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The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven (2016)


Denzel Washington
Chris Pratt
Ethan Hawke

Directed by Antoine Fuqua

The only reason I decided to go see this movie was because Denzel Washington starred in it, having seen Seven Samurai (1954) which is a good movie, I could not imagine what Fuqua was going to make out of the age old classic. After seeing this movie, I can comfortably say he made nothing out of an already written script which just need a modern touch to make it memorable. When you are done seeing this movie, everything about it is left behind on the seat of the theater as the movie had no memorable moment or character to hold on to.
Denzel Washington did his part same with the other cast of Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier to make this movie very much enjoyable, but in the end it seems they enjoyed themselves more making this movie than I did watching it.

Their enthusiasm and power was exciting enough to keep me wanting to see how the movie will end. With that in mind for a movie based on a 1960 remake of the same name which in turn is based on the Japanese Film Seven Samurai (1954) the director Antoine Fuqua [Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and The Equalizer (2014)] wasted much of our time assembling the seven man crew than he should have, as that was the problem I had with the original Japanese film.

More than half of the movie is just talk about the oncoming battle to save this town, but to be honest the battle was worth seeing and it was fun to see how the men put their life on the line to end and win the fight.

The movie is more than two hours long, and I believe a shorter version would have made the movie much better.

The movie plot is very much similar to its predecessors on which this movie is based on. Here, Sam (Denzel Washington) was approached by a pair of threatened home owners for help. Their town is being overrun by an industrialist named Bogue, one of the pair Emma saw her husband and a group of her town’s people murdered by Bogue’s men as they tried to stand up to him.

She and a friend approached Sam with all the money the town had to come save their them.
Sam agreed to help and went about recruiting as many gunslingers he knew and saw to follow him on this quest which would probably lead to their deaths.

He arranged a group of seven and they trained as many of the towns people who could carry arms to prepare for the fight against Bogue.

The movie is a massacre of lives and is not worth the trip I took to go see it.


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