Monday, 24 October 2016

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Review

The Magnificent Seven

Release Date: 29th September 2016 - Australia 

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Village Roadshow Pictures 
Columbia Pictures
LStar Capital
Pin High Productions
Escape Artists

Sony Pictures Australia 

Genre: Western

Rating: M

Runtime: 133 minutes 

Budget: $90,000,000

Box Office Gross: $162,360,636

Plot Summary
With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm, Josh Farraday, Goodnight Robicheaux, Jack Horne, Billy Rocks, Vasquez and Red Harvest. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Chris Pratt - Josh Farraday
Denzel Washington - Sam Chisolm
Ethan Hawke - Goodnight Robicheaux
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo - Vasquez
Martin Sensmeier - Red Harvest
Vincent D'Onofrio - Jack Horne
Byung-Hun Lee - Billy Rocks
Peter Sarsgaard - Bartholomew Bogue
Haley Bennett - Emma Cullen
Matt Bomer - Matthew Cullen
Luke Grimes - Teddy
Jonathan Joss - Denali
Cam Gigandet - McCann
Sean Bridgers - Fanning
Billy Slaughter - Josiah
Executive Producer/Director - Antoine Fuqua
Based on a Screenplay - Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni
Screenplay - Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto
Executive Producers - Bruce Berman, Walter Mirisch and Ben Waisbren
Producers - Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black
Production Designer - Derek R. Hill
Costume Designer - Sharen Davis
Cinematography - Mauro Fiore
Special Effects Supervisor - Yves De Bono
Film Editor - John Refoua
Composer: Theme Music - Elmer Bernstein
Music - James Horner and Simon Franglen

The original 1960 movie of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (click here) was one of the classics I reviewed when I first started this blog. Though the western picture was remade first from Akira Kurosawa's foreign masterpiece the SEVEN SAMURAI and some of the elements were parodied and referenced in later movies. However, the re-imagination of the old 1960s picture isn't going to top the slickness that is John Sturges' original, bold and unforgettable shootout. It seems that the director Antoine Fuqua is new to the western genre and is trying to take a different approach with THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN than to change it as one of these soulless movie remakes from Hollywood nobody wants. It is by no means as solid, but is a bit of a convoluted modern western which might seem to be fun and sometimes a cheesy film.

The 2016 version of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN was successful in pulling a diverse cast of notable stars like Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, etc. They are different to the ones portrayed on the original film by Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and a few more.

It's not an unforgettable film, but it generally pleases the audience with some of its chemistry and action. This film is highly recommended for those who haven't seen the original movie.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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