Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)


Producer: Roger Birnbaum,Todd Black
Based on: Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa,
Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard

Plot:. A robber-baron, Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), whose mining operations are poisoning the farmers land of the town of Rose Creek, rides into town and slaughters some of the town members.  Haley Bennett, the wife of the leader of the townspeople rides into the next nearest town to recruit help.  There she meets Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), a warrant officer of the state of Kansas.  He initially rebuffs her attempt to hire him until he learns who is involved in the attack.  Chisolm then recruits six gunfighters, to come with him and defend the townspeople from Bogue.  They run his men out of town and then proceed to teach the townspeople how to fight and defend themselves.  

This is the fifth remake of the Seven Samurai and is heavily based on the 1960’s version.  Now I have seen the ninty minute version of the Seven Samurai but not the original three hour version.  And I have the John Sturgis version of the film and I enjoyed that greatly.  And I will say that this version is highly entertaining, and that Chris Pratt tries to steal the show every time he is on the screen.  But I must say that I find the 1960 version superior, and maybe a little truer to the original Japanese film.  So if you want to watch this version of the Magnificent Seven please do so, but a little bit later check out the 1960 version with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson.  

This film has a large, and by large I mean at least a gross ton, of violence.  There is swearing, sexual innuendo, smoking and drinking.  The film is rated PG-13 and deserves it.  I give it three and a half stars out of five.