Starring: Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer and Peter Sarsgaard.
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Screenplay by: Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk
Genre: Action / Western
US Release Date: September 23, 2016
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (played by Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam 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), 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.
Listen up kiddies, you may not be fans of westerns, as evidenced by the poor box office showing a few years ago of Cowboys & Aliens starring Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, but the older generation aka your grandparents love westerns and one of the all-time best westerns ever made was The Magnificent Seven. The original film released in 1960, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, James Coburn and Charles Bronson, was loaded with Hollywood bad asses. The hey days of Westerns was due to the casting of Hollywood bad asses such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and the aforementioned Eli Wallach. Today’s Hollywood lacks your traditional bad ass. Can anyone name one? We’re at a lost. That brings us to the Magnificent Seven remake which seems absent your typical Hollywood bad ass. Chris Pratt just doesn’t strike fear in anyone. For today’s Hollywood it may turn out to be a good western but compared to westerns of yesterday it will fall far short of the standard … of bad asses that is.