable given that historically, the west was populated
    largely by people of Caucasion and Mexican descent. I feel that the
    casting of mostly minorities was another pathetic attempt at re-writing
    history with a broad, multi-colored and politically correct brush that
    is all too common today. This movie largely lacked character
    development and I wished there was more substance to the film. What can
    I say? Like many other movies released in the last 10 years, it had
    plenty of action and fast-moving scenes, but fell short of becoming
    something memorable. In the end, the script reminded me of the classic
    A- Team episode, except this team sports cowboy hats and six- shooters.

  • Thomas DrufkeSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Great Popcorn Western

    The Seven Samurai and the original remake The Seven Samurai were a part
    of the first wave of ‘team up’ and ensemble films. This particular
    iteration of the classic tale comes out in a time where cinema is
    flooded by team ups of all sorts, with superhero films taking over. So
    it’s certainly not as special to see a random group come together for
    one specific cause, but make no mistake, this film is loads of fun.

    Antoine Fuqua, known usually for more serious action films, seemed like
    he had a bit more fun here. Some people are saying it’s ”Fast and
    Furious on horseback”, and while I’m not sure that’s entirely a good
    comparison, The Magnificent Seven doesn’t take itself too seriously.
    And that’s definitely a good thing. Of course, there are plenty of
    moments with dire consequences like the epic final shootout, it’s very
    much a popcorn western.

    Fuqua assembled a very talented cast, but also a very diverse group of
    actors, which is definitely welcome. The original films are good for
    what they are supposed to be, but there wasn’t a strong push for
    diversity among skin color or even just personal background. The
    biggest strength of this movie is by far its diversity. Yes, there are
    quite a few different races among the 7, but they all have different
    skills and weaknesses, which makes for a much more unpredictable and
    fun ride.

    As far as the actual performances go, I pretty much got what I
    expected. Denzel Washington is a world class talent, and he puts it on
    showcase once again in what is I believe his first Western. Chris
    Pratt’s character is very similar to his turn in Jurassic World, and
    like that film, it took me a while to get on board with his particular
    take on the Steve McQueen role (even though they are named
    differently). But once the crew formed, his dynamic with them and witty
    one-liners won me over. I won’t say he has the charisma that McQueen
    had just yet, but he came close.

    The rest of the cast, including Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio,
    Byung-hun Lee, and newcomers Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier
    also give solid performances. Though I will say that D’Onofrio really
    bothered me. Just like in Daredevil, he tries to do a strange voice for
    his character and it just didn’t work for me. Haley Bennett on the
    other-hand, who plays the townswoman determined to find people to help
    her struggling farm village, was fantastic. Being pretty much the only
    prominent female character, she had a tough job. But I thought she
    found a nice balance of strength, confidence, and vulnerability.

    I will say that one of my main problems with the film is that we barely
    get to know Peter Sarsgaard’s villain. He sets the table in the opening
    sequence, and he’s obviously there at the end, but it’s few and far
    in-between. I loved the time spent with the crew, but a movie is only
    as good as its villain, and that’s where this western lacked in my
    opinion.

    The film doesn’t feel anywhere near as special as the original Seven
    Samurai, but I do prefer it to the other The Magnificent Seven from
    1960. It does a nice job of building the core dynamic between the 7 so
    that by the time the climactic battle comes around, the tension and
    emotional investment is there. And boy is that final battle a doozy. We
    don’t get many great Westerns anymore, so ones that are this
    entertaining should be seen.

    +Diverse cast

    +Group dynamic

    +GREAT final shootout

    +Horner’s last score is beautiful

    -D’Onofrio doing a weird voice again

    -Not enough villain screen time

    7.7/10

  • klomas98September 23, 2016Reply

    Nothing like the Original so don’t expect that.

    Denzel and Pratt were weak at best. Vincent D’Onofrio was the only
    actor who put skills into his portrayal. The story is predictable in
    every scene. Just another bad acting Hollywood train wreck. It really
    is pointless. If they had spent more time developing the 7 and showed
    some feeling… they could have made a 6 /10 movie. It is so
    predictable that you can guess which window people are going to get
    thrown out of before it happens. Haley Bennett was a weak, crying, and
    timid wife at the beginning… by the end of the movie she was killing
    people all over the place… not realistic. They spent $90.000.00 on
    this crap??????? I usually enjoy Denzel…. but he who wont win any
    hardware at the Oscars. The role was there, just not the acting. As the
    credits role they play the original theme song… I guess to try and
    make you happy about the crap you just witnessed. Didn’t work.

  • subxerogravitySeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Starts off a good western and ends..Magnificent!

    Denzel Washington continues his streak with director Antoine Fuqua of
    creating quiet but bad ass heroes. This time they are join by a cast of
    six (making seven).

    It was truly a profound cast of interesting personalities that included
    the talent of Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Lee
    Byung- hun, as they play an unlikely group of hombres put together to
    save a small town from the evil man trying to own it and rob it of it’s
    gold.

    Movie starts off with an amazing musical score that let’s you know
    straight off the bat how much the filmmakers respect the source
    material they are taken this from. It puts you right there in that
    classic western feel.

    Can’t remember if I’ve seen the original, but this remake is definitely
    a 2016 western, story arch. The hint on gentrification, unfair
    politics, and the mighty one percent. Concepts that are not new in any
    age, and go back to the old wild west, but hinted on in a way that we
    can all relate too far too well, in this day and age. Something I’m
    noticing in Westerns of the 10s

    Props to Peter Sarsgaard who played the villain in this picture. It was
    a nice bit of evil to him that I would have like to have seen more
    screen time on. Another shout out should go to Haley Bennett whose
    character of Emma Cullen made it seem more like a Magnificent Eight.

    And last but not least is the action sequences. One or two really good
    standoffs that that are high pulse and dramatic all at the same time.

    It’s starts off slow, but well worth it to see the Magnificent Seven
    come together and then you get a real bang for your buck. Worth every
    single penny.

  • erkucz00September 23, 2016Reply

    An Excellent Homage to the Western Genre

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • steve beard ([email protected])September 23, 2016Reply

    Maybe Not Magnificent, But Darn Good

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Phillip AlmeidaSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Enhanced the Original but kept the Soul of the film intact. Some miscasts and lacked scores.

    Honestly, I was very afraid that Hollywood would ruin the classic by
    just embellishing it with A-List actors and try to make a quick buck
    from the name.I did not for a second believe they would be able to
    portray the heart of the original into a remake, I thought they were
    going to turn it into an ”action flick” kind of like how they ruined
    Ben Hur. But I went with an open mind and I have to say, I was blown
    away.

    The best thing about this film that set it apart from the other
    westerns was the pacing. It did NOT drag on, every scene had a purpose
    and added something to the overall story line. In a lot of westerns
    you’ll have some drawn out scenes that could easily have been edited
    out of the movie, but it seems like the directors ENHANCED the original
    product instead of trying to change it. This is what a good remake
    should do, focus on the previous movie’s flaws and make it better, and
    they did it brilliantly. Extra kudos to Chris Pratt that did a
    wonderful job as comedy relief, he felt very natural in this role and I
    do believe he should be nominated for best supporting actor. I did not
    think Denzel Washington was the best character to play Chisolm, he did
    not excel in this type of role, but it does not take away from the
    film. I did expect some more remarkable scores throughout the film,
    they should have gotten Enio Morricone to do at least one of the
    scores, although they did utilize the original score in some parts
    which was very welcoming.

  • Dave McClain ([email protected])September 23, 2016Reply

    ”The Magnificent Seven” is a worthy successor to its 1960 namesake, but not quite what I’d call… well, you know.

    Few remakes have such an impressive pedigree as 2016’s ”The Magnificent
    Seven” (PG-13, 2:12). It’s a remake of the 1960 film of the same name,
    which was a remake of Japan’s ”Seven Samurai” from 1954. The Japanese
    film was an original work of legendary director Akira Kurosawa, who
    co-wrote, directed and edited it. Critics consistently rank ”Seven
    Samurai” as one of the greatest movies ever made. Just six years after
    that film, the original ”The Magnificent Seven” became a classic in its
    own right, translating the action from feudal Japan to 19th century
    Mexico. That one starred Hollywood legends like Yul Brynner, Eli
    Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James
    Coburn. The 2016 remake comes from acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua
    (”Training Day”, ”Brooklyn’s Finest”, ”Southpaw”) and stars Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio and Ethan Hawke. It also
    contains the last film score composed by James Horner (an Oscar-winner
    for ”Titanic”), who died in a 2015 plane crash.

    The 21st century version of ”The Magnificent Seven” maintains the
    western motif, but moves the action north of the border. The tiny
    California town of Rose Creek is being terrorized by mining mogul
    Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), who is just as likely to offer a
    pittance to buy out local farmers as he is to simply take their land –
    and kill anyone who so much as looks at him sideways. One of the
    townspeople by the name of Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) offers all of
    the town’s money to a bounty hunter called Sam Chisholm (Washington) to
    fight Bogue. The money gets Chisholm’s attention, but he is also moved
    by compassion for the victims of Bogue’s greed and violence – and has a
    very personal reason for agreeing to help. For this job, Chisholm
    gathers six more men: local gambler Josh Faraday (Pratt), skilled
    tracker Jack Horne (D’Onofrio), feared sharpshooter Goodnight
    Robicheaux (Hawke), lethal knife-fighter Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee),
    Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Comanche warrior Red
    Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As a group, their skills are magnif… VERY
    impressive.

    Before the inevitable showdown with Bogue himself, the Seven have a
    number of obstacles to overcome. First, these very different men have
    to learn to get along – or, at least, trust each other. Then, they have
    to get past the mistrust and fear of the locals – who are far from
    united about how to deal with their situation. There’s also the issue
    of the defense of the town requiring more than seven men (as mag…
    skilled as they might be), so these hired guns set out to train the
    townsfolk to fight – or, at least, try to. Of course, when Bogue hears
    about all this, he’s going to counter with a small army of his own,
    which is going to require resourcefulness and strategy on the part of
    the defenders of Rose Creek.

    ”The Magnificent Seven” is a worthy successor to its 1960 namesake, but
    not quite what I’d call… well, you know. The ethnically and racially
    diverse cast (with actors actually matching the backgrounds of their
    characters) brings an interesting dynamic to the story (and better
    reflects the diversity of the Old West). Fuqua’s direction and the
    screenplay adaptation by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk give us plenty
    of character development (maybe even a little too much) and the
    performances are all great – especially from the little-known Bennett.
    The characters and the plot are appropriately compelling, but some of
    the plot points strain credulity and the story still feels a bit stale.
    Fuqua tries to amp up the action with a high body count, showing us
    very little blood, but treating the dispatching of so many people (both
    bad guys and good guys), with a casualness that some Movie Fans will
    find disconcerting. This is quality cinematic entertainment, but runs
    longer and is more violent than necessary. Rather than ”magnificent”,
    I’d call it ”very good” and give it a ”B”.

  • pablospersonalSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent……first half

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  • Vinay SitalSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    The movie that defines this statement: critics won’t enjoy pure fun!

    This movie is so cool! Without spoiling anything, i will give my
    classic section-ratings:

    Acting: Denzel Washington did it again; he was likable and awesome!!
    Chris pratt fell flat for me sometimes, because he was being very star
    lord-ish, which is great in guardians of the galaxy, but not as great
    in this movie. all in all the acting was very solid! 8/10

    Story: there wasn’t much to it and thats probably why critics are not
    loving this movie, but this movie is about having fun and stuff your
    face with popcorn! it was functional enough. 6/10

    Fights/stunts/action: some of these action pieces were actually
    amazing. there is a scene where the magnificent 7 face 23 ”villains”
    and that was done soooo goddamn great and the end fight scene was
    actually worth the buildup! 9/10

    Cinematography: like I said in the fights-section; fights were shot so
    incredibly well. You have some creative shots with the sunrise etc..
    Beautiful movie to look at! 8/10

    all in all, very enjoyable movie with an okay story, but great acting
    and action. Maybe a tat too long(cut those 15 minutes of denzel staring
    in other people’s eyes), so 8/10 it is. The movie knows what is and it
    isn’t anything less or more!

  • drjgardnerSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    The OK 7

    Come on now. If you’re going to re-make ”The Magnificent 7” let’s do it
    magnificently. Where was that great music? Where is the superlative
    cast that include Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles
    Bronson, James Coburn, and Vladimir Sokoloff? You might argue that
    Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt are on a level with Brynner and
    McQueen, but I wouldn’t. Pratt certainly has potential, but he doesn’t
    yet have McQueen’s star power. The rest are pale imitations, except
    perhaps for an unbelievably fat Vincent D’Onofrio who is certainly
    entertaining.

    This is a modern re-telling. You might call it the Diversity 7. The
    producers threw in just about every minority you can think of –
    Mexican, Asian, Black, Woman. The only thing missing was a ”little”
    person .

    Personally I liked the idea of the woman, played very well by Haley
    Bennett who has been with Washington before (”The Equalizer”).

    An action film like this works only when the villain is villainous. Eli
    Wallach was terrific. Peter Sarsgaard wouldn’t scare a fly.

    Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it. It’s OK, but it’s not magnificent.

  • wildjdmcSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Don’t listen to the bad reviews

    Yeah yeah everybody’s a critic but don’t listen to the bad reviews. If
    you want excitement, humor and some real summer entertainment go see
    this movie. Denzel was fantastic, he really had the machismo to pull
    off the leadership of this gang out to avenge the town… All the
    elements were in place, the good guys versus the bad and boy were the
    good guys ”good.” Based on the packed move theater and their cheers and
    laughter it was a hit with the general public. The fight scene really
    had everyone on the edge of their seats. Bigger than life characters,
    lots of action and top notch acting. A++++ You wont be disappointed –
    yeah its not the original but hey its 2016 and its been appropriately
    modernized!

  • Aimin HeckramSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Obe of the best movies of all time!

    When I say a best movie I mean a movie that makes you laugh, cry, make
    you shiver. This movie had everything in it. Without a doubt this tops
    my favourite movies of all time. Denzel Washington I love you man ;
    you’re awesome man. Best movie of all time. Don’t MISS IT. It had
    action, it had emotion, it had laughter, I mean what else would you
    want from a movie! I have seen every single movie that denzel has been
    in it and this tops all of that. This movie is about humanity and how
    it’s forgotten for greeds and that they’re are still good men in the
    world that will do everything to bring justice. Not only I’m glad I
    watched this movie but I’m honoured to watch this movie. It won’t be my
    first and last time watching this movie.

  • alindsay-alSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    A great fun western

    There aren’t that many westerns at the moment in main stream cinema so
    I think the remake of the magnificent seven is an important film and I
    really enjoyed this film. The premise of the film sees a group of
    individuals come together to take down a corrupt businessman from
    destroying the lives of the people in a small town. Denzel Washington
    plays the leader of the group and does a great job in the film. He is
    his usual charismatic character and you are always rooting for him and
    he is awesome in the action scenes. Chris pratt brings his usual humour
    to this film and it really works especially his chemistry with
    Washington. He is also great in the action scenes bringing charm and a
    believability to his character. Ethan Hawke is really good in this
    film, you can feel the enjoyment he has in the role and he is a fun
    addition to the cast and has depth to his character. Vincent donofrio
    and byung hun lee are also great in this film and really give fun
    performances that really help this film. The story is OK, it does feel
    very by the numbers for a western as this film doesn’t really deliver
    much new to western storytelling. But what it does, it does well it
    gives a decent underdog revenge story that has some good character
    moments and story moments. The script has some decent humour that
    really helps flesh some of the characters out and make them easier to
    root for. The drama also is delivered very well between characters that
    also helps. The style of the film has some awesome western action
    scenes in it. However, I do wish there was a few more of them and the
    first 45 minutes aren’t that interesting and the film takes some time
    to get going. Overall this film is a really fun watch and definitely is
    worth watching.

  • aidighaziSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Surprisingly entertaining!

    I watched this just to fill my free time in between two parties today.

    I really had no expectation going in and was pleasantly surprised by
    this film.

    Overall, it was a good afternoon movie. It was nice to see a western
    again after such a long time. I could not remember the last time I
    watched a western. It’s been too long.

    It had nice action scenes, some decent acting from Denzel Washington
    (and gang) and an overall coherent plot.

    Negatives: no romance, no sexy female lead, the town folks seemed
    really one-dimensional (generally losers, except for the non-sexy
    female lead), no really memorable scene unlike Unforgiven (where the
    whore was raped), for example.

  • petinventSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    Worst remake of a great film since The In Laws!

    Had this been a new western, rather than a remake of an awesome remake
    of a classic, I’d give it a 3.

    I loved the original remake & thought the new trailer was great, so
    admittedly went in with high expectations, especially with Denzel
    Washington playing the legendary Yul Brenner.

    The beginning is horrible and the first hour is plain bad. The first
    action scene as seen in the trailer, is such a letdown, with no rhyme,
    reason or continuity. They throw in some corny bones of the original
    remake, including a few verbatim lines.

    Denzel was okay, but far from his best work. Vincent D’Onofrio is
    mildly amusing, very entertaining & quite likable as Jack Horne.
    Byung-hun Lee rocks as Billy Rocks and I would liked to have seen &
    heard more of/from him. Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest was awesome but
    an important fight scene with him near the end, fell short & flat. The
    best actor/character in the film is Haley Bennett as the heroine, Emma
    Cullen! Funny thing is, the very best part of the film is her narration
    at the very end. I think it was the only time I smiled during the
    boringly long film which could have been done just as poorly in 90
    minutes.

    Someone in the discussion boards talks about the painful PC diversity,
    and I would normally agree, but in this case, it actually worked and
    made a terrible film, a little more interesting. The commenter quips
    that only a little person was missing, but there actually is one and
    chose him to mock on several occasions. I guess little people aren’t
    high on the SJW’s list of victim class.

    I had to see it but would much rather have seen The Hateful Eight again
    instead and even went back and gave that movie an extra star. The
    Magnificent Seven needed the Tarantino touch and some blood. For all
    the killing, I don’t remember seeing a drop, though maybe I just
    blinked through them. Then again, They can get a pass because there
    wasn’t much blood used in old time westerns and they probably saved
    millions on spectacular special effects, or the lack thereof.

    This movie is SO bad, that I did something I never do at the movies,
    got up & went to the bathroom to be comfortable in my boredom, without
    even asking my friend what I missed, because I didn’t care. I didn’t
    really bond with the characters, except my concern for the horses,
    imagining as I always do in movies, the suffering these poor creatures
    went through during times of war & battle.

    This expensive movie will make money on the back of the original
    remake, and I’m sure they paid a fortune for the right to butcher it.
    I’d really like to know exactly what they did pay for the rights.

    I recommend you wait until it’s on cable and have 2+ hours to waste.

  • sam isaacSeptember 23, 2016Reply

    No classic, cud have been if they workd on story & made it a gritty western instead of this forgettable commercial average flick!

    I really love a good western and this had a good team behind it to be a
    classic, great director and good actors. Unfortunately it was
    disappointing. There were moments of tense and exciting action/
    confrontation around the start which were also kinda gritty but those
    were just moments unfortunately! The rest was like an episode of
    Bonanza. It needed to be gritty, Antoine Fuqua style throughout the 2
    plus hours running time, not just moments! It was definitely a
    PG-13(12A) kind of movie but even as a fun and safe western it was too
    generic to make an impact and be memorable. It needed better and more
    mature storytelling/script to be considered great or worth the price of
    a cinema ticket, it was nowhere near! Its better suited for a
    Christmas/new years movie viewing. I couldn’t watch it again cus it was
    too average and brings nothing to the table.

    It’s an easily forgettable movie. Even the action sequence’s couldn’t
    make this a Must Watch!

    A wasted opportunity for a great idea and for a great bunch of actors
    to shine and deliver some weighty performance’s.

    5.5/10

    Id recommend HELL OR HIGH WATER over this any day, it had great
    storytelling, great performances, brilliant direction and it was
    gripping, tense and had a great sense of humour throughout.

  • rioplaydrumSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    Lacks just about everything

    Yes, Denzel makes for one very cool bad-ass with his shiny Colt .45
    strapped to his hip with the butt forward, but that’s about it.

    There is almost nothing in this picture that is a surprise or
    unpredictable. Dialog between actors is awkward and stilted (and
    sometimes completely unintelligible). Very little background on any of
    the characters is presented and offers no development what-so-ever.

    Take ”Red Harvest”, the crack Indian archer outcast. We practically beg
    to know more about him, but all we get is his announcement, ”The elders
    have said I’m on a different path”, and boom, he’s in the club. Please.
    The movie is over two hours long, and that’s all we get?

    There is a few laughs and a decent stunt here and there, but all that
    could have been accomplished in a much shorter run time and on a
    fraction of the ridiculous $95 million dollar budget.

    More plot holes than you can count, and a final gun battle that is so
    technically improbable it will ruin what little suspension of
    dis-belief you had left. Example? The Gatling gun that fires hundreds
    of rounds on a single clip and magically zeros in on strategic
    targets… from a quarter mile away!

    Also present is a fair amount of politically correct ‘hate whitey’
    propaganda. When Red Harvest isn’t pegging bad guys with his bow and
    arrows he frequently complains about ‘white man’s food’, and all the
    white heroes are the only ones who get killed.

    I wasn’t amused.

    This movie is a perfect example of why I rarely venture out to see a
    first run picture for the same amount of money I could have spent on a
    half tank of gasoline.

    Maybe your kids will enjoy it, but you will not.

    For real, don’t bother

  • ArgemalucoSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven

    In this century, we have seen westerns which took advantage of the
    archetypes of the genre in order to explore deep and unexpected
    tangents, such as the philosophical melancholy of The Assassination of
    Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford or the primal horror of Bone
    Tomahawk. However, it is quite pleasant to occasionally find a western
    which doesn’t pretend to re-invent anything, but just remind us of the
    tough nobility of the anti-heroic cowboys, the visceral excitement of a
    good shootout and the exalted passions of ”the new border” in the old
    west. And it doesn’t matter if it’s inspired on a Japanese legend.
    Well, to be exact, The Magnificent Seven (2016) is a remake of the
    homonym film directed by the legendary John Sturges in 1960, which had
    already been inspired by Shichinin no Samurai, directed by the also
    legendary Akira Kurosawa in 1954. But the year or geographic location
    aren’t important: the themes of honor, loyalty and justice are still in
    force. I will even dare myself to say that the fusion of modern and
    traditional sensibilities makes The Magnificent Seven (2016) more
    entertaining and satisfactory than the original film, with changes
    which feel like authentic improvements. The vision of the old west
    presented by director Antoine Fuqua is credible, but not necessarily
    historical; on the opposite, the occasional anachronisms make the film
    more accessible and amusing… so don’t expect the realism of The
    Revenant or the TV series Deadwood. And we also have good performances
    from the whole cast, starting by Denzel Washington, who brings charisma
    and credibility as the leader of the gunmen. Ethan Hawke efficiently
    transmits the post-traumatic stress suffered by his character, while
    Lee Byung-hun, Manuel García-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier fit perfectly
    in their roles, offering points of view which are completely different
    to the ones of ”the white man”; Vincent D’Onofrio is funny as the
    ”comic relief”, while also expressing the dignity from his character;
    Chris Pratt is basically Star Lord on a horse, which is exactly what
    his character needed; and finally, Haley Bennett solidly transmits the
    emotional component of her character. I would also like to mention the
    excellent score of James Horner, which was unfortunately his last work
    before leaving us last year. And the action is pretty well shot; as I
    previously said, it isn’t very realistic (let’s remember this is a
    PG-13 movie), but its intensity compensates some logical fails during
    an epic battle which is exciting without ever losing the impact of
    heroism and individual suffering. However, I was left with a bitter
    taste during some violent scenes in which horses participate, but I
    trust they were special effects. So, The Magnificent Seven (2016) isn’t
    a post-modern film deconstructing the paradigms of the western genre,
    but a solid cowboy movie in which the bad ones are very bad, and the
    good ones are good despite their imperfections and insecurities. In
    summary, a very entertaining experience which deserves a
    recommendation, and a proof that the ”they don’t do them like they used
    to anymore” phrase doesn’t always indicate something bad.

  • PyroSikThSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    Interesting Cast that only Scratches the Surface of Character

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  • kastammherrSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent 7 is agreat example of why westerns need to come back.

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  • rgkarimSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    Welcome back to the West

    It’s been a while since we had a western movie, and even longer since
    we had a good one. This weekend hopes to break this drought, by
    releasing the remake to the 1960s classic the Magnificent Seven. Does
    the Wild West fit into to the modern day expectations, or will the
    archaic times of the past fall on blind eyes? As always, I’m here to
    report on the latest films to hit theaters and give you the scoop.

    LIKES • Great Cast • True Western Film • The action!

    One important aspect to any Western is who you cast as the gunslingers.
    In this installment, the casting director gets major props for the team
    assembled. Denzel Washington is the perfect lead, as his attitude and
    bravado are choice qualities for someone a rebellion leader. Chris
    Pratt balances his teams martyr attitudes by providing his comedic
    delivery and energy helping to relieve the tension of the movie. The
    rest of the squad play their roles perfectly and brings a unique
    quality to the team to develop a unique posse.

    While the cast is a great start, it is only one part to the Western
    formula. It requires setting, simplistic goals, open frontier, lots of
    extras in limited clothing, and a villain you most likely will hate.
    Magnificent Seven brings all these aspects in splendid detail, with a
    modern day design many want in the 21st century. This movie will pull
    you back in the days of the frontier adventure you felt in the classic
    Westerns from riding horses through the desert wastelands to the gun
    slinging battles the era was famous for, you know before the hero
    settles into the saloon for a drink. This film is representative of the
    nostalgic genre Hollywood capitalized on decades ago and is devoid of
    extraterrestrial twists (Cowboys and Aliens) or weird mechanical
    spiders (Wild Wild West) to taint the well water.

    Yet the greatest component for me was the action of this movie.
    Magnificent Seven delivers the promised Western action, with massive
    bullet slinging battles unfolding for nearly half of the movie. One
    will certainly get an adrenaline rush as the two sides let their guns
    talk in high definition special effects at break neck speeds. Our
    heroes use their wits and diverse skills to keep the battle dynamic,
    all while poor extras convulse to imaginary bullets ”hitting” their
    bodies. The ending sequence alone kep me on the edge of my seat and
    provided an emotionally sitmulating climax that we hope for in these
    movies. Yes, it is the typical, blockbuster popcorn tactics most films
    are famous for, but it works so well in this film.

    DISLIKES: • Lackluster Antagonists • Some rapid character development •
    Unbalanced characters…at times

    As I mentioned, Magnificent Seven certainly has villains representing
    the genre, but sadly they still didn’t shine in this film. The land
    baron Bogue has all the stereotypical qualities of a baron including an
    insatiable greed and ruthless mechanisms to obtain his desires, but he
    still is quite unimpressive in other departments. Yes, I get that’s the
    point of most Western villains, but usually they have a set of
    lieutenants to enforce their roles. In this film, many of the
    antagonists were not that impressive and many of their ”victories” were
    cheap, conventionally written ploys to maximize their money. In
    addition, the hyped up fights sometimes are drawn to a hasty,
    unchoreographed conclusion that left me disappointed. Oh well, at least
    the uncredited extras were capable of a good shot or two.

    Another limitation for me was the rushed backstories of most of the
    characters. Magnificent Seven’s cast has some complicated histories,
    and we get a decent look at the skeletons that dwell in their closets.
    There could have been more though to it though, not only to develop
    them more, but give some of the band more screen time. The quick
    overcoming of their personal fears or the convenient brotherhood formed
    was a little bit of a stretch for me. Fortunately they had the action
    to distract you from this limitation and keep the pace moving.

    Finally, the biggest dislike was the unbalanced use of the seven. I
    know, the top billed are destined to get the most screen time so
    directors get their money’s worth. Denzel, Pratt, and Hawke lead the
    cavalry, complete with detailed backstory, impressive set of skills,
    and a majority of the lines. Our other cavalcade have their moments as
    well, including meme worthy one liners, impressive moves, and unique
    costumes to seal their place. Yet there were times where they were
    severely underutilized, reduced to quite mumblings or a fleeting dive
    into the the building. This is mainly true for the Warrior (Martin
    Sensmeier) and the Outlaw (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) who although have some
    fitting moments, are off camera for much of the film and almost thought
    to be dropped out of the film at random times.

    The VERDICT:

    If you want a Western, Magnificent Seven is certainly your best shot.
    This production will immerse you into the world of cowboys and well
    more cowboys, with engaging characters for you to grip to. However, the
    action is the selling point of this movie and provides the exciting
    edge that has been lacking for much of this month. Yes, I would have
    liked a little more character balance and better villains, but overall
    I really enjoyed this movie. I certainly recommend this movie for a
    theater visit to a wide variety of audience members, but be warned this
    is a darker version of the tale you love. And darkness leads to
    violence that may be a bit too much for some younger audiences.

    My scores: Action/Western: 9.0 Movie Overall: 8.0

  • stickman007September 24, 2016Reply

    Where is John Woo when you need him?

    Saw this last night and did not have to spend money on a ticket. If you
    want to see this movie I strongly suggest you try the same. Please help
    strike a blow against the gratuitous spending coming out of Hollywood.

    I’ll avoid all the talk about this flick being a sequel to this or that
    or what genre it actually tries to represent because, to me anyway,
    this movie is all about spending 100 million dollars to cram every
    cliché you ever saw into an action/drama/comedy/morality play/western
    film, & then name it after another(kinda boring but considered
    classic)western film and advertise it mercilessly until it becomes the
    next ”must see” event.

    First off, the script is pretty much ALL wisecracks with special
    attention to diversity, (nothing TOO racist tho). Chris Pratt excels at
    this btw. Denzel himself is either bored or trying to channel Tony
    Anthony. We also get the slob, the noble warrior, the ninja, etc etc.
    You know the drill by now. The townsfolk are the familiar lickspittles,
    except for the aggrieved heroine, natch. The villain is laughably
    awful. Fugua had a chance here with Sarsgaard as Bogue, but turns him
    into a screaming slobbering joke. I’m surprised he didn’t ride into
    town in a BMW with a Rolex on his wrist & yakking on his cell. He’s
    certainly got enough product in his hair to audition for a runway
    model. Is this what Fugua thinks epitomizes the evil 1 per cent? I had
    to wince every time Bogue appeared on screen and couldn’t help thinking
    of Gabriele Ferzetti and his wonderful performance in ONCE UPON A TIME
    IN THE WEST as Morton,the conflicted railroad baron. This M7 is so
    corny.

    The shootouts are well filmed tho, (hey, 100 million $$$) but after the
    first 20 or 30 killings Fugua musta got bored and decides to throw in
    gatling guns and dynamite. No tanks this time apparently. Then a few
    more hundred stuntmen die while Fugua ponders his next effort,
    EXPENDABLES 4.

    Bottom line… 3 stars for set design, correct period bangers and non
    wire fu stunts. So then. If you are a movie fan who can’t wait for
    TRANSFORMERS #12 where I think they destroy every city on earth & then
    crack the world in half you will probably like THE MAGNIFICENT 7.
    Enjoy.

  • wang wangSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    Very Underwhelming. Too PC for its own good.

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  • zardoz-13September 24, 2016Reply

    A Blistering, Bullet-Riddled, But Bloodless Remake

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  • wulfthar ([email protected])September 24, 2016Reply

    Remarkably unremarkable remake made like a old John Wayne western

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  • classicsoncallSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    ”We go to fight wicked men. Probably we all die”.

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  • kassbb1969September 24, 2016Reply

    what was wrong with Haley in there?!!

    Emma is dressing up like a prostitute in the whole entire movie.. What
    is wrong with you guys?… She lived in late 1800’s as a widow, and she
    was not a sex worker in a bar. Apparently you did not believe male
    actors’ talents and decided to sexually objectify the lead female
    actress to have people watch the movie. You guys are desperate. 🙂 The
    scenario, plot, scenes, characters, Denzel and others, etc were
    excellent but Haley was a horrible distraction and did not fit with the
    spirit of the movie at all. She was supposed to be wearing mourning
    outfits and accessories you sillies.. 🙂 Your problem is you think
    people are so stupid and lustful, would not recognize that gaffe. Bring
    your head back together. Other than that fantastic movie.

  • IanSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    A modern wild-west done right

    Magnificent Seven did a wonderful job of being an old wild west film
    with all of the benefits of modern cinematography and an all-star cast.
    With Chris Pratt’s humor, Ethan Hawkes deep moral roots, and Denzel
    Washington’s badassery in addition to exceptional performances by the
    supporting cast, Magnificent Seven provides enough cast depth to
    interest any movie-goer. As the surroundings of the film are truly
    breathtaking, Magnificent Seven appeals to the viewer visually as well.
    While I believe that many action movies aren’t worth seeing in
    theaters, seeing Magnificent Seven in theaters was the best decision
    I’ve made this month.

  • aj1218September 24, 2016Reply

    A 6 if you didn’t see the original a 4 if you did

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  • seshtSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    The Devil’s breath

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  • swillikySeptember 24, 2016Reply

    Entertaining, but a shallow rehash

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  • pal05052003September 24, 2016Reply

    A bounty hunter recruits 6 of the deadliest men in the West to protect innocent villagers and settle a personal vendetta.

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  • ColonelFaulknerSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    It’s all about smiles and cries

    I love westerns and hey, hey, I’m a fan of Aontoine Fuqua, I like
    Denzel Washington and I don’t mind Ethan Hawke one bit; I’m also a fan
    of the original, which I’ve seen a bunch of times, but I didn’t mind
    this being remade one bit.

    From my intro, I was looking forward to this and went in with high
    hopes, certainly the trailer looked mighty impressive. I gotta say, I
    enjoyed it, though it didn’t quite reach the heights I was hoping for.

    In an age where big screen, big budget westerns are a rarity, I’m not
    gonna complain. Some of this really impressed me and some of it didn’t,
    but I do have to say that films from fifty years ago + have a tendency
    to have a good story, cast and performances, but the action and effects
    just don’t or can’t reach or have the intensity or grittiness that you
    can get today; and in that regard this was much more impressive.

    It’s a pretty unambiguous film, the bad guys in black hats, the
    villain, an out and out sinister type with no redeeming qualities at
    all. The seven cast and characters stood out, but we don’t learn or
    know or need to know to much about them, the bad guy is just too bad
    and has to go.

    Some of the big shootout was a little cluttered and not done so well;
    and just when I was thinking wouldn’t it be cool to have the original
    theme in the closing credits..I wasn’t disappointed.

    Some nice touches by Mr Fuqua. This wasn’t a great film..but it is a
    cool film. Definitely worth checking out for entertainment value.
    Probably the most fun I’ve had at the cinema for a while.

  • jimbo-53-186511September 24, 2016Reply

    It was always going to be a tall order to live up to the original, but this is still an admirable attempt

    Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) is a ruthless land owner who is
    intent on forcing the townspeople out of their homes. After her husband
    is killed by Bogue, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) decides to take action
    against Bogue and approaches bounty hunter Chisholm (Denzel
    Washington). Together, Chisholm and Cullen assemble a crack team of
    mercenaries in order to help the townspeople take back control of their
    homes.

    Fuqua has clearly had fun with this project and despite it now being
    2016, he does seemed to have attempted to give the film a slightly
    old-fashioned feel; the steely-eyed stares,the camera constantly
    cutting from belt-buckles to gun holsters to faces does sometimes make
    it feel as though you’re watching a western from the 60’s. This is
    intended as a compliment and to me it felt as though Fuqua was trying
    to pay a bit of homage to the genre rather than making the picture fell
    gimmicky.

    Although this is a remake of the 1960 film Fuqua has changed many of
    the elements from the first film; the characters names are different
    and the story is also slightly different (in the former film the
    villagers were terrorised by Mexican bandits whereas in the remake they
    are terrorised by a ruthless landowner). The different slant on this
    remake doesn’t take away any enjoyment from the picture; there is still
    some camaraderie between the main players and Fuqua still employs a
    generally light-hearted approach to the material. I liked the way that
    Fuqua remembered to include scenes showing the civilians being trained
    to defend the village (these scenes provided us with many of the film’s
    funniest moments). The film also has plenty of action and is relatively
    well-paced considering its rather generous running time.

    I did have a few problems with this film; firstly I felt that the
    antagonist could have been developed a bit more and arguably the same
    could be said for our Magnificent Seven. Interestingly, an attempt is
    made to develop Hawke’s character in this film, but it seems to be have
    been done in a half-assed way which ultimately meant that I could never
    really get to grips with his character. I personally feel that if
    you’re going to develop a character then do it properly or not at
    all!!!

    All in all, this stands as a worthy remake that has enough action and
    entertainment value for it to be worthy of your time, but for me it
    falls slightly short in comparison to its 2 predecessors.

  • James De BelloSeptember 24, 2016Reply

    5/10

    When Bartholomew Bouge (Peter Sarsgaard) threatens to through out all
    the inhabitants from a small town in the old west because of its rich
    land, the recently widowed Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) sets out to
    enlist men to help them protect the village, that is when Sam Chislom
    (Denzel Washington) puts together a group of seven renegade gun men to
    help the villagers defend their land.

    Having never seen ”The Magnificent Seven” from 1960 I cannot comment on
    anything regarding the update this version does and how it lives up to
    that, yet nor I care to do so or to compare it to its old originator
    ”The Seven Samurai”. On its own 2016’s ”The Magnificent Seven” stands
    as a well-packaged action film with sadly zero depth to spare.

    Nothing can be taken away from the very solid production that is put
    into place. The sets are as beautiful as we could expect from a
    western. The cast put into place is impressive and puts a show that is
    worthy of their talent. Of course Washington shows again how his is a
    kind of charisma that will be found in one out of a million actors
    almost literally, he doesn’t need to to anything, we as viewers are
    simply carried away with him and he has always a way of showing that
    something deeper is going on in his character.

    The photography as everything is technically impeccable, the sweeping
    shots are beautiful, it makes the most out of its setting and gives us
    some great sunset and night sequences and images and even better
    battles with impressive practical special effects. There also are many,
    and I mean, many tributes to past classics: there is almost an overuse
    of the Sergio Leone stare off.

    All of the above is pretty much world class production, but that is all
    on the surface level. Once one starts uncovering what is going on below
    he would unfortunately not find much. The characters are almost all
    empty shells. After ”Jurassic World” and then this I feel a little
    sorry for Chris Pratt, he isn’t given material to shine and instead is
    being typecast and used in these clichéd, empty roles that have no
    consistency in it of themselves. He is relegated to one liners and cool
    stares and lives with a character that hasn’t anything else going on.

    Unfortunately, almost none of the other cast members are given much
    more. Washington and Bennett are the only ones that slightly manage to
    stick out. The film is completely void of any emotion and filled
    relentlessly with genre clichés, some of which aren’t even treated well
    and fail even in their most elementary job. There is no depth sensed
    anywhere and it makes for a very heavy viewing experience that clocking
    in at 2 hours and twelve minutes proved to overstay a little too much
    its welcome.

    The editing is also very jarring and doesn’t give any clarity to any of
    the complex sequences the film has. It is all over the place from the
    opening scene which is incredibly disorientating right to the final
    battle sequence, which has no sense of geography, goes on for half an
    hour and ends up being a montage of people shooting and people falling
    from horses for the majority of its duration.

    Fuqua is a director I deeply respect for his proficient and always
    technically impeccable work, but here that is all I was given which
    made for a tiring and almost annoying experience.

  • tonybear_dotcomSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Exactly what I expected

    My expectations: action, smart dialogue, interesting characters. That’s
    exactly what I got! The Magnificent Seven was a great popcorn churner
    of a movie! And, a box office winner! The Magnificent Seven made an
    estimated $35 million in its opening weekend, coming in at number one.

    Three things made the first generation of The Magnificent Seven a
    classic: the casting, the genre, and the way the story was told. Now,
    the production values of the original seem trite. And, it was sequel-ed
    to death. The 1998-2000 TV version was forgettable. The 2016 movie
    production could have gone a little more ‘big-ticket’ on the casting,
    but it stays true to the genre. The story is different- enough so it’s
    not shackled to the original. The Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua
    version is perfect for today’s movie goer. Action-packed. Fast- moving
    story lines. Clever dialogue. Just enough character development to give
    the basis for the tension between the individuals. This helps us
    appreciate how they grew to respect each other.

    If you are bound by the traditional, White-centric history of the Wild
    West fed to us forever, the casting might seem too ”politically
    correct.” In reality, the west was much more diverse than we’ve been
    led to believe. This movie has many refreshing, plausible nods to that
    variety. There are just enough Hollywood stereotypes in The Magnificent
    Seven to make the setting familiar to fans of westerns, without making
    the movie dependent upon stereotypes. I appreciated how the dialogue
    avoided getting bogged-down in racial slurs, and how the action stopped
    short of being gruesome.

    The connection between Denzel’s and Ethan Hawke’s characters could have
    been explored a lot more. How did a former Confederate soldier and a
    former slave become such close friends? What was at the root of the
    soldier’s state of mind? Maybe that will come later, in the director’s
    cut.

    The acting in The Magnificent Seven may be passed-over for the
    mainstream awards. However, an Image Award for Denzel is a lock! If you
    just sit back and enjoy a great shoot-em-up, at the end of the movie
    you will be satisfied! This is one worth watching again, and even
    owning — especially if you have a Denzel collection like mine!

  • brankovranjkovicSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Magnificent 7 – Ride again

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  • Jackson Booth-MillardSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven

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  • tyleramato-28680September 25, 2016Reply

    If Marvel made a western, this would be it.

    Hollywood is back at it yet again with yet another remake of yet
    another classic film, this time it’s the ”Magnificent Seven”, a remake
    of a remake of Akira Kirosawa’s ”Seven Samurai”, but luckily this
    remake has a good director behind it in Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua,
    and a very stellar cast including the likes of Denzel Washington, Chris
    Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Peter Sarsgaard. The
    chemistry on display here between the Magnificent Seven is kinetic, and
    Fuqua does a damn good job at staging action and building up tension,
    it’s definitely in my mind his best film since the Aforementioned
    ”Training Day”.

  • CarycomicSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    One of the better exceptions to the usual Hollywood rule about remakes sucking like a chest wound.

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  • MeteorahSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    The Remake of a remake

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  • David Ferguson ([email protected])September 25, 2016Reply

    sounds good

    Greetings again from the darkness. In this era of endless remakes,
    sequels and superheroes, I strive to keep an open mind when it comes to
    mainstream movies. All I ask is that the classics be left alone. Most
    will agree that there is no need for a new version of The Godfather,
    Citizen Kane or Gone with the Wind; however, disputes arise in the gray
    areas. An old guy like me may cringe at the thought of updating this
    western, though it’s easy enough to understand how Hollywood studio
    types view it as an opportunity to sell tickets to a younger audience.
    In art vs. commerce, making money usually prevails.

    The 1960 original, directed by John Sturges was itself a
    remake/reimagining of one of the greatest films ever made: Akira
    Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954). Both are must-see’s for any movie
    lover. Given the technical advancements in filmmaking over the past
    50-60 years, it only makes sense that director Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw,
    Training Day) would go bigger, faster, louder. What he can’t do is
    match the cool factor of Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, James Coburn,
    Charles Bronson, or of course, Toshiro Mifune.

    Mr. Fuqua does bring a more racially diverse cast with Denzel
    Washington taking the lead as Chisolm, the dignified
    man-on-a-couple-of-missions. Chris Pratt basically buckles a holster
    onto his Jurassic World character and becomes Faraday, the
    wise-cracking sharp-shooter, who is as likely to cheat in a card game
    as lay his life on the line for a good cause. The ”seven” are rounded
    out with Ethan Hawke as war hero Goodnight Robicheaux, Vincent
    D’Onofrio as bear-sized man Jack Horne, Byung-hun Lee as knife
    specialist Billy Rocks, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez, and Martin
    Sensmeier as native-American outcast Red Harvest. You might think the
    only thing missing from this culturally diverse group is a woman, but
    Haley Bennett (and her distractingly terrible hair dye) plays a key
    role as a recently widowed town person intent on revenge against the
    heartless robber-baron Bogue, played by a sneering Peter Sarsgaard.

    Co-writers Nic Pizzolatto (”True Detective”) and Richard Wenk (The
    Expendables 2) devote so much screen time to Denzel and Pratt that we
    never much get a feel for what makes the other characters tick. What’s
    not missing is the thundering hooves of galloping horses, steely-eyed
    glares, and gunfire … lots and lots of gunfire. This is where today’s
    sound technology really adds a welcome element – the cocking of a
    rifle, the leather of the holster, and of course, the near-deafening
    chorus from the Gatling gun all benefit from Sony 4k sound.

    Fuqua’s stylistic approach may have more in common with Silverado
    (1985) than the 1960 Sturges film, but it’s important to note that this
    was legendary composer James Horner’s final score before he passed
    away. While we hear Horner’s unique take, we can’t miss the influence
    of the iconic original score by Elmer Bernstein. So while Pratt’s ”So
    far, so good” joke may be a Steve McQueen re-tread, your appreciation
    of this latest probably correlates to your appreciation of the 1960
    version.

  • LHethSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s still en enjoyable, occasionally nostalgic romp

    Expectations weren’t especially high for this remake of a beloved
    western remake of a beloved samurai epic, largely because of the
    perceived lack of originality. However, to deny ‘The Magnificent
    Seven’s banal use of western tropes would be ridiculous. There’s the
    put upon townspeople at the mercy of corrupt officials and barons,
    unbelievable sharp-shooting and rough, hard drinking cowboys that have
    been put to film countless times before; it’s John Ford’s vision of
    heaven.

    Fortunately, Antoine Fuqua updates the formula ever so slightly to
    accommodate a more diverse cast. Doubters will put it down to political
    correctness and Fuqua’s desire to work with frequent collaborator
    Denzel Washington, but at no point does it feel like there’s a forced
    agenda. Diversity is something that the western genre has often been
    lacking, so the cast of seven feels refreshingly modern. After all,
    ethnic outcasts in the West make for understandable candidates for
    taking on a job no-one else would.

    Vincent D’Onofrio is the standout as soft voiced mountain man Jack
    Horne (not to discredit the always charming Chris Prat, intense Ethan
    Hawke et al). If only all of the team’s members felt three-
    dimensional; Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier
    are relegated to one-note characters at risk of being defined only by
    their nationality. Still, the chemistry between the crew is palpable,
    and injects every interaction with a sense of fun. Up against them is
    Peter Sarsgaad as Bartholomew Bogue: a gold-driven antagonist intent on
    forcing the townspeople out of their homes for his own profit. Sarsgaad
    does a competent job of turning a pantomime villain into a mildly
    sinister presence, even if he does venture into ham-acting every so
    often. It certainly isn’t the first Fuqua film to feature a sprinkling
    of over-the-top, bombastic outbursts from otherwise exceptional actors
    (‘Training Day’ springs to mind).

    Much like 2014’s ‘The Equalizer’, the action sequences are moderately
    entertaining, if a little excessive. Dynamite detonations and Gatling
    guns set it apart from most westerns in a manner which is both jarring
    and delightfully thrilling simultaneously. The climatic battle never
    drags on, and manages to squeeze some surprisingly effective emotional
    drama out of a predictable turn of events.

    It was never going to match up to Kurosawa or Sturges, but did anyone
    ever think it would? ‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a boisterous film
    boasting a likable cast that is above Fuqua’s usual average.

  • Christopher SmithSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Not a classic, but an entertaining, enjoyable western!

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  • jadepietroSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Slow-Down at the O.K. Corral

    (RATING: ☆☆½ out of 5 )

    THIS FILM IS MILDLY RECOMMENDED.

    IN BRIEF: Except for its climactic showdown, this movie is a slow-down.

    GRADE: C

    SYNOPSIS: A wild bunch tries to save a town from an evil land baron.

    JIM’S REVIEW: Magnificent it’s not. Good, well, it has its moments.
    Like most remakes, the film becomes a weaker imitation of the original
    source with each subsequent offering. Mr. Fuqua’s western, The
    Magnificent Seven (2016), pales in comparison with Akira Kurosawa’s
    Japanese classic, The Seven Samurai, which begat John Sturges’ popular
    1960 western version, which brought forth this latest offering. Perhaps
    it suffers from too much in-breeding. Yes, this newest re-boot kept its
    title, but that’s about all that remains in this violent, politically
    (in)correct mix of shoot-en-up mayhem.

    In this most recent version, ethnic diversity is the key in its
    casting, even if the names have been changed to protect the guilty. Our
    septet of killers now comes in all colors and shapes. The
    racially-profiled crew includes: Chisolm (Denzel Washington), an
    African-American bounty hunter, Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) the coolest
    Caucasian dude and gambling’ man, Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), a
    legendary ex-Confederate sharpshooter, Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio),
    a grizzly bear of a fur trader, Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), a Ninja
    assassin, Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Mexican bandit, and Red
    Harvest (Martin Senmeier), a Native American warrior…all assembled
    from our enjoyment.

    This film has the same basic set-up and well-worn story-line as its
    predecessors. (Let’s not even include The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch,
    or even The Hateful Eight, other films that are directly inspired and
    closely resemble its plot.) The leisurely-paced screenplay by Richard
    Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto follows the now predictable formula, bordering
    on this side of the cliché. The townsfolk, led by a feminist Emma
    Cullen (a winning Haley Bennett, looking very Jennifer Lawrence), want
    revenge and hire a group of low-life gunslingers to protect their town
    from an evil entrepreneur, Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and his
    gang. In this retelling, there are no Mexican bandits pillaging the
    town. Instead, substitute a dirty stinkin’ corrupt capitalist bully who
    will stop at nothing to get what he wants. (The hidden agenda is not so
    obscure from the current political scenario found in today’s headlines.
    Anyway, to sum it all up…they’re with her,) Conflict ensues.

    As I stated before, the film is far from magnificent, every so often
    reaching a competent level of good rousing entertainment before it
    hankers down to its non-stop shootout ending. The cast do yeoman-like
    work in this ill-written roles. Particularly strong are Mr. Washington,
    Mr. Hawke, and Mr. Pratt. Particularly smarmy is the meaner than a
    junkyard dog, Mr. Sarsgaard. Particularly hammy is Mr. D’Onofrio, who
    is not the least bit credible or appealing. His sizable girth is ample
    proof of his penchant for scenery-chewing.

    And speaking of scenery, unappealing is the level of realism in the
    film’s set design. The town of Rose Creek is unconvincingly off.
    Everything looks too clean and pristine for the Old West. Every
    character is so well groomed and scrubbed. Everone, and I mean
    everyone, has the best dang hygiene and dental work imaginable. Their
    teeth shine as brightly as the highly polished pearl handles on their
    pistols. It’s like Dress-up at the O.K. Corral.

    Perhaps it is unfair to compare directors, but…this re-imagining
    lacks imagination. Mr. Fuqua does have talent and he stages the
    climactic fight with a degree of skill, creating some tense moments.
    But he has yet to achieve the directorial finesse of Sam Peckinpah or
    Quentin Tarrantino, true masters in this genre. (Their film work are
    masterclasses in well-staged action and stylish technique, even if they
    went the route of glorified violence and blood spatter as shock value.)
    Mr. Fuqua wisely reins in the gore factor, but his film needs better
    narrative structure, clearly-written characters, and a deeper political
    message.

    The Magnificent Seven (2016) is second tier entertainment, well-made
    but without much depth. It shoots from the hip too often and never take
    aim as it continually misses its target.

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  • MovieHoliksSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Not To Be Viewed As A Remake…

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  • mikenontonmuluSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    2016 Remake of 1960 Remake of 1954 Original!

    This movie was good in term of action. There was the classic gunfight
    between fewer people against larger army, the one on one duel, and also
    the use of explosives. As it also involved Indians, there were also the
    use of arrows in these fights plus the cool knives throwing. As for the
    supposed dramatic moments, there were some of them here and there and
    some minor humor as well. However, there was not a lot of touching
    moments in this movie. No hard thought twist either, although the story
    did give a little surprise in the end.

    The first 1 hour during the introduction of the Magnificent Seven, I
    felt the pace was a little bit slow. In fact, I personally think it
    should have been a little bit faster. This resulted to the gun fights
    scenes were limited to only once in the middle and another in the big
    finale. Luckily, the big showdown in the last 40 minutes were totally
    cool. I loved how that finale was made, as it was great and satisfying.
    The characters of the 7 persons were actually good. I think this was
    due to the fact that most of them were portrayed by quite senior & well
    known actors. The director Antoine Fuqua was also quite famous in
    directing some good movies such as Oscar winning movie Training Day,
    the cool action movie The Equalizer and many others.

    The special effects were quite decent, while the sound effect was
    pretty good. But to me, the time spent on introduction was too long and
    the time spent with the town people too little. It did not create the
    feeling why the seven of them would be so attached and willing to
    sacrifice for the lives of those people. I did not have the chance to
    watch the original 1960 version as well as the 1954 version of Seven
    Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, but if I read the story line, those put the
    emphasis on the relationship of the seven good guys with the people
    they would help. I think that was the reason why that one made a great
    classic, but I do no think this one would be.

    Anyway, if you are a fan of western cowboy genre, then you can
    definitely watch this one. There was not a lot of such movies nowadays
    so the options are pretty limited. If you are not a fan of such genre,
    you can still enjoy this one as the story was quite universal of good
    guys helping the oppressed smaller people against a large army of bad
    guys. The only difference is the background is during the Wild West
    period. The famous stars playing in this movie could also be a good
    attraction for people to see, as I believe Denzel Washington, Chris
    Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung Hun all have their own fanbase.

    For my complete review, please have a look in
    michaelnontonmulu.blogspot.co.id

  • bkrauser-81-311064September 25, 2016Reply

    Brassy and Entertaining Enough

    Magnificent Seven (1960) is on the cusp of being a no-no as far as
    lightning-in-a-bottle, generational classics are concerned. While not
    as well beloved as The Searchers (1956) or The Dollars Trilogy
    (1964-1966), the original Seven’s star-studded and agreeable do-it- up
    glitz was enough to be remembered fondly without people screaming
    bloody murder like some other remakes made in the recent past. Plus,
    when it comes down to it, the same basic story has been remade already;
    the best version of which is a tossup between Seven Samurai (1954) and
    A Bug’s Life (1998) depending on how willing you are to tolerate my
    ”nineties kid” biases.

    Not all is well in the dusty town of Rose Creek. A villainous robber
    baron by the name of Bart Bogue (Sarsgaard) has taken over and
    strong-arms the townsfolk to give up their land, or else. Emma Cullen
    (Bennett), our young self-adjudicated angel of vengeance puts it upon
    herself to hire a few gunslingers to scare off Bogue’s men and restore
    the town to its rightful owners (no not the Comanche, don’t be silly).
    Seven men answer the call, led by Chisolm (Washington) a bounty hunter
    with a soft spot for maidens in distress.

    Just like the original, this shoot’em up western is perched atop the
    broad shoulders of its all-star cast who all pull their weight and
    differentiate themselves among the others. Ethan Hawke’s sharpshooter
    is given a taut but emotionally satisfying arc while Denzel Washington
    pulls off the same shtick he’s known for i.e. being in charge and
    having the skills to back it up. Manuel Garia- Rulfo and Vincent
    D’Onofrio are naturally suited for this kind of over-the-top
    rabble-rousing though they remain sorely underwritten. As diversity
    picks, Byung-hun Lee and Martin Sensmeier make a big splash playing a
    nebulously East Asian Jet Li impersonator and a stoic Comanche added to
    the team, just because.

    Finally there’s Chris Pratt’s Josh Faraday whose hard-drinking gambler
    proves problematic. Not because of Pratt himself, the man has enough
    charisma to start a cult and enough goodwill behind him to be in a Uwe
    Boll film and not tarnish his star. No, it’s because director Antoine
    Fuqua and writers Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto feel the need to
    balance, counter and otherwise parity Farday’s likable and unlikable
    traits like they were filling out a spreadsheet. It’s as if they didn’t
    want to alienate Starlord fans so they took no risks with the
    character, turning him into a bizzaro analogue of Brad Dexter’s Lucky
    from the original. Yet the original story arc was one of redemption; a
    bad man made selfless not a selfless man hiding virtue under smirks,
    wisecracks and flasks of whiskey.

    Yet given the near century of golden-age wild west exposure in film,
    it’s easy to see someone like Faraday existing among the rogue gallery
    of devils with hearts of gold. And with a little background on the era,
    it’s even easy to see a team of strays being cobbled together to
    resemble something of a rainbow coalition. Yet it’s hard to let the
    film slide on padding over the obvious tension of having, say, a
    Comanche on a team that includes a man who once made a living scalping
    Native Americans or having a Mexican bandit join because a warrant
    officer cuts a poorly detailed deal with him. Lest we even bring up the
    elephant in the room concerning Denzel?

    Again, I’m not saying it’s impossible for there to be a team of
    protectors consisting of a Confederate sharpshooter, a Comanche
    warrior, an Asian assassin, a Mexican bandit, a burly mountain man, a
    gambler and a black leader. I’m just saying it’s impossible for no one
    to say anything about it. The fact that this is the case feels less
    like contemporary messaging or outright revisionism and more a movie
    straining to keep a PG-13 rating. The irony of course is this movie has
    enough cold-blooded murder to fill a small town graveyard but God
    forbid our characters sound like real cowboys.

    The Magnificent Seven is a massively entertaining, easily digestible
    modern western that does everything it can to make its stars look good
    to the detriment of making the characters larger than life. It has no
    compunctions as to what it is and even while being a stickler for
    period accuracy, I can admire its brassiness.

  • TarxSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    A Western remake with lots to like

    The Magnificent Seven is directed by Antoine Fugua and stars Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawk and many others. It is a movie that
    I had a lot of anticipation for going in, and I am happy to say that I
    was not disappointed. When making a remake, many directors struggle to
    find the right line between staying true to the original, while still
    trying to be it’s own thing. This is something director Antoine Fugua
    excels at – his movie is neither too similar to the original nor too
    different. Fugua honours the 1960 original movie by adapting the same
    basic storyline, but along the way he adds some refreshingly new
    aspects to the story, which distinguish it from the original, and make
    it memorable in its own right. He changes the characterisation of many
    of the characters (in particular Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, who I
    guarantee is like nothing you have ever seen before), edits the plot
    slightly (this time the Seven are hired by a woman seeking revenge for
    the death of her husband), and also mixes up the ethnicities of the
    characters (the original was simply seven Americans saving feeble
    Mexicans from other Americans, whereas this time we have a much more
    diverse Seven, along with the feeble Mexican aspect being scrapped).
    Yet at the same time this movie greatly feels like the original,
    whether that is because it is setup in the same period, with the same
    story, or perhaps it is because of the little aspects and references,
    like how they play the original soundtrack during the credits. But
    whatever it is, it works.

    In terms of characters and pace, this movie works very well. The issue
    I had with the original was that I found the pace to be too slow. This
    movie fixes that problem well. The pace is somewhat quicker while still
    not being too quick, and the movie never really gets boring. Even
    though the bulk of the action is focused in the final act, there is
    still enough to entertain the viewer throughout the movie. The run time
    is 2 hours and 12 minutes, which the movie makes use of very well.
    There is good character development that goes on throughout, from the
    very start right to the very end, although it has to be said that it
    would have been nice to know more of the back stories of some of the
    characters (in particular Ethan Hawke’s, whose back story is hinted at
    but the movie simply leaves it there), as by the end we’ve only gotten
    a clear idea of the past of Denzel Washington’s character. Still, the
    characters are likable and each different in their own way. The cast is
    not just diverse by its ethnicity, but also by the tone and
    characterisation of each character. The standouts in my eyes were Chris
    Pratt (who is playing the exact type of Chriss Pratt-y character you
    would expect him to play) and Ethan Hawke, who gave what was probably
    the best performance of the whole bunch, and at the same time offered
    an intriguing character that stuck out in a good way.

    However the best part of the movie is the final act. The action is
    brilliant (if pretty violent for a 12+/PG-13 movie), and there are also
    some surprisingly poignant and effective scenes in the last act that
    fit very well into the story. The villain, even if he does not appear
    much, is also quite memorable – he fits the story well and is an ample
    villain to be pitched against the Seven. His final scene is especially
    memorable, and is the cherry-on-top to a great ending, for a great
    movie.

  • carlcassoSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Don’t Mind The Haters

    There is a lot of negativity being thrown at this movie. It’s being
    compared to the original and being called Too Politically Correct.
    Firstly it’s a 12’s so WTF ?

    If the original was released today, the same people would be moaning
    about it.

    This was a great family western. I took my son to see it and we both
    really enjoyed it.

    Hayley Bennett really stood out for me. She really played this one
    well.

    Denzel did a great job as Chisolm and Chris Pratt brought his usual
    comic timing to the party. There is nothing wrong with this movie. It
    ticks all the box’s and is great family entertainment.

    You won’t be disappointed.

  • noirsilkSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Brotherhood as it should be

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  • aharmasSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Action Galore

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  • Thomas ([email protected])September 25, 2016Reply

    Not a magnificent film, but a fairly decent one

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  • ([email protected])September 26, 2016Reply

    The Shameful Seven

    You have got to be kidding me. A new low is upon us in not only movie
    making but for the western genre. I strongly recommend that Mr. Fuqua,
    the director take this film off his resume. It takes away from all his
    good work. Denzel? What in the world were you thinking as well as Ethan
    Hawke and all the rest of the cast. First of all, just go see the
    original and anyone who does will immediately come to their senses with
    little of no effort and understand without explanation how good a
    Western can be. You will probably watch it twice as I have seen it
    maybe 30 times. That is where the word ”magnificent” belongs and not in
    this remake in any way. Mass random shootings & killings with might
    makes right is not suspense or good story-telling. This movie came
    across as hollow and plastic for script, acting and plot. This is movie
    is like a video game of some sort where you get to pick a character and
    then kill as many people as you can. Mindless in presentation, severe
    lack of character development, egotistical parading of look at me I am
    in a Western and riding a horse and shooting guns is more of a display
    of embarrassment that I had for all the people in this movie. Here’s an
    interesting thought. Why didn’t all these folks just get together and
    make a movie any movie? Calling this a remake? I am surprised that
    critics are not all over this and telling the truth about how bad it
    is. Methinks the fix is in. All I can say is that if anyone likes this
    type of Western portrayed here, in this way and style, The Western as
    we know it is doomed at least for this generation. Shame on everyone in
    this movie for charging money to go see this. A refund is in order for
    all plus an apology. Enough said….

  • jdesandoSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    It’s fun, it’s allegorical, it’s not the 1960’s version.

    ”I seek righteousness. But I’ll take revenge.” Hayley (Emma Bennett)

    Because I contribute to NPR, I am committed to full disclosure: The
    Magnificent Seven (1960) is my favorite Western of all time. Logically
    The Magnificent Seven (2016) is not; in fact, as entertaining as it is,
    it still would not make my top ten.

    Considering The New York Times’ claim that Denzel Washington, in the
    lead gun-for-hire role as Chisolm, is the new Gary Cooper, Washington
    cuts a mean figure in black (as Yul Brynner did in the original) with
    an authority to make even James Bond envious.

    Chisolm’s six gun-slinging associates should give Hollywood pleasant
    dreams for their needed diversity: gunfighter Mexican Vasquez (Manuel
    Garcia-Rulfo); exiled Comanche Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier); gambler,
    sharpshooter Josh (in the Steve McQueen role from the original);
    close-quarters Korean combat terror Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun);
    bear-like Jack Horn (Vincent D’Onofrio); and sharpshooter, Goodnight
    Robicheux (Ethan Hawke), in the cowardly Robert Vaughan role.

    As for the big, bad industrialist, Bogue, Peter Sarsgaard plays him
    like a cross between Brando and Depp having tics and vowels to spare.
    Really, I wonder of director Antoine Fuqua, who coached Denzel to his
    Oscar in Training Day, was on the set the days that Sarsgaard was.
    Sarsgaard is no Eli Wallach (bad Mexican leader in the original)!

    It might be obvious from the demands varied and interesting characters
    give to a story that not enough time may be given to each to have a
    satisfyingly character-developed story. Such is the case here as only
    brief back-stories are given to some, and none at all for the others.
    The most developed is Chisolm, whose interest in saving a small town
    sinks altruism to a leitmotif of revenge, changing the tone of the
    story from good guy in a brutal profession into morally-ambiguous guy
    with vengeance on his mind (see introductory quote for pervasive
    revenge motif).

    The requisite shoot out is overly long and fabulous with a ridiculous
    number of bad guys the seven kill, until new weaponry changes the game,
    much as it did in The Wild Bunch. However, this modernization is de
    rigueur for a story set in 1879, a time when industrialization and
    modernization were taking the country into a new century.

    The escalation of the Vietnam War at the release of the original
    Magnificent Seven and the recent incursions into Afghanistan and Iraq
    before this iteration highlight the thematic relevance of outside
    powers intruding into countries with different cultures. The battles
    may be won, but the price is daunting.

    I’m drifting into allegory when all you may want is to know if the fun
    Magnificent Seven (2016) keeps the Western genre alive and well. Yes,
    it does—the film may not be magnificent, but it sure is entertaining,
    promising more solid Westerns to come.

  • herman-787-132796September 26, 2016Reply

    Superbly Done,Magnificently delivered,magically entertaining from beginning till end

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  • Somnath BhattacharyaSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    The Western Frontier is back.

    Hands down, I say. It had all the elements a western movie has to have.
    I have watched The Seven Samurai and the original Magnificent Seven and
    I must say, this made quite a justice. Who said Chris Pratt could only
    play Star Lord when he is made for the west. 2nd half literally steals
    the show. I completely here disagree with the critics giving this a
    lower rating. Complete entertainment, complete swagger. Denzel
    Washington just nailed it but, it was Chris Pratt, and Vincent D’
    Onofrio who stole the show. Antonie Fuqua gave a perfect tribute to the
    likes of Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, and John Sturges. Believe me, this
    one’s really good. If you stopped watching westerns, this remake will
    bring you back in. Who said remakes are bad? Not every remake though.

  • William AllanSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Cracking Western.

    If you like westerns see this movie, Don’t believe the critics they
    talk bull. Don’t expect anything new as this is a remake of a remake
    but done in a more modern style. I have been a western fan since I seen
    A fistfull of Dollars as a child and this is as good a western as most,
    don’t expect it to be better than the Yul Bryner version its almost a
    carbon copy with only a few changes being made. Apart from that the
    Gunfights were great the story you all know as its typical western fare
    with the good guys coming to a small town to rid it of the bad guys.

    I don’t do long reviews and go into detail on how a film is acted and
    Directed I’m not a critic, my opinion is solely based on whether or not
    I liked the film and in the case of this I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • phd_travelSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Not a great movie

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  • wilkinsonalan-19160September 26, 2016Reply

    Maybe it was easier to appear magnificent in the nineteenth century.

    No doubt there were some immediate challenges for somebody making this
    movie. The original was sublime and managed to muster a cadre of actors
    who were individually unique and complementary. This movie was a brave
    attempt, but would have needed to be incredible to stand up to the
    stature of the original.

    We know the story or something thereabouts. We pretty much know what is
    going to happen. Therefore, the script needed to be something that
    could ‘stand on its own two legs’ whilst the characterisations needed
    to be extraordinary to hold our interest.

    The movie ended up being pale beside its predecessor. It felt like a
    movie that could have been made in the 1960s. We needed something to
    sizzle, but it just didn’t.

    Possibly, this is a salutary lesson in illustrating that we should
    leave the great movies alone and invest in something new – and make
    great, new movies?

  • srmason-22610September 26, 2016Reply

    Great – Exceeded Expectations

    I thought this would be a great movie from the trailer and it did not
    disappoint. The acting was great. The casting was great. The story was
    great. I was entertained the whole time. It is very action packed and
    after seeing so many of these types of movies the story lines can get
    stale. The acting and filmography kept this entertaining and kept me
    involved in the story from begging to end. I liked it so much I watched
    the original as soon as I got home. This is the best movie I have seen
    in 2016 to date. I am not sure this is a date type movie, but it is a
    great movie for guys to go get a beer and go see. They really try to
    pay respect to the westerns.

  • KalKenobi83September 26, 2016Reply

    A Fantastic Episodic Western

    Watched The Magnificent Seven featuring Denzel Washington(Training Day)
    as Sam Chisolm, Chris Pratt(Guardians Of The Galaxy,Jurassic World) as
    Josh Faraday, Ethan Hawke(Lone Survivor) as Goodnight Robicheaux,
    Vincent D’Onofrio(Netflix’s Daredevil) as Jack Horne , Byung-hun
    Lee(Terminator Genisys,G.I. Joe Retaliation) as Billy Rocks,Manuel
    Garcia-Rulfo(Cake) as Vazquez,Martin Sensmeier(Salem) as Red Harvest ,
    Haley Bennett(Hardcore Henry) as Emma Cullen, Matt Bomer(The Nice Guys)
    as Matthew Cullen and Peter Sarsgaard(Black Mass) as Bartholomew Bogue
    the films villain. I enjoyed The film had an epic scope for a western
    as the Chisolms Seven were goal was to retake Rose Creek also the films
    tone was that of Suicide Squad and the upcoming Rogue One:A Star Wars
    Story(Which it gets me more excited for) seeing it was a Suicide
    Mission also really enjoyed its period atheistic amazing performances
    from Bennett,Washington and Pratt A Fantastic Episodic Western. Music
    By Simon Franglen(One Direction:This Is Us) & The Late James
    Horner(Avatar) Costume Design by Sharen Davis(The 5th Wave) ,
    Cinematography By Mauro Fiore(Runner Runner) great direction from
    Antoine Fuqua(The Equalizer) A Fantastic Episodic Western 9/10

  • romarmcpSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Pow pow pow

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  • David YaegerSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Not Magnificent But Certainly Not Bad

    Hollywood has gone so remake crazy that it is literally eating its own
    tail at this point. There may be multiple versions of every movie ever
    made in a decade, but of all the ridiculous, stupid, and offensive
    attempts to present a new take on a classic film, The Magnificent Seven
    is not an offender. The original film with Yul Bruyner is now 56 years
    old, the Western genre is much better at remakes/reinventions than most
    (True Grit, for example), and this isn’t an attempt to update or
    override the classic. The 1960 film is, itself, a reinterpretation of
    Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, so unlike most remakes, this story
    has already lent itself to reinterpretation. It’s a Magnificent Seven
    for a new generation, and while it’s not quite magnificent, it is
    enjoyable.

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

    How much does The Magnificent Seven of Denzel Washington and Chris
    Pratt resemble that of Yul Bruyner and Steve McQueen? Very little.
    There are plenty of nods to the film, but the character names are
    different, the town’s predicament is different, and our band of seven
    is decidedly more multicultural than the 1960 version (not a
    criticism).

    Our 2016 band of seven is comprised of a Mexican outlaw, an African-
    American ”duly-sworn warrant officer”, a rogue Comanche, an Asian knife
    wielder, an Irishman, a ex-Confederate sniper with PTSD, and Vincent
    D’Onofrio who is just crazy (Pratt describes him as ”a bear wearing
    human clothes”). You can roll your eyes at the diversity, but it’s a
    strong ensemble of actors with extremely memorable characters, and I
    care a lot more about the quality of the acting and the character than
    I do the historical logistics of group assemblage. The woman who goes
    to bring help (Haley Bennett) also plays a much stronger role in both
    the story and the fighting than in the 1960 film.

    There’s real camaraderie among the Seven, and the actors are all
    clearly enjoying playing their roles to the hilt. Denzel can often just
    play himself in films, but he creates a fully fleshed out character in
    Sam Chisolm. A lot of people were concerned from the trailers that
    Chris Pratt was going to turn this into a comedy. Look, Pratt can act
    (Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, performing acrobatics to try to cover
    Jurassic World’s whopping plot holes). He’s certainly funny in the
    film, but it’s part of his character’s personality, and most of the
    Seven enjoy cracking wise. Ethan Hawke turns in the best performance
    I’ve seen from him in a long time, but there’s not a weak link in our
    group of motley crusaders.

    Peter Sarsgaard definitely gives you a villain to hate from the film’s
    opening scene in the mining baron Barton Bogue. He’s got some great
    monologues and Sarsgaard plays him with a sort of laconic, self-
    assured power cum evil that makes you want him dead as badly as the
    town and the Seven (some of which have personal scores with Bogue). So
    we have a great cast, great performances, a pretty strong script, and a
    lovely score from the late James Horner (his final, tragically). So why
    isn’t this a better movie than it should be? The director: Antoine
    Fuqua.

    Actors and directors often form working partnerships, but I wish
    Washington wasn’t so tied to Fuqua. Perhaps it’s because he directed
    Denzel to his long-overdue Best Actor Oscar for Training Day, but Fuqua
    is an average director at best with a penchant for making films that
    are overlong (sometimes agonizingly overlong in cases). A better
    director would have tightened the film, because even though he does
    direct a magnificently choreographed war between the town and Bogue’s
    forces at the end that feels like old-school Western brought into the
    21st Century, the film still leaves you squirming in your seat at 133
    minutes. Additionally, much of the punch of the film’s ending (no
    spoilers) is derailed by an overly precious coda that delays a
    wonderful credits sequence in which Elmer Bernstein’s classic theme is
    used in full-force for the first time. Horner wove bits of it through
    the score, but never goes flat-out until the credits (much like Michael
    Giacchino treated his 2011’s Star Trek score). It’s Horner’s best score
    since A Beautiful Mind in 2001, and makes his death in a plane crash
    last year all the more melancholy.

    Despite being an imperfect updating of the classic, The Magnificent
    Seven is still very much worth seeing, especially for fans of the
    Western genre. It lacks strong direction, but ultimately the
    performances overcome the flaws, and the final battle is one for the
    ages.

  • rogerdarlingtonSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    A decent remake of a classic remake of a classic

    Just when you thought that the western was dead, you find that it was
    only badly wounded but still manages to struggle up from the dust. So,
    last year, we had Quentin Tarrantino’s ”The Hateful Eight” and now we
    have Antoine Fuqua’s ”The Magnificent Seven”. Of course, ”Seven” is a
    remake of the magnificent 1960 John Sturges work and one could ask why
    one would want to remake a classic, but then the earlier version was
    itself a remake of a classic, the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film ”Seven
    Samurai”. Over a half a century later, there is an audience for a
    decent return to the story – and this is a creditable re-visioning of
    the tale even if it lacks the class and style of the original.

    The basic narrative is unchanged – a town terrorised by a criminal gang
    that seeks help from an assorted bunch of strangers – and indeed some
    scenes are a direct echo of the original – notably a standoff between a
    a gunslinger and a knife thrower – although a minor change is that the
    leader of the seven (Denzil Washington) is revealed at the end to have
    a personal motive for taking on the robber baron (Peter Sarsgaard). But
    this ”Seven” has some new features. First, it is much more ethnically
    diverse with the bunch including an African-American, a Native
    American, a Mexican and an Oriental, while there is even a feisty role
    for a woman (we know she’s feisty because she has red hair). Second,
    everything has been ‘upped’: the armoury is more extensive, the deaths
    are more numerous, and the whole thing is louder. Third, the location
    has moved from Mexico to the mid West and there is some stunning
    scenery (largely shot in Arizona).

    I suspect that this is a film that audiences will enjoy more than
    critics will like and perhaps it is best viewed as not so much a
    replacement for, as an homage to, the earlier movie (we even have a
    snatch of the Elmer Bernstein score at the beginning of the credits).

  • OberratedSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Greatly entertaining and fun

    No clever quips here. No dramatic intro drawing out my opinion. ‘The
    Magnificent Seven’ was everything I was expecting it to be. It was a
    wild ride from start to finish. It had that classic western feel to it
    while still being presented in crystal clear quality and having modern
    day effects… In the day and age of remakes and sequels, this was one
    done well. It was a strong and fresh take on the classic story and
    everyone felt natural while being witnessed on screen. Everyone was a
    strong co-star and no one felt like a ”supporting” actor or actress, in
    my opinion. To me, Vincent D’Onofrio absolutely stole the show. Each
    time he opened his mouth he had me laughing in my seat and he was such
    a strong presence on screen, absolutely loved him. It was especially
    fun to watch him play his role of Jack Horne coming from my last
    viewing of him being Kingpin in the Marvel TV series ‘Daredevil’. Aside
    from Vincent, as I said before; everyone was a star in this film. I
    would name everyone but I would be drawing this review out too much for
    my taste… For any form of a negative critique, I would only say that
    I was not a fan of Peter Sarsgaard’s character, although I am not
    saying he did a bad job, I just did not like his character’s demeanor.
    Which, in turn, could simply just mean he did a great job at portraying
    Bartholomew. So in sense, no negative critiques!

    I highly recommend ‘The Magnificent Seven’. It is a great modern-
    feeling film despite being a western, while also dealing a great
    respect to the original. It is good entertainment for any film lover.
    Check this one out before it is too late!

  • cdcrbSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    ho hum

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  • Adam PostSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    The Western Expendables

    Let me start off by saying I have NOT seen the original Mag 7.

    As for THIS Mag 7: It was great! If you are looking for a movie with a
    ”deep”/long-winded/narrative story, then this is not the movie for you.
    However, if you are into action/comedies that are entertaining and fun,
    you will love this movie.

    I personally love these kinds of movies. Guardians of the Galaxy is my
    favorite Marvel movie, and Suicide Squad is my favorite DC movie (both
    in terms of action/comedy NOT STORY). This movie is also very similar
    to the Expendables (it’s a gang of misfits; some young, some old) but
    they are heroes and they have fun.

    The movie is structured similarly to movies like The Avengers & Suicide
    Squad, in the aspect that the first 45-60 minutes is about putting the
    team together, but once the action starts, it doesn’t end till the
    credits roll.

    All in all, the movie is great. GO SEE IT!

  • walter2-407-597390September 26, 2016Reply

    Much better than I expected

    I loved the original, and I couldn’t picture how this cast was going to
    equal the performances of Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach,
    Charles Bronson and the rest.

    Happily for my ticket price, the movie is similar but different, so
    there was no tired copy or rehash of the first movie, but something new
    and interesting with its own great moments and acting. In fact, this is
    FAR better than the earlier remake attempts like ”return of the
    magnificent seven” and the ”magnificent seven ride!”, and so forth,
    which are truly mediocre.

    I liked this new cast, and everyone was at the top of their game, so I
    never felt for a moment that this didn’t have everyone’s full
    attention, and that they were determined to make the very best movie
    possible. For real interest, a good villain is required, and Sarsgaard
    really delivers a great performance, you are really going to hate him.
    I liked Washington and especially Pratt’s performances, but nobody in
    this movie was poorly cast or badly acted. the music isn’t quite as
    strong as the original, but I did note they used the original score to
    close the movie credits, which was a nice touch.

    Antoine Fuqua is a terrific director (I loved Replacement Killers), and
    he delivered a great story and performances from everyone. It can’t
    have been easy trying to ”re-make” this classic movie, and he really
    delivered, for which I am most grateful, as a bad version would have
    been deeply disappointing and irritating.

    Really worth the ticket price, so go to it as a fresh story, and you
    will be impressed.

  • bankofmarquisSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Excellent Action-Adventure Shoot ’em Up

    I went into the screening of Antioine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960
    classic western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN with the attitude of ”how dare
    they make a remake of a classic, can’t they just leave well enough
    alone.” I left the screening realizing that I just saw a motion picture
    that might bring back the Western.

    For, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is one terrific motion picture.

    Fuqua has all the elements at play here – a good cast (Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, etc…), an
    easy to follow plot (7 strangers come together to save a town from the
    bad guys), tightly directed and shot action sequences with enough humor
    thrown in to make it a fun 2 hour romp in the movie theater.

    The first half of this film is all about getting to know the ”7” as
    they get together. Fuqua, rightfully, takes his time with this as each
    one of the ”7” has their own personality and quirk. This deliberate
    pacing pays off in the action scenes of the movie. I found myself
    rooting for these guys and waited for each one to pull out their
    peculiar skill to help advance things along.

    The performances of the ”7” is what pays this off. Start with the
    always dependable Denzel Washington as the leader of the ”7”, Sam
    Chisolm. He, mysteriously, takes on the task of defending this town
    from an army of bad guys and brings steely-eyed determination to his
    work. He brings an ”everything is going to be all right” confidence and
    attitude to his performance and I was able to sit back and enjoy it.

    He is ably assisted by relative newcomers Byung-hun Lee as Billy Rocks
    – charming and devastating as the man with the knives, Manual
    Garcia-Rulfo as Mexican Outlaw Vasquez, tough on the outside, soft on
    the inside, and Martin Sensmeier as no nonsense ”loner” Indian sharp
    shooter (with the bow and arrow) Red Harvest. All these
    performances/characters are strong, but they take a back seat to
    extremely strong work put in by 3 film veterans…

    Ethan Hawk, an actor who I am usually Luke-warm on, re-teams up with
    his training day director and co-star to bring his best performance (at
    least for me) as legendary killer Goodnight Robicheaux, the
    always-interesting Vincent D’Onofrio shows quirkiness, humor and charm
    to slightly crazy tracker Jack Horne, and good-ol’ dependable Chris
    Pratt reprising his ”charming rogue” persona as gambler Josh Faraday,
    except he is not, he brings something else to this character that I
    haven’t seen from Pratt before – a layer of darkness. It was refreshing
    to see Pratt add to his arsenal and makes me yearn to see him in a
    straight dramatic role, I think he’d be terrific.

    Fuqua, then, takes these ”7” and ratchets up the action in such a way
    that works very well. He is very good at laying out where everyone is,
    what their job is and why it is important, so that when the bullets
    start flying and the bodies start dropping you know what is going on
    and it is not just a bunch of quick cuts to people shooting for no
    reason at all.

    Is it a perfect film? Not quite. Maybe the bulb was burning out in the
    movie theater I saw this film at, but the first part of the movie
    seemed to not have enough light to see what was going on. Perhaps this
    was a choice to show the darkness that our heroes need to come out of,
    but I’m not that deep and I just wanted to see what is going on. Also,
    the villain of the piece, Peter Sarsgaard, was a little too
    non-dimensional for my tastes – especially in comparison to the 3
    dimensional, ”real people” you get with the 7 and there is a fight
    scene between Red Harvest and a Native American bad guy that was way
    too short for me (perhaps there is a longer cut of this fight that will
    come out on the DVD). But these all are quibbles to an otherwise
    top-notch action adventure that will, most certainly, inspire other
    westerns and other remakes.

    I’ve got a suggestion for you, Mr. Fuqua, how about remaking The Dirty
    Dozen, next?

    9 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (of Marquis)

  • george.schmidt ([email protected])September 26, 2016Reply

    Better-than-anticipated needless remake of the remake of The Seven Samurai

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  • jpuderk-07043September 26, 2016Reply

    A solid action yarn trying to be a Western

    The movie works on many levels. It follows the basic story set forth in
    both ”Seven Samurai” and ”The Magnificent Seven”. Much like ”Seven
    Samurai” was Toshiro Mifune’s movie, and ”Magnificent Seven” was Yul
    Brynner’s, this was Denzel’s.

    The plot is pretty straight forward. Corrupt miner with lots of money
    wants to buy out a small Texas town’s land rights so he can mine the
    land for gold. As he begins to exert his will on the town, one of the
    town’s residents stands up to him, and when his friend intervenes,
    there’s violence and both the men (and several other townsfolk) end up
    dead. The man’s widow decides to go hire some guns to put an end to the
    man’s greedy plot. She meets Denzel in a town not far (About 3 days
    ride) from Rose Creek (the contested town) and offers him the job. At
    first, Denzel declines, insisting he has more pressing matters to
    attend to, such as collecting the bounty on a Mexican outlaw.

    However, she eventually convinces him to take the job, and he goes
    about recruiting some extra help. The resulting band of 6 men set out
    for Rose Creek, but are being tracked by a Comanche, who is spotted by
    Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, and is asked by Denzel to join the
    group. Now 7, they ride to the aid of Rose Creek.

    The story is as old as time, a small band of mercenaries with nothing
    to fight for find themselves drawn into defending the little town from
    the wrath of the main baddie, capably played by Peter Sarsgaard. We
    learn a little bit about each of the characters, then the big showdown
    comes. Antoine Fuqua does a nice job with the action pieces, and they
    move pretty briskly without being too hard to follow.

    I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t go any further. The actors
    are all pretty good, if not great, but this is Denzel’s movie, and he
    carries it very well. Not gonna be an Oscar contender but it’s a great
    matinée entertainment.

  • Ayal OrenSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    So similar and yet so different

    As a rule, I believe one shouldn’t compare movies. But if you read my
    reviews you’ll find that it’s a rule I don’t always follow. A remake of
    a movie is one obvious exception to this rule, and this one is in fact
    a double remake. And I did see both of the earlier versions, so here
    goes:

    This is definitely a well made movie, great actors, great
    cinematography, very good pacing, very good action scenes – it’s a fun
    ride. It follows the great tradition of American westerns, and uses the
    brilliant story of the original Japanese story with the slight
    variations added by John Sturges and co. when they adapted it to the
    American/Mexican west. But the most poignant and enduring point that
    was made by both of the earlier versions is missing in this version,
    and though one part of it does get referred to, it’s also get a twisted
    version. I speak about the idea that the actual winners are the
    villagers while their heroes for hire are no more than fleeting
    characters moving from one place to another leaving very little behind
    them.

    Antoine Fuqua’s subtle changes from the originals are at precisely this
    point, and also on the nature of the villain which he changes from a
    simple criminal to a corrupt capitalist who doesn’t want to steal from
    the villagers but to take it all from them, believing they don’t really
    matter. Now, to understand the reasons all we have to do is look at
    Fuqua’s career. I’ve seen four of his movies so far and apart from his
    love for action movies there a few other things one can gleam from
    them. Fuqua likes his heroes bordering on the superheroes, namely
    without superpowers but with such amazing skills that do appear like
    super powers, and they will prove it facing impossible odds and coming
    out on top. He likes them with some moral ambiguity at their past, but
    making the right choices when it matters. He likes his villains to
    believe themselves above the law and doesn’t have very high esteem for
    law enforcement systems, his heroes will enforce justice not the law.
    All this considered the subtle or not so subtle changes he made make
    much more sense. Fuqua doesn’t believe in fleeting heroes for hire, so
    he doesn’t use the sentence, he believes in justice achieved through
    vengeance and that’s what we get here. It is somewhat questionable from
    the moral point, but who’s going to see movies for moral debates. And
    regarding the permanent hold of villagers unto their soil and unto the
    world we live in, well if they win over the one that claimed they were
    dust, didn’t they prove him wrong.

  • Quietb-1September 27, 2016Reply

    Tough to remake a classic

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  • secretzfanSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    A fun dumb action western

    The Magnificent Seven adds nothing new or different to the western
    genre except for something that is purely campy fun. The film uses
    every western shootout cliché in the book and plays it up. This is a
    movie that knows what it is and what it wants to do. Something that the
    director, Antoine Fuqua, has been very good at doing lately in all of
    his films. In comparison to other action directors like Micheal Bay,
    Zack Snyder, Roland Emmirich or Chad Stahelski we can see Antoine knows
    how to give us characters we can attach to in order to make the fun
    cliché action sequences work and make a overall fun and enjoyable
    movie.

    All the performances are great. Denzel Washington gives a almost scary
    good performance as Chisolm as he becomes the character and gets drawn
    into the role.

    Vincent also proves that he is amazing as he portrays a over the top
    and angry character on the search for redemption.

    Byung Hun Lee’s performance also gripped me with his characterization
    as well.

    This whole film is put together well and accomplishes what it needs to.

  • RforFilmSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    It’s unique changes, great cast, and an explosive climax make The Magnificent Seven a fun remake of a Western Classic

    Within the dust of the west, contains evidence of fierce battles and
    rousing gunfights that shaped towns and helped evolved the states to
    become what they are today. Legends like Billy the Kid, Doc Holiday,
    Wyatt Earp, and gangs like the Cowboys have inspired several stories
    that have been enjoyed for decades. People tend to forget that before
    we launched into space, the western genre was very popular. In this day
    in age, westerns seem old fashioned and are hard to compete with in the
    day and age of CGI blockbusters. While I can understand the issues that
    people would have with them (history of Native Americans, the
    grittiness, etc…), it’s material like that that helps us understand our
    history.

    One of the most well known westerns is the original The Magnificent
    Seven from 1960. It was an American remake of Seven Samurai that told
    about the seven gunmen who helped defend a Mexican village of bullying
    bandits. While I don’t see it as one of the greatest movies, it’s a fun
    action movie that contains one of the most memorable musical themes
    from the late great Elmer Bernstein. The new The Magnificent Seven
    figured that with it’s famous legacy, it had to make changes.

    Instead of a Mexican village being terrorized by bandits, we are now in
    Rose Creek, California where a sociopath industrialist Bartholomew
    Bouge (played by Peter Sarsgaard) has total control of the nearby mines
    who also has the Sheriff on his payroll and several agents on his side.
    During a Sunday Church service, he forces them out, burns the chapel
    down, and then murders a bunch of farmers that tried to stand up to
    him. One of the farmers wives, Emma Cullen (played by Haley Bennett)
    rides to a nearby town for help and comes across bounty hunter Sam
    Chisolm (played by Denzel Washington).

    Upon hearing who the industrialist is, Chisolm agrees to come and find
    other gunslingers. His seven consists of gambler Josh Faraday (played
    by Chris Pratt), sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (played by Ethan
    Hawke), Knife-wielding master Billy Rocks (played by Byung-hun Lee),
    tracker hunter Jack Horne (played by Vincent D’Onofrio), Comanche
    warrior Red Harvest (played by Martin Sensmeier) and Mexican outlaw
    Vasquez (played by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo). The seven and Emma return to
    Rose Creek to help prepare the remaining townsfolk for Bouge’s army
    that’s going to arrive. Gun battles, TNT explosions, and everything
    you’d expect in a Western are all here.

    The summer had been home to a lot of remakes, so something like The
    Magnificent Seven you’d think would fall into the period of white noise
    where it could get lost. Luckily, like the Pete’s Dragon remake, this
    retelling made plenty of changes to make it a different while keeping
    the same plot of people hired to defend others against bullies. Like
    before, the building to the big stand off is slow, but I think they
    make the character’s interesting enough that you want to follow them on
    horseback.

    A story like this (which has been told countless times since Seven
    Samurai) requires some good actors as our team of seven. This is also
    the case as Denzel Washington always does well with the majority of his
    part, as seems to work well with Chris Pratt who is defiantly at home
    as this gambler. The rest of the team are enjoyable to watch as they
    interact with each other. One of the major differences here is that
    unlike the 1969 original, the team is mixed with several ethnicities. I
    appreciate how that unlike Ghostbusters which kept emphasizing that
    women are now leading, this one simply gives us our select gunslingers
    without question. You simply have to accept them what they are.

    I’ll say that without a doubt, the duel between the town and the
    villain’s army is great. It may not be one of the best action scenes of
    all time, but they do almost everything they could imagine with their
    surroundings.

    If I did have any problems, they’d be that some of the buildup can be a
    little too slow, like when they pull off that trope where one guy says
    he’s not going to help when you know very well he’ll eventually come
    around. I wish they’d just skip that.

    I’ll give this nine western comics out of ten. The Magnificent Seven is
    a nice return to a fun western. This is defiantly darker and grittier
    then the Yul Brynner story, but it’s a modern movie, so you have to
    expect that. Rather then including a lot of modernisms like A Million
    Ways to Die in the West or a really out there concept like Cowboys &
    Aliens, this is a simple story that is taken to the right level. This
    remake can proudly ride into the sunset.

  • targe1314September 27, 2016Reply

    Cowboy Comedy-Drama-Violent Horror … something, movie

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  • DarkVulcan29 ([email protected])September 27, 2016Reply

    Quite an entertaining western

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen the original, but this film had such
    a great cast, about seven men who all way a little uniqueness all form
    a partnership to stop an evil industrialist and his henchmen who have
    taking over a town, grips it with there fear, will these seven men
    become heroes or die trying?

    Denzel Washington really play the tough guy cowboy very well, he’s the
    kind of actor that you just feel his presence every time he’s on
    screen. Chris Pratt is also good, basically playing the same type of
    character he played in Guardians of the Galaxy, still good regardless.
    Everybody else plays there parts well, I get a feeling that everybody
    was having a blast making this here. The western scenery is great,
    makes you feel like your really there, and the shootout scenes are
    quite epic. The guys playing the seven all have good chemistry, you
    really bye them has a team. If your in the mood for a western, then
    give this a look.

  • texsheltersSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    If you like clichés, the Magnificent Seven is for you.

    Magnificent Seven: Serviceable, not magnificent

    If you like clichés, the Magnificent Seven (Mag7) is for you. It has
    all kinds of clichés: the visuals, the dialogue, the plot, and the
    characters served up few surprises and broke no new ground.

    The acting on the whole is much better than the original Western
    version of Mag7, but the dialogue is as hackneyed as ever. The last
    line in the film, moreover, is cringe-worthy.

    Let’s give Director Antoine Fuqua some points for taking on a difficult
    remake. And let’s take those points away, and more, for being a
    purveyor of everything that is wrong about Westerns: villains who can’t
    shoot, stupid villains, heroes that are lucky villains can’t shoot
    while running in the open, unquestioned misogyny, a brave Native
    America who has yet to pick up a gun to shoot by 1876, a much superior
    weapon to a bow and arrow at that point, an overwrought soundtrack
    reminiscent of the worst of John Williams bombastic Star Wars scores,
    people ”taking the high ground”, shooting from a church steeple, and so
    on.

    Fuqua clearly wasn’t trying to do anything original. If he was, he
    would have told his own tale and written his own script or adopted a
    book that hasn’t been a film yet. What he does get right is casting
    Denzel Washington, who I am convinced could act in any genre and come
    out looking good. I have a horror film in the can waiting for him. So
    instead of dwelling on the downsides of the genre, let’s rate the
    actors: Denzel Washington as Chisolm: He’s charismatic and does the
    most with a little.

    Chris Pratt as Josh Faraday: He’s mediocre and his role is poorly
    written.

    Ethan Hawke as Goodnight Robicheaux: Hawke is wasted here, and I don’t
    mean his character is drunk most of the time. I mean he has too little
    to do. He would have been better cast as the villain in this film.

    Vincent D’Onofrio as Jack Horne: I hate this character; D’Onofrio does
    nothing to endear himself here.

    Byung-hun Lee as Billy Rocks: He’s charismatic and soon, I hope, to be
    a big star. However, here he is wooden and constrained by lack of
    character development in the script.

    Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez: Bring out the stereotypes. His
    character was embarrassing.

    Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest: The camera loves this guy. No wonder,
    he’s a model. Can he act? We don’t know; Fuqua didn’t give him anything
    to do but shoot a bow and look good.

    Haley Bennett as Emma Cullen: terrible role and acting. She couldn’t
    hold her own. Emily Blunt or another actress might have been better,
    but perhaps not with the script as it was.

    Peter Sarsgaard as Bartholomew Bogue: the main villain, this role is
    terrible and Sarsgarrd doesn’t make it better. He’s wooden and whiny,
    in fact. Hawke, Oldman, Brolin, hell, Emily Blunt would have been
    better in this terrible role.

    Rating: Matinée It’s not the worst film of the year, and if you like
    Westerns, go see it. Moreover, the scenery and shots ARE magnificent,
    especially the tracking shots. But if you like film, watch Seven
    Samurai. And if you must see a Western, watch any number of classics
    from John Ford or Sergio Leone.

    Peace, Tex Shelters

  • Nikron Chemist KushariSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    The magnificent disaster

    Save yourselves the money and the time. Unless you are a huge fan of
    westerns, you have no business watching this.

    First of all this movie could have been wrapped up in 1.5 hours instead
    of dragging it on. The acting was fine but the script was a disaster
    filled with clichés and FORCED humor (you wouldn’t know its a joke if
    the characters were forcing themselves to laugh).

    From start till end, its one magnificent disaster. The movie will leave
    you not knowing anything about the characters, not even their names…

    There isn’t much else to say it is just IMDb wont let me post this
    unless I have 10 lines of text.

  • RTTerrySeptember 27, 2016Reply

    The Drab Seven

    Another MADE-FOR-TV movie brought to the screen.

    More of the same from Hollywood.

    Lets re-make a classic, but ensure it’s politically correct and an
    absolute that it represents every race, so as not to step on any toes.

    Oh,and lets give everyone modern-day attitudes and dialects, because
    apparently no one has the capability of acting with the original
    language or mannerisms associated with the time-period depicted.

    Filling a movie with a handful of ‘regular stars’ does NOT assure the
    film will succeed. This one is like the recent ‘TARZAN’ movie.

    Save your money and watch the Seven Samurai & The Magnificent Seven
    (original) to see film beauty and entertainment.

  • trevorca ([email protected])September 27, 2016Reply

    Like westerns of old

    Don’t worry that it’s remake of classic, it just has the same premise
    as the plot, I wouldn’t call it a remake. OK it’s tosh but utterly
    brilliant tosh. The body count is extreme but there is no 21st century
    violence. The female lead is attractive but there is no 21st century
    token sex. It has clichés galore and even uses some of the same one
    liners from the Yul Bryner version but it doesn’t matter because
    whatever it does it does very well, with just a little tongue in cheek
    and with a lot of gunfighter expertise. The seven are a team of super
    heroes just pushed back 150 years. I loved it and like films of old I
    even had a tear in my eye as Elmer Bernsteins infamous theme came in at
    the closing credits.

  • comps-784-38265September 27, 2016Reply

    Mediocre 7 an exercise in 2d ‘Western’ caricatures

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  • KATO-SUBZEROSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    Magnificent 7, Magnificent Denzel. Great remake

    27 September 2016 I saw it tonight and it was really good. I did notice
    that director, Anton Fuqua gave the female leading role to unknown
    actress Haley Bennett, who appeared in a much smaller role with Denzel
    in ”The Equalizer” as a Russian hooker, who gets killed by Russian bad
    guy, brilliantly portrayed by actor Morton Csokas as Teddy. Also actor
    Ethan Hawke from ”Training Day” is also in this movie. Peter Skarsgard
    was okay, but again Morton Csokas would have done a better job.

    Good action, good direction and what I also really liked is the new
    cast with a more Interracially mixed cast of a Korean, Mexican, and the
    lead African American. For the Hispanic role, I think Spanish actor,
    Antonio Banderas would have been better and looked better in the role.
    I give this a 9 on the scale.

  • Guy JeffriesSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    Reminded me of how much fun Westerns can be.

    So, Antoine Fuqua reboots John Sturges’ classic 1960 western of the
    same name, which is, in itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s epic 1954
    Seven Samurai film that quite possibly spawned many variations of
    antiheroics across the genres, like Battle Beyond The Stars. 

    I’m a big fan of misfit bands of rambles like Ocean’s Eleven, The Dirty
    Dozen and even the Avengers, that share the same camaraderie,
    especially the banter between Faraday and Vasquez who both provide
    great comedy and admiration for unlikely friendships that are formed
    from the alliance. It reminds me of my own batch of close friends and
    how we ridicule each other. 

    Some of the story has be chiselled, extended and finely tuned to what I
    find as an improvement. Even with the lack of the fool, who had such a
    central part of both original plots, but in his absence, a more diverse
    cast is employed allowing amazing creative opportunities with both
    action and storyline. Each character now has a more uniqueness and
    legendary mythology about them than before. 

    There’s a good amalgamation of characters while keeping the core values
    and traits there; and if you’re a fan of the original, there’s plenty
    of elements and lines that play homage to the 1960 classic. It’s great
    to see Fuqua replicating the classic western style, like the distance
    shots, the panning action and the hazy heated introduction. The tension
    build up before gun fights are amazing, echoing westerns of old. It
    also means that whilst keeping true to the core of the story, it’s
    still unpredictable and fresh for fans of the classic. 

    Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington for the third time, Washington
    clearly taking Yul Brynner’s part as the all-black-cladded warrant
    officer (polite title for bounty hunter) and even mimics the holstering
    of his gun. He takes the role of leader quite naturally and gives the
    film that Washington dramatic touch, meaning smart, fearless bad-ass. 

    Chris Pratt takes Steve McQueen’s role as Josh Faraday and as expected
    a sarcastic, cocky, double-wielding six-shooter who’s just as fast with
    his mouth than with his guns and pack of cards. I’m pretty sure they
    actually let him blow something up because he looks like he’s really
    enjoying himself, though there’s a darker side to his character this
    time round, he’s not always the joker. 

    Haley Bennet is fast become a favourite of mine with already being the
    beautiful Estelle from Hardcore Henry and looking great in the
    soon-to-be-released The Girl On The Train. She looks totally different
    and I don’t think I would have recognised her at all if not knowing her
    name, but she does a grand performances as the determined, widow,
    seeking righteousness and revenge. 

    Ethan Hawke maybe over plays Robert Vaughn’s original cowardly soldier,
    suffering from PTSD, but it’s a strong performance from him
    nonetheless. Terminator’s latest T-1000, Byung-hun Lee brings a new
    depth of character to James Coburn’s knife-slinger and actually suits
    the film better, copying the duelling scene from the original. 

    Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier make up the rest of the gang
    as the greasy Mexican, Vasquez and the young Comanche warrior, But it’s
    Vincent D’Onofrio’s bear-sized Davy Crocket type character that steals
    the show with his immense, brutal strength yet a giant gentle soul. And
    Peter Sarsgaard is brilliant as the slimy tyrant who’s takes advantage
    of power in numbers. 

    There’s a good balance between the characters though lacking some
    background on most, only having the script hint at their history. It’s
    actually quite nice to notice that the true ethnicity of each character
    matches their actor. 

    This is final score of the late James Horner which he composed before
    his death after falling in love with the script during Southpaw.
    Horner’s long time colleague, Simon Franglen finishes and conducts the
    music which has hints of Braveheart, Legends of the Fall and even
    Titanic but the western theme is quite predominate, especially during
    the end credits. 

    I’m a fan of Fuqua’s work, right from his Training Day and though
    having a couple of near misses with Shooter, Tears of The Sun and
    Olympus Has Fallen, I have enjoyed them all but more so his recent
    films like The Equaliser and Southpaw, King Arthur wasn’t a bad film
    either. But I think this one is my favourite of his and now one of the
    year. I haven’t felt this much inspired or touched by self-sacrificing
    heroics since The Last Samurai. 

    The action sequences are superbly crafted, captured and edited, being
    quite creative without going over-the-top. The gunfights are slick,
    fast and impressive all the way to the final showdown with dynamite
    affect. The locations are completely on point and the landscape scenery
    is beautifully shot. In fact, I’m finding it very hard to fault this
    film for what it is. 

    It’s reminded me how much fun can be had with westerns while keeping
    that heroic code of honour, friendship and sacrifice. It’s like Marvel
    made a western. Seen the film twice now and I’m sure I’ll go see it
    again before it comes off the big screen. Definitely for classic
    western fans, especially having showing so much respect to the
    original. 

    Running Time: 10 The Cast: 10 Performance: 9 Direction: 10 Story: 10
    Script: 8 Creativity: 10 Soundtrack: 8 Job Description: 10 The Extra
    Bonus Point: 10 for reminding me how much fun can be had with westerns,
    inspiring me and playing so much respect to the original material. 

    95% 10/10

  • baronblackbirdSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    Wait for it…wait for it…wait for it to be on Netflix.

    Howdy,

    This was rated 7.2/10 on 26 September 2016 when I went to see it (which
    was just after opening weekend) & I have no idea what kind of blind
    ferrets rated it so high.

    My simplest guess is they were all mega fans of Denzel Washington,
    Chris Pratt or Vincent D’Onofrio and felt it their little ferret duty
    was to rate this movie high.

    Denzel’s performance was meh at best. The first 10 minutes or so is the
    best part of the movie & this was Chris Pratt’s best time. D’Onofrion
    did pretty good to begin with, but his character lost his style &
    accent rather soon.

    Just say no, ferrets…just say no.

  • Nori ChildressSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    A great piece of work

    This is a must go and see. Definitely a collection keeper. The western
    is back. Denzel was fabulous at his craft as always, along with the
    rest of the cast, they fulfilled exactly the mood needed to have an old
    western feel again in the cinema. The story is strong as well as the
    action scenes. No spoiler here just go and enjoy this to the fullest. I
    never expected to be this well entertained. Do not wait to buy the not
    yet available video, this is a definite popcorn and soda night. Well
    defined roles in the movie show the talent of the writers, director and
    creator of this art form, the cinematographers were dead on the mark of
    capturing the action. every element of life is represented here and the
    ending is is as good as the beginning! There are western movies and
    then there are western movies that you don’t forget, this one of them.
    So my conclusion to this piece of work is 10/10, and gets no better
    than that for me!!

  • Flint RidgeSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    Better Than the Original? Thats a Big NO

    Hollywood, you do not take a classic film and do a lackluster job and
    make it worst. You try to transcend. It’s lazy Hollywood all over
    again. The script makes no attempt to develop any of the characters and
    what we get is a piece of hollow action flick with no substance to it.
    Hollywood thinks we are all sheep and simply throw away our hard earned
    money to them. They insult our intelligence over and over again with
    remakes of great classics promising to be better than the original.
    Once in a blue moon they succeed but not this time! Don’t waste your
    money. Wait for it to go on DVD or watch it free if you can. Better
    yet, watch the classic Magnificent 7 with Yul Brynner and you will see
    how much better that one is to the remake. They don’t call it a classic
    for nothing!

  • drostandfoundSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    It did not quite live up to its name.

    Magnificent 7 follows the story of a town that is being taken over by a
    greedy gang boss which fights back by hiring Denzel Washington and his
    crew of dead shots. The crew had a whole range of characters from the
    stoic Asian, the goofy drunk, the jolly fat guy and the stoic native
    American.

    The strengths of this film come in the scenery and the action. It was
    shot in the plains, near the mountains and it was beautiful. There are
    many shots of people riding horses through beautiful backdrops. The
    action was also well done with physical effects and well directed
    fights and shooting. The crew did a great job acting their parts,
    especially Denzel Washington and the redhead.

    The weakness was that when it got done I felt bored. I didn’t really
    care that much for any of the characters and the movie did not seem
    fun. It felt like the movie could not decide if it wanted to be fun and
    lighthearted or serious and emotional and tried to take a middle
    ground. Group chemistry was also missing. There were hints at points,
    but at no point did the group feel like a team.

    All in all it was a decent movie. I do not regret seeing it, but I do
    not need to see it again. If you want an action movie you could do far
    worse. But there is no need to rush out to theaters to see this one.

  • Movie ParadiseSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    Not a Perfect Film, But a Damn Entertaining One

    What stands out about this movie is obviously the action. It’s what you
    go to see this film for. And it doesn’t disappoint. Antoine Fuqua knows
    how to direct action sequences. He doesn’t fall back on shaky cam or
    rapid editing or any of that modern action movie bullsh*t. He keeps the
    camera steady and gives us wide shots, because he knows that’s what
    people want to see. And that style of filming really works well for a
    Western. Everyone in this movie is pretty much a badass, and Fuqua
    knows we aren’t going to see this movie for a deep plot or rich
    characters. We want to see sh*t blow up and action stars do cool
    things. And he delivers in spades! But while the third act finale fight
    was really good, I liked the shorter, smaller fight that happens in the
    second act better. It was just more concise and to the point, and
    ultimately better done. But even though the finale fight didn’t live up
    to that second act fight, it was still great to see on screen…

  • lojitsuSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    I seek Righteousness!!

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  • santa33September 28, 2016Reply

    Chris Pratt only positive outcome

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  • Lewis HeatherSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    OK , a bit boring in places

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  • TeyssSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    Western caricature, a far cry from the original

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  • horizonbts-206-628336September 28, 2016Reply

    Missed Opportunity

    First of all I can tell you that I was excited when last year I learned
    of the remake and the cast to be involved. Yes I have watched the
    original and own it on DVD as yes I am a fan of the genre. For me the
    original and this version there are a ton of differences, still I will
    put a positive spin on it as I didn’t dislike the movie, but just
    thought there was a chance given the cast and the budget that this
    movie could have been great!! I understand that there is a time limit,
    but felt like the characters weren’t given their just dues in
    development. I felt like the first part of the movie was boring and
    somewhat lackluster when it was introducing us to each member of the
    Magnificent Seven. The story was set-up in the beginning as to why the
    seven were needed, but again didn’t really give us much to go on. Peter
    Sarsgaard as the villain Bartholomew Bogue was well cast and one we
    hated, but again he could have been developed even more into one of the
    best villains of all time-another lost opportunity for me. So many
    times in the movie it lost out to the original. Still with all that
    said, when the fight and the action does come, it is Magnificent and
    entertaining in the sense that the original couldn’t match due to the
    technology of today! I thought the tricks and surprises to cut down the
    enemies was brilliant, the teaching of the townspeople how to fight was
    humorous too. In the end the story gave a little more light to the
    characters, but still think it could have given us so much more! All in
    all for those of you that haven’t seen the original you will enjoy the
    action of this one, and Denzel Washington lives up to the billing, and
    does seem to enjoy his character. Bottom line for a few bucks its worth
    the ride.

  • Rawal AfzalSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    A very enjoyable film!

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  • Matt GreeneSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    The Avengers Go West

    This most recent re-telling of the ragtag group of rare-do-wells
    brought in to help an oppressed town is almost eye-rollingly
    predictable. Shockingly faithful to the 1960 western of the same name,
    The Magnificent Seven borrows more than just its predecessor’s name and
    plot. The paper-thin thematics, colorful characters, and emotional
    qualities are so familiar, it’s hardly a game-changing experience. But
    despite all of that, it’s filled with enough light humor and cowboy
    action to make it an imperfectly shallow good-time. The eponymous seven
    are refreshingly represented by a diverse cast of personalities and
    ethnicities, whose differentiations are stronger than their character
    motivations. Leaders Pratt and Washington give almost lazy
    performances, with much of their normal charisma lost behind
    too-cool-for-school masculine posturing, while Sarsgaard’s villainous
    turn is a few clicks away from an empty barrel. However, the supporting
    cast all shine pretty bright. Hawke, Bennett, and Lee each have their
    own standout moments, but D’onofrio is the scene-stealer. In one of the
    few performances of the bunch in which out-of-the-box choices were
    made, he plays a wild mountain man who essentially serves as The Hulk
    in this ”Avengers Go West” tale. However, unlike the Marvel franchise
    or most other CGI tent-poles, Magnificent Seven hearkens back to a time
    when practical action, death-defying stunts, and larger-than-life human
    heroes filled the silver screen. Its deja-vu-like commitment to cowboys
    on horses, beautifully vacant American scenery, and old-fashioned,
    small town stand-offs help it fit right alongside the old western
    marathon your grandfather would binge on Saturday afternoons. Far from
    groundbreaking, this throwback is still a straightforward, morally
    clear, and action-packed throwback of fun.

  • ChetlovesMerSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    If you look for holes; you’ll find them. But its really entertaining!

    First off, I’ve seen both the original ”Seven Samurai” and the Yule
    Brenner, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen version about a hundred times;
    I love both of those movies. I thought this version was great. Is it
    the greatest movie of all time? Of course not. Is it a reflection of
    how movies are done today? Of course it is?

    There are unquestionably some holes in the story. People point to the
    Gatling Gun scene as totally over the top. And, Yes. It is over the
    top. The Gatling Gun, however, was a huge leap forward in firearm
    technology and if the movie makers were prone to a little exaggeration,
    I’m okay with that. My guess is any late 1800’s cowboy who came up
    against a Gatling Gun and survived would probably also heavily
    exaggerate the story when telling it.

    The other issue I keep hearing is that some of the seven join up for
    almost no reason. They just ”join up”. Okay, again, true. But I
    challenge you to watch the 1960’s version again. If you are truly
    honest with that film at least 3 members of that seven join up because
    they have ”nothing better to do”. I actually think the idea of a bounty
    hunter rounding up guys who have a bounty on them kinda makes sense.
    Both the town and the team are way more culturally diverse than ever
    would have happened in the late 1800’s. But did you really think
    Hollywood could make a movie in which all the bad guys are Mexicans and
    all the heroes are white guys like in the 1960’s version? (Okay Charles
    Bronson’s character was HALF-Mexican.)

    This version is very entertaining. It’s a fun escape. It’s an action
    movie which isn’t another damned superhero movie. The female lead is
    phenomenal. Denzel is Denzel-ishly great. Chris Pratt is both
    entertaining and a solid second-in-command. The other characters fill
    in the blanks nicely. The strangely culturally diverse town
    participates in their own salvation. The action scenes are well done,
    if not completely realistic. It’s a re-imagined version that pays
    tribute in many places to both the original and the 1960’s remake.

    Go see the movie and have fun like I did. And if you are one of those
    people that needs complete realism. Then sit at home and think about
    how boring complete realism would be.

  • latchanaSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    Very Enjoyable Western

    Being a big fan of both westerns and Denzel, I was looking forward to
    seeing this movie when I first heard about it. I read a number of
    reviews before going to see it, and got the impression that it was
    another star filled movie that was low on entertainment value.

    I went to the the theater with somewhat modest expectations but was so
    glad to be proved wrong! This was a good old fashioned western where
    the bad guy was truly evil and the good guys were real stand up guys.

    I don’t remember enjoying a western so much since 2003’s Open Range.

    Denzel just gets better and better as an actor. Is there any role that
    he would not excel in? I am also becoming a fan of Chris Pratt. This is
    the 3rd film of his I have seen, that I thought he was very good in
    (the others being Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World).

    The other supporting actors and actresses all put in strong
    performances, the setting looks very realistic, and once the action
    gets going, it’s everything I could have hoped for and then some.

    Overall, I absolutely loved this movie, and if you love westerns, you
    will too.

  • alexandre michel liberman (tmwest)September 28, 2016Reply

    what in the fifties would be an ideal western

    If it would not be for Donzel Washigton being so good as a gunfighter
    that you would think he just came out one of comic book stories of the
    fifties into our modern times, you would think this is just an OK
    movie. Or Ethan Hawke in the Robert Vaughn role improving upon it as
    the hero from the past with the fear of the present. Or Chris Pratt
    sometimes reminding us of Steve McQueen other times of James Coburn or
    Charles Bronson…And what about the shootouts, High Noon came to my mind
    as well Star Wars, the spaghettis and the wonderful films of the
    fifties. Terrific scenery from New Mexico, music, the details in the
    fighting scenes makes us go back not exactly to the fifties, but what
    in the fifties would be an ideal western

  • Jack LawSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    A nice modern western

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  • BasicLogicSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    Just a so-so western

    except there are something I just felt during the viewing:

    1)Since Obama, lot of movies, fictions, TV drama series, TV anchor
    persons….etc, etc, have put a black person to be the leading Alpha
    dog. This mediocre film with no exception, also inevitably putting a
    black guy to be the Alpha man, all the whites including a Mexican
    outlaw and two Indians (one Camanche, but the other?)are just
    followers.

    Well, think about the time frame, the era of this film, Civil War just
    ended, and the leading black guy is already an authentic lawman
    covering a large territory of America, is it possible? Dr. King, after
    hundreds years later still tried to get American Negros from the
    backseats of a bus to the front, to drink from water fountains that
    white people enjoyed, to get their kids like real average American
    citizens to have a fair school education….Yet, this film already
    transcended the history and made a black guy a widely feared lawman, is
    it possible?

    2) Danzel Washington’s teeth are too white even by today’s regular
    teeth whitening standard. Another transcend overlook by himself and the
    production team. I’d like you guys to watch the Japanese classic
    movies, you might notice that during the era, the Japapese people
    considered women with black teeth were beautiful. So we saw in those
    films, females indeed were with blackened teeth. I just can’t believe
    that just right after the Civil War, American dentistry already got
    21st century modern technique. Whenever I saw Danzel’s white and bright
    teeth so shinning on the screen, I just couldn’t help shaking my head.

    This movie is just a pretentious, lukewarm and forgettable pass-time.

  • valleyjohnSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    Good but not a patch on the original

    When I first heard they were remaking The Magnificent Seven my initial
    thoughts were why ? Then I saw the cast and my next feelings were
    excitement and anticipation to see if they could get close to the 1960
    classic , A film that is one of my all time favourites. The story
    doesn’t stray too far from the original . Instead of Mexican bandits
    being the enemy . this time it’s a mining tycoon and his men. The Seven
    are a little more multicultural too. We have Denzel Washington playing
    the Yul Brenner part , Ethan Hawke as the Robert Vaughn character and
    Chris Pratt playing the Steve McQueen role. There is also a native
    American Indian , a Mexican and Korean knife thrower. Despite the
    varied characters on show they all work really well together and you
    definitely care what happens to them. There is lots of great action as
    you would expect and none of the violence is gratuitous . My only gripe
    is that they didn’t use the famous Elmer Bernstein soundtrack until the
    final credits .I think they missed a trick there. So the big question
    is , is it as good as the original ? The answer is no but it’s still a
    solid two hours of pure entertainment.

  • Troy_CampbellSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    An energetic and highly entertaining Western.

    The Western has long become a rarity on the big screen, replaced over
    the last few decades as the dominant action genre first by bulging
    muscles and explosions, then by spandex and superpowers. So this
    big-budget remake of the 1960 classic comes as a welcome breath of
    tobacco-filled air, even if it doesn’t quite live up to its
    predecessor. But as a piece of popcorn entertainment, it fires on all
    cylinders. Not surprisingly with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The
    Equalizer, Shooter) calling the shots, subtlety is pushed aside for
    frenetic set pieces and belief-defying heroics, especially in the wild
    climactic showdown that demonstrates minimal CGI does not equal minimal
    fun. Amongst all the balletic gunplay and macho posturing there’s a
    relatively simple story: town is overrun by a dastardly villain (Peter
    Sarsgaard oozing creepiness), town employs cowboys-for-hire (guess how
    many) for protection, town fights with said cowboys leading the way.
    That the plot requires little more explanation then that highlights the
    focus of the movie, for better and for worse, however the fact it never
    feels shallow or superficial can be attributed to the exhilarating
    action and the ultra-cool cast. And what a fantastic cast it is. Denzel
    Washington is reliably charismatic as the contemplative leader, Chris
    Pratt is magnetic as the group’s joker, Ethan Hawke is intense as the
    tormented sniper, Byung-hun Lee is enigmatic as the blade-wielding
    assassin, Vincent D’Onofrio is intriguing as the philosophical killer
    and Haley Bennett is fierce as the townswoman who stands her ground.
    Best of all, the eclectic characters – also including Manuel
    Garcia-Rulfo as the rowdy Mexican and Martin Sensmeier as the Indian
    warrior – share a wonderful chemistry that makes them utterly watchable
    from start to finish. An energetic remake with style to spare, The
    Magnificent Seven is a rip-roaring adventure that’ll please
    long-neglected Western fans to no end.

  • E.W. GerdesSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    Proof That Modern Westerns Can Still Be Good

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  • neoduricSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    It actually made you care for characters

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  • comydowSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    AWESOME, fun, entertaining!

    Just got out of the theater and this was an AWESOME movie! There was a
    lot of hype around this movie and I was excited, but also a bit nervous
    it wouldn’t live up to all the hype. However, in my opinion, it
    exceeded my expectations. The writing, acting, pacing, cinematography,
    and look all contributed to what I found to be a very well done western
    movie. The simplicity of the plot didn’t over complicate anything and
    allowed for all the previously mentioned elements to work really well
    together. I stayed on the edge of my seat and was drawn into the movie.
    It looked and felt like an authentic western movie. The gun fights felt
    powerful and the buildup to the end fight was great. LOVED IT and
    definitely recommend this movie!

  • uber_poetSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    A treat for TV

    I’m a man of few words, so here is my review, plain and simple and
    fancy word free! If you are the type of person who likes to go to the
    cinema and pay to see a Sunday teatime movie, this movie is for you. If
    you’re not, you might as well wait until it appears on your TV screen
    for free. A decent enough movie for TV on a rainy day. If you go and
    pay to see this film, you might feel that you’ve been robbed by the
    Jesse James gang! Whoever thought that this movie deserves the same
    name as that of the 1960 original western classic, really ought to be
    collecting their last pay check. They clearly do not belong in the film
    industry! (as much as I, clearly do not belong to the world of film
    reviewing).

  • jpatrick-68632September 29, 2016Reply

    It goes OK!

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  • WhingewoodSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    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)

  • Ryan LeeSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Samurai!!

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  • yonathanlesmanaSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    It’s Magnificently Good..!!

    I have watched Kurosawa’s masterpiece before and nothing will ever
    close to it, especially when we put the year of production into
    consideration. It so amazing what Kurosawa could do at that time with
    so many limitation in technology.

    But let’s stop comparing this movie with the old good ”Seven Samurai”.
    If I look this movie as just a movie (without consider it as a remake
    of something else), Magnificent Seven is a good cowboy movie.

    I love Denzel’s acting in this movie. His character is so strong. Ethan
    Hawke has the right face and attitude to become Goodnight. Great casts!

    Chris Pratt is superb too. He brings the cheerful ambiance into this
    movie. His lines and jokes fit him well.

    Well, one character that’s not built right is Red Harvest. He lack of
    background story, make his character felt blunt, no attachment with the
    others or with audiences.

    But overall, this is a very good movie. It brings me smile, and
    excitement. Cowboys fight is always good to watch, but never this good.

    I personally love it! And will consider to re-watch it again in later
    time.

  • dbrynSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    Regurgitated Hollywood Garbage

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  • Anurag-ShettySeptember 30, 2016Reply

    This movie is, truly magnificent.

    The Magnificent Seven tells the story of seven men, including gunmen,
    assassins & outlaws. Seven highly skilled people namely, Chisolm(Denzel
    Washington), Josh Faraday(Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux(Ethan
    Hawke), Jack Horne(Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks(Byung-hun Lee),
    Vasquez(Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) & Red Harvest(Martin Sensmeier), band
    together to stop a bunch of deadly thieves, from taking over a village.
    These thieves are led by, Bartholomew Bogue(Peter Sarsgaard).

    The Magnificent Seven is a movie, that definitely lives up to its
    title. Director Antoine Fuqua has successfully remade the 1960 classic
    of the same name(which I’m yet to watch). The action set pieces, are
    one of the highlights of the film. Apart from the action, there are
    plenty of humorous moments in the movie. The climax of the film is
    unpredictable & will leave you speechless. The cinematography by Mauro
    Fiore, perfectly captures the natural beauty of the locations where the
    movie has been shot. The background score by Simon Franglen & James
    Horner stays with you, even after the film ends. The performances are
    another highlight of the film. Denzel Washington is outstanding as
    Chisolm. Chris Pratt is spectacular as Josh Faraday. Ethan Hawke is
    awesome as Goodnight Robicheaux. Vincent D’Onofrio is amazing as Jack
    Horne. Byung-hun Lee is fantastic as Billy Rocks. Manuel Garcia- Rulfo
    is superb as Vasquez. Martin Sensmeier is great as Red Harvest. The
    camaraderie among Washington, Pratt, Hawke, D’Onofrio, Lee,
    Garcia-Rulfo & Sensmeier, is infectious. Haley Bennett is excellent as
    Emma Cullen. Peter Sarsgaard is extremely intimidating as, Bartholomew
    Bogue. Luke Grimes is good as Teddy Q. Matt Bomer is impressive as
    Matthew Cullen. The Magnificent Seven is a must watch, for everyone who
    wants to thoroughly enjoy their time at the multiplex.

  • leosmith-11166September 30, 2016Reply

    Best western made in recent years that isn’t Tarantino

    A 2016 remake of the classic 1960 western that is considered one of the
    best of it’s genre. The concept really doesn’t sound that promising.
    But, it is. Antonio Fuqua’s ripping film about seven men bound together
    with a sense of heroism is a rewarding experience, and a fresh breath
    for remakes. The use of practical effects, mixed with a star studded
    cast and a awesome score, add up to the greatest Western made in the
    last few years,which wasn’t directed by Tarantino.

    Only admiration can be felt for Fuqua, who takes cinematic risks in an
    unrisky film industry. The risks I’m talking of are the use of a
    multicultural cast, with, in a rare event within Hollywood, places the
    native Indianan as a protagonist. The action sequences are shot with
    extreme care, and the any use of cinematography is carefully planned,
    to maximize the emotions felt by the audience, whilst using iconic and
    gripping imagery to draw the viewer in the west. The bold use of
    violence of blood is a relief for a PG-13 film, and Fuqua deliberately
    capitalizes on the effect blood can have on the audience.

    But the one thing that sticks out of this film the most is in the
    exploration of human sacrifice and fear. It isn’t as though the
    original didn’t have this, indeed it did. But this remake allows a
    modern audience to also feel the these emotions and understand these
    values and messages in a dynamic 21st century film. One might question
    that everything represented in this is also represented in the
    original. The two films do have a lot in common in the area of messages
    and values. But Fuqua’s take allows a more individual sense of
    sacrifice. He explores deeper what Sturges only briefly touches on in
    the original. And whilst the original ”Seven” is a much more superior
    and original film, the remake allows the audience of this generation to
    be entertained and taught, thus justifying the existence of the film.

    In a Hollywood where the Western died decades ago, ”The Magnificent
    Seven” holds up and outshines any action flick that Hollywood can
    produce. Whilst still using the original ”Seven Samurai” story as a
    backbone, it adds a new formula, and proves that one plot idea can
    entertain any generation. Fuqua’s new spin stylized western is
    defiantly worth your magnificent money and time.

  • Sujan Kumar (sujanfaster)September 30, 2016Reply

    Right on the money!

    I can never stop praising Antoine Fuqua. He is the everyman’s
    filmmaker. He knows how to make a proper entertainer. Give him the
    weakest of scripts, yet Antoine Fuqua can make a decent movie out of
    that. I have watched last four of the Fuqua’s film in cinemas which
    says a lot and each time he has delivered a very good movie. The
    Magnificent Seven is no different with respect to that. What makes The
    Magnificent Seven standout is its intensity and crisp screenplay.

    The Magnificent Seven is a remake of 1960’s classic of the same name. I
    haven’t watched the original, so I cannot compare the two. Making a
    movie with the theme of the Wild West is not easy. There have been so
    many movies of the same type and it is very difficult to avoid the
    clichés. But The Magnificent Seven has no time for all that. It is a
    super-fast flick although it runs for 120 minutes. The story is a
    simple justice-revenge saga against an evil landlord plotted by
    oppressed villagers with the help of seven gunmen who are one of their
    kinds. While the first 50 minutes or so is how Denzel Washington
    recruits and brings them together, and the remaining movie is packed
    with action and how the team bonds together. Movies like this need to
    be very good at technical departments and The Magnificent Seven excels
    in cinematography and background score. It definitely has a Wild West
    feel to it but also not too much to irritate you. Action scenes are
    well shot, but the need for PG 13 rating makes it lacks a bit of that
    extra punch. There are so many blink and a miss good action sequences
    so you better not look at your phone screen during this movie. I would
    only like to be critical about how the movie doesn’t have much time for
    the bonding and interaction of ‘the seven’.

    Antoine Fuqua is one of the directors who love to cast their favourite
    actors again and again. Denzel Washington yet again delivers a
    commendable lead performance in a Fuqua movie. He is one of my
    favourite actors and he never disappoints. Well by watching the
    trailers we all knew what Chris Pratt would bring to the movie and this
    talented actor is a treat to watch. Vincent D’Onofrio has quite a
    unique character. Ethan Hawke has been given an apt role for his age.
    Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier are less famous of the lot and
    they don’ disappoint. Byung Hun Lee for me is the show stealer who
    makes his action speak louder than words. Peter Saarsgard as the
    antagonist could have been much more more menacing. Chloe Bennet, Matt
    Bomer and Luke Grimes play the stereotypical supporting roles.

    The Magnificent Seven is yet another piece of great cinema making by
    Antoine Fuqua. Don’t miss it if you are an action fan or a Denzel
    Washington fan or a Wild West movie fan or simply saying, a movie fan.

  • nzswannySeptember 30, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven rightfully gets seven.

    I haven’t seen the original, and I hadn’t seen the trailer for this
    movie, so I walked into this film with zero expectations. I also had
    not read any reviews, or had a check on the tomato meter. So, when I
    walked out of the cinema, I had my own, completely fresh opinion…and
    I gotta say, it was fun, and definitely watchable. But it suffered from
    a lot of something I would like to call, Western Cliché.

    However, if you ignore the Western Clichés in the movie, and ignore the
    rushed moments that tried to be emotional, and instead watch the movie
    just for the action, you will enjoy this film, because this movie has
    good action sequences, and the frequent humour and fast paced story.
    The movie definitely needed to slow down though.

    Overall, I rate this a 6.9/10. If this film had no action, it would be
    a 5.7/10.

  • cazmorSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    Almost Magnificent

    A remake of a remake. . .

    I like many am a fan of the first remake, John Sturges 1960 classic,
    and as its modern counterpart it also was a star packed line-up.

    Going into this film it is hard not to directly compare, but then with
    the title and premise how could one not, and as a fan of overall
    westerns I was only to eager.

    The cast certainly promised a lot, but as is often the case in having
    so much talent sardine’d in not all are given the screen time to shine.

    Denzel did a fine job of his leading role as Sam Chisolm, and I enjoyed
    Pratt’s lively portrayal of Farraday as a drunken gambler, and although
    I am fans of Hawke and D’Onofrio, they like Byhuing and Peter Sarsguard
    had Cameo appearances at best, though Sarsgauard did a wonderful job of
    the villain, cold and sadistic.

    The filmography was excellent, shot in what I consider the essence of
    westerns, as much about the surroundings as the people, still wide
    scenery shots, slow wide pans, and many through frame shots, truly a
    fine job.

    But all of this could not detract from a film that slightly exceeded
    its grasp, even with excellent action scenes, adequately restrained,
    something was off, as well timed as the screenplay was, there is little
    to no character development, we are left with the characters almost as
    we meet them, casual introductions.

    If I had never seen the original Magnificent Seven? Is this for the
    current generation? Does it stand on it’s own?

    Unfortunately no, the Seven Samurai and the 1960’s Magnificent Seven
    have more than stood the test of time, Antoine Faqua made a valiant
    effort here, just not a magnificent one.

  • Mihai PopaSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    Too Much Politics

    Antoine Fuqua is a good director but this time he seems more concerned
    about being politically correct. One African-American, one Mexican, one
    Asian and one Native American out of 7 ”Magnificent”. A lady in the
    main positive role. I would not have been surprised to see a whale in
    need to be saved. But I did see an embarrassing speech in the middle of
    the movie, blaming capitalism and religion for lost of real democracy.
    The movie is OK. Not as good as the 1960’s original, far from Seven
    Samurai. Ironically, the movie is good mainly because of Denzel
    Washington who has been cast by Fuqua in order to express the Wild West
    ”diversity”. But Denzel is a great actor, he would have been a great
    actor with an orange or pink skin too. I can’t say how much I regret
    cinematography being under siege of diversity, multiculturalism and
    other similar progressive movements. It should be a form of art. It is
    no longer. I’ve read user comments and some of them know nothing about
    Seven Samurai or 1960s Magnificent Seven, yet they are eager to discuss
    about racism, whitewash, diversity, feminism and everything except the
    movie itself.

  • Simeon GranadaSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven reminds us all why we love Westerns.

    The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the classic American Western of
    1960, itself an interpretation of the Japanese film Seven Samurai, may
    not climb to receive the adjective of ”magnificent” in many beholders’
    eyes, but I for one appreciate the film entirely. Of course, no good
    Western or film in general is without its flaws, and certainly this
    film has its share. But I say with certainty that the latest film to
    come out of the great director Antoine Fuqua’s sleeve is a
    ”magnificent” draw that illuminates why the Western, a genre truly
    created out of the Romantic era of thought, has drawn America’s
    attention and inspired so many, and kept on chugging. While the genre
    has declined in popularity, the outstanding cast in The Magnificent
    Seven is one indication of why this genre is seen as important to the
    history of film. Not only was the lineup cast so well and did its job
    of bringing attention to the film, but the performances were wonderful
    and rich with that kind of subtle Western humor and individuality. The
    film is occasionally, funny, but the humor is included well enough that
    we do not and should not expect a joke at every turn or shot. Also,
    each character approached the conflict in their own way, some hesitant,
    some desperate, some afraid, and it is certain that no side is aware of
    the full outcome of the resolution. And truly, the film is a story
    completely devoted to a portrayal of different characters. Yes, the
    film is heavy on action, but the conflict is straightforward. It is not
    muddied by petty issues, which allows times and places for character
    development in all of them. While in these respects the film truly does
    wonderfully, I am not so sure why many people expected some kind of
    game-changing film. It is a remake, a relatively formulaic film like
    the original. And yet, while a remake, it also certainly has its flare
    of diversity only recently seen, especially in Westerns and other
    action-genre films. That is where the true value of the film shines. It
    is an indication that not only is the Western alive and well, but it is
    becoming more inclusive for actors of all ethnicities and races. That
    speaks as much to audiences as it does to actors, perhaps even more so.
    And it is important to see that. It shows that the genre is maturing in
    some respect. The visual, audio and other camera/editing technicalities
    have been established and mastered throughout the course of 20th into
    21st century filmmaking, and some are still being invented, but the
    acting and level of talent and inclusion certainly has been raised. I
    am simply very happy to see some appropriate involvement from all
    parties. It is respectful as it is exciting, and really that is a
    driving force behind why this film is great. Another factor is that
    each of the characters are remarkably mortal. As of recently, the
    Western hero, heroes and heroines, have become true human beings, and
    that is great to see. We have lessened our grasp on the outright
    bullet-dodging, Hand-of-God fiction, but still hold on to the fun
    characters that define the genre. The humorous wordplay and the
    lip-biting dialogue, the roaring action and coordination, the
    characters’ mortality, the cinematography, the sound effects, the
    soundtrack (which by the way all the respect goes to James Horner (his
    last soundtrack) and Simon Franglen), the cast, the direction, and the
    material all have come together to form a lovely, entertaining film.

  • vengeance20October 1, 2016Reply

    Good for a 12 rated Western Film

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  • Janne ParriOctober 1, 2016Reply

    Everything I expected

    The Magnificent Seven offered exactly what we expected. The remake of
    1960 appeared movie together with Denzel Washington is a safe choice
    Westerns. Nothing too light, and nothing too serious.

    I haven’t seen the earlier versions of the movie, and perhaps rightly
    so. Classic remakes are always putting pressures and prejudices. Now I
    got to experience the entertaining action movie, which followed a
    familiar pattern for westerns. Seven kinds of western hero end up
    together and take on to defend the innocent little town from a rich
    barony. There is a bloody battle ahead of them and all of them won’t
    see another day.

    Denzel was perhaps the reason I agreed to watch this movie. His
    performance was convincing and created the base for the film. Chris
    Pratt’s character Josh Faraday was witty and a bit of the bibulous
    character. He brought an appropriate amount of humor in to the movie.
    Other well-known actors were Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. They
    did their part.

    The atmosphere in the movie was beyond good and it wasn’t just about
    revenge. Different people joined forces and fought together in favor of
    the weaker. From time to time the tension was loaded very in a
    traditional for the westerns. A great number of shots and explosions
    then triggered the tension. Weapons swished and men fell in an
    appropriate unrealistic pace.

    Despite the great actors and good atmosphere, the film did not exceed
    expectations. It reached them and stayed on the line. Again, this is a
    lot, and I feel it’s enough for many of those movie moments. It does
    not have to be the best, but I wish all movies were at least so good.

  • HellmantOctober 1, 2016Reply

    Despite all it’s strengths, it left me wanting a little more.

    ‘THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN’: Four Stars (Out of Five)

    Director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic 1960 western, of the
    same name; which was in turn a remake of the 1954 Japanese epic ‘SEVEN
    SAMURAI’. It once again tells the story of seven outcast gunmen, that
    band together to defend a poor town from a ruthless industrialist. The
    script was written by Richard Wenk (a veteran action film director, of
    movies like ‘THE EXPENDABLES 2’ and ‘THE EQUALIZER’) and Nic Pizzolatto
    (who also created the popular TV series ‘TRUE DETECTIVE’, and wrote all
    of it’s episodes); it’s based on a screenplay by the great Akira
    Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni. The film stars Denzel
    Washington (in his third collaboration with Fuqua), Chris Pratt, Ethan
    Hawke (in his third collaboration with Fuqua as well), Byung-hun Lee,
    Manuel Garcia- Rulfo, Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Haley
    Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It’s received mostly positive reviews from
    critics (although not great ones) and it’s done pretty well at the Box
    Office (but not great). I think it’s a fairly good western remake (but
    not a great one).

    The movie is set in 1879, in a small mining town called Rose Creek. The
    town is taken over by a corrupt businessman, named Bartholomew Bogue
    (Sarsgaard), and his men; and when some of the townspeople try standing
    up against him, they’re slaughtered. Emma Cullen (Bennett), who’s
    husband (Matt Bomer) was murdered, rides to the closest town, with her
    friend Teddy Q (Luke Grimes), looking for help. They’re they meet a
    warrant officer named Sam Chisolm (Washington). When Cullen offers
    Chisolm a lot of money, and informs him that Bogue is the culprit, he
    reluctantly agrees to help her. Chisolm then sets out in finding six
    other gunmen to help him.

    The movie is entertaining, full of colorful characters (and good
    performances), and it also has some pretty spectacular actions scenes;
    one shootout is really intense (and well done). The movie is definitely
    entertaining; there’s a few slow moments, but there’s not too much
    really to complain about. Still, despite all it’s strengths, it left me
    wanting a little more. It’s definitely not a classic, like either of
    the films it’s based on (or ‘THREE AMIGOS’), but it is a pretty good
    western flick.

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  • riyork2October 1, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven ”So Far, So Good”

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  • FiurilliOctober 1, 2016Reply

    Run of the mill western flick

    ‘The Magnificent Seven’ is the latest product created by Hollywood’s
    ”remake machine”. Hollywood has been cranking this machine a lot lately
    and it is unclear when the handle will completely fall off. It has
    gotten close before with movies like ‘Ben Hur’, ‘Point Break’ and many
    others. The amount of remakes being made does not seem to decrease and
    there are still a lot in the pipeline. Remakes are not necessarily bad
    though for there are quite a lot that are much better than their
    predecessor. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ however is fighting an uphill
    battle since the original released in 1960 is considered by many a
    western classic. At its core this movie is a run of the mill western
    flick. It has us follow a man going by the name of Sam Chisolm who is a
    bounty hunter employed by the government. Chisolm is quickly confronted
    by a damsel in distress who is on a quest for revenge since almost half
    her village was murdered by an evil man called Bartholomew Bogue.
    Chisolm rounds up a group of six other men to battle Bogue and together
    they form the titular magnificent seven.

    Characters with an evil nature are almost always present in western
    movies, usually they still have an underlying sense of goodness which
    makes them feel human. This sense of inner goodness is non- apparent in
    Bogue who is presented as a mustache twirling villain. Most of the
    characters that form the magnificent seven are also very
    two-dimensional. For instance the so called ”outlaw” Vasquez only seems
    to exist to set up some stereotypically racist one-liners. Roughly the
    same holds for almost every other character and overall there are only
    three that are given any sense of backstory. This is mostly done via
    the many conversations that are present throughout the movie. One
    problem with this though is that it does not feel natural and most
    times it seems like it was forced into otherwise normal conversations.
    What also feels forced are the handful of jokes that are spread
    throughout the movie. This film did not need all of those jokes and if
    it really wanted to add in some comedic relief it should have done so
    in a much more clever way rather than simply inserting them into
    certain conversations. It is for these very reasons that the dialogue
    never seems to flow in a natural way and it can even be perceived as
    boring at times. The writers of this movie have not done a very good
    job which is sad considering the fact that characters and dialogue are
    almost always the most important aspect of a movie set in the old west.

    As stated before the movies main bad guy is not particularly well done,
    however Peter Sarsgaard, the actor starring as Bartholomew Bogue, at
    the very least put in his best effort by presenting Bogue in a very
    slimy fashion. Behind the magnificent seven also are some very
    well-rounded actors. This movie features none other than Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio among others
    which is nothing short of a stellar cast. In spite of their flat
    characters and bland dialogue almost every actor did do a very decent
    job in portraying their on screen persona. The entire cast seemed to
    have had a lot of fun in playing an old school gunslinger which helped
    create some much needed chemistry between the magnificent seven and
    overall it was quite enjoyable to see them all together on the big
    screen.

    Typically most western style movies contain a few environmental shots
    to set up the countryside as a character itself. The movies director
    Antoine Fuqua tries to do the same and as a result there are some very
    beautiful shots present in this film. One problem however is that
    instead of leaving one wanting more they’re cut short before they could
    have been fully appreciated. Another part where Fuqua fails to deliver
    is in the framing of the many conversations present in the first half
    of the movie. The camera is always focused on the person that is
    talking making it almost impossible to see other characters react to
    what is happening. Something that is also not very well executed are
    the many action sequences scattered throughout. The magnificent seven
    never miss any of their shots unless the plot requires them to and
    after almost every kill the gunslingers feel the need to spin their gun
    around before holstering it. Furthermore the many enemies thrown at the
    main characters seemed to have had the same weapon training as a
    Stormtrooper and miss almost every shot they take. The action sequences
    themselves are also very rough around the edges, the movie cuts to a
    new shot almost every second and because of this it is very hard to get
    an understanding of what is happening at any given time. As a result
    the grand finale, spanning almost a quarter of the movies runtime,
    becomes tiresome to watch and overstays its welcome by a long shot.

    In the end ‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a movie that is incredibly
    bloated. It attempts to set up an overarching story, present quite a
    lot of characters while being forced to leave enough time for a grand
    finale. By trying to focus on too many aspects all at once it fails to
    execute a single aspect to perfection. It is for these very reasons
    that ‘The Magnificent Seven’ gets a not so magnificent five out of ten.

  • Dan HardenOctober 1, 2016Reply

    So far so good

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  • GUENOT PHILIPPE ([email protected])October 1, 2016Reply

    Please try to forget the two previous ones….

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  • Mike NeumeierOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Not like Original But fair

    I only give it a 6 because there’s wasn’t enough background information
    on the 7 men that were chosen, could have went into a little more depth
    of who these men were.

    Also, the only time the original theme music played was at the end when
    the movie was over – wish they would have incorporated the theme music
    throughout the film.

    Sound of guns just isn’t the same as the old Westerns, remember how
    those pistols & winchesters used to sound – not the same anymore.

    Wish they would have use Denzel’s name as Chris, that’s the name in all
    the Mag 7 movies, why change now?? It was fair but certainly not great
    & not as good as the original.

    Great scenery though even though some was computer generated since it
    was shot around Baton Rouge.

  • holybagpipes-6-153560October 2, 2016Reply

    Not Magnificent

    This didn’t even come close to the westerns of the 1950’s to the
    1970’s. John Wayne is probably rolling in his grave. Nor did it come
    close to the remakes like 3:10 to Yuma or Tombstone. Nor does it come
    close to Free State of Jones released this year too.

    Another comment says ”Diversity 7” and that’s dead on. This rendition
    is just too unrealistic for the American period of 1880’s that it
    doesn’t make it enjoyable for a die hard western fan. It’s an action
    film set in western time, not a western film with action.

    Even the accent and delivery of lines from Chisum had too many
    similarities to Bart’s delivery in Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles. I was
    waiting for the line, ”’cuse me while I whip this out.” Even the town’s
    name is similar to Mel Brook’s Rock Ridge.

    The unrealistic bringing together of Doc (Doc Holiday), Billy the Kid,
    Chisum, and others took away any sense of reality. The use of weapons
    for that time period is unrealistic too.

    John Wayne’s Chisum was actually a pretty accurate movie to the history
    of the Lincoln County War. But this movie isn’t about it at all.

    The Magnificent Seven is actually a Samurai movie from Japan that was
    remade into a western. This doesn’t even come close to those two
    classics.

    If a millennium wants to watch a good cowboy movie, don’t go to see
    this one. It borders more on an action comedy than a western. Search
    for the classics. The acting, style, and historical accuracy is there.

  • Bill SimsOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Five-Word Review: Wonderfully Over-the-top; Entertaining, Solid Fun

    With a crew boasting ‘Training Day’ trio Antoine Fuqua, Denzel
    Washington and Ethan Hawke, in addition to Chris Pratt and Vincent
    D’Onofrio, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ should be a real riot. Luckily, it
    is. Though the story – an unsavoury bunch terrorise a peaceful town,
    and in step the heroes – epitomises standard Western formula, this
    modern take on the stale recipe, in addition to the gleeful flaunting
    of clichés and excellent cast chemistry makes for a fun time.

    Pratt, Washington, and Byung-Hun-Lee are excellent, and Peter Sarsgaard
    is as dastardly as they come as a Very Villainous Villain. The script
    whizzes by for the most part, and although in places the film feels
    overlong and stretched out, it’s mostly a riotous ride. The standout
    scenes are of course the action scenes, with the modern approach to the
    Western style of violence really working, especially when the
    filmmakers give in to the ridiculousness of it all – at one point near
    the end a character comes roaring into battle on a galloping horse,
    leaping over a huge fire in slow motion wielding two guns, for example.
    The other Western clichés are also excellently flaunted: an outsider
    entering a saloon to disapproval; an ominous ride into town on a horse;
    the tension-riddled Mexican standoffs; the dastardly
    black-clothing-wearing villain; the hard-bitten woman; the roguish
    Mexican character.

    It’s clearly been made by people who appreciate Westerns, and the whole
    thing feels part homage, part reboot of a genre which has suffered
    heavily in recent years with the over-modernised ‘Cowboys and Aliens’
    and ‘The Lone Ranger’. For that reason, it’s very good.

    On the other hand, the plain ludicrousness can only go so far and at
    times the film feels generic and bland instead of irreverent and
    tongue-in-cheek. Then there are some choices which just feel bizarre,
    such as the off-putting squeak of Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, some
    silly action clichés (variable amounts of ammo, main character
    invulnerability), and anticlimaxes.

    Nevertheless, overall it’s a perfectly fun film and if you’re looking
    for something to do it’s a great thing to see, even if it won’t stay
    long in the memory. 64/100.

  • CANpatbuck3664October 2, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven is Well Cast and Well Filmed but Suffers Slightly From Sticking Too Close to the Formula

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  • therealplayoffOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Utterly disappointed, high expectations and nothing more to it

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  • slayerjmk95October 2, 2016Reply

    An Unneeded Remake, But Well-Deserved Return

    The Magnificent Seven is both a remake of the 1960 film, and of the
    Japanese classic which the first Magnificent Seven is based on, Seven
    Samurai. In this film, warrant officer Sam Chisolm is ”recruited by
    Emma Cullen after her town is attacked and terrorized by Bartholomew
    Bogue and his men, who plans to fully take the town and use the
    townsfolk for mining. Chisolm in turn recruits six more fighters to
    help defend the town and its people.

    This is a timeless story that, while didn’t need to be retold or
    remade, is well-deserved and welcomed by how truly phenomenal the
    entire cast is, and of the true grit (no pun intended there) through
    which the friendship between these random strangers flourishes, as they
    come to answer a higher calling that goes beyond gold. I would talk
    about specific cast members, but everyone was just perfect. Denzel is
    signature Denzel at his finest, Chris Pratt brings a real balance to
    being both hysterical and heroic, Ethan Hawke is tragic and
    heart-breaking, as is D’Onfrio. Byung-hun Lee is brilliant as Billy
    Rocks, Garcia-Rulfo a scene-stealer and Sensmeier a vision as Red
    Harvest. Even Sarsgaard’s Bogue was a memorable villain, for being the
    right amount of coward as much as tyrannical monster. The direction
    from Fuqua was solid, and he too was at his A-game, and I would say
    this is one of his best films yet (behind Training Day and Equalizer,
    but tied with Southpaw). While there was nothing new with the story,
    the writing was still absolutely brilliant, especially coming from True
    Detective scribe Nic Pizzolatto, as well as Richard Wenk. One thing I
    personally loved most about this movie though wasn’t just the cast or
    the fantastic production, but the music. You can hear James Horner’s
    touch in a few of the more adventurous ques, and in an action sequence,
    and on top of that bringing the original Magnificent Seven theme back
    from Elmer Bernstein.

    The Magnificent Seven is a fun, brilliant and well-made remake that
    does the original story justice, and while it doesn’t do anything new
    or fresh with the story, the re-telling with realism, brutality and raw
    emotion through the outstanding cast makes the lack of innovation
    unnecessary. No, it’s not perfect, and not everyone will like it, but
    it is still a truly impressive feat considering most remakes are
    unnecessary and fall flat, even if they try to do something new or
    innovative (though some remakes are successful, just not most). I would
    put this alongside the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, which is arguably an
    instant classic, and truly powerful. The Magnificent Seven was and is a
    great movie, and definitely on the Best of 2016 if you ask me. So far,
    anyway.

  • Kevin TanOctober 2, 2016Reply

    A reminder to Donald Trump that America was once founded upon immigrant spirit

    A cowboy pub falling silent upon the entrance of a stranger, dueling
    gunslingers amid the tune of plucked banjo strings, and horses
    galloping across desolate deserts and mountains – there is a certain
    sense of gratification brought by Western films. One of the few
    Westerns this year is Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, a remake
    of John Sturges’ film of the same name, which in turn is a remake of
    Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The plot and formula is as vintage as
    it gets: it hearkens back to the dark history of western colonialism
    where pillaging, stealing and killing is at its peak. Corrupt
    industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) along with his
    immigrant crew lays siege to the mining town of Rose Creek, and
    slaughters any local who attempt to stand up against him. ”I seek
    righteousness… but I’ll take revenge,” a vindictive Emma Cullen (Haley
    Bennett) asks for the help of warrant officer Sam Chisolm (Denzel
    Washington) and together, they assemble a ragtag band of outlaws and
    transform their folks of farmers into fighters.

    Seven should not receive any complaints from the ”racial diversity
    council” (if there’s such a thing) as minorities here are
    well-represented reminding Donald Trump that America was once founded
    upon immigrant spirit. Chisolm as the Seven’s leader is a man of color
    and the rest is a rainbow coalition: pyromaniac/”world’s greatest
    lover” Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), sharpshooter cleverly named as
    Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), grisly tracker Jack Horne (Vincent
    D’Onofrio), knife-wielding Korean Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Mexican
    outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and a Comanche warrior who calls
    himself Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). In favor of the big action
    sequences, the film does a grocery-shopping style of recruitment that
    character motivations are not properly fleshed out. Most characters get
    the shorter end of the stick when it comes to development that they
    remained to be an archetype all throughout: The Guy Who’s Good at
    Knives, The Guy Who’s Good at Bow and Arrow, The Mexican Guy, The Bear
    Who Wears Human Clothes, and so on. The film never really went deep on
    the psyche of these men – why did they decide to risk their lives over
    some random town, along with others which they may or may not get along
    with? The sense of brotherhood does not sell much as well in the rare
    scenes where they get to talk as a team. Hence, when the film needs to
    create a sense of loss in the end, there’s little impression left.

    Much of the character development went to Pratt’s character and the
    actor who employs card tricks at one point, has a contemporary brand of
    humor to belong in the Western genre. This is basically Star Lord
    wearing a vest and a revolver. Still, he remains to be the most likable
    character in the film (though not as close as his role in The Guardians
    of the Galaxy). In his third collaboration with Fuqua after Training
    Day and The Equalizer, Washington donning an all-black suit and a
    bolero hat while sitting on his midnight steed has a commanding screen
    presence more fitting for this genre. His performance occasionally
    veers to dull nobility but when his twist is revealed, the character is
    given a new depth.

    Fuqua does not need the trick of quick cuts and shaky cams (see every
    Jason Bourne movie made), to showcase firepower in broad daylight.
    Farraday remarks at one point, ”I’ve always wanted to blow something
    up.” This is perhaps Fuqua’s directive vision in Seven – it is
    lock-and-loaded with impressive artillery to ratchet up on the
    exhibitionist and unceremonious kills done in an uncanny precision.
    This should make Rambo curl up in a corner. When it comes to its
    explosive finale, the irony befalls – the noble seven fights for the
    town’s ownership but with all the bombing, stabbing, bow-and-arrow- ing
    and bullet-spraying done, half of it is reduced to flaming wood chips,
    there’s practically nothing left. This over-extended gunfight can numb
    the senses and occasionally lose one’s geographic bearings, but it is
    still extremely entertaining.

    Expect no glorious road to redemption here like in Django Unchained,
    clichés are also abound, but Fuqua knows how to stage his
    crowd-pleasing action scenes, The film is highly aware on what it
    aspires to be – a wild western ride. By the end of the film, a
    voice-over declares the following sentiment with such grandeur and
    pride: ”They were… magnificent.” Yeah, no. Frankly, this film does not
    live up to its name but entertaining, fun, or modest would be the more
    faithful representation to it.

  • stilloopless1October 2, 2016Reply

    Magnificent live up to its name

    I’m a fan of the good old fashioned westerns, including the original
    source material of this film, Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece Seven
    Samurai as well as the John Sturges’ 1960 The Magnificent Seven remake
    starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and company. So, all things being
    equal, Antoine Fuqua has some big shoes to fill with this 2016 remake.

    And fill them, Fuqua did. The Magnificent Seven is more The Equalizer
    than Training Day (thankfully), and the word magnificent sums things up
    nicely. Honestly, if the movie had only been as long as the opening
    sequence and ended, I would have said, ”money well spent” and left
    happy. It was that good. The remaining 2 hours are the icing on the
    proverbial (death by chocolate) cake and just as indulgent to the movie
    goer.

    Like its 1960s counterpart, the all star cast of Denzel Wahington,
    Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Chris Pratt bring all their
    combined and considerable talents to bear and deliver stellar
    performances. While lesser known (to me anyway) Byung-hun Lee, Manuel
    Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, and Haley Bennett rise to the challenge
    and hold their own against the ”big boys.” Peter Sarsgaard puts the bad
    and @$$ in [email protected]$$. One of the best, unrepentant, villains and complete
    s.o.b.s to come out the chute in ages. You fear and loathe this mother
    from the get and want him to get his in the worse way possible.

    Squee!

    The cinematography is outstanding. I saw this in IMAX and talk about
    feeling like you’re in the movie. The vistas are stunning, the dust and
    sweat is almost palatable. The grit and harshness of the frontier leaps
    off the screen. You don’t just watch this movie, you experience every
    thunder of horse hooves and spray of bullets. Speaking of bullets, the
    sound mixing add another rich layer of texture to this film. Every gun
    shot is like a canon blast and had me jumping and dodging in my seat.

    The Magnificent Seven is action packed, dramatic, tense and intense,
    introspective with touches of well placed/timed heart and humor. This
    is a modern day throw back to John Ford westerns and the like at their
    best.

    Gather up your posse, saddle up and mosey on down to the theater for
    this one. This film is time and money well spent.

  • A_Different_DrummerOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Denzel challenges Neeson for the title of World’s Oldest Action Figure

    Don’t misunderstand.

    Both Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington are in their 60s, both have
    defied the laws of Physics by starting brand-new careers as Action
    Heros late in life. and both are charismatic and talented enough to
    pull it off.

    (Neeson with the Taken series plus a few other assorted action roles
    recently; Denzel with the Equalizer franchise and this strange oater.)

    Frankly, I would be happy to buy a ticket buyer for all the action
    roles they both can dish up. If both these gentlemen want to continue
    to make these sorts of pictures for the next 20 years, I promise to
    keep watching.

    However, leaving aside the star power of the lead in this production,
    overall this film is a borderline remake.

    The original had a better ensemble cast, better music, and better
    acting.

    This is an ”OK” remake (as many other members have opined here) with
    arguably better pistol-handling skills.

    And still a very nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.

  • Duke WeaseltonOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Really entertaining film.

    This remake of the classic western film is an action-packed ride worth
    seeing on the big screen. The action scenes are really engaging and
    intense. I haven’t seen the original so I don’t know how much the plot
    changes but it can’t be by that much.

    Director Antoine Fuqua proves once again that he can direct a good
    action movie.

    Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt were excellent in their
    roles as the heroes. The whole film is entertaining and fun.

    Overall, The Magnificent Seven is a solid western film with enough
    action to entertain everyone although too violent for young children.

  • anderspilleyOctober 3, 2016Reply

    Have a good time with it?

    The Magneficent 7, directed by Antoine Fuqua

    Lets get started… First of all this film is defiantly not as bad as
    people are saying. Rating this film 5 or below is very harsh in my
    books. Yes, there is not a lot of character development. But substitute
    that with great action and a fast paced narrative, then you’ve still
    got a film that holds together.

    First things first, do not take this film seriously. People complaining
    ”ahh that would of never happened” or ”ahhh he’s so over the top”. Just
    have fun with the characters and action set pieces. I thought the
    characters were quite good actually. Denzel did a fine job, and Chris
    Pratt wow! I just love this guy more and more. People say he was too
    modern for that time, maybe he was. But that still does not take away
    the enjoyment I had with his gambling character ‘Faraday’. So Denzel
    and Chris were stand out for me. I thought Hawke done a good job as
    ‘Goodnight’ and his backstory was quite mysterious and intriguing as
    well, I just would of liked to explore that more, to really connect
    with his character. The remaining 4 of the 7 were shall I say ‘fine’.
    They really did not have much development and I couldn’t of really
    cared less for them. But they made the 7 and we go on..

    The Villain.. Was okay. A very stereotypical bad guy, just think of all
    the clichés and he’s probably got them. Saarsgard was menacing to an
    extent, we defiantly don’t see enough of him to think ”Ooooo this guy
    is bad ass” Having said that, the opening scene was pretty exciting.
    But after that we don’t see him enough.

    The plot is pretty simple. ‘This big bad man is terrorizing all the
    poor village people, and we need 7 men to fight back’ Don’t expect any
    major twists or things like that.

    The Camera work, sound, and mise en scene were amazing. Especially the
    sound, wow it felt like you was getting shot at. Hats off to Antoine
    for all of that.

    Overall, don’t go into this film with high expectations. Just have fun
    with it because I certainly did. The action was great, the music was
    great and Denzel was great. Yes, its generic and simple. But if it’s
    done well, whats not to like? If you like action movies and westerns
    you should defiantly give it a watch, if you’re just a movie goer, id
    still say give it a watch.

    I’m not going to compare it with the original because that’s unfair.
    It’s just a modern re-telling. 7/10

  • Subakumaran RadhakrishnanOctober 3, 2016Reply

    I was very tired thats why I couldn’t walk out of the theatre.

    I have been watching a lot of movies in the recent times and this movie
    has absolutely nothing to watch.

    Seeing the magnificent star cast set in the olden west cowboy style
    environment I had huge expectations. But the movie had nothing other
    than watching stylish way of handling guns.

    I wouldn’t recommend anyone watching this unless if you want to hear
    gun shots for 70% of the time.

    Indeed there was couple of scenes which were good and unexpected which
    involved chris patt. Probably chris patt was the only entertaining part
    of the movie.

    Logic took a great hit all through out the movie.

  • voetbal_rogerOctober 3, 2016Reply

    Antoine Fuqua does nothing new, but nevertheless does it great

    I was pretty excited for this film. Seven Samurai was a very good film,
    but The Magnificent Seven (1960) just didn’t have an impact on me.
    Therefore I was hoping this one would deliver, AND IT DOES.

    It’s a good time for Chris Pratt fans, but more important: fans who
    were waiting for a reunion of Training Day’s Fuqua, Washington and
    Hawke. Great names accompanied by more great names: Byung-hun Lee,
    Peter Sarsgaard and Vincent D’Onofrio. But enough about the cast, let’s
    talk about the movie.

    This film is an action roller-coaster that never bored me for a single
    moment. The set pieces and costumes are authentic. The characters are
    great. The cinematography is beautiful and the action scenes are epic
    and impressive. Although it is important to mention that these scenes
    are filmed in a more contemporary way. Don’t worry, the rest feels just
    like a good old western.

    If you’re expecting a deep and thoughtful film, The Magnificent Seven
    might not be it for you. It’s a simple film with a simple plot which
    doesn’t take itself to serious. Just 2 hours of (decent) popcorn
    entertainment.

  • Edgar Allan PoohOctober 3, 2016Reply

    If Denzel Washington doesn’t win the Oscar . . .

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  • jsbwOctober 3, 2016Reply

    What a Festering Pile of $h|t

    So Antoine Fuqua makes one good film (Training Day) and whores the rest
    of his career away?

    This movie starts out a bit strong, but then simply collapses under the
    weight of two- dimensional, cliché characters and a horribly slapped
    together third act. Clearly there was no previsualization on anyone’s
    part. No choreography, no character-driven action, no orchestrattion.
    Just stuff blowing up and people getting shot by the hundreds, no
    better than a low-budget Hong Kong action flick.

    And no blood.

    Ridiculous.

    Look, don’t bother remaking a film unless you can do it better than the
    original. Cheaper to just re-release the first one.

  • tiger jack ([email protected])October 3, 2016Reply

    Not bad, with room for improvement

    I won’t provide an extensive review of the film as there seems to be
    many here already. I will just give my opinion of why I feel this movie
    fell short of greatness.

    The biggest flaw would be not enough character development. And I say
    ‘not enough’ instead of ‘lack of’ because there was some development
    with characters. Many interesting traits of each character were
    introduced, but not continued with.

    The action was good; but, could have been better. It felt too
    Hollywoodized instead of realistic – coming from the director of
    Training Day and the Equalizer, I was expecting the action to be more
    along those lines – but it wasn’t.

    The movie was long, but it didn’t utilize its time wisely. For a movie
    this long, there should have been more character development, and also
    better cinematography.

    Overall, there was a lot of lost potential. Fuqua is a great director,
    no doubt about it, and it does show throughout Magnificent Seven, but I
    think he oversimplified this particular work, didn’t put as much effort
    as previous times, and simply missed the mark.

    Having said that, it is an overall good film and an enjoyable watch,
    just don’t expect something so amazing.

    6.8/10

  • Paul WycherleyOctober 3, 2016Reply

    ”so far so good”

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  • eddie_bagginsOctober 3, 2016Reply

    A fun and well made popcorn Western

    It’s reasoning to exist may forever remain curiously unnecessary but
    there’s little denying the joy to be had from Antoine Fuqua’s remake
    and throwback to Westerns of old that provides us with a consistently
    adequate and well-acted re-doing of the classic Steve McQueen starring
    original from 1960.

    It feels like a lifetime since the last truly big budgeted and epically
    tinged Western has hit our cinema screens so in many ways despite it in
    no way being a classic, The Magnificent Seven is a nice change of pace
    from the other high profile films of 2016 that have come and gone over
    the months and with a winning cast all having a blast, you can’t help
    but go along for the ride willingly right through to the predictable
    and to be expected final gun slinging finale.

    Led by the stoic and could’ve done this in his sleep Denzel Washington,
    Fuqua has assembled an on song cast to enliven proceedings here with
    everyone’s new favourite everyman Chris Pratt giving his Star Lord
    persona a wild west makeover, Ethan Hawke going all gruff as
    sharpshooter Goodnight while rising star Haley Bennet providing a
    female touch (with added cleavage shots in another wise male dominated
    experience) and Vincent D’Onforio going all method leading one of the
    year’s most proficient acting tropes, that is somewhat let down by yet
    another sweaty bad guy turn by Peter Sarsgaard who must surely be
    getting a little tired of his villainous cameos.

    Despite Sarsgaard’s run of the mill villain Bartholomew Bogue and sense
    of déjà vu for a majority of the films big set ups, once the
    ”magnificent” do-gooders band together and the preparation for a bullet
    infested firefight takes place, Fuqua’s film becomes one of the years
    great popcorn munching events and as is to be expected from a film of
    this budget and pedigree everything here is staged in a well-oiled
    manner that’s hard to pick apart from either a technical or production
    point of view.

    Far from the classic that the original is and relatively easy to forget
    about, this Magnificent Seven is still a thankfully exciting and fun
    Western that marks down one of the best genre entries in sometime and a
    good excuse for a night out at the movies.

    3 ½ card tricks out of 5

  • Jordan ForbesOctober 4, 2016Reply

    Magnificent 7

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  • WindgeiselOctober 5, 2016Reply

    Not magnificent, but entertaining

    They are riding again.

    The Magnificent Seven are reborn in a cloud of dust and smoke. This
    movie is good old Western mixed with a scent of modern Action.

    The roles are written so well for the whole cast, you can’t imagine
    other actors. Especially Washington, Pratt and Hawke just nailed it.
    But also the rest of the multi-cultural ‘bunch’ does a great job.

    This is one of the interesting changes you may recognize during the
    movie. The original from 1960 wasn’t manned that colorful. Although
    historical this is totally correct. A crew like that, back in these
    years would definitely look like a big cultural mix. Personal I think
    this is a good change for a Hollywood-movie.

    I only missed a good score. There where many moments i thought, this
    could use some more of the original Bernstein-score, ore maybe some old
    school Ennio Morricone.

    But it’s unnecessary comparing this movie and the original, or even the
    original of the original, ”Seven Samurai” from 1954. A similar plot of
    cause, but that’s it.

    In the end it’s a pretty entertaining movie, with a great cast. It’s
    dirty, gritty, brutal… but also hilarious and touching. Of all those
    reboots and remakes of this year, this movie kinda shines through. For
    me this is a big surprise and I’m really looking forward to watch this
    movie again.

    Peace and so long

  • monstermayhem32October 5, 2016Reply

    Better than i expected

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  • Robin VangampelaereOctober 5, 2016Reply

    Good action, but that’s where it ends

    I went to see the movie as a great fan of the original ”The Magnificent
    Seven” in 1960 and came out of the theater really disappointed. Not
    because this was a bad movie, but just because Antoine Fuqua made this
    a normal action movie which does nothing more than entertain the
    average movie crowd.

    Sadly, the action is the only good part in this movie. Some shots are
    really awesome and really got me on the edge of my seat, but
    unfortunately that’s where the good things ended.

    First, the movie had to be at least a half hour longer just to explore
    the characters. I didn’t care about anyone and although Denzel
    Washington and especially Ethan Hawke did an excellent job in
    portraying their role, it still wasn’t enough to get me invested.

    Second, where was the good music? I was waiting for two hours on that
    one famous song that made the original great and we got it when the
    credits rolled. Big let down for me. Drum roll and high pitch notes do
    the work for this movie, but it didn’t make the movie stand-out next to
    all the other action based movies.

    Overall, the movie wasn’t what I expected it to be and that surely
    wasn’t a compliment. Maybe I would do a re-watch on Blu-ray if they
    came out with an extended version, but that’s a big maybe. The
    cinematic version didn’t just do the trick.

    Great action scenes, but that’s it.

  • Alexa Bouhelier-RuelleOctober 5, 2016Reply

    The Remake of a Remake in The West

    Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor
    village against savage thieves.

    The Magnificent Seven is directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio; Ethan Hawke and a tonne of
    other badasses. It’s the remake of a remake of a remake even though
    it’s kind of a retelling, that is something we’ve seen before. The
    basic story lines are fairly timeless like every great story is. There
    are even a tonnes of other movies especially Westerns that have a very
    similar feel as this one. Best example, Clint Eastwood has been in
    movies with the same plot quite a few times.

    Denzel Washington is teaming up with Fuqua for the third time. Here he
    plays, essentially, the part of Yul Brynner in John Sturges’ movie and
    Takashi Shimura in the sublime 7th Samurai by Kurosawa – which is no
    problem when your name is Denzel Washington and you have the experience
    authority and charisma. He owns the film. This man is a complete legend
    and it was amazing to see him reunited with Ethan Hawke on screen
    again. Hawke’s character being also very interesting, as he has
    conflicted feelings, he feels the need to help these people but he also
    has a past with Washington’s character and starts to feel unsure about
    himself. Add Chris Pratt and his eternal charming asshole and you get a
    bunch of likable and entertaining characters. Even Vincent D’Onofrio is
    surprisingly (for me) good in this film.

    I love Antoine Fuqua as a director, I find him very versatile and
    effective, going from Training Day to Shooter, to two of my favourite
    movies of the past two years: The Equalizer and Southpaw. He really can
    do any genre and proves that again this time by making a very fun
    Western. In fact, this film is extremely well shot. With Leone-style
    horses galloping across widescreen plains in clouds of dust. But don’t
    be fooled, this film hurts with guns, knives, arrows, cannons, dynamite
    and machine guns. Finally, this film is also a Western with political
    intent. The gang includes an Irishman, a Mexican, a Native American and
    a Korean as Fuqua, both addresses Hollywood’s diversity issue and sends
    Donald Trump a message that America was built upon the immigrant
    spirit.

    Overall, The Magnificent Seven is a straight up popcorn entertainment,
    don’t go to this movie expecting anything else. It was also fun to see
    a standard Western again, with duels stand-off. This movie is a remake
    that actually delivers.

  • tdeluca-06692October 6, 2016Reply

    Not bad

    Obviously the original is better. This wasn’t bad but only due to the
    cast. Improbable, unbelievable but you liked it because they made you
    like it. I wouldn’t say it’s the best but I gave it a six because it is
    entertaining and that’s what I want when a I see a movie.

    Good guys, tough guys, crazy guys, you know the whole thing Real, no
    far from it, but that’s not what I wanted here. Fun to watch, yes. cast
    very good Would I want to see another follow up, maybe not. This was
    fine and enough Westerns were and will always be popular and it’s tough
    to make one that you can at least believe in just a little, a little
    When I see a movie I want to go away for just for a little while and
    this does. Not a great job but a very good job

  • ironhorse_ivOctober 6, 2016Reply

    Movie is really not that magnificent. However, the film was semi-entertaining enough that I will give it a 7/10 at best.

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  • caseynicholsonOctober 6, 2016Reply

    A Terrific Western By Today’s Standards

    I recently took a friend’s advice and went to see the 2016 version of
    ”The Magnificent Seven”. I have never seen the original film and so I
    really can’t compare this movie to its predecessor. That said, though,
    I found this movie to be well made and a lot of fun.

    The film follows somewhat of a standard western movie formula: There’s
    a bad guy threatening a town with a land contract racketeering scheme,
    bad guy kills a few people, people want revenge, along comes Denzel
    Washington who plays a bounty hunter type of character, and he rounds
    up a posse to defeat the bad guy.

    That said, as trite as that formula may sound, the fact is that it’s
    one that works and works well, especially in this well made movie that
    is quite attentive to detail. The cast, script, and directing all come
    together into a wonderfully produced film.

    My one area of criticism–and this is purely a personal preference–is
    that overall the film had a bit of a clean type of feeling to it,
    almost as though it were produced by a Disney studio. The music
    contributes to that quite a bit, with the score more of a John Wayne
    vibe than a Clint Eastwood type of feel. I personally prefer westerns
    made in the latter standard, with a more gritty and dark mood. This
    film perhaps doesn’t deserve to be marked down simply for not having
    been made in that mold, but again, for me it just made it less
    enjoyable.

    All that said, I’m going with 8/10 stars. It’s a great movie, but falls
    just short of being in the top tier of a 9 or 10 star rating.

  • billsekerakOctober 6, 2016Reply

    Crap with a Capitol C

    By twisting the plot of the original film ,which itself was a
    Westernized version of Kurasowas Seven Samuria ,they ruined the movie.

    The idiots took a great morality play and turned it into nothing more
    than a politically correct statement. This is not entertainment , it’s
    left wing propaganda.

    By changing the bad guy from a bandit leader preying on a helpless
    village into an evil businessman/ developer/ polluter trying to take
    advantage of a helpless middle class town they’ve hit on every liberal
    agenda except climate change and gun control.

    By including diversity with a cast that represents every race except
    the aboriginal Japanese Anui they even got that commandment in.

    I really don’t mind that so much, in fact I love most of Denzel’s work,
    but it was enough to make it the last straw.

    What’s so disappointing is that the cast IS great but the fundamental
    changes ruined the film completely.

    What moron decided to make this about the evils of Capitalism I can
    only speculate that perhaps the producer was Michael Moore or that high
    priest of the environmental movement Leonardo Dicaprio or both ?

  • pazfourOctober 6, 2016Reply

    The Adequate Seven

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  • anaahnuOctober 6, 2016Reply

    An ordinary action movie — but thanks for the attempt

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  • alfiemachinOctober 6, 2016Reply

    Action Packed but Poorly Plotted

    The Good: The magnificent seven included visually stunning camera
    shots, which are especially noticeable in the opening and ending and
    generally throughout the film. I believe they did a good job on
    recreating the bad ass western feel by having intense and fast action
    and various standoffs here and there,The setting was portrayed very
    well in most scenes with open fields for travels on horse and isolated
    towns with the classic bar on a corner of the center of a
    settlement,However a few long shots made me notice how many buildings
    were suspiciously freshly painted and could’ve been made a little more
    worn down for a better realistic feel.The acting and character
    creations were formed very well. The main villain is seen as a rich
    coward who is pure evil and has no care but for himself, which is
    something that isn’t commonly used in recent films but fits this movie
    incredibly well.All 7 of the main characters possessed unique looks and
    talents involving their combat style and the film made a good job of
    covering each character with enough detail so that they weren’t an
    outsider that viewers wouldn’t take much notice to. Chisolm played by
    Denzel Washington and Josh Faraday played by Chris Pratt were the most
    important part of this group which is made very clear. But each
    character had memorable and smartly pulled scenes which made fantastic
    entrances towards their backgrounds.

    The Bad: The idea of modernizing a classic western means this film has
    a very predictable and overused plot. There is a large amount of scenes
    in which you know what will happen next or later on in the film which
    can potentially spoil it for you if you are especially into a strong
    story-line. There are very little plot twists and all in all is very
    basic story. Although the native American was a completely awesome
    fighter and pulled off various bad ass scenes of fighting. I was hoping
    to see a bigger background behind him involving what he had been
    through before he encounter the group.Another addition that should’ve
    been made was creating a bigger amount of chemistry and relation
    between the group. There was very little scenes in which the they were
    all sat together and bonding and those type of scenes are needed in
    order to build the characters and create bigger emotions and
    relationships between the viewers and characters in the movie.

    Summary: This film is definitely good if you’re into action packed
    movies but not suitable if you’re looking for a new and original
    concept to the western genre.

  • OneEightNine MediaOctober 7, 2016Reply

    meh.

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  • Hollywood Glee (Larry Gleeson)October 7, 2016Reply

    A fun, action-filled, end-of-summer blockbuster. Technically a remake of a remake!

    Viewed by Larry Gleeson during the Venice Film Festival.

    Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) presented his
    latest work, The Magnificent Seven, as the Closing Night Film for the
    73rd Venice International Film Festival.

    In 1960, Director John Sturges made the original Magnificent Seven,
    starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, as an American Western. Sturges
    based his work on legendary Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa’s classic
    Seven Samurai. So in addition to being an end-of-summer blockbuster,
    Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven is a remake of a remake. Like Seven Samurai a
    good portion of Fuqua’s work takes place indoors and is evidenced by
    low-key lighting, heavy shadows and blackness.

    This was Fuqua’s first attempt at a western although he claims to
    having had an affinity for them having watched many during his
    formative years. So when Metro Goldwyn Mayer approached him about
    making a western, Fuqua jumped at the opportunity. However, he wanted
    to make this his film with a theme to resonate with today’s audience.
    He didn’t have to look far to find a strong actor to lead up his core
    group of seven. Fuqua proposed Denzel Washington for the film’s lead,
    bounty hunter Chisolm, having worked with Washington on Training Day
    and The Equalizer. Washington won an Oscar for Best Actor for his
    Training Day role and his on-screen partner, Ethan Hawke, received a
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination. Like Fuqua Washington had
    never done a western and looking back at the success the two have had
    together quickly came on board. Chris Pratt was identified to play
    gambler Josh Faraday, Chisolm’s sidekick and first to join the seven.
    Pratt, too, leaped at the opportunity to play a cowboy.

    Soon Fuqua had an idea for his version of The Magnificent Seven as he
    and Washington performed research into the Old West. They discovered a
    wide-range of nationalities including Russians, Mexicans, and Irish.
    Fuqua wanted his seven to reflect this so he collaborated with
    screenwriters Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk to create an authentic
    cast of characters utilizing a diverse group of young actors in
    addition to Washington and Pratt: Ethan Hawke plays Goodnight
    Robicheaux; Vincent D’Onofrio plays Jack Horne, Native-American Martin
    Sensmeier plays Red Harvest; Mexican-American actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
    plays Vasquez; and South Korean headliner Byung-hun Lee plays Billy
    Rocks.

    The film is set in the town of Rose Creek where a ruthless
    industrialist, Batholomew Bogue, played convincingly by Peter
    Saarsgaard, is attempting to roust the entire town with threats, murder
    and mayhem for his own personal gain. The desperate town folk are at
    wits end when a woman, Emma Cullen, played by a tough Haley Bennett,
    reaches out and convinces the seven hired guns to protect and defend
    them from Bogue’s army of mercenaries. The men come together and find
    within themselves not only the will to fight and win but also the moral
    fortitude to do something because it is right.

    Interestingly, like Kurasawa, Fuqua employs a number of camera
    techniques to highlight his film’s narrative. Many of his Hollywood
    closeups are shot just below the chin emphasizing the actors’ strong
    jawlines. Mauro Fiore is credited as the Cinematographer. In addition,
    impressive, expansive panning landscape shots are used to introduce the
    film with a non-diagetic score started by the iconic film score
    composer James Horner. Horner had over 75 projects to his name, along
    with two Academy Awards, and worked with Hollywood heavyweights like
    James Cameron, Oliver Stone, George Lucas, Ron Howard and Steven
    Spielberg. Horner did not live to see the completed product before his
    untimely death in June of 2015. However, he did manage to complete
    seven themes based on the film’s script and his conversations with
    Fuqua. Composer Simon Franglen finished the film’s impressive score in
    a manner and style of James Horner as a tribute to Horner.

    Throughout The Magnificent Seven Antoine Fuqua attempts to comment on
    today’s society and what he sees as overt acts of tyranny as he keeps
    with the Kurosawa thematic element of programming a film with societal
    mirrors and a political undercurrent,. And while Kurosawa used the
    unemployed samurai to form his seven, Fuqua finds a group of fringe
    characters with diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Still, both
    film’s characters do what is right and help those in need in spite of
    their own self-interest. My hat goes off to Director Fuqua for a
    valiant and noble effort. The Magnificent Seven is a fun film, well
    done with plenty of action and color, and is made in a similar vein as
    a world cinema masterpiece. Highly recommended.

  • rodrig58October 8, 2016Reply

    Not by far as good as the original

    Generally remakes are worse than the originals. And this is no
    exception. Antoine Fuqua is only an amateur besides John Sturges.
    Denzel Washington is not a bad actor but, not only that he can’t be
    compared with Yul Brynner but, he has no place in a western. The bad
    guy, Peter Sarsgaard, is just a joke besides Eli Wallach. The other
    six, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel
    Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, all the character names changed, are
    also caricatures besides Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles
    Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn. Alone, Haley
    Bennett(somewhat resembling Madeleine Stowe) is both a pleasant
    presence. Worthless, useless, needless film.

  • BBOctober 8, 2016Reply

    Not magnificent – but OK

    Unfortunately, in most movies these days movie Directors are too much
    focused on action scenes and humour, and not enough about character and
    plot – great movies have it balanced. The original US movie was far
    superior with characters and plot – it was not just an ‘action film’.
    The Japanese original was an action film, with little else in between
    the sword fights.

    This version is more like the original Japanese action film, updated
    with modern effects and politically correct additions (particularly a
    strong female role). IMO this takes away the ‘soul’ of the old movie –
    men facing certain death, but not for money, and not really for a good
    cause, but for personal redemption.

    I guess because I saw the first one (USA) when it first came out and it
    was such a classic, that I am so disappointed. Movie makers should
    never remake a classic unless they truly understand and can repeat what
    made the original a classic. But making money these days is
    unfortunately the number one reason, and movie makers are under
    pressure to ‘deliver’ audience related ‘touch points’, like action
    sequences and laughter etc.

    Having said that, it is not a dud and worth seeing (on DVD/Stream with
    popcorn) – particularly if you were not around to see the original
    version when it first came out. I hope they never try to remake ‘Gone
    with the Wind’.

  • KineticSeoulOctober 8, 2016Reply

    A watchable but bland western

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  • fliporicanOctober 9, 2016Reply

    Good Old Fashion Western

    Now I know today people become too critical about a film and watch the
    film looking for more than something simple. I am a great fan of those
    old spaghetti westerns and other westerns from the 50’s and on; and I
    really loved this remake of a classic. I went to watch the movie just
    expecting some good vs. bad gun-fighting and western style
    shootout…and that was what I got. The selection of characters that
    make-up the 7 were a great choice by mixing up the group racial to
    somewhat comfort to the modern audience. Critics need to just go and
    watch a movie and enjoy it and stop being too analytical. What i liked
    the most was that each character was distinctly different and well
    played by the actors and I hope there are plans to bring them back in a
    sequel as their chemistry works.

  • OrigKRNOctober 9, 2016Reply

    Ehhh good but not great…

    The movie was pretty good overall. It was a great western movie, with a
    great cast. The story itself was very simple, but interesting and it
    kept you on edge.

    Action and characters were portrayed well. Each actor did a excellent
    job. The scenery was pretty accurate. It made you believe you were
    actually in a western town. Besides this though, there wasn’t really
    anything more.

    Now there were many downsides to this movie. The movie was fast paced,
    which kept you going. Which was good, the problem was it felt like the
    movie was cramped in. They should’ve made the movie longer. It felt
    like everything was rushed. The director should’ve focus more on the
    details. It didn’t really show more specific parts that could’ve made
    the movie better. Everything was happening too quick. Movie should’ve
    slowed down and taken some time to really show what the scene was
    about. Instead it zoomed passed it.

    In the end, the movie wasn’t great but not bad. Thus earning a 7 star
    rating.

  • ExpendableManOctober 9, 2016Reply

    Excellent Western, one of the better remakes of recent years

    You know you’ve got a proper Western when there’s an enormous amount of
    camera time spent on sweating faces grimacing in the sunlight. And
    Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ remake is full of them. It’s a film
    that’s very much a love letter to the classic era of frontier cinema,
    full of cigar chomping heroes, boo-hiss villains and tense stand- offs
    in deserted towns. Heck, the first time Denzel Washington appears is
    when he walks into a saloon and everyone in there – including the piano
    player – stops and stares as he enters the room. Then he orders a neat
    whiskey and guns down the barman.

    Set a few years after the civil war, Washington is Chisholm, a US
    Warrant Officer recruited by Haley Bennett’s widower to save her town
    from a dastardly villain (Peter Saarsgard in suitably psychotic, sleepy
    eyed form). Initially reluctant, he soon caves in and sets about
    gathering a band of misfits to help him, including Chris Pratt’s 19th
    Century Han Solo, Ethan Hawke’s Confederate veteran with PTSD and
    Martin Sensmeier’s tribe-less Native warrior. After the requisite
    introductory scenes, they shoot their way into the town and twenty- two
    corpses later, are helping the locals prep for the inevitable backlash.

    And that’s it essentially. There’s lots of scenes of ditch digging,
    rifle training and manly bonding, all culminating in a huge shootout
    against an army of bad guys. It’s a hail of bullets that Peckinpah
    would be proud of and a spectacular finish to an incredibly bloody
    movie, with someone getting shot, stabbed, set on fire or filled with
    arrows every few minutes. It’s masses of fun and way more conservative
    than the diverse cast may initially suggest; this is a film where bad
    guys get shot. No ifs, no buts, no ”let’s try to understand their point
    of view,” if you’re a villain you’ll be lucky to walk away with only an
    ear being shot off.

    And speaking of diversity, do you know how much the film suffers for
    including a Mexican, an Irishman and a Native American in the ensemble?
    Not in the slightest. All the complaints about political correctness
    fall away to nothing when a film is this entertaining and besides, the
    West was a diverse place anyway. Google ”how many cowboys were black”
    if you need to but trust us, this film rocks. It’s a heroes versus
    villains adventure romp and the action sequences are terrific. If it
    reminds a few people that America was founded on immigration then
    hooray, if not who cares? It’s two hours of solid entertainment and a
    rare example of an exemplary remake. Washington looks bad ass on a
    horse as well.

  • Michael O'KeefeOctober 10, 2016Reply

    Arrogance will be matched with violence.

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  • Ahmed HosneyOctober 11, 2016Reply

    seven samurai

    I just w watched The Magnificent Seven 2 hours ago and I couldn’t help
    myself to not compare it to the original master piece seven
    samurai.first persuading every character to join the cause was too
    shallow and fast and not convincing at all.the characters design was
    good but there wasn’t enough screen time to make you love the character
    and feel sad or sympathy with their deaths .also you can’t understand
    why anyone of them will sacrifice his life for some people he barely
    know they only show 2 or 3 minutes of the seven contacting with the
    villagers with some two kids give water to them like that will make any
    of them love them to sacrifice his own life for them.it’s like they
    rushing the movie to the ending final action battle.no emotions at
    all.on the other hand seven samurai shows every warrior feelings ,
    thinking and his reasons to join the cause . make you fall in love with
    every one of them and feel so sad when anyone of them die. it shows why
    everyone want to help the villagers.it is a few things to compare them
    ,actually comparing seven samurai to this movie is a big insult to
    seven samurai.

  • AdfaultOctober 11, 2016Reply

    The worst reboot of a classic that Hollywood has ever tried luring money out of the movie goer

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  • megtay-34688October 11, 2016Reply

    Piece of Garbage

    I have to give this movie 1 star because I cant give it 0 stars.

    I’ve seen the original Seven Samurai and it was a good movie and I saw
    the original Magnificent Seven and it was a great movie.

    This is a piece of garbage remake that tries to jam pc correctness into
    it where it can. Why is Hollywood trying to remake EVERY movie that has
    been successful, when is the Gone With the Wind Remake or Casablanca
    remake coming out?

    Anyways back to this flaming bag of poo, this movie is not worth your
    time or money with its lackluster cast, dumb and ridiculous improbable
    stunts, the Gatling gun scene, and the cowboy ninja it just made me
    want to vomit.

    Please save your money and buy the Blu-Ray Original Magnificent Seven
    money, it is a classic never goes out of style and doesn’t need CGI,
    unbelievable stunts, or ninja cowboys the story the great cast and the
    action carry it.

    So I give it -99 stars and 53 thumbs down.

  • Barry NesterOctober 11, 2016Reply

    Politically correct remake

    This is a remake of an earlier Magnificent Seven, which was itself a
    westernized remake of the Japanese film The Seven Samurai. Each remake
    is inferior to its predecessor. The genre was well parodied in The
    Three Amigos (1986).

    The film opens with the bad guy, Bart Bogue, terrorizing a peaceful
    western town because he wants the land for gold mining. Just to show
    you what a rogue is Bogue, he guns down several innocents and sets the
    church on fire. The pretty widow of one of his victims approaches a
    bounty hunter and hires him to protect the town.

    The bounty hunter, played by Denzel Washington, assembles a gang of
    hard cases who all have uncanny skills in killing people. Because this
    is a modern remake, the gang of mercenaries has to be politically
    correct, ticking off all the right categories of minorities: there’s an
    Indian, a Chinaman, a Mexican, all taking orders from a black man (this
    is supposed to be just after the Civil War!), with the widow thrown in
    for feminists.

    The gang have one week to prepare defenses and train the hapless
    townspeople before Bogue and his army of Bogueymen fall upon them like
    the wolf on the fold.

    The predictable mayhem ensues, during which the viewer is left to
    ponder questions like: why are there no representatives of other
    fashionable minorities – where is the homosexual, the handicapped, the
    Good Muslim? Why is Baddie Bogue just a greedy gold miner when he could
    have been the agent of a giant corporation dedicated to Global Warming?
    (Maybe they’re saving this for the next remake.) Why is the music so
    insipid and nondescript, when they could have used the stirring
    soundtrack from the previous version? (Maybe they couldn’t afford the
    royalties.) When is X going to kill Y (no spoilers here!) and end this
    melee? Luckily, I saw a version with subtitles, so was able to
    understand the dialogue, which I could not hear properly. I don’t know
    if this was owning to bad sound recording, or poor projection
    facilities in the cinema.

    Despite its predictability, the movie is competently made, and holds
    your attention. If you haven’t seen the previous versions, it’s worth a
    look.

  • klusebaOctober 11, 2016Reply

    One of the better remakes supporting the contemporary western revival

    The Magnificent Seven is the remake of a remake that neither has the
    epic intensity of the original ”Seven Samurai” movie by Kurosawa
    Akira from 1954 nor the outstanding acting skills portrayed in John
    Sturges’ ”The Magnificent Seven” from 1960. Still, this new version
    offers a fast-paced ride involving great actors, gripping action scenes
    and fitting settings that bring back the spirit of a cool genre that
    has gone out of vogue over the past four decades to a new generation.

    The different characters are introduced in short but fitting ways. They
    are unique and likable enough to make the audience care about them.
    Veteran Denzel Washington convinces as cool and clever law enforcer
    with a mysterious past and plays a strong lead character in his very
    first western. Chris Pratt convinces as cunning and humorous gambler
    underlining his status as one of the best young American actors.
    Vincent d’Onofrio stands out as cranky and quirky trapper and proves
    once again that he is one of the best choices to play odd and unusual
    characters. Ethan Hawke does a respectable job as haunted sharpshooter
    but it would have been interesting to get some more background
    information about his versatile character. The other actors and
    actresses are solid but have the problem to portray somewhat
    stereotypical characters such as the silent Asian killer, the proud
    Mexican assassin, the courageous Indian practising strange rituals or
    the brave young widow determined to seek justice and revenge. While the
    diversity of the cast might attract a larger audience, it feels
    somewhat forced and definitely unrealistic from a historic point of
    view.

    The first hour is dedicated to the introduction of the seven
    gunslingers, the mistreated villagers and the pitiless villains in an
    entertaining way. The second hour is almost entirely based upon the
    showdown between the gunslingers and the villagers on one side and the
    villain’s private army trying to reconquer the village on the other
    side. The battle scenes are quite diversified and intense involving
    numerous gun fights, a very destructive Gatling gun, archery shots,
    explosions with dynamite, knife throwing, numerous traps and some
    hand-to-hand combat. Despite its length, the final battle never gets
    redundant. Some of the fights seem to be unrealistically exaggerated in
    the beginning but end up being more grounded ad realistic towards the
    end. Despite its generous rating, there is a lot of violence in these
    scenes and both sides of the belligerents have a heavy price to pay. It
    only fits the traditional western genre that both heroes and villains
    aren’t invincible and politically correct but actually swearing,
    smoking, killing, drinking and dying in this movie. Those who were
    afraid to get a politically correct contemporary plastic product might
    be relieved that this film actually respects the original movie and its
    first remake as well as the style of several western classics from the
    sixties.

    In the end, there isn’t anything wrong with this entertaining movie.
    Both traditional western aficionados and younger generations should
    enjoy this fast-paced western with its authentic settings, intriguing
    characters and furious action scenes. While this revamped version is
    missing Kurosawa’s epic storytelling or the stunning performances by
    legendary actors such as Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner and
    Charles Bronson in the first remake, this new interpretation comes
    surprisingly close to the quality of these two movies and is worth to
    be watched at your local movie theatre.

  • bob-the-movie-manOctober 12, 2016Reply

    A Hornery Exit

    As a big fan of the original – a staple of many Bank Holiday afternoons
    in my youth – I was prepared to be sniffy about this remake and came to
    the film on my high-horse (I left that tied to the rail outside the
    cinema by the way). But I was surprised to have my expectations reset.

    Possibly on the basis that Trump has been given the Mexican’s a good
    bashing lately, the villain of the piece in this film is updated from
    Mexican bandit Calvera to Sacremento based land-snatcher and all round
    bad-egg Bartholomew Bogue (an expressionless Peter Sarsgaard). After
    ripping through some of the inhabitants of Rose Creek in a brutal
    pre-title sequence, widowed sharp-shooter Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett,
    ”The Equalizer”) heads into the West on a recruiting mission for hired
    guns. She first recruits the bounty hunter Chisholm (sing ”Chisum, John
    Chisum…”… no, sorry different Western) played by Denzel Washington.
    Washington matches Yul Brynner’s famous black outfit, and unlike
    Brynner is obviously able to finish off the ensemble naturally!

    They recruit another six (who’d have thought it?) including wise-guy
    gambler Faraday (Chris ”Guardians of the Galaxy” Pratt); famed
    confederate sniper Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke); his nifty knife
    throwing Asian sidekick (but good for the Far East box office) Billy
    Rocks (Bjung-hun Lee, from Terminator: Genisys); and religious
    bear-of-a-man Indian-hunter Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio, ”Jurassic
    World”). After trying to whip the incompetent townsfolk into shape, and
    setting some Home-Alone style surprises, the stage is set for a
    showdown as Bogue whips up an army to re-take ”his” town.

    I like classic Westerns, with John Ford’s Rio Bravo being a particular
    favorite. In my view the problem with many modern Westerns is that they
    try too hard to shock (Tarentino’s recent ”Hateful 8” was a case in
    point: a promising start ruined by gratuitous over-the-top violence).
    ”The Magnificent Seven” doesn’t make that mistake, and while the
    squib-master and blood-bag boy are heavily employed throughout, nothing
    is too excessive: in fact, my view – and I don’t often tend in this
    direction – is that the censors rather over-egged the UK 12A rating on
    this one and could have gone with a 12. Director Antoine Fuqua has
    produced a film that is highly respectful of its heritage: perhaps to
    the point where many scenes might be deemed to be clichéd. But I
    personally warmed to that.

    Denzel Washington was born to be in a Western like this and the
    emerging Chris Pratt does his star potential no harm by turning in a
    stellar performance adding both levity – with some whip-sharp lines –
    and screen presence in the role made famous by Steve McQueen. (Although
    no one comes close to the screen presence of McQueen…. Look up ”real
    man” in the dictionary and his picture is there!) Also effective is
    Ethan Hawke in the nearest thing to the Robert Vaughan character in
    this film.

    Where the adapted script by Richard Wenk and Nik Pizzolatto falters
    somewhat is in the motivations of the characters, which come across as
    superficial and unconvincing. (Perhaps ”selling” was a whole lot easier
    in the Old West?) It is even unclear at the end of the film whether the
    survivors (and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the seven don’t
    all make it!) actually take their payment, or even a ”share of the
    gold” that the town is sitting on. It makes for an unsatisfactory
    closure. The degree of racial harmony present in the film is also
    difficult to buy into, and the script could have made something more of
    this.

    The film soundtrack marks the swan-song of the late James Horner, so
    tragically killed in a plane crash last year at the age of just 61. As
    the natural successor to the great John Williams and the late Jerry
    Goldsmith, Horner’s loss was a terrible one. The film is dedicated to
    him. Although the soundtrack was completed by Simon Franglen, there are
    flourishes of classic Horner, most notably in the first Rose Creek
    showdown scene. There is also a treat to the ears over the closing
    credits which is very welcome.

    Although the film draws natural comparison with its 5* classic
    predecessor, this is a good film in its own right – a genuinely
    pleasant surprise. Perhaps its done well enough that we might get to
    now see a remake of ”The Return of the Seven”. I hope so… ”the
    Western is dead… long live the Western”!

    (Please visit bob-the-movie-man.com for the graphical version of this
    review. Thanks).

  • mike3386October 12, 2016Reply

    Magnificently Preposterous

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  • balldropin101October 12, 2016Reply

    It’s good… enough.

    I’m not a huge fan of Antoine Fuqua, but he has his moments. This is
    one of those movies of his that’s just fun, and very well-made, but
    just sort of everything I’ve come to expect. From the way he shoots, to
    his character development, it all can feel sorta choppy to me. Do not
    get me wrong though, the movie is still very fun.

    I don’t want this review to be based purely from a narrative
    perspective, because at the end of the day, this is a remake of a
    remake we are dealing with here, so we know it’s more about the $. So I
    will give it it’s credit where it’s due, it’s action can be
    BREATHTAKING at times. In fact, I’m going to make an early prediction
    that it’s gonna be nominated for a fair share of ”technical” Oscars,
    maybe even win for sound design. I thought that the actors, too did
    very well with their parts, especially Ethan Hawke, who shined for me
    PERSONALLY. It’s popcorn fun, with little depth, but that’s what I
    thought it would be when I went into it, so at least I wasn’t expecting
    anything more. (this would have been a lower rating if that were the
    case)

  • svorvaOctober 14, 2016Reply

    Why Make a Remake?

    Why make a remake? 56 years ago, director John Sturges, writer William
    Roberts, and a collection of other producers answered a similar
    question. Henceforth, their response will be remembered as the Original
    Magnificent Seven.

    ”Original” is a bit of misnomer. See, 62 years ago Kurosawa gave us a
    little film Seven Samurai. This 3 ½ hour epic told the tale of seven
    aimless samurai, unified to protect peasants for room and board. The
    modern action sequence and the ”assemble the team” plot were born from
    this film. Seven Samurai is 100% classic, instantly recognized as a
    landmark film. So were the creators of Magnificent Seven irreverently
    audacious? I don’t believe so. They understood if you cannot do it
    better do it different. Magnificent Seven literally and figuratively
    took the samurai out of the Seven Samurai. It is an adaptation. The
    swap is seamless. Modernity threatening an antiquated way of life still
    works as motivation for gunfighters. Crucially, like in Samurai,
    everyone one of the seven is a legend. Thus the casting: Charles
    Bronson, Yul Brynner, Horst Bucholz, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Steve
    McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and villain Eli Wallach. If you cannot
    recognize six of those names immediately, you simply have no
    relationship with that era. These actors with a new set of western
    tropes made the movie worth making. Even the director was disciplined.
    Magnificent Seven runs an hour and a half less than Samurai. Sturges
    recognized that a carbon copy would not necessary garner the original’s
    eminence.

    Cut to present day. Year 2016, the western genre has been dead for
    decades, the boys that grew up with them are old men. Why make a
    remake? Unfortunately, Magnificent 7 does not offer an adequate answer.

    Magnificent 7 is less a reimagining, more an update. There are a host
    of creative decisions that seem just a consequence of the times.
    Bartholomew Bouge, a robber baron, is turning the valley into a mine.
    He is played without restrain as an embodiment of unchecked greed. As a
    warning, he orders his enforcers to slay some townsfolk, including Emma
    Cullen’s husband. Avenging angel Cullen (Bennett) becomes the
    representative of the townsfolks sent to gather the seven. Chisolm
    (Washington) works as tactical and imposing leader, but other
    characters suffer. Faraday (Pratt) is the second. He is the most
    developed of the remaining seven, but Faraday is depicted like modern
    day hero. Pratt has played this character before, a trickster, fast
    talking, and unsuccessful ladies’ man. He is amusing, but his modern
    parlance and actions just feel out of place in a western. Ethan Hawke
    as Goodnight does establish a legacy and vulnerabilities. Further
    exploration just tires out. I felt the film teased he might drop from
    the seven. This would leave a spot for Cullen to play the novice role.
    This potential twist never materializes, a fantasy born out of
    optimism. Rather, the conflict resolves in the most mundane way. Jack
    Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio) is the only character who left me yearning
    for more. The soft spoken mountain man is reverent, but a legend for
    slaying 100s. A character hearkening back to films like Jeramiah
    Johnson. Horne’s loneliness is the only understandable motivation other
    than Chisolm’s. The remaining trio is…. depressing.

    So the modernized villain makes sense. There was no way in the 21st
    century we were going to watch a group of white dudes slaughtering
    Mexicans. Diversity among the Seven? Well the gender variation did not
    pan out, but great! This might give us new characters, new stories.
    Regrettably, we get a trio that have no substance beyond stereotypes.
    James Coburn threw knives, which was pretty cool. Hey! I know who else
    throws knives, Asian people. Bam! One down, six to go. Insane (or
    should I say loco) criminal, Mexican. Full war paint and eating raw
    deer hearts, I remember John Wayne shooting up such persons. What could
    be more 21st century than the token minority?

    The neophyte that unifies the Seven is left out of this iteration. Yes,
    plot changes can be a positive evolution, but this is not a fair
    exchange. Gone is the drama, the reason for anything. Instead we get a
    battle, big and beautiful. Seven heroes against hundreds of nameless. A
    classic climax, but if you don’t internalize the heroes it’s just the
    implausibly lucky slaughtering the remarkably unfortunate. Every death
    among the previous 14 hurt. Magnificent 7 has glorious vistas and
    carnage. Worth the price of a ticket as a shoot’em up, but unworthy of
    the name.

  • davidgeeOctober 14, 2016Reply

    More a retread than a remake

    Like this summer’s TARTZAN, here’s another remake that is apt to make
    some viewers (me, for instance) ask: Why? There’s plenty that’s good
    about it, especially the lighting and cinematography, but the
    screenplay springs no surprises and neither do the performances.

    The story is the same old same old. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt,
    Ethan Hawke and four other gunslingers help the folk of a mining
    community in California confront the robber baron (Peter Sarsgaard) who
    wants to drive them out of town. I seem to have missed a vital point:
    why wouldn’t he want the town to supply and support the miners? Anyway,
    Denzel and Co are recruited to turn the townspeople into an army that
    can outwit and outgun the evil Bartholomew Bogue (I wanted his name to
    be pronounced ‘bogie’ or ‘boogey’!).

    None of the gunmen is given much in the way of a back story: they all
    appear to be mercenaries, so the movie lacks a moral tone beyond the
    basic Good (town) versus Evil (mine-owner). The impending battle drives
    the narrative, which inevitably drags until we get to the shoot-out.
    This is extremely well done, relying on stunts and acrobatics rather
    than on CGI, always welcome from my viewpoint. Sarsgaard’s Bogue is a
    lacklustre villain, like Christoph Waltz’s recent take on Blofeld, and
    Denzel W, usually a very charismatic presence, doesn’t invest too much
    in his role. ‘Oomph’ is conspicuously absent.

    Not, then, a ground-breaking new Western like UNFORGIVEN. More a
    retread than a remake.

  • Harry T. Yung ([email protected])October 15, 2016Reply

    Man in black

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  • happy_hangmanOctober 17, 2016Reply

    If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it!

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  • PokedomOctober 17, 2016Reply

    Chris Pratt makes a mighty fine gunslinger

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  • April GomezOctober 17, 2016Reply

    Denzel is a Vampire!!

    First of all, I just want to say that Denzel looks GOOD in this movie!
    He keeps himself in GREAT shape LOL!!

    But this movie was awesome too. Chris Pratt and the others did an
    awesome job, and was a worthy modern take on the 1960s classic.

    I can’t really say which version of M7 I liked better, but if you
    haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend!!

    There is a great mixture of action, drama, suspense, and comedy when
    you least suspect it. The acting is superb from every person in this
    movie, from the big stars like Denzel, Pratt, Bomer, down to the no-
    name actors that fill out the cast. Directing and cinematography get an
    A as well! What are you waiting for, go see it NOW!!

  • italiasteckiOctober 17, 2016Reply

    10/10

    10/10 for me. I have seen so many movies but nothing has come close to
    this one. I was very surprised. By the cover I misjudged it to be
    another boring predictable movie about cowboys but watching it I was
    left on the end of my seat wanting more. I absolutely loved it, was
    such a great action movie!!!! Finally a movie I wasn’t able to guess
    what was about to happen next. The action scenes were incredible and
    didn’t last a few seconds unlike some movies. Would highly recommend
    watching especially if you are an action movie lover like myself. I
    however do feel as tho the ending was a little rushed and had potential
    to be more but still overall I was very impressed.

  • FlashCallahanOctober 17, 2016Reply

    The Sufficient Seven….

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  • steve_jm_kiddOctober 18, 2016Reply

    Even better the second time around

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  • luckyirishfightclubOctober 18, 2016Reply

    Seven Samurai

    No spoilers.

    This is another questionable remake of the two unforgettable movie
    inspirations: the Seven Samurai and the first Mag7. The director
    attempted a political maneuver with his personal bias. The movie
    targets the southern US people as an enemy during a time of police
    shootings (involving patrol officers of multiple races), hate crimes by
    true southern lunatics, and anti-immigrant sentiment (mostly Hispanic)
    rhetoric. I live on a family farm lasting five generations. My great
    grandfather was murdered by a mentally ill black man. Don’t think I
    haven’t heard racist speech. But, I joined a predominantly African
    American cathedral to break the bond. The movie reviews reflected the
    plot really did not work. I believe the expected gross dollars will be
    reached. So, congratulations! In my opinion, a good plot was forsaken
    because of director bias and the desperate fight to get a diverse
    directorial staff on stage at awards night. The movie’s undertones have
    the potential side effect to further divide our troubled nation. In a
    month, our nation will be polarized by the craziest election since
    Roosevelt split his own party. Either direction we go will provoke a
    great divide. Both sides are buying AR15’s at record numbers. Let’s use
    our creative talents and art to unify ourselves. I’m a professional
    writer and artist that lost his job when 2008 hit and working short
    contracts where I can. I’ve never written a movie. But with psychology
    degrees, I might be able to do character analysis. I would be honored
    to assist.

  • ghatbkkOctober 18, 2016Reply

    Needed a better script

    This could have been such a better movie. The scriptwriter seems to
    have had a thing for hiding something about many of the major
    characters until the end – to the point that it is ridiculous. In
    addition, there were some parts written that seemed to be just so for
    ethnic reasons.

    And the final battle? Please, talk about asking the audience to suspend
    disbelief and demonstrate that whoever wrote the script knew nothing
    about the actual capabilities of a Gatling Gun? Really, that was
    pathetic.

    This is simply not in the same class as the Magnificent Seven with
    Brynner, McQueen, Bronson, etc. and not even close to Kurosawa’s Seven
    Samurai.

  • Andy_8888October 18, 2016Reply

    Not Magnificent but somewhat Great

    I’m a big fan of the original movie, so went into this remake with more
    then a little scepticism, but in fact this movie was well made & very
    enjoyable & I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

    The movie is somewhat different from the original, but the main brunt
    of the story was still intact.

    I have to say though, that as much as I love Denzel Washington, having
    him in the lead role as a top gunslinger when the movie is set just
    after the end of the American civil war ( which is also mentioned in
    the movie ), is somewhat pushing the boundaries of believability.

    Also, I was hoping that they would use the very stirring MAGNIFICENT
    SEVEN theme from the original movie throughout this movie also, as like
    the JAWS theme it is almost half of the movie, but sadly they only used
    it for a very short while during the end credits, which was a shame as
    it is a very rousing tune.

    My favorite character has to be ‘ Red Harvest ‘ the American Indian,
    played by ‘ Martin Sensmeier ‘ as looked so Kool and what he couldn’t
    do with a Bow & Arrow is no bodies business.

    I highly recommend this movie to anyone that like the original, or
    likes westerns in general as this is one of the greater ones.

  • ma-cortesOctober 19, 2016Reply

    Decent remake about some villagers who hire tough gunslingers to organize the defense their village against a ruthless owner

    This is an acceptable version to superior and enduringly popular film ,
    ¨The Magnificent seven¨(1960) . Enjoyable remake to the classic
    ¨Magnificent seven¨ is well played by Denzel Washington as a brave
    gunfighter named Chisolm (Denzel’s first western film) who along with
    Faraday (Chris Pratt’s first Western movie) , and their group (Ethan
    Hawke , Vincent D’Onofrio , Byung-Hun Lee , Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ,
    Martin Sensmeier) set off in rescue some besieged villagers . One day a
    corrupt landowner called Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard as an
    extremely nasty land baron) comes and takes most of proprieties and
    lands from the small town called Rose Creek . Then Chisolm is
    approached by the townsfolk , Emma (Haley Bennett) and Teddy (Luke
    Grimes) , who explain the little town’s situation and their desperation
    in finding someone who can help . Chisolm agrees to help them and he
    reunites seven gun men . In the old west gradually come together to
    help a poor village against savage thieves . As Chris and his buddies ,
    each of whom comes for a different reason , must free a village
    attacked by heinous outlaws who are devastating the small location .
    All of them get a chance to redeem themselves . Later on , the group
    develops a plan to secure the villagers defend it against enemy attack
    .

    Chisholm character was compellingly played by Denzel Washington ,
    previously played by Yul Brynner , as Chris , in two occasions and one
    performed by Lee Van Cleef and George Kennedy . Denzel as a two-fisted
    bounty hunter is very good . Producer Walter Mirisch had the idea of
    doing a Western adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s classic , The seven
    Samurais , but this time performed in the main role by an
    African-American . The film reunites Denzel Washington with Ethan Hawke
    and Antoine Faqua whom Washington had worked with on Training Day
    (2001) , Hawke co-starred in Brooklyn’s finest (2009), and Washington
    starred in The Equalizer (2014) . The story is classic and traditional
    , following its interesting premise in subsequent sequels , including
    customary misfit band formed by an eclectic gang with diverse
    characters as well as speciality . The film gets Western action ,
    exciting riding , shootouts , it’s fun and entertaining , although
    nothing new , being a remake from a famous Japanese picture , but
    displays a slight as well as violent style . The movie contains some
    moment of violence and even touching on the relationships between the
    villagers and the Magnificent . Walter Bernstein did the original
    adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s film , The seven Samurais , but it
    wasn’t used ; in this retelling Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk -taking
    parts here and there- wrote the screenplay that is substantially what
    you see on screen . Here appear several secondary actors who give
    adequate interpretations , such as : Haley Bennett , Cam Gigandet ,
    Matt Bomer , Luke Grimes , William Lee Scott , among others . In
    addition , being one of the few Western movies where an actor’s
    ethnicity matches their character’s , as ‘Martin Sensmeier’ is Native
    Alaskan (Tlingit) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born in Guadalajara,
    Mexico . It packs a colorful and evocative cinematography by Mario
    Fiore . Thrilling and exciting musical score by recently deceased James
    Horner , in fact this was James Horner’s final composition before his
    death . He had previously composed the soundtrack of Battle Beyond The
    Stars (1980) which was a futuristic remake of Seven Samurai (1954) ,
    which The Magnificent Seven (1960) was also a remake . The theme song
    from the original Magnificent Seven (1960) by Elmer Bernstein being
    played during the end credits .

    Walter Mirish, the executive producer of this film , and one of the
    most successful independent film producers in Hollywood in the 1960s ,
    was already involved in the previous feature : Magnificent Seven , back
    in 1960 . Many decades after its release , Mirisch still holds The
    magnificent Seven in high regard . This John Sturges film (196o) was
    starred by Yul Brynner , Steve MacQueen , Charles Bronson , Rovert
    Vaughn , Brad Dexter , is equally remake of ¨The seven samurais¨ (Akira
    Kurosawa) starred by Toshiro Miphune . After that , followed ¨The
    return of the seven¨ (Burt Kennedy , 1966), again with Yul Brynner with
    other surviving members of The Seven as Jordan Christopher , Claude
    Akins , Robert Fuller , Julian Mateos , Emilio Fernandez , Rodolfo
    Acosta . It was followed by ¨Guns of the magnificent seven¨ (Paul
    Wendkos,1969) with George Kennedy as Chris , James Whitmore , Monte
    Markham , Reni Santoni , Bernie Casey and Joe Don Baker and finally
    ¨The Magnificent seven ride¨ by George McCowan with Lee Van Cleef as
    Chris , James B. Sikking , Ralph Waite , William Lucking , and
    continued with a TV series and a Television movie realized in 1998 ,
    being also produced by Walter Mirish , as usual . The motion picture
    was stunningly directed directed by Antonie Fuqua . This good Western
    is a Denzel Washington vehicle , if you like his particular performance
    , you’ll enjoy this one .

  • jguz58October 19, 2016Reply

    A Very, Very Well Done Film

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the original, and I wasn’t even
    planning on going to the movies this afternoon. But after lunch I took
    a look at what was playing and decided that this film sounded
    promising.

    It didn’t take long for me to recognize that this was a film worth
    paying for; it’s so rare for me to do that, since I have no personal
    interest in doing my share to support modestly-talented millionaires in
    their lavish lifestyles (which is what most of Hollyweird it is to me).
    But this is one film that I will be adding to my collection, as I know
    I’ll be enjoying it several times in the future.

    I’ve always been a ”cheer for the good guys, get upset at the bad guys”
    kind of person, and to see what the townsfolk go through at the bad
    guys’ expense quickly got me motivated to see justice done. The seven
    that they eventually hire served it up in a hurry. The first gun battle
    alone was worth the price of admission, and the intensity doesn’t let
    up throughout the film. It was the quickest 2+ hours I’ve enjoyed in
    the movie theater in a long time. Kudos to Antoine Fuqua and a great
    group of actors.

  • Kerry HillOctober 20, 2016Reply

    Modern approach to a classic.

    Hate to be cliché voting this 7/10 but thought it was appropriate for a
    film of this nature.

    I was sceptical, like I imagine many were, when I first heard they were
    remaking The Magnificent Seven since the original is such a classic.
    Being a fan of westerns in particular, I will jump at the chance to see
    a western in the cinema.

    I really don’t think this was a bad movie by any stretch of the
    imagination. It upholds some originality rather than just blindly
    following the original script and attempts a more modern and socially
    aware approach. This approach I do not necessarily agree with as it
    comes across far too forced at times, like they were attempting to
    recognise as many different races or even ‘minorities’ as possible.

    It was cheesy at times, there is no doubt about this, but classically
    westerns were styled this way, being melodramatic at times and maybe
    one too many standoffs with intense close ups of characters staring at
    each other. In a way I like this though. I thought it paid almost
    tribute to the classic westerns of the 1950s and 60s. The famous
    lighting another mans cigar’ scene was a pretty neat addition, and
    instantly reminded me of ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’.

    The build up was worth it too was an awesome showdown and shootout,
    lots of well delivered performances and cleverly directed fight scenes.
    Not a bad film at all but definitely not a masterpiece. Worth your time
    if you’re a fan of the genre.

  • johankoleOctober 21, 2016Reply

    This remake brings the Western genre to a whole new generation

    The Magnificent Seven is beautifully shot with many wide panning shots
    that really give the feel of the large, untamed countryside. The
    chemistry between the two leading men Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt
    feels genuine and the camaraderie between them and the rest of the cast
    gives the movie a more light-hearted tone that revolves around the
    brotherhood that is formed between the characters. Through beautiful
    yet gritty shots and location choices the director and the director of
    photography capture the feel and tone of the wild west and its
    unpredictability. This remake of one of the Western genre’s most
    beloved films not only does the original justice, it succeeds in
    bringing the Western genre to a whole new generation.

  • joshfeddersonOctober 25, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven is Really Magnificent!!

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  • VondazOctober 25, 2016Reply

    Not really Magnificent – more like Ordinary

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  • szadhikOctober 25, 2016Reply

    Waste of Resources

    Difficult to keep occupied and entertained for a whole movie duration.
    Unlike Denzel’s similar sort of movie few months ago, this movie has
    not turned out to be a disaster. It appears that it tried to be a
    sequel of Good, Bad and Ugly however it does not have the substance.
    The fight scene was too exaggerated. It reminds of Moses and Ramasis
    saving the people. Also, noted that I saw towns lights at a night scene
    (and that is in 1879). The movie is missing music and comedy.The
    characters were introduced briefly. Since the movie was on 1879, a it
    is hard to there no was governance in USA in the time when Lincoln was
    president. The movie was also missing romantic scenes. People watch
    movie for some light moments. It is also not easy to capture the
    presence of Japanese samurai cast during 1870s. Also, the use of
    culture fabrics has gone wrong. When Denzel eats meat of a live animal,
    apparently we do not observe red from his mouth.

  • Beowulf197October 26, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Seven Gets a Seven

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  • sukanya-samyOctober 28, 2016Reply

    Average 6 is more like it

    The Magnificent Seven. Its a classic western, similar to the 1960 movie
    of the same name, which was in turn a cleverly twisted version of Akira
    Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The usual good vs. the bad, the team of dare-
    devils which fights on behalf of the weak against the bully. So was 2
    hours and 15 minutes to tell the story worth it? Read on.

    First reviewed on broth of blogs

    Plot and Script

    There is no twist in the plot, nothing too innovative. The seven which
    includes law officers, bandits, gamblers and tribesmen is a random
    bunch and how they, at the behest of a strong-willed woman come to save
    the village. Some strategy and help of the village gets them ready for
    the attack from the bad guy and good prevails over evil. Sounds
    familiar?

    Characterization and Acting (C&A)

    Denzel Washington as Chisolm does a good job as the strategist, the
    leader of the pack. But I never understood the hype around him or his
    acting so he was the usual to me. Obviously it is his movie and maybe
    Chris Pratt, who is the jester of the group. He is funny and I had a
    few chuckles seeing him in this one, he has charisma in the face of the
    impossible. Ethan Hawke I thought could have been developed more, they
    did show his character arc as that of a failing hero but it wasn’t
    enough. The other four couldn’t be developed at all because of which I
    wasn’t rooting for the team, the seven. It was like a bunch of people
    that you don’t care for. They did show why Chisolm wanted to kill
    Bogue, the bad guy but why did the others join when they knew they
    might not come out alive?

    But the biggest failure was of the antagonist – Peter Sarsgaard, who
    plays Bogue, just didn’t seem evil enough. His screen presence was only
    in the beginning where he lashes out as the bad guy but that didn’t
    make me squirm or wish him dead. He was a portrayed to be a brutal
    businessman who could kill, but so what? I wish his arc was developed
    further.

    Sounds and Effects (S&E)

    The music was good, James Horner gave a solid background but will it
    remain with me like Braveheart, Titanic or even Avatar would? I doubt
    it.

    Cinematography and Visuals (C&V)

    I really liked the look of the movie, some of the long shots were
    stunning. There is something about the years without automobiles that
    makes one wish for such a period now.

    Direction and Overall (D &O)

    Magnificent Seven is Antoine Fuqua’s attempt at a western, and I
    appreciate his passion but the story arc just didn’t justify another
    version of the classic. The acting was good, the direction was too, it
    looked good but there was just too much happening and nothing wanting
    me to go back to it again and again.

    So here are my scores:

    Plot and Script (P&S)- 1

    Characterization and Acting (C&A) – 1

    Sounds and Effects (S&E) – 1

    Cinematography and Visuals (C&V) – 1.5

    Direction and Overall (D &O) – 1.5

    Overall Score – 6 out of 10

    If you are really looking forward to this movie, my guess is that you
    will come out disappointed but if you have no expectations whatsoever,
    go watch it once.

    First reviewed on broth of blogs on wordpress

  • The Duke of MovietownOctober 31, 2016Reply

    Action Packed remake

    This is of course a remake to the wildly popular 1960 film which
    starred Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen and a plethora of Hollywood’s
    toughest leading men back in the day. The 2016 version is no different
    joining Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and more into a
    septet of outlaws, rustlers and bad hombres together to face an army of
    hired guns lead by the evil mustache twirling Bartholomew Bogue played
    here by Peter Sarsgaard.

    I love a good western and ensemble films are among my favorite. The
    western genre is no stranger to these types of ensemble films and the
    original Magnificent Seven is one of the biggest and best examples of
    the genre. This version of the Akira Kurosawa inspired film mixes
    action, drama and no small amount of comedy together to make a very
    enjoyable film. Denzel Washington brings the intensity and Chris Pratt
    comes loaded up with charm and wit. The supporting cast including Ethan
    Hawke, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofiro, who’s character is a
    standout, really do well in rounding out the cast. The movie does a
    good job of keeping all the action clear yet intense making the viewer
    feel as if they are standing in the middle of the fights. The movie
    does have a little bit of a struggle with tone in that there are an
    equal amount of funny moments to dramatic ones to where by the end of
    the movie I was having a little trouble finding emotional resonance.
    However, that may also be due to the fact that there are an awful lot
    of characters here and getting a feel for all of them while maintaining
    the tone is a tough trick. That aside, I think the movie was pretty
    enjoyable on the whole and would definitely recommend it especially to
    the western fan. The Magnificent Seven gets a 3.5…out of 5.

  • DixieQuilterNovember 5, 2016Reply

    Enjoyed the movie, couldn’t get past the costumes

    Many others have varying opinions of this movie. I enjoy a good western
    and this was a sufficient presentation. However, I laughed right out
    loud numerous times….at the women’s costumes. Did they raid every
    1950s B-western warehouse to dress these poor women? Supposedly set in
    1879, sadly you would have no idea what the average woman wore anywhere
    near that time by watching this movie. It is inconceivable that Haley
    Bennet’s portrayal of a farmer’s wife would be walking around exposing
    her décolletage. And don’t get me started about the saloon girls! As a
    living historian in a remote Arizona town founded in the 1860s, I am
    routinely appalled at the ”shady ladies” prancing around with their
    corsets exposed. A little (and I do mean little) research proves these
    styles incorrect. In this day and age, I find it appalling to watch a
    movie with so little effort made in women’s clothing.

  • nikola17November 8, 2016Reply

    Magnificent Remake, Magnificent Cast, Magnificent Director

    such a great remake to see lucky with great director that saved movie
    for me if it didn’t save movie for you because you were fan of original
    movie that’s fine i thought cast is Magnificent i always loved Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt is a great actor Fan of guardians of the
    galaxy, Ethan Hawke about time he has done better movie in this year
    Past 2 or 3 years with under worst movies he has ever done, Sinister,
    First Terrible Purge movie he has done noting that i was interest apart
    from this movie and Vincent D’Onofrio was good strange how he did
    Jurassic World with Chris Pratt and Now in this movie that sounds
    strange but still good i have no Problems with movie. Antoine Fuqua i
    thought he was the right director for this movie i mean lucky for
    original movie fans like director being a Hacker destroying remake
    didn’t care about it i mean its lucky never seen original movie.
    Antoine Fuqua is right guy for it i mean i loved Tears of sun,
    Southpaw, Training Day, Olympus has fallen, shooter, king Arthur, many
    more what ever he has done great performance bu all great actors Denzel
    Washington is bounty hunter looking for wanted people shoots getting
    into action in wild west dressed all in black witch i think it suited
    him. story follows In 1879, corrupt industrialist Bartholomew Bogue
    (Peter Sarsgaard)actor who started in Salton Sea, Jarhead, Orphan
    besieges the mining town of Rose Creek, and slaughters a group of
    locals led by Matthew Cullen (Matt Bomer) when they attempt to stand up
    to him. you have likable woman character Matthew’s wife, Emma Cullen
    (Haley Bennett) who had her husband killed buy Bartholomew because he
    was trying to product town and another people,and her friend, Teddy Q
    (Luke Grimes), they go to nearest town in search of someone who can
    help them and come upon warrant officer Sam Chisholm (Denzel
    Washington), who initially declines their proposal until he learns of

    Bogue’s involvement. witch the town is being taken over buy outlaws
    group. Denzel Character agrees but he can’t do it alone. (Chris Pratt)
    Joshua Faraday, a gambler with a fondness for explosives sam sets out
    to recruit a group of gunslingers who can help him take the take over
    town. found Joshua payed him gold he agreed to be in group to help sam
    and Emma to take over town back, sam finds Vasquez, a Mexican
    outlaw(Manuel Garcia-Rulfo)witch i think he was good character, They
    are later joined by sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke),
    knife-wielding Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun) see i didn’t like him in
    Terminator Genisys i didn’t think he was right guy to be in it. he also
    played shadow storm in GI Joe first 2 films.his character in movie is
    interesting character he is very high skilled knife guy who can kill
    guys with knifes in standoff, skilled tracker Jack Horne (Vincent
    D’Onofrio)his acting is very funny never seen character like him before
    he is funny character. you have this character witch is more
    interesting Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest just to save town, an
    exiled Comanche warrior a Indian witch he is very suited for this movie
    it’s like Cowboys vs Indians but its about Indians are against cowboys
    it’s not about that. so he agreed to join in group to help get town
    back, he is a very interesting character you don’t get to know much
    about his character he doesn’t talk a lot in movie he is in movie but
    he is in movie a lot but he does talk as much but did good in movie.
    witch he is my favorite character of outta of these characters in movie
    i had a lot of fun in this movie and great cast got me into movie. i
    didn’t need to compare with original movie because i haven’t seen it.
    if your big western fan with great plots, great acting, great action in
    movie a lot of shooting, explosions Also the action is great, it’s very
    true to the old westerns and there is no CGI bullcrap in movie There
    are some very tense stand-offs and when the shooting starts, the action
    is fantastically shot, directed and just well excited. there some

    funny moments in movie just to give movie some jokes the only thing is
    i wanted this movie to be R-RATED rather then pg-13 because i rather
    see more western movies R RATED like Django Unchained, Hateful Eight,
    Bone Tomahawk. i wanna see that more but rating is OK i there were
    still a lot action all that but i wish it could be more of a R RATED
    style but i guess they didn’t wanna put it that away but still i wanted
    this to be more of R RATED movie. Brutal staff that’s how i love it
    that way but anyway its still great movie i had a lot fun in theater
    with this movie lucky didn’t miss out i really enjoyed it 10 out 10
    really enjoyed highly recommend it for western fans.

  • tvsweeney-39052November 19, 2016Reply

    As Good As the Original

    A remake of an American remake of a Japanese film, this tale of a
    disparate band of desperados hired by a small town to defend them from
    a mining baron. Good acting where needed though action is more the
    forte, but not overdone considering the premise of the story.

    Denzel Washington at his laconic best, Chris Pratt, in his usual cocky
    youngster role, Vincent D’Onfrio unrecognizable behind a mountain man
    exterior, Eathan Hawke as a war-weary Creole Civil War sniper…and two
    new faces join the group.

    There’s a good music score though viewers have to wait until the
    credits for the opening strains of the very recognizable ”Magnificent
    Seven” theme.

    Having seen the original remake of ‘Seven Samurai, I can say this one
    is good as they come.

  • PennyCasparNovember 20, 2016Reply

    So Far, So Good

    I went to see the reboot of the Magnificent Seven with my pops, who is
    a big fan of the original starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and
    Charles Bronson. Although I haven’t seen the original, I’m going to
    take his (credible) word for it that this remake is a few steps below
    that, but still pretty decent.

    As a newcomer to the plot of The Magnificent Seven, I’ll say that the
    structure of this flick fits comfortably into the Western genre.
    There’s a big, bad guy (& gang) who threatens to steal the resources of
    a small, good guy (this time lady) and their town. There’s the part
    where the hero rounds up troops and supplies, makes a plan of attack
    and of course the climax presents a grizzly fight to the death,
    complete with shootouts, stranglings, dynamite, tomahawks and bows and
    arrows.

    Which brings me to…issues of racial stigma / fetishism are not solved
    in this one. Just sayin’.

    The original soundtrack was a nice touch! It made the scenes of them
    zipping around through canyon passes feel very 60’s Western in a good
    way.

  • brooksrob1November 29, 2016Reply

    A great way to spend a couple hours…

    I had read some bad reviews on here but the good reviews were raving…

    I like to think I’m a bit above the middle…It’s a spaghetti western
    on steroids. I like the characters and both the old hands e.g Denzel
    and Hawke but the other lesser known were great too…Chris Pratt is
    amazing and thinking of the guy from Parks and Recs as a gunslinger
    made me smile…He has some great one liners and added a ton to the
    movie…

    Anyone with half a brain could pick it apart but…It’s perfect for the
    genre…I would recommend it to anyone who has even a cursory enjoyment
    for westerns…I gave it an 8 for the PC agenda but…Good
    nonetheless…

    Hey, it has Denzel in it…What more need be said…:)

  • (blufrog49)December 1, 2016Reply

    The Politically Correct Seven

    OK, first you need to know that the only thing I remember from the
    original is the music–and your reward for sitting through this is that
    you get that music during the end credits.

    I am ALL for diversity and want to see more actors of color in roles
    that could be played by any ethnicity, but this movie bends over
    backwards to be SO inclusive, that the viewer is distracted by that.
    You’ve got a black man, a Hispanic, a Native American, an Irishman, an
    Asian, a fat guy, an old guy, a god-fearing guy (OK, the last 3 are all
    rolled into one) and a woman! And at least one of these people is
    probably gay–not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    It’s mostly shoot ’em up, and ……. Oh wait, it’s ALL shoot ’em up.

  • SnoopyStyleDecember 3, 2016Reply

    rework more than renew

    It’s 1879 Rose Creek. Robber baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard)
    with his private army is driving out the town’s gold-mining folks. With
    the local sheriff bought, he burns down the church and murders any
    opposition. Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) seeks justice for her husband’s
    murder. She travels with Teddy Q to Amador City and convinces warrant
    officer Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington) to help. They recruit gambler
    Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), sniper Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke),
    knife fighter Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun), mountain man Jack Horne
    (Vincent D’Onofrio), Comanche Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier), and
    Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) to organize the town
    against Bogue.

    I’m trying to figure out why this isn’t as magnificent as I wanted. The
    cast is filled with top level talents. Antoine Fuqua is great at
    handling action and dark material. This should be a superb sandbox to
    play with. Nothing is inherently bad. Everything works to a certain
    extend. Maybe the expectation is too high. I liked cold-blooded
    Sarsgaard blowing into town and killing the lead character right away.
    Pratt should have continued that cold-bloodedness by killing the other
    brother. There is a sense of a copy of old Hollywood westerns which
    keeps this from being better. This feels like play-acting. None more so
    than Haley Bennett who has limited facial range. D’Onofrio’s doing
    something weird. This doesn’t push the envelop or inject anything new
    to justify a reboot of this old cinematic franchise. The final act has
    plenty of fun high-energy action. The main thing that bugged me is some
    of the missing preparations. One would expect each building to be
    barricaded and piled high with dirt to make them fortresses. One would
    expect more for a week. I understand that Hollywood doesn’t trip horses
    anymore but maybe CGI could have been used. It just seems like
    everybody had fun playing around but it isn’t much more than that.

  • lethe67December 6, 2016Reply

    Familiar story – poor adaptation

    The first Magnificent seven was already a far cry from Kurosawa’s Seven
    Samurai but this one hits new lows. No character development which in
    turn gives no reasons why these men would act the way they do. This
    mainly because there’s virtually no interaction with the people they
    are supposed to protect. In the end just some random all be it
    entertaining shoot-outs. Crazy also how politically (and don’t get me
    wrong, you can even argue historical) correct the diversity of the cast
    is, but the townsfolk are again all white, even the slaves working in
    the mines? And the new, once upon a time in the west type, twist at the
    end almost had me in stitches. Foolish and unbelievable (age difference
    all wrong), a meaningless attempt to give all the killings some
    meaning. Just another remake in the hope of a quick buck.

  • Dave BurnsteinDecember 7, 2016Reply

    A Pale and Poor Remake

    Character development – minimal, at best. I felt no connection with any
    of the characters. I did not care if they lived or died; in the 1960
    version by director John Sturges, I felt some empathy and sadness when
    characters died; here – nothing.

    Film Score: Horner’s score – I can’t remember anything but snippets of
    boring music that sounded like it was trying not to sound too much like
    the great score E.B. did back then.

    Also, I just didn’t buy Denzel’s squinty-eye looking into the camera
    shots; he just ain’t a cowboy type to me. Maybe I’m just too biased
    with Lancaster Eastwood Wayne types.

  • diggus doggusDecember 7, 2016Reply

    decent

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  • flotimeDecember 7, 2016Reply

    Pretty Alright!

    Some people look for the next Oscar winner. I look for entertainment.
    This is a very entertaining movie. My 15 year old daughter, who enjoys
    what most 15 year old girls like, watched this from start to finish and
    liked it (probably Chris Pratt). I’m not big on remakes but this one is
    pretty alright. There are people that complain that the movie is
    predictable and I say to them, it’s a remake. So take it for what it’s
    worth.

    This is an excellent remake of a really great movie with great actors.
    It follows along the original with a better pace and some character
    differences. I like the idea more than the original because it’s not
    seven white guys. They mixed it up with a native, Mexican, some white
    guys, and Denzel (of course) that are all tough guys with a skill for
    killing tougher guys. So in a nut shell, a town is in danger from some
    bad guys. The town gets some of their own bad guys to help out. Number
    one being Sam (Denzel) a kind of ”bounty hunter” that starts pulling
    together a posse. None of them are really doing it for money but they
    all have their reasons. All of them lethal.

    The cast is great. The film lays out the characters quickly, the action
    kicks off instantly, and the pace continues. If you enjoy westerns with
    good bad guys and better bad asses then you will enjoy this film. No
    attempt to change the story and wow you. The wow is how well the
    director and new cast did justice to a great movie with an equal
    quality cast of its time. No doubt Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, James
    Coburn, and Charlie Bronson would all enjoy this.

  • SjeesusDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Hollywood shooters-shi.

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  • Logan777December 8, 2016Reply

    Magnificent Movie 2 thumbs way up

    Saw the reviews on IMDb and many many negative stuff written. My honest
    take on the movie is its an excellent enjoyable movie, 2 thumbs way up
    for action some good jokes from Chris Pratt, Denzil again excellent in
    fact all actors played their parts above par.I loved the movie and
    totally disagree with the negative feed backs. My advice watch it and
    you will never get bored. My IMDb rating 10 golden stars.Very good
    story of Denzil a hired bounty hunter hired by a beautiful lady whose
    town is under siege by a mining madman thereby killing her husband and
    others while a meeting took place in Church.Together with a friend she
    goes for help and encounters the best of the best Me Denzil who only
    needs to hear the name of the villain and you there is more than meets
    the eye.He hires 6 gunmen with excellent skills and take back the town
    before the madman comes with an army and has an unfair advantage on
    having a machine gun taking out many innocents and his own men.Heroes
    sacrifice their lives and Denzils story unfolds at the end .Lovely
    movie guys.

  • randymcbeastDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Terrible in just about every possible way

    I really don’t understand how anybody could give this movie more than
    three stars? Who could have possibly enjoyed this? It’s certainly not a
    kids movie given the rampant killing throughout, and adults with a
    brain that thinks logically surely couldn’t process all of the moronic
    happenings throughout.

    I don’t get it. This could possibly be the worst Western I have ever
    seen and there have been some bad ones. Did they even watch it before
    releasing it? It was just so dumb.

    There were some positives I suppose. Scenery and stunts but that was
    about it.

    I will say though that if you are looking for a B movie to make fun of
    then this should fit the bill. Sit back and laugh at the ridiculous
    twists and turns but be warned that you will never get back the two
    plus hours of your life you will be wasting in doing so.

  • PramitheusDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Remake of a remake done good

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  • wlatson-2December 9, 2016Reply

    Great Movie

    I loved this movie as much or more than the original Magnificent 7. I
    loved the action and it was just a good western that I haven’t seen in
    a long, long time. You are absolutely in for a treat when you watch
    this. I’m buying DVD’s for my brother-in-law, sister, and brothers. I
    hope down the road a second comes out with Denzel Washington oh and
    Antoine Fuqua you have done it again. Please, please do another. When i
    was little I grew up watching all the old westerns and sometimes they
    miss the mark on a re-make but, not with this one. I think I’ll have a
    block movie party and show this movie for the youngster’s that don’t
    know about such things.

  • Mohamed SabbahDecember 9, 2016Reply

    Stolen Movie and story

    This is an Egyptian movie and called ( Shams El Zanaty ) this movie
    from 1991 . Adel Emam . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4SfX7lfYxY.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1527202/?ref_=nv_sr_1 .
    http://www.elcinema.com/work/1006000 . During WW2, an oasis village is
    being under attacked every now and then by a group of robbers, led by a
    marshal. The village’s old man Sheikh Othman travels to Cairo, Egypt,
    to buy weapons and men, Shams Elzanaty and his fellows, to fight back.
    Written by Hussain Al Saffar. All Egyptian know this movie good . And
    we all shocked that it’s the same story even characters . Hope you take
    a legal steps with the cast and the writer .

    Thanks and have a great day .

  • Romilos FronimidesDecember 9, 2016Reply

    Good Western, but not even close to the old ”Magnificent” gem!

    I’ll give 5 stars, because it’s a remake of the old ”gem” film. If it
    was a modern Western film, I would rate it more.

    The screenplay was the worst of it; the dialogues, the lack of
    background for the heroes, etc… As we know, the old ”Magnificent 7”
    was a ”Western” version of the ”Seven Samurai”, an incredible piece of
    film-making. The old ”Magnificent 7” was a true, equal ”gem” of the
    Japanese’s fist version.

    …This one here, wasn’t equal. Just Washington magnificent play
    couldn’t save this movie. I think, they made this movie quite
    ”simpler”; they thought that just because the title (a remake of a
    remarkable old film) would be enough. Well, wasn’t.

    As a modern Western film, it was good. NOT THAT good as ”Silverando”
    was, but good enough. The point is… since it’s the remake of an old
    masterpiece, we ”judging” it as that.

    So, five stars are good enough.

  • rafacorderoDecember 9, 2016Reply

    A Imperialistic Insult

    It’s astounding, sadly not so much, that people can still sit and watch
    such a distortion of reality without feeling uncomfortable. I have no
    doubt that the movie shows what happened after half the Mexican
    territory was taken by the US, a terrible crime, but not unusual, that
    the Mexicans- who were living there, and had for thousands of years,
    until they were invaded and exploited by Europeans- not the white
    ”settlers” were the victims of, the attackers were the white ”settlers”
    desperate to take hold of there new acquisition. It’s like pretending
    catholic Germans were the people killed in the Nazi concentration camps
    and not Jews. A Mexican and an Indian fighting for the defenseless,
    peaceful people who were been thrown out of their valley is so cynical,
    that I don’t really know if they do it as an insult or they really
    think that could have happened, as well as the Indian thug robbing land
    from the rightful owners- who arrived only a few years before and
    didn’t buy the land from the Mexicans or the Indians, of course that
    goes unmentioned. A black cowboy, when those people were extremely
    racist even more the ones who went to the ”new frontier” looking for
    fortune? The level of indoctrination in the US surpass by many fold
    that of any other regime.

  • kyleweis20December 9, 2016Reply

    I love Westerns

    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.

  • Eddie_weinbauerDecember 10, 2016Reply

    Young Guns it is NOT

    This is a great example of actors way out of their depth. Nothing about
    them is believable,and nothing about them is interesting. The
    characters are dull and boring,and they don’t look the part.They don’t
    act the part,they don’t talk the part.

    Sadly this is just another example of Hollywood collecting pretty boys
    and putting them all together,in hope on cashing in.

    They’ve seem to have stolen clichés from every other western that’s
    ever been made,dropped them in the pot and stirred around.Out came the
    remake. I could recognize several scenes used in other better
    movies.Like young guns 2 ,High Plains Drifter But the saddest part is
    the guys can’t act like cowboys.

    Ethan hawk hasn’t been good in anything since they said ”that’s a
    wrap”, on Before Sunset.Charles Bronson he’ll never be

    Denzel Washington is good for probably most movies a side from western.
    He along with the rest of the cast are just misplaced,they even look
    uncomfortable.The jokes are stiff and dull,and seem forced. Along with
    every other line they deliver.

    Chris Pratt is like watching The Dice Man in a western.Just horrible.

    I dunno who ever wrote this script.But it got nothing to do with the
    original,aside from the name.

    And the so called experts gunslingers in the movie,can’t outflank a
    fixed potion,not even with rifles

  • fcabanskiDecember 10, 2016Reply

    There Were Seven – They Weren’t Magnificent

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  • BERGHDecember 10, 2016Reply

    A true Fiat Multipla

    I was pretty excited about this movie as the cast looked awesome and
    the trailer had me thinking it would be pretty good. Initially I
    thought it would be a Django, True Grit, hateful 8 mixture. However I
    was wrong. This is fine in most cases. Not in this one however. The
    acting in this movie is of course with such a cast not the problem.
    However the things they say no matter how good of an actor you are
    really add up to nothing. The story line is so predictable it becomes
    almost funny, but stops halfway as this was not the intention. The
    whole movie I spent more time trying to like it than anything else. It
    was like looking at a Fiat Multipla for two hours and trying to
    convince myself it does not look that bad. If you have ever seen a
    Multipla you would understand that no matter how long you look you will
    not fool yourself.

    Conclusion: If you are at home and have nothing better to watch then
    maybe just maybe you should watch some tell-sell for two hours. And in
    that rare occasion that even this is not on and you really just wanna
    see some moving pictures as you fall asleep feel free to watch this
    movie. Otherwise maybe it is best to skip this one and not damage your
    image of the fine cast in this movie.

  • KateDecember 11, 2016Reply

    A modern day spaghetti Western!

    I am a fan of westerns! Anyone who is a fan of Westerns knows just how
    many good westerns are out there compared to ”all” westerns out there
    in the world. So finding a good one – mark it – keep it – love it! So
    this movie is a must for any ”Western” fans out there. I would suggest
    watching the old one first – because after all this is a remake! And a
    remake of a movie which, when it was made, followed a different formula
    to today’s westerns. So please do not expect to see ‘an Oscar winning
    drama which delves deeply into the mind of a desperate man during
    desperate times’ – because this isn’t that type of western. It’s a
    spaghetti western, where the good guys fight the bad guys, and there is
    no gray area! Which brings me to my second point – not exactly
    rehashed! And it’s great! The differences are welcomed – especially in
    the characters of the Magnificent Seven. The Story fundamentals are the
    same, as is the plot, but the everything else is not what you expect.
    Which is refreshing! There is plenty of action & enough one-liners! So
    I would put this on par with ”Quick and the Dead”. Which is my way of
    way of saying ”no, it is not the best western out there – But
    definitely above average!”. Lastly, Denzel Washington…. makes a
    smoother gunman than I expected.

  • groovieknaveDecember 11, 2016Reply

    Magnificent Sh–

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  • stonedraimDecember 11, 2016Reply

    Ridiculous 6…Magnificent 7…Hateful 8.

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  • zuccastvDecember 12, 2016Reply

    Mag 7

    This was a great movie to work on. We spent 7 months in the cold, the
    rain, the heat, the humidity, but it was all worth it. I had the chance
    to work side by side with some of Hollywood’s best actors. And I’m sure
    a lot of up and coming actors. I would highly recommend seeing this
    film. The movie sets were amazing. It’s packed full of action. This was
    a great movie to work on. We spent 7 months in the cold, the rain, the
    heat, the humidity, but it was all worth it. I had the chance to work
    side by side with some of Hollywood’s best actors. And I’m sure a lot
    of up and coming actors. I would highly recommend seeing this film. The
    movie sets were amazing. It’s packed full of action. This was a great
    movie to work on. We spent 7 months in the cold, the rain, the heat,
    the humidity, but it was all worth it. I had the chance to work side by
    side with some of Hollywood’s best actors. And I’m sure a lot of up and
    coming actors. I would highly recommend seeing this film. The movie
    sets were amazing. It’s packed full of action.

  • Aussie Movie ReviewsDecember 12, 2016Reply

    The poor mans Django.

    6/10. Seven gunslingers firm an alliance, to try and save a small town
    in trouble. From the trailer for this film months ago, I was looking
    forward to this one, it looked fantastic. What could go wrong with
    Denzel and Chris Pratt at the helm? Unfortunately a lot, I found this
    film the poor mans Django Unchained, an absolutely cracking movie. The
    acting was not that great, the plot pretty light on and it could have
    gone about 45 minutes less. I didn’t mind some of this film because I
    like a lot of the actors in the film, and even enjoyed a few moments,
    but overall bland movie. From Director Antoine Fuqua, I really expected
    more, after movies like Shooter (2007), The Equalizer (2014) and
    Southpaw (2015), I thought this was a going to be magic, but I was
    sadly disappointed. You could happily miss this one. The Magnificent
    Seven #themagnificentseven

  • Asad YaqoobDecember 14, 2016Reply

    The Not So Magnificent Seven

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  • dvalev-656-525509December 14, 2016Reply

    Ridiculous.

    I was so extremely disappointed… I am speechless. I guess this is a
    politically correct version of the movie, targeting people that have no
    clue what the 7 samurais or the Magnificent Seven is…

    It is an OK western, don’t get me wrong, one of these that you will
    watch and forget; but pretending that this movie has anything in common
    with the Magnificent Seven – it is quite presumptuous and absolutely
    ridiculous.

    I guess they all badly needed the money, right, and expected that every
    one of us, real fen, will pay to watch this … Shame on them.

    Nothing more to be said.

  • Tina BenjaminDecember 16, 2016Reply

    Complete TRASH.

    Another desperate attempt by Hollywood half-wits to remake a classic.

    Denzel, as usual SUCKS, he is possibly the worst actor ever and i can
    only imagine he got the role because he was the lowest bidder.

    This is a film in which a viewer can be forgiven for rooting for the
    bad guys annihilate humanity. God help us if the best savior we can
    muster is Denzel and his desperately diverse band of PC cowboy
    caricatures.

    If you have so much white guilt you feel the need to cut yourself, go
    watch this movie instead, its actually worse than rending your own
    flesh with a dull spoon.

    Save your time and money.

  • decoy000December 16, 2016Reply

    Movie with a lot of Assets

    If you like big ol’ barely contained boobies bouncing around in a
    beautiful woman’s chemise as she rides a horse around ‘n’ about the
    place then this movie is for you. If that’s not enough to sell you a
    ticket you may as well skip this one, unless you really like men in
    hats pretending to be in a movie.

    Other features of this film include: Cool guns. Yellow filters, filters
    so yellow the sky is green in most scenes. Lots of great horses. A
    terrible phoned in score, weird sound design (hey it’s supposed to be
    outside sound-guy) hackneyed dialog, and not one surprise in the whole
    film.

  • alon-dar1December 16, 2016Reply

    it’s a joke

    nothing else can be said about this ridiculous film, did the director
    actually direct anything or anyone? worst acting ever, they could just
    take a bunch of kids who want to play cowboys and get the same results.
    and the main actress, well, she looks so true with her shining eyes and
    huge cleavage, oh yes, the wild west was really wild if married women
    walked around with such cleavages. I did not see people leaving the
    theater many times, but was not surprised to see them do it during this
    film, ridiculous remake of a great movie, no soul, no real acting, i
    give the 2 points to the villain, the only one who gave half heart to
    his job

  • srdjan_veljkovicDecember 16, 2016Reply

    It’s hard to see why was this remake made

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  • mspradeesh786December 16, 2016Reply

    The sleeper

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  • BreitschleifDecember 17, 2016Reply

    Far below expectations.

    I was very disappointed with this movie. The trailer looked great and I
    am a fan of the action/western genre in general but this… the second
    half of the movie was just endless, brainless shooting to a point where
    it just tried to obviously fill up screen time the film would not have
    needed at all.

    The background story sounded interesting at first but was not thought
    through enough to actually make you feel anything for the characters
    that gather as the ”Magnificent Seven”. The protagonists are shallow as
    can be, just seven people with boring, stereotypical background stories
    that shoot and fight soooooo much better than the bad guys.

    How original!

    If you are in the mood for a superficial shootout and just want to see
    a lot of smoking guns and blood then yes, this can be entertaining. But
    if you expect a good story, interesting characters or basically
    anything surprising or new then no, I would not recommend watching
    this. There are far, far better westerns out there.

    5/10, not awful but don’t bring your hopes up too much.

  • capone666December 18, 2016Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…

    The Magnificent Seven

    Typically, when you unite seven cowboys you get a humdinger of a cowboy
    choir.

    But, in the case of this western you get a posse of hired killers.

    When a bloodthirsty businessman (Peter Sarsgaard) arrives in town with
    his armed associates looking to exploit the settlement’s mining
    operation, a recent widow (Haley Bennett) seeks out assistance.

    She eventually convinces a warrant officer (Denzel Washington) to help,
    and he recruits six more to join the resistance, including an explosive
    expert (Chris Pratt), a sharpshooter (Ethan Hawke) and a tracker
    (Vincent D’Onofrio).

    While preparing the townsfolk for battle, each gunslinger struggles
    with demons.

    A well-acted redesign of John Sturges’ 1960 reimagining of Akira
    Kurosawa’s 1945 Seven Samurai, this 2016 upgrade is more or less a
    predictable replica of its predecessors but with less pathos and more
    violence.

    Plus, the best way to deter unwanted cowboys is to dress the cacti as
    prostitutes.

    Yellow Light

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  • Ethan JonesDecember 18, 2016Reply

    Solid western; could very well rejuvenate the genre

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  • destinylives52December 19, 2016Reply

    Not Magnificent, But Good Enough

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  • tresmonsieurDecember 19, 2016Reply

    Terrible Remake

    Denzel is basically playing his The Equalizer’s role in the context of
    the old west but that aside this remake SUCKS!! It left me such bad
    taste that I went out the next day and borrowed the 1960 version just
    to forget this remake even exists. This remake is dumb, cheesy, and
    little else than Hollywood’s attempt at a quick buck. Not worth
    spending a penny on it.

    Watching the original US version makes it obvious just how weak this
    remake is. The actors all fall flat when compared with the likes of
    Yul, McQueen, Bronson and Wallach. The plot is far more believable in
    the 1960’s version than it is in this hyped up remake.

  • Peter Pluymers ([email protected])December 20, 2016Reply

    Yeehaa … The Seven notorious cowboys ride again …

    ”If God didn’t want them to be sheared, he wouldn’t have made them
    sheep.”

    Anyone who made an effort to read one of my writings, knows about my
    opinion on remakes and milestones in film history. I’m not a supporter
    of digging out hit movies from the past, dusting them off and giving
    them a new look. In most cases nothing new will be presented. In the
    worst case the result will fail terribly and the final product is a
    lamentable bad movie. ”Ghosbusters” was such a monstrosity in my
    opinion and confirmed my assertion that certain milestones are
    untouchable in film history (I’m afraid the remake of ”Jumanji” will
    end up in that same alley). However, there are exceptions like the
    recent film ”The Jungle Book”. Although this is not a remake in the
    strictest sense of the word, but rather an adaptation of a cartoon.

    I’m not claiming that this version of ”The magnificent seven” surpasses
    the original film from 1960. The original black and white version is
    and will always remain a monument. Actually, you can compare this movie
    with the remake of ”Robocop”. Broadly speaking there are similarities,
    but subtle changes make it a more contemporary version. As with
    ”Robocop”, you shouldn’t compare it too much with the classic version.
    Because of a few reinterpretations and a flashy new look it’s accurate
    to say that it’s more a ”restyling” and not a ”remake”. What are the
    similarities? Again there’s a community being oppressed and exploited
    by a power-hungry villain. This time it’s not about Mexican farmers
    whose much needed harvested food is being stolen by a Mexican gang.
    This time it’s an ordinary town where the inhabitants have to dig for
    gold in a mine and they are subjected to pressure by a fierce, crazy
    tyrant (Peter Sarsgaard) so they would sell their property for a
    handful of dollars. And once again those desperate inhabitants rely on
    seven mercenaries who, apparently without hesitation, volunteer to
    assist the residents to defend themselves against the oppressors. Of
    course the seven gunslingers are exceptionally talented shooters and
    the gang bandits are as stupid as an ass. As a result these ruffians
    are slaughtered en masse. And also the fact that one of the heroes
    takes on the role of a coward, just as Robert Vaughn did in the 1960
    version, is a striking similarity.

    The main distinction is made by the seven gunfighters. A jumble of
    rough men from different cultures. This way it became a politically
    correct film. An African-American (Denzel Washington), a Mexican
    (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), an Indian (Martin Sensmeier) and a Chinese
    (Byung-Hun Lee) ensured the diversity of origins. In addition, they get
    the company of a woodsman (Vincent D’Onofrio) whose weight probably
    transcends his intellect effortlessly. And a womanizing cowboy (Chris
    Pratt) who manages to hit a target without a problem despite his
    drinking problem. But overall, this is nothing more than an
    action-packed western that entertained me immensely. I can’t say it was
    boring. After the introduction of the main characters, one by one
    joining the select group, and the preparations for the big
    confrontation, it’s time for a comprehensive firefight, using a
    considerably large amount of dynamite, producing an immense rain of
    bullets and a Gatling gun as an apotheosis. The ruthless seven are
    being assisted by the motivated farmers with Emma Cullen (Haley
    Bennett), a resident who imposed herself the task to look for help, as
    the leading force.

    ”The magnificent seven” was an entertaining film. Afterwards I could
    feel that youthful, boyish desire again. Once again I wished I had
    grown up in that period as a tough cowboy. Or I’d be such a rebellious,
    dusty gunslingers who shoots his opponents calmly and coolly during a
    gunfight. Perhaps the end was a bit overdone and the different
    characters weren’t extensively developed. But as a spectacle it was
    unsurpassable. If you’re looking for untruths or plot holes, you’ll
    probably find them I suppose. But you have to admit that they have
    remained faithful to the greatest lie used in almost all Westerns. And
    that’s about the shooting qualities of a cowboy. In the real Wild West
    even the best gunslinger couldn’t hit a solid, thick oak. Even if they
    were standing ten meters from it. The moment you start realizing that,
    you better stop watching Western movies.

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  • Tony Heck ([email protected])December 20, 2016Reply

    One of, if not the best remake of the last few years. Easily the best western since Open Range. I loved this movie.

    ”Money for blood’s a peculiar business.” After years of being
    terrorized by a wealthy barron the citizens of Rose Creek have had
    enough and want to fight back. When Sam Chisolm (Washington) is
    recruited for help he decides to look for men to join him. He finds
    Josh Faraday (Pratt) and 5 others to head to the town and do what is
    right, or to exact revenge, whatever comes first. I was a little leery
    of this movie. I am getting burnt out on the constant remakes and 99%
    of them are terrible and not needed. This, I will admit, is part of the
    1%. Most remakes suffer because the original material was so good and
    they try to change so much that it angers some. Others fail because
    they try to be the exact same thing and its obvious how much they are
    not. This movie finds the sweet spot. The feel of the original is here,
    the spirit of Seventh Samurai is here, and a modern updated twist is
    here. The one thing this movie had over the original was more back
    story and character development. You really understand why the town
    wants and needs help, and you also care and want the seven to succeed.
    This is a movie I could go on and on about but I will say this is one
    of the biggest surprises of the year and I could not recommend this
    more. Overall, one of, if not the best remake of the last few years.
    Easily the best western since Open Range. I surprisingly give this an
    A+.

  • John BarlowDecember 20, 2016Reply

    Spaghetti Western

    This version of The Magnificent Seven marks a return of the Spaghetti
    Western, which I thought we had last seen four decades ago. I gave it a
    score of three simply for the memories it brought back. It is a classic
    example of how NOT to do a remake.

    Sadly, the acting was second rate, the editing was amateurish and the
    continuity was stilted.

    What the producers ended up with was a cross between ‘The Good, The Bad
    and The Ugly’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’. I don’t know how much it cost but
    whatever it cost it was money poured down the drain.

    Would I bother watching it a second time — which is my measure of a
    good film? Definitely not!!!

  • LawLess39December 21, 2016Reply

    Not even a bad Spaghetti Western!

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  • LolaDecember 21, 2016Reply

    Typical wanna-be-blockbuster with a multicultural ”message”

    This is a remake of a fantastic remake of a great movie that has
    apparently no other goal than trivializing some sort of ”multicultural”
    agenda, if it can be called that. Even people who strongly favor
    multiculturalism (as I do) would be amused or offended at how
    childishly this idea is conveyed, through a cast that, although great
    actors, cannot save this horribly bland and typically-bombastic
    wanna-be-blockbuster movie: an African American leader, a Native
    American outcast, an Asian prodigy, a Mexican bandit, and three white
    guys one of which is a Confederate sharp-shooting legend, AND a woman
    leading the town’s resistance. It is all so predictable and takes so
    long… it lacks the simplicity of the original story, which was quite
    straightforward, effective, and gripping maybe because of its
    simplicity. I’m really sorry for Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, not
    even their talent can save this bore.

  • samslaydonDecember 22, 2016Reply

    Yawn…

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  • Gino CoxDecember 23, 2016Reply

    Tremendous potential sacrificed on the alter of diversity, inclusion and political correctness

    ”The Magnificent Seven” enthusiastically embraces diversity to its own
    detriment. Diversity works well when it serves dramatic needs and the
    characters, as in ”Eastern Promises” and ”Running Scared” (2006), which
    featured Russian mobsters instead of the usual Italian/Sicilian crowd,
    and ”Lone Star,” a film about diversity with a diverse cast. When
    motivated by political correctness or marketing goals, the results are
    often disappointing, as with ”Ghostbusters” (2016), ”Secret in Their
    Eyes” and ”Annie.” It can work well. Helen Mirren was compelling in
    ”Eye in the Sky,” in a role written for a male, by playing the
    character with a masculine mindset.

    TMS is (or should be) the story of a group of mercenaries who are
    recruited for a suicide mission. They enlist for selfish reasons but
    find a nobler purpose that motivates them to extraordinary efforts to
    prevail. Dramatically and emotionally, the most important elements are
    the recruitment and the transition, but this presents a quandary for
    the filmmakers. Depicting seven recruitments and seven emotional
    maturations risks becoming repetitive.

    This is where diversity works against the movie. To the extent the
    characters are similar, we don’t need to see seven detailed scenes of
    recruitment or maturation. But for the characters to be authentically
    diverse, they must have diverse values and motives, so these scenes
    must be depicted in greater detail.

    The movie fails fairly epically in this regard. Chisolm (Washington)
    has the clearest motive in a personal quest for vengeance; however, it
    leaves no room for transformation to something nobler. He gives lip
    service to being persuaded by the offer of everything the townspeople
    had, but that’s not what motivates him. Faraday (Pratt) has a fairly
    lame motive in repaying a debt. The motives of Horne, Rocks and Harvest
    aren’t at all clear or convincing.

    TMS also fails at the second transition. Rather than becoming
    emotionally involved with the townsfolk and adopting or sympathizing
    with their perspectives and values, the mercenaries attempt to train
    the townsfolk to acquire combat skills in a martial arts and
    marksmanship training scene evocative of similar scenes in countless
    adventure movies from ”From Russia with Love” to ”Robin Hood, Prince of
    Thieves” and parodied in dozens of films, such as the ”A Fistful of
    Yen” episode in ”Kentucky Fried Movie.” Many other scenes seem borrowed
    from other films, such as ”Nevada Smith,” ”Django Unchained” and ”The
    Last Samurai,” which in some cases included scenes borrowed from other
    films.

    Acting is generally good, although some characters seem more like
    caricatures. Production values are good. But the script lacks depth. In
    the end, it’s an entertaining crowd pleaser that offers unrealistic
    diversity in lieu of authentic characters. The diversity of the cast
    works against the production, as the characters are presented as
    enigmas rather than taking the time to develop each character as
    three-dimensional.

  • Benji AlixDecember 24, 2016Reply

    Great Movie

    At some point, I thought that Quentin Tarantino wrote at least part of
    it. There are just few lines within that movie if you watch Quentin
    Tarantino movies, you would assume the same thing as well. Seeing
    Denzel In a cowboy role? I have to be honest, I know he is an amazing
    actor, but i didn’t know how that was going to turn out but he played
    it rather well. This movie is full of action. My favorite line in this
    movie is when he was asked about how many men he had, his response was
    2 the assumption was the girl and her partner who hired him for a job.
    but it was him and the person asking the question. This is funny but
    serious at the same time. You should definitely check out this movie. I
    would rate it an excellent movie. In addition, the scenes that took
    place in Arizona are priceless. The camera’s they use and lenses make
    it outstanding and they were actually in focus.

  • Reno RanganDecember 24, 2016Reply

    The new seven, all unique and diversified!

    Basically, people watch it for either those actors and the director or
    for an entertertainment. But we all know the story, how it begins and
    how it ends, since it was the remake of the 1960 film. Actually, it was
    a successful remake, but not as magnificent as the original. Maybe the
    youngsters might like this one better.

    The director’s favourite, Denzel Washington in one of the main
    characters. Not much change in the theme, except the screenplay was
    little altered, especially diversity in the film characters and their
    developments. Because nowadays that’s a big issue in Hollywood cinema.
    So it was led by Denzel and possibly there will be a sequel like the
    ‘Ocean’s’ trilogy.

    The people from a small mining town decides to hire men with guns to
    fight the villainous businessman who slaughtered their loved ones. The
    unusual seven men come together and form a team with a plan to defend
    the town. So what comes next is the battle between the good and the bad
    that lasts for the whole final act.

    The setting was completely refreshing, but slightly disappointing
    action sequences. All the seven characters were unique and awesome, but
    the film lacked the great battle scene that defines each one of them.
    Surely I favour it just for once watch that told from the todays
    imagination of the 1870s era. Feels like it should have been better,
    but in the end it is a satisfying film.

    6.5/10

  • jimberingDecember 24, 2016Reply

    Vast Improvement Over the Original

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  • adonis98-743-186503December 24, 2016Reply

    Enjoyable Remake with Flaws..

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  • thesar-2December 25, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent 1700

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  • tabunoDecember 25, 2016Reply

    A Decent but Unremarkable Western

    Unlike The Quick and The Dead (1995), the remake of The Magnificent
    Seven doesn’t have the same psychological suspense, even though the
    audience knows the outcome, except for which characters will die. The
    gun shooting with the climatic scenes sometimes seem to be so blase by
    contemporary standards. And the set up is something the audience has
    seen before, again and again. The spaghetti western close ups that have
    been so effective have been replaced by a more subdued, artistic, but
    not as stylized photographic style. Somehow the personal intensity and
    the humanity of the characters have been starched away, even though
    Ethan Hawkes gives it a good try. Even the lead antagonist seems so
    aloof even his film presence seems to be part of the background instead
    of the foreground.

  • 851222December 25, 2016Reply

    Antoine Fuqua + Denzel Washington + Ethan Hawke = This is the best what they came up with it?

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    ”The Magnificent Seven” (2016) is a disappointment to start with. It
    has amazing cast, great genre director Antoine Fuqua and … nothing
    that will glue you to your screen during its 2 hours run time. It
    wasn’t a bad movie to say the least, but 2 minutes after the credits
    will start rolling, you will forget it ASAP.

    Writing was the weakest thing of this movie to say the least. It lacked
    character development, nor the intriguing plot. So i toke what was
    given to me and the best thing i can say it wasn’t bad, but ”The
    Magnificent Seven” is a very mediocre ”saw it many times, know where it
    is going and how it will play out flick” to say the best. The best
    thing in this movie was its cinematography by Mauro Fiore – it is a
    great work.

    Overall, ”The Magnificent Seven” will work as a guilty pleasure on a
    boring evening with some friends and maybe some light alcohol involved,
    but nothing more. This is the weakest film by the great Antoine Fuqua
    till this date, and its not his fault – action sequences (and the are a
    lot of them were pretty solid) – script is what has to be blamed here
    in a first place. Not bad flick, but given the names behind and in
    front of the camera, this is a disappointing movie.

  • sideriteDecember 25, 2016Reply

    Diverse, but not different

    I was young when I watched Seven Samurai and even younger when I
    watched the 1960 American remake, so I don’t remember a lot of details,
    yet I do remember that I was emboldened by the sense of honor that the
    characters gave me. Not this version.

    Despite good acting all around, I felt nothing for the characters in
    the movie. The villain was truly despicable, I got that feeling, but
    why? I couldn’t relate to any of his psychopathic actions. As for the
    seven heroes, there are a black guy, a Korean and a native American
    among them, but neither them or the white guys did anything I felt
    defined them as characters. While I applauded the lack of flashback
    origin stories, I didn’t really buy into Denzel’s character’s
    motivation either.

    Basically, it was like a video game: ”Hey, I want to kill some wicked
    men! Join the Party? (Yes/No)” followed by gun slinging and explosions,
    then epic boss kill. And the posturing… God, the posturing. Every
    time you want to kill an evil powerful man or a menacing cowboy, just
    put a vertical trapdoor right in front of the entrance. They all like
    to push the doors and stand dramatically for a few seconds, taking the
    room in, showing who’s boss. Just pull the lever and make them fall to
    their death and you’re done!

    Bottom line, it wasn’t a bad movie, it was just so Hollywoodish that I
    didn’t feel anything for anything. Bang bang, mindless fun, the end.
    Wait, I changed my mind, that means it WAS a bad movie!

  • Paulio DDecember 26, 2016Reply

    a western for the 21st century

    This is what westerns are all about,sunny weather lots of colt 45’s and
    predictable drama with low risk to the stars, great dialogue (if you
    can hear it) also the card games are more exciting than the shoot outs,
    which is why it loses another star, other than that its a good western
    in the old style, so if its high drama your after it’ll maybe
    disappoint, but if you like a good fun story without the need for a
    great script this is for you and me, loved it’ If you compare it to the
    original then this will be better or worse depending on what you like
    in westerns as they are very different, A good Sunday afternoon movie,
    IMO,

  • DahitaDecember 26, 2016Reply

    Politically correct nightmare

    This is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the movie
    industry nowadays.

    Here is a cowboy movie with whites, blacks, latinos and ”indians” all
    mixed together in a perfectly incoherent and empty story. There is no
    scenario other than a one hour long gunfight. I think I started
    sleeping when they introduced the Asian cowboy (!) throwing knives
    during a gunfight. I have rarely felt so insulted by such a ridiculous
    attempt to force feed political correctness on viewers.

    It’s sad to see what we’ve come to. I’m going to have to watch a lot of
    Clint Eastwood westerns to wash this off my memory.

  • robert-259-28954December 26, 2016Reply

    Pure Hollywood Garbage.

    This remake of the 60’s classic is enough to make any serious movie fan
    vomit in his cowboy boots. It fails on every possible level,
    bastardizing every cliché in the business just to generate business.
    Unlike the fabulous score of the original, even the music sucks
    (evidently an unimaginative regurgitation of bits and pieces of
    everything James Horner had ever heard), none of the actors could
    actually ACT, and the storyline was a total desecration of the
    original— lacking the story, heart, and soul of perhaps the single
    greatest Western action/adventure film in history. The only reason I’m
    giving this turkey a ”1” however, is the a accurate use of character
    types in the movie, wisely choosing to use talent that actually looked
    the part… dirty. But I’d rather take the Hollywood movie stars of the
    past over the bored, uninvolved actors riding roughshod through this
    cinematic misadventure, especially the brain dead producers who
    actually believe that mindless revenge and violence will ever make up
    for a decent script, turning good filmmaking solely into a creation for
    corporate profit.

  • Lee Eisenberg ([email protected])December 26, 2016Reply

    I expected a shoot-’em-up movie and got one

    ”The Magnificent Seven” is a remake of a 1960 movie, which itself was a
    remake of Akira Kurosawa’s ”Seven Samurai”. With this movie I expected
    a shoot-’em-up movie, and I wasn’t disappointed. A major difference
    between this one and the original is that the septet is ethnically
    diverse (although that would’ve been unlikely in 1879). I read that Tom
    Cruise was considered for a role. It’s a good thing that they didn’t
    cast him; the movie would’ve been all about him, as opposed to the
    story. As it stands, there’s plenty of emphasis on the story.

    I guess that westerns have made a sort of comeback in the 21st century,
    with Quentin Tarantino’s ”Django Unchained” and ”Hateful Eight”, as
    well as Kelly Reichardt’s ”Meek’s Cutoff”. But even so, ”The
    Magnificent Seven” comes across as a wasted effort. Aside from the fact
    that anyone who’s seen the original knows what happens, most of the
    characters aren’t that interesting. Denzel Washington is forceful as
    the leader of the seven, but I particularly liked Chris Pratt’s
    gambler.

    In the end, it’s not a terrible movie, just not anything great. The
    best version really is Kurosawa’s movie.

  • Venom_81December 27, 2016Reply

    a modern western with some lacks

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  • bonker99December 27, 2016Reply

    Good cast wasted on a pointless and drab remake

    Good cast without a doubt but where was:

    The writing?

    The screenplay?

    The direction?

    The editing?

    The score? (was there one??)

    Producers often get a bad rap for not doing anything and that’s
    patently untrue in most cases but not here. Were they in Malibu the
    whole time?

    This is so uniformly drab that I can only guess that nobody was really
    trying here and you can’t hang it on the actors as they can only work
    with what they’ve been given and it’s for everyone else to pull the
    whole thing together into something taut and worth watching and for
    producers to kick butt if they’ve enough experience to be able to tell
    if everyone else is even turning up to do a job every day while they’re
    paying the bills.

    I see no evidence of anyone being involved in this movie except the
    actors.

    A terrible waste.

  • a_duffyDecember 27, 2016Reply

    Where was Elmer Bernstein

    While Denzel is a great actor the idea that seven men would attempt
    such a feat with a black man leading after the civil war was absurd.
    Yul Brenner plus 3. I thought maybe the Elmer Bernstein owners would
    not allow the theme which made the original the best western ever. Plus
    10 for Elmer and minus 10 to whomever did not use the theme until the
    credits were running. Did some college kid make this decision. While
    the actors did a credible job, none of their characters were developed.
    Somehow a Comanche in the old west was just as stupid as a black man
    leading this group. To say that I was disappointed is an
    understatement. The trailer even had rap music. Whoever is ultimately
    responsible for this mess should be required to watch the original 10
    times and then reedit the movie and rerelease it.

  • witster18December 27, 2016Reply

    So Wrong Yet So Right on So Many Levels

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  • strunt_sammaDecember 28, 2016Reply

    Good remake *spoiler*

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  • Bob RutzelDecember 28, 2016Reply

    It Was Okay for a sort of remake of the 1960 Classic

    Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) hires 7-Gunslingers to rid her town of
    Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), who owns the gold mine and who
    wants the people there to sell their land to him at very low prices.
    Chisolm (Denzel Washington) is an authorized lawman who hires: Josh
    Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne
    (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel
    Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) to help out.

    I do not remember much of the 1960 Classic except I do remember most of
    the biggest stars who starred in it, but I think it was a Mexican town
    was the one that needed gunmen help. There was no Emma Cullen
    character. One thing I do remember is that these 7-gunman had different
    names than the 7-gunmen of the 1960 version. Anyway, there seemed to be
    differences, and If you don’t like that, go back and watch the 1960
    version. All I know is that both are Westerns and I love Westerns. Ah,
    I can almost smell the leather.

    Some will ask why so many Hollywood remakes. Fair question, but how
    many today would go back and watch the original? See? Now you know.
    And, of course, CGI helps a lot with remakes, but I don’t think CGI was
    too much of a factor in this one. (You forgetting about the Gatling
    Gun?)

    The gunfight at the end when the whole town participated did go on for
    too long, but the choreography was so good we didn’t mind too much. We
    do see horses run from the battles and that is something we don’t often
    see with these gun fights.

    The only time I noticed the Magnificent Seven music theme was at the
    end when the survivors rode off into the sunset. (I didn’t see a
    sunset)

    Notables: Matt Bomer as Matthew Cullen, Emma’s husband; Cam Gigandet as
    McCann one of Bogue’s henchmen.

    Overall not bad for a sort of remake. The cinematography and overall
    production were very good. However I did expect better comedic banter,
    and to be honest, there was very little of it.

    The big stars did not stand out as much as we would have liked as there
    were more gun fights/explosions than dialogues. (So…… no Oscars,
    right?) (7/10)

    Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Only small stuff and not
    much of it.

  • Bill JamesDecember 29, 2016Reply

    The Magnificent Clichés

    And the corny clichés did not end at just 7! The corniness of this film
    practically defies description. The ”real” Magnificent Seven is a movie
    classic. Denzel Washington is an excellent actor; and, Ethan Hawke is
    pretty dog-gone good, too. If you’re expecting the remake of a movie
    classic with several of today’s finest actors is going to be a great
    entertainment adventure … you’re going to be very, very disappointed.
    I did and I was! The special effects and Haley Bennett’s low cut
    wardrobe carried the bulk of the entertainment cache for this film. The
    story line lacks rhyme or reason. In the 1960 version the bad guys were
    using the peaceful little village as a rest stop and to steal food from
    the villagers … while evil and wrong this, at least, makes sense. In
    this movie the antics of the bad guy lack any understanding or logic.

  • Maurice GullDecember 30, 2016Reply

    Revivalist Western – more action, less dramatic appeal than the original

    More extended shoot-em-ups, and extended battle scenes. A little light
    on character development. Edgier villains.

    Speaking of character development, it can be achieved by several means,
    and once we explore that, we can see the superiority of the 1960
    version: 1> by how a person acts.. 2> or reacts 3> by what a person
    says .. 4> or what others say about him 5> by how others react to him.

    Shakespeare wrote the book on this, I am told.

    So, in the original, we see different motivations for each of the
    mercenaries – and the Mexicans who hire them grow a little bit, too
    (Remember: ”There’s a man for us — look at the scars on his face!”
    ”The man for us is the one who gave him those scars”). This is all
    established before the group leaves for the village. But, we learn
    later that Chico was a humble farmer before this expedition — he opts
    to stay, with the pretty young farming girl who has grown fond of him.

    In this film, the characters arrive as cardboard cutouts – I’m not
    saying always bad cutouts – Denzel does a lot with his role, as always.
    But I don’t think he’s given the rich script that Yul Brynner had.
    Script and actors were just superior in the original, probably because
    they stuck to the themes in the earlier Japanese film.

    But I didn’t mind this one – I’d give it a 7! I’d like to see more
    revivalist westerns. Hollywood has a lot of tools to work with in
    cinematography. In my opinion, the last great modern western was
    Silverado (1985) – by coincidence, I thought the bad guy in that one,
    Brian Dennehy, would have been perfect for the crazy fat guy role
    played by Vincent D’Onofrio (sadly, Brian is almost 80 now – how time
    flies!).

  • Malcolm LusbyJanuary 3, 2017Reply

    Unlike Denzel – many reviewers missed the mark on this total gem

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  • Miguel NetoJanuary 3, 2017Reply

    It’s not so far behind the original

    The Magnificent Seven is the remake of The Magnificent Seven of 1960,
    the remake as usual is less than the original (which is a retelling of
    the Seven Samurai), the cast is the best thing in the film, Denzel
    Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vicent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee
    and etc, all are competent, the photography is beautiful, the costumes
    are good, the plot is good, the dialogues leaves something to be
    desired, the pace is a little bit, and the chemistry Of the characters
    are not so good, even the actors are good, the soundtrack is good, and
    the action scenes are cool, highlight the final scene, The Magnificent
    Seven It’s worth it, even though it’s inferior to the original, it’s a
    movie Assistible Note 6.8

  • dcarsonhagyJanuary 4, 2017Reply

    The Just ”Kinda Okay” 7

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  • julian kennedyJanuary 7, 2017Reply

    We are going to need a $%^#load of Dimes

    The Magnificent Seven is yet another remake that suffers in comparison
    to its original source. Denzel Washington does a fine job in the
    Cleavon Little role and Chris Pratt does a nice turn in the Gene Wilder
    role. The script though simply lacks the punch of the Mel Brooks
    original… I mean the filmmakers were certainly aware they were doing a
    scene for scene remake of Blazing Saddles right? I mean there is a bean
    eating scene for the love of god…

    The movie ditches the original Magnificent Seven’s plot (Americans
    travel down to Mexico to save villager from Banditos)and replaces it
    with a the exact plot and story beats of Blazing Saddles right down the
    town meeting in the Church. Some of the cast (particularly the
    townspeople) seem well aware they are in a Blazing Saddles remake while
    other, including I suspect the director, are clueless.

    The movie is entertaining enough and is a fun old fashioned western. I
    just they had Mongo in the remake.

  • jimw-63592January 7, 2017Reply

    Entertaining but Stupid

    I was going to see this in the movie theater until I saw the preview
    and they used rap music as the back drop. I was totally turned off by
    that. Who seriously uses rap music for a western movie preview?!?! So I
    rented it, and was glad I only spent a few bucks instead of about $15
    at the movies. Like my title say….”Entertaining but Stupid.” It’s
    like the movie Director try’s to make it so edgy and hip hop for a
    movie set in the 1800’s. It just doesn’t work, and the acting kind of
    sucked.

    Of course in today’s movie world you have to have minorities in a film.
    Back in the ”real” wild west it was about 90% whites, so of course they
    have to have a black guy as the leader, an Asian and native American in
    the 7’s little gang. The bad guys also have an Indian and guess what?
    The two Indians have a knife throw down at the end(guess who wins?) Not
    much substance or character development in this film and zero love
    romance. If you don’t want to use your brain and just see people in a
    wild west gun/knife fight, then you will like this lame movie.

    Hollywood has really become bad. It’s either super hero movies or bad
    remakes. The last really good western made is Tombstone with Kurt
    Russell.

  • JMC Reel ReviewsJanuary 8, 2017Reply

    A cliché-laden nod to the genre.

    Antoine Fuqua teams directs this re-telling of The Magnificent Seven
    which sees Denzel Washington take on Yul Brynner’s iconic man-in-black
    character, who gathers together a rag-tag group in order to help the
    residents of a small town fight back against those determined to drive
    them off their land.

    Fuqua begins his version with a sense of drama and violence. Indeed, no
    sooner does the film begin that we are rattled by a series of
    explosions which serve as the foundations for the violence and action
    that is to come. We soon meet the villain of the piece, superbly played
    by Sarsgaard who somehow manages to convey a restrained yet maniacal,
    unhinged menace. He outlines (or rather reaffirms) his intentions to
    the townsfolk with great intimidation, leading to a gunfight which
    results in the townsfolk searching for help.

    It’s a captivating start and rolls along at pace. However, at over two
    hours long, this pace was unfortunately unsustainable. It’s a slow
    middle section whilst we are introduced to each of the group. Some have
    more screen time than others, yet this does not necessarily correspond
    with the amount of character development they each receive. It’s a
    frustrating and inconsistent period as we slowly meet each member one
    by one, all of whom proving difficult to relate to or care much about.

    The final third sees the gang setting about making their mark in the
    town and ruffling lots of feathers, leading to an epic onslaught from
    Sarsgaard’s hired guns during an absolutely relentless sequence of
    events, superbly constructed by Fuqua who never lets up on the action
    or violence. It’s undoubtedly the reward of the piece, so much so that
    it makes the first two thirds almost forgettable. However, what follows
    is a rather flat closing which sadly serves as a reminder of the
    various flaws of the picture.

    The biggest of these is that this is little more than a Western cliché.
    We have the close-ups of the eyes made iconic by Clint Eastwood, a
    saloon full of people stopping to turn and look at the stranger at the
    swinging doors. We have the inept Sheriff, a Comanche vs Comanche fight
    and even people riding off into the sunset. Indeed, one would be
    forgiven in thinking that Fuqua had a checklist of characters formed as
    a result of watching too many Westerns. Aside from the aforementioned
    we also have Chris Pratt’s Faraday as a card-sharp, Hawke’s Robicheaux
    as the war veteran and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Jack Horne as a
    mountain-man.

    Clichés and stereotypes aside, there are plenty of solid performances
    here. Hawke and Pratt certainly stood out but Hayley Bennett deserves
    an awful lot of praise, too. Her role is a pivotal one and in such a
    male dominated film, it’s extremely refreshing to see such a strong
    female character hold her own amongst them and of course to see a young
    actress do the same amongst some of Hollywood’s heavyweights.

    A fantastic score helped add to the frantic action and also lift the
    slower elements of the film. The performances and chemistry amongst the
    main cast added a healthy dose of humour, and the action was fantastic.

    Whilst there is certainly plenty here to be enjoyed, it loses its way
    with an overlong running time, poor characterisation, inconsistent
    pacing and a cliché-laden nod to the genre.

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  • xenophonteJanuary 9, 2017Reply

    Disappointed me

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  • DarkLights95January 10, 2017Reply

    If it’s a comedy action you want, look no further.

    I read a description for this movie that goes ”A group of bandits take
    over a small town, and a group of seven men decide to fight against
    them.” That description is literally everything in the movie, no more,
    no less.

    That’s not a bad thing though. Every performance in the movie was
    great, Denzel Washington gives his typical ”I like a good laugh but I
    also want to get down to business” act, while Chris Pratt gives his ”I
    love telling jokes, but this is serious so I got to try to act like
    it”. Action scenes where also done very well, sure some of it was off
    the top or cliché (characters keep walking even after getting shot 40
    times) but it was still great to watch.

    If you just want 2 hours of jokes, action, and a Western theme that you
    don’t see very often anymore, this is that sort of movie. Obviously if
    you’re looking for something more deep and Oscar worthy this ain’t for
    you.

  • view_and_reviewJanuary 11, 2017Reply

    I’m A Sucker For Westerns

    I never saw the original so I admit that I have no reference for this
    movie. I knew that there was a Magnificent 7 in 1960 but that movie
    preceded me and it never made my ”to watch” list.

    Still, I am a sucker for Westerns. They don’t even have to be all that
    good. But make them good and star-studded like this one and oooooweeee
    I’m hooked like a striped bass.

    At its core, this Western is not much different than any other. You
    have some good guys and bad guys. You have a wrong, or wrongs that were
    done that require some good ol’ fashioned payback. And nothing is
    better than some good ol’ fashioned payback. The hook is all in how the
    punishment is meted out.

    The acting in this movie was fantastic. Peter Sarsgaard (Bart Bogue)
    played a grade A dirtbag. I hated him with every fiber of my being.
    Denzel (Chisolm) is Denzel, what more needs to be said. Ethan Hawke
    (Robicheaux), Chris Pratt (Faraday) and the others were all exceptional
    but I have to reserve a special appreciation for Vince D’Onofrio (Jack
    Horne). He was terrific as the religious Davy Crockett/mountain man
    type.

    I loved the movie, but like I said, I’m a sucker for Westerns so don’t
    take my word for it.

  • bowerr64January 12, 2017Reply

    Overall not that bad i enjoyed it

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  • ggyimesiJanuary 14, 2017Reply

    Terrible

    Sadistic and totally devoid of any reality this is an awful film. Full
    of anachronisms (a settler’s wife with decolletage!), ridiculous
    characters and improbable action sequences. One sequence was even a
    direct ripoff from Django. Cartoony and predictable this was a waste of
    money in its creation and a waste of time in my (almost) viewing. I’m
    glad I didn’t pay to see this in a theater and my husband regrets
    ordering it from Netflix. The people responsible for green lighting
    this project should be forced to view it and then be banned from
    Hollywood. Stick with the original and its terrific cast. RIP Robert
    Vaughn, the last surviving seven.

  • sharky_55January 15, 2017Reply

    I seek righteousness. But I’ll take revenge.

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  • Sarah SmithJanuary 16, 2017Reply

    Eye-Roller

    The action is fun, but much of the dialogue was corny, predictable, and
    eye- roll-worthy. A couple of the characters were slightly nauseating,
    (Haley Bennett’s one-dimensional acting, historically inaccurate
    clothing/vocabulary, and Vincent D’Onofrio’s strange-almost-comical
    religious mutterings as he bludgeons). Overall, the acting left much to
    be desired (although a lot of that was due to a poor script), and the
    speech/vocab was way too modern for the post-civil war era.

    I’m sure some could say similar things about the 1960 classic, but the
    legendary coolness of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and
    James Coburn MORE than make up for it.

  • rokr-88504January 17, 2017Reply

    Unbelievable plot, action, and dialog

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  • bmuserJanuary 17, 2017Reply

    A good Movie

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  • rotex29January 17, 2017Reply

    Great? No. Entertaining? Hell Yes!

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  • Harvey_RabbitJanuary 18, 2017Reply

    One element to ruin a perfectly average action movie

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  • ssochetJanuary 21, 2017Reply

    Don’t Worry, No need for Spoilers

    Denzel Washington is one of the great actors of our time. He has played
    several iconic roles, most notably Malcolm X. But here in this remake,
    one has to ask repeatedly, ”WHY?” Why remake a classic? The chances of
    being able to eclipse the original is nearly 0. The chances of it being
    about the same, is… also nearly 0. Let’s see, what does that leave
    you with?

    Without making the comparisons between Yul Brynner, the classic man in
    black, who reappeared in the original Westworld, and Denzel, as
    Chisolm…Yul might have been a stretch in the role, but he was such a
    balanced presence in 1960, excelling in so many areas of film, that he
    pulled it off. Washington, on the other hand.. can’t really match that.
    Not this time.

    Basically, this version felt more like a bad remake of Blazing Saddles
    without the laughs. I won’t even get into the embarrassing performance
    of Ethan Hawke, sorry man, love the guy in Boyhood, but not here.

  • tyingling7766January 22, 2017Reply

    The Magnificent Seven Review

    Oh man, The Magnificent Seven. How good was this movie? I am going to
    try to do it justice in this review. I don’t think I can though.

    First off, just let me say that I haven’t seen the original remake
    since I was about ten, and I haven’t seen the original since I was
    about twelve. So, this movie was more or less a freshness for me. That
    may have helped in me giving this movie an honest rating as I was not
    judging it off the ones from over fifty years ago. Having said that,
    let me just get what I didn’t like out of the way.

    It’s not really anything with the movie really, but it has to do with
    the casting choices. Well, one in particular. Don’t get me wrong, I
    think that Vincent D’Onofrio is a great actor, but I didn’t like him
    the role of Jack Horn. I don’t know what it was, but there was just
    something I couldn’t stand about him in the movie. It could have been
    the way he was talking, I don’t know. There was just something.

    Having said that, everyone else was perfect. Fuqua made the right
    choice working with Hawke and Washington again. Apparently, Fuqua was
    more than a little hesitant on casting Pratt until Pratt started
    singing and then Fuqua knew who Pratt should play. And for once, in a
    western movie, the nationalities of the characters were played by the
    right nationalities.

    The story is something that everyone should know. A town is in danger
    and they hire one guy to help who turns around and hires six more. Then
    they go up against an army of villains, lead smartly by Peter
    Sarsgaard. Seriously, I don’t know what else to tell you about the
    story. If you don’t know it from the originals, then chances are you
    don’t want to watch this movie. But you should.

    One thing I am going to talk about here that I hardly talk about is the
    music. This was the last movie James Horner did music for before his
    untimely death. As usual with him, he is probably going to get an Oscar
    for what he has done. Sadly, this will be the last film that has his
    music. He even added elements from the score of the 1960 movie. The man
    was a genesis when it came to writing music for the movies.

    Now, if you don’t see why you should watch this movie, I don’t know
    what else to tell you. Like I said, I don’t think I can give the movie
    justice in mere words. You just need to watch it, now.

  • bob the mooJanuary 22, 2017Reply

    Fairly average fare, but lacking a reason

    Nothing about this remake excited me enough to make it to a cinema, but
    on DVD it seemed like a reasonable distraction. In the end this is the
    best I could say about it – that it was reasonable. The film delivers
    its simple plot over quite a long running time. Despite being over two
    hours, the film doesn’t really do much to engage us in the characters.
    They get together with some very simple things to mark them out as
    different types of cliché, then they go to their destination, then they
    have the long conflict. It is as simple as that, and it plays out in a
    fairly ho-hum way for the vast majority of the running time.

    Of course it is far too expensive to be totally boring. The set- pieces
    are expensive and elaborate; the cast features plenty of famous faces
    who have good presence; and technically it all looks and sounds great.
    Problem is that none of this is enough to make you care. The film
    doesn’t help this with its tone; it drifts across banter-driven comedy
    through to glorious emotional deaths, and it doesn’t ever seem to be
    able to nail something down that it does well. As a result it plays out
    in a way that has a near total lack of soul or heart. This is not to
    say that going through the motions doesn’t have some reasonably
    distracting quality, but this is really all it does.

    Plenty of people have gotten into a tizzy over this film versus the
    original, and I’m happy to leave that fight to them. As a standalone
    film, this is fairly average stuff. It is expensive and technically
    well made, but it lacks a reason, a heart, and a soul. At all levels it
    is like this, so it is hard to care about any of it, even if many of
    the set pieces are perfectly fine as spectacle.

  • tyingling7766January 22, 2017Reply

    The Magnificent Seven Review

    Oh man, The Magnificent Seven. How good was this movie? I am going to
    try to do it justice in this review. I don’t think I can though.

    First off, just let me say that I haven’t seen the original remake
    since I was about ten, and I haven’t seen the original since I was
    about twelve. So, this movie was more or less a freshness for me. That
    may have helped in me giving this movie an honest rating as I was not
    judging it off the ones from over fifty years ago. Having said that,
    let me just get what I didn’t like out of the way.

    It’s not really anything with the movie really, but it has to do with
    the casting choices. Well, one in particular. Don’t get me wrong, I
    think that Vincent D’Onofrio is a great actor, but I didn’t like him
    the role of Jack Horn. I don’t know what it was, but there was just
    something I couldn’t stand about him in the movie. It could have been
    the way he was talking, I don’t know. There was just something.

    Having said that, everyone else was perfect. Fuqua made the right
    choice working with Hawke and Washington again. Apparently, Fuqua was
    more than a little hesitant on casting Pratt until Pratt started
    singing and then Fuqua knew who Pratt should play. And for once, in a
    western movie, the nationalities of the characters were played by the
    right nationalities.

    The story is something that everyone should know. A town is in danger
    and they hire one guy to help who turns around and hires six more. Then
    they go up against an army of villains, lead smartly by Peter
    Sarsgaard. Seriously, I don’t know what else to tell you about the
    story. If you don’t know it from the originals, then chances are you
    don’t want to watch this movie. But you should.

    One thing I am going to talk about here that I hardly talk about is the
    music. This was the last movie James Horner did music for before his
    untimely death. As usual with him, he is probably going to get an Oscar
    for what he has done. Sadly, this will be the last film that has his
    music. He even added elements from the score of the 1960 movie. The man
    was a genesis when it came to writing music for the movies.

    Now, if you don’t see why you should watch this movie, I don’t know
    what else to tell you. Like I said, I don’t think I can give the movie
    justice in mere words. You just need to watch it, now.

  • tomgillespie2002January 25, 2017Reply

    The Adequate Seven

    Movie fans were predictably up in arms when the announcement was made
    that John Sturges’ beloved 1960 action western The Magnificent Seven
    was to be remade by Antoine Fuqua, a director who has arguably only
    made one decent film in his career. Familiar claims of Hollywood
    running out of ideas and calls for the ‘classics’ to be left well and
    truly alone echoed across internet message boards, despite remakes
    having existed since cinema began and the fact that Sturges’ film was
    itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai masterpiece Yojimbo (1961).
    The resulting movie is a perfectly enjoyable and action-packed couple
    of hours, although ironically lacking in magnificence. The Adequate
    Seven would have been a more appropriate, albeit less catchy, title.

    Fuqua’s film treads much of the same ground as Yul Brynner, Steve
    McQueen, Robert Vaughan et al did fifty-odd years ago. Denzel
    Washington takes on the role Brynner previously embodied, and he
    strikes a cool and formidable figure as Chisolm, despite sticking out
    like a sore thumb in the post-Civil War Wild West (although nobody
    brings it up). He is approached by the beautiful widower Emma Cullen
    (Haley Bennett) to help save her town from feudal landowner Bartholomew
    Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and his small army of enforcers, who have just
    murdered Emma’s husband. Either for the bag of gold on offer or just
    for the sake of doing the right thing, Chisolm agrees to take the job,
    and begins recruiting his own gang of former acquaintances, lovable
    rogues and dangerous outlaws.

    Hollywood finally seems to be catching up with the ethnic diversity so
    prominent in the U.S., and The Magnificent Seven reflects this
    wonderfully. As well as casting a black lead relatively unheard of in
    the genre, Chisolm rounds up Mexican Vasquez (Manuel Garcia- Rulfo),
    Korean knife-expert Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee) and, after befriending
    him by eating the heart of slain beast, also brings in Native American
    Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). Making up the rest of the group are
    Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt doing his best impression of Star Lord), a
    cocky gambler with the gift of the quick draw; Goodnight Robicheaux
    (Ethan Hawke), an alcoholic former soldier with a shaky hand and
    shakier nerves; and Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), the hulking,
    grey-haired, God-fearing frontiersman who is given the role of comic
    relief.

    For most of its 2 hour 13 minute running time, The Magnificent Seven
    struggles to decide what kind of film it wants to be. On one hand, it’s
    a western in the classic mould, all thigh-slapping and talking’ tough.
    Yet with the many over-the-top set-pieces on show, it also seems to
    have aspirations to be a shut-down-your-brain blockbuster, even pitting
    Red Harvest one-on-one against the bad guys’ Native American in what is
    the movie’s most ridiculous scene. It also hints at deeper ideas, and
    touches on themes of race with the lightest of brushes, just enough to
    make you ponder how good this film really could have been given the
    cast at the director’s disposal. If it’s an entertaining slice of
    action complete with strong performances across the board, then this
    certainly delivers. However, if you’re looking for an absorbing genre
    piece and one that justifies its own existence, then you may become
    frustrated with Sargaard’s sleepy- eyed scenery chewing. Insert pun on
    title here.

  • Rameshwar INJanuary 27, 2017Reply

    Unrealized moments and desperately lacking innovation leaves it underwhelming

    A story that has been retold in various versions and backdrops across
    the world makes its way back to Hollywood again with Antoine Fuqua at
    the helm. He brings together the stars from his smash-hit debut
    ‘Training Day’ hoping for a box office miracle that has eluded him.
    Easily one of the best looking westerns you would come across
    especially going by Fuqua’s technical abilities, aesthetics and
    attention to detail. But sadly that’s all there is to it.

    Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) is a ruthless business man using
    intimidation and graft to convert a settlement into a mining yard
    oblivious to its settler’s woes. When he takes a step too far by
    burning down the local church and killing some innocent civilians who
    revolted against him, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) who is widowed from
    the incident vows revenge. She recruits a Warrant Officer Sam Chisolm
    (Denzel Washington) to help her exact revenge who in turn has a bone to
    pick on Bogue. Knowing Bogue’s ego, his love for power and his assets,
    Chisolm needs an army to stand a chance.

    Right from the word go, it is driven by a template featuring all the
    stereotypes of a western world. Its as if he has made a list of such
    and stuffed them up into this wafer thin script. The way the town
    looks, characters of inhabitants, introduction to its protagonist,
    antagonist, period jokes everything you can think of has been done many
    times before. As the movie progresses, it becomes utterly predictable
    voiding it of any thrill or suspense throughout. The characters of the
    magnificent seven are not well etched out making them just caricatures
    who would react in a pre-programmed manner to a given situation. The
    background score is passable, the screenplay is so by the book might
    well has been written by a film student as part of an assignment,
    editing department could have worked a little harder to chop off some
    extra lengthy dinner scenes. But the background locales and the
    cinematography stands out making it a visual treat. To conclude, I felt
    that there were moments in the movie which were not seized leaving it
    underwhelming at the end.

    Coming to performances starting with Peter Sarsgaard, his character as
    a baddie in the movie can be defined in like just 3 words. Denzel
    Washington does shows some moves as a gunslinger but I couldn’t buy
    into his western act. Chris Pratt has been giving the exact same
    performance since his breakout role as Peter Quill and just serves as a
    comic relief. Ethen Hawke, the returning star from Training Day and a
    veteran of unconventional roles bows out here to play the silliest
    character (in a bad way) written in recent times. Only actor who makes
    something out of this venture is Haley Bennett – especially because of
    my lack of expectations on her. She definitely had her moments and her
    plight and grit looks believable in parts.

    Unrealized moments and desperately lacking innovation leaves it
    underwhelming.

  • LeonLouisRicciJanuary 31, 2017Reply

    Unremarkable, Uninspired Modern Western…Entertaining but Distant & Elusive

    A Remake of a Remake that is Unremarkable but Mildly Entertaining
    Escapism. It’s Far from Profound and is Lacking any Memorable Twists
    except the Standard Post-Modern Occupation of a PC Inclusion Checklist.

    An All-Star Cast that does have African-American Denzel Washington as
    the Lead Man among Men that was the Biggest Joke in ”Blazing Saddles”
    (1974).

    But other than that bit of 21st Century Revisionism that is Accepted by
    Audiences and Critics as Hardly Worth a Mention, this Western Movie is
    Typical Stuff from the Genre that Director Fuqua Presents as Classical,
    including the Rich, Colorful, Sprawling, and Handsome Cinematography.

    Pedestrian Picture that Tries to Remind Viewers of the Appeal of a
    Genre that Falls In and Out of Style with Regularity. But the Movie is
    so Uneventful that Inspiring Moderns to give the ”Western” a Look is
    Doubtful because the Film itself Feels Uninspired.

    The Third Act with the Final Extensive Shootout is actually the Least
    Effective with the Carnage and the Sacrifice Lacking a Visceral Feeling
    and does Nothing but Numb the Heart and Brain with a Binocular Looking
    and Behemoth Body Count Witnessed by Detached Onlookers.

    Not the Worst Remake ever made and Not the Worst ”Western” made in the
    Modern Era, but to call it anything but Product would be Praise it Does
    Not Deserve.

  • dromascaFebruary 2, 2017Reply

    The Magnificent Seven – International Edition

    The Japanese master Akira Kurosawa is credited for the original script
    (and remarkable movie) Seven Samurai made in 1954. Six years later an
    American remake named The Magnificent Seven provided one of the
    exception of that rule too often true which says that Hollywood remakes
    are much worse pictures than the non-American original movies they are
    based upon. John Sturges’ film was actually very good (in my opinion)
    because of the presence of great action movies stars like Yul Brynner,
    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and because it translated well the code
    of honor of the samurais in the rules of ethics that made eventually
    the lawless Wild West into a cradle of an efficient and lawful society.
    So the question may be asked – why do another Hollywood remake in 2016.
    One answer is of course – because more than half a century passed and
    the Western evolved. The problem is that in processing the script for
    the 21st century the writers and producers felt the need to add a
    dimension that was practically absent from the previous 7s –
    multiculturalism. And so, in two hops, we get from the mono-cultural
    Japanese saga with samurais to an internationalized (and PC – suspect)
    story that may fit some of the 21st century taste, but seems less
    credible in a 19th century setting.

    The team of mercenaries assembled by law man Denzel Washington to
    protect the citizens of the city threatened to be taken over by an avid
    landlord and his army includes almost all the races and nations that
    populate the America of that time in an ‘international’ team that will
    work, fight and (some) die flawlessly. Nice idea, but lacking
    credibility. Worse – all with the exception of Washington’s character
    lack consistency, they are more the stereotype that they are supposed
    to represent than real characters we get to care about, even when they
    are hurt or die.

    Otherwise, it’s a good action movie, respecting the basic rules of the
    action Western films. One cannot expect Denzel Washington to provide
    anything but a fine performance. He worked with director Antoine Fuqua
    in The Equalizer and was lucky for a more consistent and complex role
    there. Haley Bennett was also present in The Equalizer, here, in The
    Magnificent Seven she seems to be a little too young and a little too
    pretty for the role of the beautiful widow who gathers the team of
    mercenaries. Fine actors as Chris Pratt or Ethan Hawke get too little
    substance in their roles to be remembered. The action scenes are
    reasonably well made, but there is nothing special to remember the day
    after the screening.

    The ‘Wild’ West at the end of the 19th century was many things, but
    what it was not was a multi-cultural and tolerant society. One can
    describe it as such, but this smells of historical revisionism or
    political correctness. The West may have been populated by different
    nationalities, but they were far from equal and far from living and
    acting in harmony – this is the historical truth. Taking into account
    that today’s American society is as well far from having overcome all
    its traumas related to its attitude towards race and minorities, maybe
    such an alternate view can be regarded as an act of balancing. All
    good, but this does not automatically translate into good cinema.

  • imdb-68222-90807February 2, 2017Reply

    Hollywood action film disguised as a western

    A film is only good when it fits your expectations. I had high hopes
    for this one. I haven’t seen a good modern western in a while – so I
    gave ”The Magnificent Seven” a shot.

    Oh boy, what a mistake. Yes, there is shooting. Yes, there is low
    jokes. Yes there is seven characters. But that’s about it. The whole
    story can be said in 5 minutes.

    During the movie you see repeated failed attempts to build the
    characters – and add a human flavor to the film – all failed. I didn’t
    identify with any of the seven, I didn’t like any. They all shot, spit,
    made stupid racial jokes and were archetypical.

    If you want a stupid action movie to watch when making a dinner – go
    for it. You can totally miss half of the film and still not get lost.
    But if you want developed characters, charisma and a good film – watch
    something different.

  • henuliFebruary 2, 2017Reply

    Enjoyable? -Yes. Good? -Not really

    I got to see this movie in a theater with a friend who hasn’t seen the
    original and is generally not very familiar with old spaghetti
    westerns. I think that’s important to point out as we had somewhat
    different thoughts about the flick.

    The movie was enjoyable as my rating states. However I must say that
    it’s hard to point out anything good about it. The plot is straight up
    one of the worst revenge stories and full of ridiculous clichés.
    There’s no character development nor are there really any interesting
    or unique characters. All the common western clichés are used and
    there’s really nothing unexpected about the plot.

    Yet I somehow managed enjoy this film. The action is good and humor is
    opportune. It just feels like a good western. The plot is crap, but
    then again the original one wasn’t a masterpiece of storytelling
    either. My friend said it was one of the best movies he’s seen lately,
    though I must differ. I had fun for sure, but can’t really say that I’d
    recommend this to anyone looking for an actually good flick.

  • pg-tsincFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    Kills inventory

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  • SpikeopathFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    I seek righteousness. But I’ll take revenge.

    Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard
    Wenk. Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent
    D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley
    Bennett and Peter Sarsgard. Music is by Simon Franglen (also working
    from a James Horner template) and cinematography by Mauro Fiore.

    Seven gunmen band together to aid the town of Rose Creek whose
    inhabitants are being driven out by ruthless capitalist Bartholomew
    Bogue.

    We are now in an age of film making where ”tagged classics” are no
    longer sacrosanct. Any number of these ”tagged classics” have been and
    will become viable for remake – reboot – reimaging for newer audiences.
    It’s here, it happens and really there’s nothing we can do about it but
    moan amongst ourselves. John Sturges’ 1960 The Magnificent Seven
    (itself a remake of Kurosawa pic Yojimbo) is a much loved film, and not
    just in Western lovers circles, it’s a film that non Western fans are
    known to enjoy – and rightly so, it deserves its place as a ”tagged
    classic” and still enthrals over 50 years since its release. So the big
    studio big wigs and Antoine Fuqua were taking a major gamble remaking a
    classic remake with their own remake!

    Undeniably the shadows loom large over the 2016 version, so much weight
    of expectation, in fact to some it was a stinker of a film even before
    it was released! Well, as those who have seen it will attest, both the
    fans and the dissenters, it hasn’t raised the bar for the ”Seven”
    formula, but, and this is very key here, the makers wasn’t setting out
    to make a film that down the line would be a perceived a ”tagged
    classic”, and this is evident in the ream of extras available on the
    Blu-ray releases. They achieved what they set out to do, to make a
    blunderbuss Oater for the modern era to sample, and they have done it
    with much love, much cool and lashings of technical greatness. Add in a
    cast clearly enjoying themselves and not letting anyone down, and it’s
    a tasty plate of beans.

    Fuqua updates things by having his seven as a row of differing
    ethnicity’s, which works a treat, and crucially he and his writers are
    respectful of those characterisations, even if a bit more fleshing out
    wouldn’t have gone amiss. Yet nothing is at a cost to honouring the
    great Westerns of old. Beautiful landscapes envelope the players, the
    musical score bouncing around man and nature with homaged sweetness.
    There’s closeups, silhouetted slices of panache, superb stunt work (man
    and beast), glorious set design, and then there’s the action. The fight
    sequences are excellently constructed, a feast for the eyes and ears,
    death and slaughter unfurled in brutal but hunger appeasing strokes.
    There’s comic relief about the place, and while much of the dialogue
    wouldn’t have the great poets of yore troubled, there is deepness to be
    found. Intelligence, too, the addition of PTSD to one of the main
    players is a notable piece of worth, while how wonderful to find a
    Western lady character of great substance (Bennett excellent), so good
    in fact she could have been one of the seven!

    It’s a bare bones story, with a pointless motive revelation tagged on
    for the finale, while some anachronisms will irritate those bothered by
    such. But if you are able to judge it on its own terms, as a Western
    entertainment for this era, and to accept it isn’t trying to outdo the
    source of its inspiration, then a good time can readily be had. 8/10

  • CinemaClownFebruary 6, 2017Reply

    A Fun-Filled, Action-Packed Western That Ruins Almost Everything In Its Final Minutes.

    The 21st century remake of The Magnificent Seven — which in itself was
    a re-imagination of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai — is a brilliantly
    paced western that packs plenty of gunslinging action, carries a
    fun-filled vibe throughout its runtime and remains a consistently
    entertaining ride for the most part yet f*cks everything up in the
    final 10 minutes to finish on a forgettable note.

    The story of The Magnificent Seven unfolds in a small American mining
    town during the late 1870s where a feudal landowner has taken control
    of the people’s land & mines. The plot follows a group of gunslingers
    who are hired by the townspeople to protect them from the baron robber
    & his army of henchmen. As the town prepares for the final showdown,
    the hired guns find themselves fighting for more than money.

    Directed by Antoine Fuqua whose last film was the horrid Southpaw, the
    movie introduces the bad guy within the opening segment before heading
    to bring its heroes together. The steady formation of the group plus
    brief overview of each character is shot in a manner that keeps the
    interest alive, while the vibrant photography, energetic camera-work &
    regular dose of action make sure that the viewers stay around until the
    end.

    The western set pieces are expertly handled by the production design
    team. The script isn’t strong enough when handling separate character
    arcs although the interplay between them is amusing & fun. The villain,
    however, is weak, one-note & not at all intimidating. The background
    score has an old-school quality and is able to raise the tension to
    higher levels in a few key sequences while the action keeps surfacing
    regularly from start to finish.

    Coming to the acting department, The Magnificent Seven features a
    magnificent cast in Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke,
    Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun & others, and most of them chip in
    with excellent performances. Each one of the seven get their moment to
    shine and their chemistry with each other is even better. Peter
    Sarsgaard is in as the terribly written villain and his input is
    absolutely cringeworthy while Haley Bennet does well with what she’s
    given.

    On an overall scale, The Magnificent Seven has its shares of highs &
    lows and is a crowd-pleasing action extravaganza that leaves a trail of
    bodies during the climactic showdown it was building up to yet ruins
    almost all of it in the ensuing moments. Having never seen the film it
    happens to be a remake of, I went in with zero expectations and was
    invested in the story for the most part yet the horrible voice-over in
    the end left an awful aftertaste. Worth a shot, even if it fails to
    live up to the magnificent part of its title.

  • B MovieManiacFebruary 7, 2017Reply

    What’s not to predict?

    Given that the Japanese original ”original” was made in 1954. That the
    first Hollywood remake was made in 1960 and the remake was then re-made
    in 2016 I hope you can excuse me for not being surprised at the general
    plot line.

    This is a decent modern re-tell on the western version of the original
    Akira Kurosawa film.

    It’s Hollywood!

    If you are unable to go to a movie without challenging what is
    realistic then stop wasting your money and sit at home watching the
    shopping channel ‘cos even the news guys get confused sometimes.

    It’s a movie. Even if based on real life events, it’s based on the
    version that will sell seats. Cops don’t do what Hollywood shows Docs
    don’t do what Hollywood shows Firemen don’t do what Hollywood shows
    …. cos that would be a black smoke filled screen!

    Accept this movie for what it is. A ripping yarn! …… not so sure
    about the 12 rating though

    I Liked it

    If you can live with ”alternative facts” in the real world. Then an
    ”alternative interpretation” should be a small step

  • gloriahurFebruary 8, 2017Reply

    Unoriginal but enjoyable for the most part

    Overall, this movie doesn’t have the most original story or characters,
    but it’s great for pure entertainment, without thinking too deeply, but
    just to enjoy the gratifying action and vengeance against the evil. The
    ending is easily predictable- the story really doesn’t have much and
    isn’t at all realistic. There’s no kind of suspense in the plot, but
    the thrill is in the action itself, which is shown throughout most
    parts of the movie. It was also interesting to see people from
    different origins use different ways to fight together, which was not
    shown often in the original western movies of similar background.

    The message that the movie gives, if any, is also quite stale. However,
    if you watch the movie without expecting such things, as I did, you
    would probably find the movie watchable. It certainly illustrates the
    ambiance in those areas at that time very well, and is pretty visually
    pleasing. The simplicity of the setting and the plot actually makes the
    grandeur of being righteous during that century stand out. The image
    and the effects also help to create that ambiance.

  • NDbportmanfanFebruary 10, 2017Reply

    Doesn’t Seem to Deviate too Far from the Original Magnificent 7

    I don’t have a problem with studios remaking classic movies as long as
    they can put a cool new spin on them. What this film tried to do didn’t
    leave me on the edge of my seat as the differences primarily dealt with
    the characters rather than the story. It was nice to see more of the
    seven getting more screen time. The 60’s version had about three of the
    seven receiving significant roles while this film did a decent job of
    adding depth to the cast. I would say five of the seven had a decent
    amount of lines.

    One of the major hits this movie takes before releasing to theaters is
    having Denzel replace Yul Brynner. I am not saying Denzel is a bad
    actor by any means; he was just given the impossible task of matching
    Yul’s presence. While I watched the 60’s version there was just that
    constant intensity. I just get that feeling in the remake, well a
    little from Vincent’s character but that was about it. (Vincent played
    an awesome character and turned out to be the highlight of the movie).

    The pacing of the movie was good, nothing seemed rushed in the
    slightest. The dialogue was okay, nothing was all that quotable. As far
    as action scenes go it was rather middle of the road, nothing blew my
    mind, but I also was not left scratching my head saying really (okay
    maybe once but that is a spoiler).

    This was not a bad film and the current rating of a 7.0 is spot on the
    mark. The movie is a decent remake with many familiar scenes to the
    original. Whether you liked it or hated it you should still give the
    60’s version a try.

  • Everett BartonFebruary 10, 2017Reply

    Amazing movie!

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  • Reel Life ReviewsFebruary 12, 2017Reply

    A very worthy western

    7/10 appropriately enough. Action packed would probably be an
    understatement. The entire third act was a gunfight, no exaggeration.
    Chris Pratt played Chris Pratt as usual but I still can’t hate him. I
    would have liked to get more backstory on the different people, but
    with there being 7 of them, that just wouldn’t be doable. Vincent
    D’onofrio’s character was wholly unique. I’m curious if that’s how the
    character was written up or if it was something he chose to bring to
    the role. This is also the best I’ve seen Ethan Hawk in a while. For
    too long he’s played the same cookie cutter characters, but this gave
    him a chance to do something a bit different. This is no Tombstone, but
    I still genuinely enjoyed this western.

  • mhorg2018February 14, 2017Reply

    Barely watchable unnecessary remake

    First let me say this, even the superior 1960’s version pales before
    the often imitated Seven Samurai. Having said that, where is the story
    for this? These seven guys (all politically correct as befits our wimp
    society) have virtually no back story. All this film and we learn next
    to nothing about any of them. They get together like it’s nothing. No
    qualms, no trouble. Let’s just train these cowardly townspeople. And
    they do so in a week. There’s massive bloodshed in this but it’s so
    lifeless I couldn’t care at all. I didn’t even when the good guys were
    getting killed. And one of them has a totally ridiculous death that
    took any reality out of this film. (No spoilers here – watch it and see
    for yourself.) How come no one ever reloads in this either? It’s just
    shooting and shooting and shooting. At least the Indian character runs
    out of arrows. Really if you want to see a great western, break out
    Unforgiven or Open Range. This one may live on as a curiosity, but it’s
    little more than that.

  • Uriah43February 15, 2017Reply

    A Decent Remake

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  • Gordon-11February 16, 2017Reply

    Engaging

    This film tells the story of a Western town in 1860’s, where the
    villagers are bullied and oppressed by a master criminal. One day, a
    woman has had enough, and enlists the help of seven brave men to lead
    the town to fight back.

    Despite me not usually liking western films, ”The Magnificent Seven”
    manages to capture and maintain my concentration. The first part tells
    how the seven men are assembled, then how they prepare for the
    inevitable battle, and lastly the battle itself. The men are courageous
    and fearless, acting for the benefit of others. This selflessness of
    theirs gives viewers a good impression. The seven guys all have
    distinctive characteristics, while the woman who started it all is also
    memorable. One thing I have always wondered though, is how come there
    are still people left in the country, as they seem to kill everyone in
    sight!

  • Enthusiastic_ViewerFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    Beautiful band of misfits

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  • LessThanPaddyFebruary 20, 2017Reply

    Loyalties aside, it isn’t bad!

    Okay, so I went into this film not expecting very much. Firstly because
    I had heard only mixed-bad reviews, nothing spectacular. Secondly,
    because admittedly it did look a bit cheesy. Thirdly, because I am of
    course a big fan of the original and doubt it could ever be topped, but
    it was for that very reason why I insisted on watching it, because I
    love the old version so much!

    My main criticism is of the antagonist, yes he’s a different kind of
    villain to Calvera in the original, but I’m fine with that… if only
    he were in any way intimidating. He acts like a nervous waiter on his
    first day of the job, much less a cold land grabbing psychopath. His
    meek tone doesn’t help I suppose… On the other hand, the 7 themselves
    are a good bunch of characters. Most of them are very different from
    their original characters, but that’s okay! I already separated the two
    long before I saw the film. Pratt in particular is a great addition,
    and Denzel of course never fails to impress.

    The visuals are pretty good too, and the action isn’t the same mundane
    stuff you get in uninteresting action films nowadays. Yes, there were a
    few twists we all saw coming but it doesn’t bother me, it was largely
    executed well. Nothing will ever top the original for me in this
    regard, but that’s not to say this one is dreadful. I quite enjoyed it,
    which I wasn’t expecting at all.

    I just wish they’d have used the original soundtrack more, it’s far too
    electrifying to be left out.

  • higherall7February 20, 2017Reply

    Ride and Run with the Gang…

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  • SavvyABCFebruary 21, 2017Reply

    Good old shoot’ em up western

    Where to begin is hard to say. I haven’t been this excited about a
    western for a while. The Magnificent Seven is your good old classic
    western with a little updated action, but similar to many of Clint
    Eastwoods westerns. You would have a drifter traveling from town to
    town battling his demands within and trying to find his meaning in the
    world. After some time he comes to a town desperately in need of a hero
    who will set them free from some land hungry barron stealing and
    killing to get whatever he desires. After seeing the injustice being
    done to innocent people the soon to be hero has compassion and takes it
    upon him self to stand up for those unable to do so for themselves. In
    the process of taking on the impossible and succeeding with all odds
    against him the hero finds a piece of himself and learns to who he is
    and his purpose in life.

  • Fluke_SkywalkerFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    Good, if not quite Magnificent

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  • brooke-robersonMarch 1, 2017Reply

    It’s all been done before folks…

    With over 60 percent of audiences siting Denzel Washington as the
    reason they saw this movie it’s obvious there is no originality here. I
    gave a 7 out of 10 though because it’s not a bad movie and I do enjoy
    the characters. It does feel like a western in that we get bits and
    pieces of back stories but with still lots of mystery. I enjoy Denzel
    as a strong African American presence in the wild west. Also the strong
    female character going out for vengeance is nicely crossed with shots
    of the traditional western movies woman holding her baby, downtrodden
    and misplaced in society after the death of her husband. It’s a
    reimagined modern western and that deserves praise.

  • lindsayyyyyMarch 6, 2017Reply

    Entertaining but somewhat forgettable

    Magnificent seven manages to keep its head above water. There was an
    interesting plot and fans who were expecting a western shoot out and a
    lot of violence were not disappointed. The best part of the film is its
    all star cast. A number of fans would have queued to watch the likes of
    Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke in blazing glory. The
    cast manage to carry the film to its enjoyable finish.

    However this remake was forgettable and at many times predictable. One
    could easily tell Denzel and a band of interesting outlaws would unite
    to stop the bad guys. Even Chris Pratt’s secret dynamite stick that he
    used to sacrifice himself in the final scenes was predictable. The plot
    was safe enough to garner a 7 out of 10 but not in the leagues of
    getting an 8 or more. In my honest and humble opinion perhaps a twist
    on this classic would have been better. Everyone knew this was a remake
    of a classic including many young film watchers. Since the setting of
    the wild west was always fixed and never going to change perhaps a
    change in plot and tune would have hit this one out of the park.

  • Nikita WannenburghMarch 11, 2017Reply

    Awesome

    I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. Despite enjoying the classic
    Westerns of the past, after seeing the negative critic reviews for this
    film coupled with the inevitable clichés that were sure to be present,
    I didn’t think it would have much with which to redeem itself. But it
    was really good. And I really enjoyed it.

    The cinematography was excellent and the landscape was beautifully
    shot, despite it being very green for a Western. The action was
    awesome, and the shoot-outs gripping and frequent. It was so exciting
    and the finale shoot-out was absolutely brilliant; they piled on
    everything and it worked, delivering constant action, character
    development, and emotion. I just LOVED the fights, they were so epic!

    The cast was excellent and charismatic. Denzel Washington, despite
    portraying a very boring hero, was chilling whenever he drew his gun,
    and his emotions were vivid. Brilliant, brilliant actor. I personally
    thought Chris Pratt was miscast; however, he did bring a lot of energy
    to the scenes. The rest of the cast were solid – nothing outstanding –
    but definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves. There was some
    excellent and much-needed character development in the middle of the
    movie, and I loved seeing the different relationships between certain
    characters grow and develop. The relationships added a
    three-dimensional feel and connection, and I was able to define the
    characters, root for them, and even cried at the end when they died.
    The emotion was on point.

    Haley Bennett was wonderful. She was a strong female lead who wasn’t
    afraid to give the men a frequent – and much-needed – kick in the
    backside when it was called for, and she more than made up for the lack
    of women in the film. I loved her.

    Now for the not-so-good aspects: The humour was forced whenever it was
    attempted, and although I could laugh at the classic outrageous of the
    gun fights, etc, it didn’t have the dry wit a Western so solely needs.
    The film frequently took itself too seriously, and it could be
    exhausting. It needed more laughs and wit. It was inevitably packed
    with clichés, but that could be excused because of the genre. The story
    wasn’t as powerful as it could have been. The cast managed to keep
    their heads above the razor-thin plot, but it was very threadbare;
    although it had all the right motives and personal stakes involved. It
    wasn’t as ”history grounded” as it should’ve been. The story was
    loosely placed in the era, and the setting was vague and undefined.
    There wasn’t much ”history” taken into account, if that makes sense…

    The Magnificent Seven blasted into the Western arena with strong
    characters, terrific action, and gut-wrenching emotion. It didn’t pay
    much homage to its classic predecessors and needed a lot more humour,
    but it was ultimately a fantastic ride into the sunset.

  • kkraft-48439March 11, 2017Reply

    Something Needed

    Enjoyable movie overall. Costumes, sets, acting were good. But it seems
    the writing needed a push to take this movie to another level. Little
    analysis of the human motivations involved in engaging in battle
    against overwhelming odds. What could have been a great morality lesson
    failed in the need to cater to a broad audience.

  • julesfdelormeMarch 12, 2017Reply

    Why?

    I’ve lived in L.A.. Never for very long. Almost always longer than I
    would have liked. Somewhere along the line someone there got the bright
    idea to import palm trees, I guess so that it would seem more tropical.
    That’s the mentality in Hollywood. When in doubt imitate. When really
    in doubt remake. Apparently in the last few decades Hollywood has
    really been in doubt. Maybe it’s because television is getting better
    and better and shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have as
    good, often better production value and much better writing. Or maybe
    it’s because the movie theatres have just made it too expensive to go
    to the movies nowadays. Whatever the reason, it seems Hollywood is as
    addicted to remakes as Warren Beatty is to looking at cue cards.
    There’s a story that Sean Penn, when asked to sign on for a remake of
    Casablanca, said ”I don’t think they got it wrong the first time.”. As
    obnoxious as he can sometimes be, the rest of Hollywood could learn a
    lesson from Penn. Why anyone would think it was a good idea to do a
    remake of The Magnificent Seven is beyond me. Why I’d ever bother
    watching it is even more beyond me. I’m a big fan of Denzel Washington
    and the wonderful character actors Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter
    Sarsgaard. Chris Pratt is charming and funny. Usually. But we’re
    talking about replacing Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson,
    Robert Ulrich and Eli Wallach, who never met a role he couldn’t make
    unforgettable. Yes, you could argue that the original was a remake of
    the Akira Kurosawa film The Seven Samurai, but Kurosawa said himself
    that he was making a samurai western with that film, and the original
    Magnificent Seven was just, well, cool. The remake is far too muddled
    and tries too hard to be important and deep. The beauty of the western
    at its very best is that you can strip away all the complexity of
    modern life and have a kind of tabula rasa on which to paint your
    canvas. Less is always more when it comes to westerns. That’s not to
    say that Westerns can’t have undertones of complexity. Movies like The
    Searchers, Shane or Unforgiven have shown us that. But the great
    western film makers understand that complexity should be a spice that
    is never overused or overpowering. I know, I’m mixing metaphors all
    over the place. But my point is that this movie, like so many modern
    Hollywood movies is heavy handed and clumsy and so quickly becomes
    boring and at times just silly. Where the original never leaves you
    wondering why any of these men would choose to put their lives on the
    line for a village they’ve never even been to, this remake actually
    gives Denzel Washington’s character a reason, revenge against the
    villain. Which just makes him an asshole for putting all those lives on
    the line just so he can get this guy back. They even stick him with the
    name Chisum, and another character with the name, Goodnight, two very
    famous Texas cattlemen with trails named after them, because somebody
    needs to show us how cute and clever they are. And that’s the story of
    this remake. That’s the story of virtually all modern Hollywood
    remakes. Somebody is always trying to impose themselves on the remake,
    and on us, and only insecure assholes need to impose how clever they
    are on the world. I should know. I’m the most insecure asshole there
    is. Just ask my friends. Don’t bother watching this remake. It’s too
    long and it’s just stupid. Watch the original. Even if you’ve already
    seen it watch it again, because it has Steve McQueen in it. What more
    reason do you need. Watch The Seven Samurai too. It, like most Kurosawa
    films, is superb. Lets just hope Hollywood doesn’t get any ideas about
    remaking that…

  • augustvanderwerfMarch 17, 2017Reply

    Easy to nitpick about, but a fun film, and an overall enjoyable experience

    The Magnificent Seven is one of those movies that is fun enough to get
    you to excuse its clichés. The film doesn’t live up to its name, but
    that doesn’t mean its not good. If there’s anything magnificent about
    it, it’s the performances of Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, but
    Byung-Hun Lee is also fun as a knife-wielding badass, and it is cool to
    see Washington and Ethan Hawke reunited on screen under their Training
    Day director, who, along with DP Mauro Fiore, makes every gunshot
    count. While I liked how straightforward the script was, it didn’t have
    many lines for some of its characters, which was the movie’s biggest
    problem. One would think that a film called The Magnificent Seven would
    fully develop all Seven of its characters, but I couldn’t appreciate
    Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, or Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as much as
    I wanted to. The film sure takes its time getting to its climax, but
    when it gets there, it GETS THERE. Despite a tendency to remind us of
    the long running time, and some almost emotionless scenes involving the
    sidelined characters, the climax alone is worth the price of admission.
    Although some of its characters lack sufficient depth, The Magnificent
    Seven is still a fun movie with great performances, and is one of the
    more violent PG-13 movies in recent years. If you’re looking for
    Westerns, there are better ones out there, but it doesn’t mean this
    one’s bad.

  • qweexdraw57March 18, 2017Reply

    The Malignant Seven

    If you’re a baby boomer odds are you cut your teeth on the western. The
    late 40’s through the early 60’s was the heyday for the traditional
    horse opera. Stars like John Wayne, Randy Scott, Joel McCrea, Jimmy
    Stewart, Hank Fonda, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Audy Murphy, James Arness,
    Chuck Connors, Ward Bond, Glenn Ford, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster,
    Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Richard Widmark and many others, personified
    the cowboy, gunslinger, marshall, sheriff and bad man. But sadly, the
    late 60’s ended the American romance with the western, save for a few
    gems here and there. And no director or actor has risen to the level of
    a ”Tombstone” or ”Unforgiven”, since the early 90’s. The movie
    generation of today want CG and graphic violence and sex. The
    traditional western was never over the top. Occasionally the lines were
    blurred, but there really was a simple message of good versus evil. The
    original Magnificent Seven will always be regarded by western fans as
    one of the best! Hopefully, this version dies a quick death and remains
    a long burial!

  • Dean GillingsMarch 20, 2017Reply

    brilliant retelling of an old favourite

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  • grumpy-3March 26, 2017Reply

    shows ho bad script writing has become, and how bankrupt Hollywood is right now

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  • Angelika_New_YorkMarch 26, 2017Reply

    Here are some of my thoughts on The Magnificent Seven:

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  • shadowfax73March 27, 2017Reply

    PC characters that it’s hard to care about

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  • AlexMarch 30, 2017Reply

    Barely a shadow of the original Japanese movie and the 60’s western remake

    Some said that Kurosawa was influenced by John Ford’s western movies
    when he realized the ”Seven Samurai”, funny to think about that when
    this movie had later a huge influence on other films makers like Sergio
    Leone, Arthur Penn, and of course John Sturges whose remake of
    Kurosawa’s movies in a western context impress the later so much that
    he offers Sturges a katana to thank him. And we have to admit that the
    1960 ”Magnificent Seven” is a master piece with giant of the art in it.
    Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson,Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert
    Vaughn, Horst Buchholz. So when I saw the fist names for the casting of
    the 2016 remake, I was excited! Think about it; Denzel Washington,
    ruthless in Equalizer; Ethan Hawke, Torn soul in Good Kill; Vincent
    D’Onofrio, Machiavellian in Dare Devil and …that’s all. What do you
    mean Chris Pratt? Oh! You mean that guy who Hollywood is trying to
    force feed us. Nah not memorable, even when he plays ”talk to the hand”
    with raptors.

    One of the problem, there is no osmosis between the protagonist. Just
    consider in the 1960 movie the first meet between Yul Brynner and Steve
    McQueen, it is a very short scene at the beginning of the movie, you
    immediately feel the two connect, two pros respecting each other.
    Nothing to compare in the 2016 movie, When Denzel Washington cross path
    with Pratt, the scene is so long, like if they were trying to explain
    why a white guy had to work with a black guy, the relation with the two
    is a boss/employee relation as Washington’s character own Pratt’s
    character’s horse hence the second had no choice then to follow the
    first one. But Why did they had to do that in the 2016 script? They
    suppose to be mercenaries,it is in the title, they do it for money and
    only find honor in death. This is the whole story behind Kurosawa’s and
    Sturges’s movie. But here those guys are already the nice guys from the
    beginning, then who cares about their stories, they won’t and we won’t
    learn anything from their journey. The others mercenaries are
    interesting too but we know little about them; Hawke who have lost his
    balls,but why? Lee Byung-hun who is following him like a dog, but why?
    D’Onofrio looking for redemption, but why again? and the two whom
    nobody remember what they did in the movie but they had to be seven so
    let put some extra for figuration in the casting. Too much exposure on
    2 characters and barely enough light on the rest of the cast. This is
    frustrating Too bad, they miss an opportunity to use great actors at
    their pick potential. the movie is a stall dish, no spice, no surprise
    we already know who die and who won’t in the first quarter.

  • p-jonssonMarch 30, 2017Reply

    Very good remake of an old classic

    This is indeed a very good remake of an old classic. As always I am a
    bit worried when they make a remake of old classics that I liked. This
    remake is well worth watching though. Despite having a few minor gripes
    I went for 5 out of 5 stars on this one.

    Most of you are probably familiar with the story of The Magnificent
    Seven. Gunslinger gets hired to protect a village from the evil
    industrialist, he picks 6 buddies to help him, trains the villagers,
    digs in and sits down and waits for the bad guys to arrive. A simple
    and well suited story for a bit of Western entertainment. I guess I
    should mention as well that the original Western is actually not the
    ”real” original. That honor befalls Shichinin no samurai, or Seven
    Samurai in English, which is a Samurai movie by Akira Kurosawa and with
    Toshirô Mifune in the lead role. That is the movie from which the plot
    originates.

    Anyway, history lesson is over, back to this movie. The movie starts of
    by introducing the main characters. The bad industrialist is a nasty
    piece of thug and quickly demonstrates that, although by no means being
    a blood splatter movie, it is definitely more cruel than what I
    remember from the original. Next in line is the movies hero played by
    Denzel Washington and I have to say that he plays the role very well. I
    liked him as the calm, fairly silent, but oh so deadly gunslinger from
    the first frame to the last.

    The other characters fit quite well into their roles as well. I cannot
    make up my mind about Jack Horne though. I did like the character but
    at the same time I felt that he was a wee bit to comical at times. I
    also liked Goodnight Robicheaux quite a lot but the writer really went
    a bit over the top as far as I am concerned when he actually left.

    Of course the entire movie plays out as a build up to the final big
    fight and it is a big fight, that has to be said. However there are
    plenty of things happening during this build up. Both things involving
    chemically propelled slugs flying around and things slightly less
    noisy.

    Sam Chisolm has to pick up his buddies of course, each one being an
    opportunity for some cool movie story telling. Then we have the
    training of the villagers which, as expected, becomes a wee bit comical
    at times. Oh, and I almost forget that there is a nice little shootout
    when Chisolm and his buddies introduces themselves to Bogue’s thugs in
    the village. Said thugs includes the local Sheriff. To no ones surprise
    I believe. So much for law and order. Time for a new management.

    So, fast forward to the end and the big fight. It is big, it is well
    done and it involves plenty of things that go boom. It is plenty of
    action but it is also the part of the movie where I have the biggest
    gripe. Okay folks there are going to be a mild spoiler now. With that
    out of the way, let’s go to the Gatling gun. It is always cool to see a
    Gatling gun let loose. However can we keep it a bit more realistic
    please? They fire thousands of bullets without reloading (they make a
    fuss about reloading later in the movie). Also they position the gun
    out in the open where it would have been relatively easy to shoot the
    men operating it. An idea that they finally get much later and manage
    to goof up. The final solution to taking out the gun is dramatic but
    quite convoluted. This is the part of the movie that made me go a bit
    what the f…!

    Apart from that I really enjoyed this movie. A good remake of an old
    classic.

  • stanleyhoffmannApril 2, 2017Reply

    The original is a classic this one is terrible

    When you compare this to the original, you wonder why they even
    tried… They would have been better off doing something original
    themselves. This effort lack in every category even with the script
    already written for it.

    I would say without any hesitation skip this poorly executed movie and
    watch the original instead, you will thank me for it later!

  • billcr12April 5, 2017Reply

    Magnificent Denzel

    Denzel Washington is the lead here, in the role made famous by Yul
    Brynner in the original version of this movie from 1960. Most remakes
    are not a good idea; ”Carrie” being the most recent example of the bad
    do over. This is the way to do it right as using a great cast is the
    most important aspect of a good film and Denzel is supported by
    excellent actors, from Peter Sarsgaard as the vicious robber baron out
    to steal the land from the hard working town people to Chris Pratt,
    Vincent D’Onofrio, and Ethan Hawke as the good guys coming to the
    rescue of the victims of injustice. The story is a typical spaghetti
    western one familiar to any viewer of Sergio Leone’s or Clint
    Eastwood’s work. Director Antoine Fuqua does an admirable job in using
    a similar style as his predecessors. The New Mexico scenery is
    beautiful, and although extremely violent, The Magnificent Seven is a
    great work.

  • Leofwine_dracaApril 15, 2017Reply

    Much better than expected

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  • billcarr31April 17, 2017Reply

    Weapons use of.

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  • hope lessApril 18, 2017Reply

    no good

    Just doesn’t work. Chris Pratt at his usual soap opera level – does he
    have friends in Hollywood? Denzel is Denzel. Ethan Hawke looks good for
    his part, could have been Doc Holiday.

    The original works because of the play between the actors (less so the
    characters), you can sense the egos, it creates an amusing timing
    across everything that goes on. Here they may as well have filmed all
    their parts individually against stand-ins.

    No, you cannot remake a cinematic feast as an updated story. Just call
    it something else and see if you can get funding.

    Please stop making crap.

    wr

  • philcroucher-37667April 19, 2017Reply

    Definitely not a keeper

    You’d maybe want to watch this when you literally have nothing else to
    do (even hanging wallpaper). I certainly wouldn’t advise paying money
    for it. I’m upset that I invested the time watching it, having pulled
    the DVD out about halfway through.

    People expecting a script anywhere near the sharpness and wit of the
    original movie will be sadly disappointed (nothing at like ”When it
    comes to getting his head blown off, he’s downright bigoted!”).

    It has the digitised feel of a modern movie. Any of you used to the
    quality of a laserdisc on a decent player will know what I mean.

    To me, it occupies the same status as the Timothy Dalton Bond movies –
    they have some merit in their own right, but should not be compared to
    the originals.

    It’s a shame the actors don’t get a say in the editing!

  • gradyharpApril 20, 2017Reply

    ‘What we lost in the fire, we found in the ashes.’

    ‘It takes a village’ – in the case of a remake of the 1960 film by the
    same name – and the script demonstrates that with 5 scriptwriters Akira
    Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Nic Pizzolatto and Richard
    Wenk offering a fine rangy and well bound story for the talented
    Antoine Fuqua to direct. The cast is fine – even the tiny moments for
    stars like Matt Bomer – but it is Denzel Washington who carries the
    story.

    A line from the film explains the concept of the big Western movie well
    –’What ever they were in life, here, at the end, each man stood with
    courage and honor. They fought for the ones who couldn’t fight for
    themselves, and then died for them, too. All to win something that
    didn’t belong to them. It was – magnificent.’

    But on to the details – Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come
    together to help a poor village against savage thieves.. The desperate
    townspeople of Rose Creek employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty
    hunters, gamblers and hired guns (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan
    Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Myung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and
    Martin Sensmeier), s after the town falls under the deadly control of
    industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). 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 cast is huge and includes such fine actors as Haley Bennett, Cam
    Gigandet, and Luke Grimes among others. The film is very long, very
    bloody (how did this ever have a PG-13 label?), but it is old-fashioned
    western entertainment and worth a leisurely night’s watching.

  • declanpabariApril 24, 2017Reply

    Real let down

    This film does not deserved the title ‘Magnificent 7’, as a huge fan of
    seven samurai and the 1960s remake, I bought the DVD and watched it
    last week and there’s just no comparison. From the plot to the acting
    and the directing/editing. I just couldn’t believe how bad it was.. I
    wish I could have enjoyed it as I was so egar for its release but it
    was really not worth it.

  • shadachmeshackMay 1, 2017Reply

    Excellent re-visit NOT a re-make

    It was a good ride. Maybe people would have liked it more if it was
    longer with more character development. Every aspect was good and I am
    a die Hard Magnificent 7 fan of the original. Please watch it and enjoy
    as I did. It’s a re-visit of a theme, not a revised re-make! More
    modern day westerns should mimic this mode of re- visit and steer away
    from remakes. I can think of many more ”classic” westerns that I would
    love to see re-visited and not re-made in this mannerism! Trust me.

  • michaellaing71May 2, 2017Reply

    The clichéd seven

    Destinctly average in almost every way. The remake of The Magnificent
    Seven is not a bad film but it is not very good and follows every
    cliché imaginable, to the point where you know exactly what is going to
    happen before it happens.

    The score is very average, with the main theme only coming in at the
    end titles. The cinematography isn’t great and the amount of tracking
    shots with horseman becomes a joke. The acting is OK but nobody really
    stands out. The story is predictable(even for a remake) the characters
    dull and the dialogue nothing special. The directing is serviceable but
    nothing more.

    Overall a bit of a let down and only worth watching if there is nothing
    better to do.

  • TinmancrMay 9, 2017Reply

    Better than expected

    I ended up watching this alone after renting for someone else. Not
    usually a good recipe but hey hadn’t seen it. First not a remake sequel
    or anything but a reboot using same title. Denzel does well as cowboy
    most others do mediocre mostly comedy relief. Without giving too much
    away a fun but ignorant romp even when compared to other westerns. If
    you like cheesy action watch it, if you like westerns think twice..
    Bottom line would have been OK in theater but glad i saved the 12
    bucks.

  • oscar-35May 15, 2017Reply

    suffers from the now famous ‘film remake’ curse.

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  • robinmcdonald-42602May 19, 2017Reply

    Great remake of a classic movie.

    Excellent remake of a classic film and Denzil Washington didn’t
    disappoint. All the characters were believable and it was just
    different enough from the original to enjoy it as a different movie.
    Don’t be put off by the bad reviews on here, it is definitely worth
    watching.

  • 2fresh 2cleanMay 19, 2017Reply

    It Wasn’t That Bad.

    I’m not a huge fan of Westerns but I’ve seen some great ones in the
    past like ”Open Range” and ”3:10 To Yuma”. ”The Magnificent Seven”
    wasn’t really up to the standard of these but it wasn’t that bad. Since
    I’m really not a big fan of Westerns or the fact that I have never seen
    the original ”The Magnificent Seven” to compare this one to, that
    probably wouldn’t make me a great candidate to rate this film. I’m just
    going off of the acting and the action that was portrayed in this film.
    After ”Training Day” Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke came together
    again to put their talents on display for this film. Denzel Washington
    did a ”magnificent” job, as usual, in playing the part of Chisolm. This
    film did pack enough action to make it a decent Western, at least in my
    view but like I said, it’s not up to the standards of some other
    Westerns I’ve seen but it’s not that bad.

  • daym-65019May 27, 2017Reply

    Incompetent Remake

    Paying tribute to the original would be a huge task, this movie didn’t
    even come close. Poorly, cast, poorly written, poorly acted, poorly
    directed. The cast was terrible! Denzel was a poor choice for the
    leader of the pack, his acting was mediocre at best. No depth to the
    character at all. Chris Pratt really added nothing to the movie at all,
    except being a smart ass sidekick. All in All it was really poorly
    done,and I am soooo happy I only paid a buck to see this piece of
    garbage. Maybe next time hire a good director, Fuqua really has never
    done anything amazing,,mainly violence and cursing, never actually
    building any depth

  • Adam-SternglassMay 28, 2017Reply

    Hollywood Ruins Theme

    I saw the first five minutes of the 2016 Magnificent Seven. I turned it
    off. I hate it when Hollywood re-writes the theme that only applies to
    leftist liberals. The original bad guys were plainly bandits who
    bullied a town. See all the old movie versions. Today, this town is
    fighting the ‘evil corporate guy.’ He’s a mine owner who walks slow and
    has an Army of mean white males. Normally, small towns are thrilled to
    have a corporate guy who brings jobs. Keep the movie at plain old
    bandits. Don’t trying to give a message like a Liberal Democratic
    Senator. Besides, Hollywood is corporate. They make millions. The
    hypocrisy is clear, too.

  • Mr-FusionMay 28, 2017Reply

    The Forgettable Seven

    I still hold to the belief that there’s still a market for Westerns –
    even in this day and age – just not passable ones. And I also know that
    there are considerations to be made when viewing a remake. But they
    didn’t have to call this ”The Magnificent Seven”, either. This is a
    notable cast, but isn’t a patch on the original. Of these players, I
    found Ethan Hawke to have the most depth, while Chris Pratt (though
    enjoyable) an awkward fit; Denzel’s just being Denzel. It’s like the
    other four guys are also-rans.

    It’s a long-winded film with an awkward buildup to the big face-off; an
    engagement that’s choreographed and cut to shreds before devolving into
    a series of boss battles.

    There’s no glossing over this letdown.

    5/10

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