The Magnificent Seven

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The Magnificent Seven never really lives up to the superlative in its title -- or the classics from which it draws inspiration -- but remains a moderately diverting action thriller on its own merits.



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Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (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 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.

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Chris Pratt
as Josh Faraday
Ethan Hawke
as Goodnight Robicheaux
Lee Byung-hun
as Billy Rocks
Martin Sensmeier
as Red Harvest
Haley Bennett
as Emma Cullen
Peter Sarsgaard
as Bartholomew Bogue
Luke Grimes
as Teddy Q
Matt Bomer
as Matthew Cullen
Mark Ashworth
as Preacher
Dodge Prince
as Anthony
Matthew Posey
as Hank Stoner
Carrie Lazar
as Leni Frankel
Jody Mullins
as Caleb Frankel
Dane Rhodes
as Sheriff Harp
Ritchie Montgomery
as Gavin David
David Kallaway
as Turner/Blacksmith
Griff Furst
as Phillips
Alix Angelis
as Clara Winthrop (Teacher)
Sean Boyd
as Topper
Rob Mello
as Mine Paymaster
Ryan Brown
as Ken Pigeon
Derek Lacasa
as Len Pigeon
John Wylie
as Station Master
Chad Randall
as Bartender/Powder Dan
Wally Welch
as Sheriff
Kevin Wayne
as Monday Durant
Ed Lowry
as Stablemaster
David Manzanares
as Referee/Eddy
Kevin Wiggins
as Another Cowboy
Jackson Beals
as One Eyed Lucas
Miles Doleac
as Faraday Card Game #2
Charles Bickham
as Rose Creek Boy
Gregory Chase Williams
as Undertaker's Assistant
Fionn Camp
as Rose Creek Girl
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All Critics (299) | Top Critics (50)

  • As things build toward the long, bloody and by-the-numbers (if ably staged) showdown, it's hard not to mourn for the film this could have been, considering the assemblage of talent.

    Dec 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Magnificent Seven is an awkward milestone in Hollywood's ongoing and urgent conversation about representation.

    Sep 26, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The most rousing moment in The Magnificent Seven comes after the action has already concluded, when the credits roll to the emphatic accompaniment of Elmer Bernstein's iconic 1960 score.

    Sep 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Traces of real history are hard to spot in Fuqua's Western, but there isn't much evidence of a real Western, either. You sense that an entire genre, far from being revitalized, is being plundered for handy tips.

    Sep 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If body count is what you go to Westerns for, by all means drift into this one's corral.

    Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    Top Critic
  • It's certainly fun, and a spectacle to behold in IMAX, but if you're going to remake the 1960 classic, which starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, you need to make a cinematic cavalry charge into the territory of modern sensibilities.

    Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Magnificent Seven

  • Aug 03, 2018
    You know, I hate to say that I'm unfamiliar with the original Magnificent Seven. I don't hate it for the reasons that you'd think, which that the Magnificent Seven is regarded as a top-notch western. No, the reason I hate to say that I'm unfamiliar with it is simple and that is because the original movie is a remake of what is regarded as one of the finest movies ever made, as well as Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, and that is, of course, Seven Samurai. Here's the thing about Seven Samurai, I have the Criterion Collection special edition DVD (which is something like four discs), on a shelf right now. In fact, if I look up to my left, I can see it at the bottom of the shelf, with several other DVDs on top of it. I, sadly, have not yet seen Seven Samurai and I've had this DVD for a while too. I know, I know, I'm a bad movie nerd. I'm thinking of, maybe, popping in the DVD tonight and trying to get through it because, as long as it is, I doubt I'll get through it in one sitting. I was thinking of watching The Chernobyl Diaries tonight, for one reason or another, I guess we'll see which movie I watch when I get to tomorrow's review. I mean, I'll know before you do, one way or another, I'm just trying to build the suspense for my loyal readers (ha!). Unless I put it to a Twitter poll that nobody will vote on, who knows? Regardless, if I had seen Seven Samurai I'd be, roughly, familiar with this and the original, so that's my bad and something that, if not tonight, I hope to rectify by the end of the year. That's neither here nor there, of course. For the longest time, though, I used to never really enjoy westerns that much. Not that I didn't enjoy them, just that the whole machismo, testosterone-driven affairs didn't really do much for me. Some people revere John Wayne as a western legend and, to be sure, he is, but he was a terrible actor who took this way too seriously. Not to mention a racist, but, naturally, being an awful human being has nothing to do with his performances on-screen. But, as I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate a good western more than I probably would have before. Not saying that this is my favorite film genre, because it's not even close, just that I'm more open to enjoy them than I would have before. And, honestly, there's genre out there that's more about the battles between good and evil than a good western. Now, of course, I'm certain there were a lot of old westerns that took a more realistic approach, where it's shades of grey and not black and white. But a lot of these movies took a black and white approach to the genre and its characters. And this movie, honestly, might be one of them. You know who the heroes are and you know who the villains are and never the twain shall meet. That's perfectly fine, even if it's a little antiquated. Having said all of that, what'd I think about this movie? If I'm being honest, I certainly thought that while this film had its flaws, by and large, it's quite an entertaining western. I suppose I should start out with the positives. Well, obviously, no review of this movie will be complete without mentioning the star-studded cast. Well, really, the only major stars here are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Regardless, the casting for this movie is excellent all around and everyone plays their part tremendously well. On the other side of that, however, is the fact that there's actually very little character development done within the seven mercenaries hired by this town to get rid of this industrialist, Bartholomew Bogue (a great, villainous name), who's trying to force them out of their land with the help of his Blackstone agents, who kill several of the homesteaders to prove their point. Bogue is like Donald Trump, except Bogue's not as evil. Anyway, while the characters are likable and, at the very least, memorable, there's not really much work done with them to make you care for them in anything more than a superficial way. Goodnight Robicheaux has this PTSD (he was a confederate soldier) and he's had enough of the killing and the fighting. Chisolm had his mother raped/murdered and his sisters were murdered by Blackstone agents before they attempted to kill him. In terms of Chisolm, though, this is all revealed in the climax of the movie, as he's choking Bogue in the church. Emma wants to avenge her husband's death. I don't know if I'm forgetting anyone else's 'arc', but that's just the major stuff that comes to mind. I guess in terms of which arc I liked the best, it'd have to be Robicheaux's since it leads to the predictable moment of him coming to the rescue, predictably, at the last minute after originally having left before the battle began. But, once again, they don't really do much with any of these characters and the stories they might have had to tell. I understand that Chisolm was meant to be this calm and cool character, always composed, but I would have loved to know more about his backstory. What led him to where he is at the start of the movie. Because of that, in my opinion, the movie suffers. While the movie is certainly never dull, I feel like there's a big chunk of the movie, prior to the Battle for Rose Creek, where the movie just stands still. And I guess that's the nature of the beast, the calm before the storm if you will. But I just felt that if the movie had been cut down, it would have helped with the pacing. They spend a while trying to train the people of Rose Creek for battle and, honestly, it just never seemed to go anywhere. I get that they needed to do this, since you can't just have them, all of a sudden, be experts with firearms. And, even with the training, they're not great with the firearms to begin with. So, while I understand, I feel that a bit too much time is taken with this. Ultimately, everyone in Rose Creek not named Emma or Teddy Q don't really matter. Rose Creek and its people are nothing but a plot device, something for these seven to fight for. They're not REAL people. Though, to be fair, if the movie didn't really do much with its protagonists, I don't think anyone could have reasonably expected them to do much with the people of Rose Creek. They do a decent job at making it feel like a tight-knit community, but you still don't care about them that much. Again, they're just there to give these men something to fight for. But, in spite of all its flaws, the movie more than makes up for it with its gunfights and, particularly, the Battle for Rose Creek is quite excellent in its choreography, chaos and gunfights. It's not like it'll revolutionize how people put together action sequences in westerns, but it is a top-notch scene regardless. Pretty lengthy too. The whole thing, starting from the Bogue's men arrive in the outskirts of the town until Bogue's death, it goes close to 30 minutes and it's never once boring. Regardless of how many films have pulled off extended action sequences throughout the years, Marvel as an example has done this throughout the years with their MCU, it never fails to impress how these sequences are pulled off. And that's the case here as well and, for the most part, it's all practical, which makes this even more impressive. There is one scene where they use CG and it's not great. After everything is over, Emma, in a voiceover, remembers the seven fondly and thanks them for their noble sacrifice. Well, you get to see the wooden crosses for the graves of the four (of the seven) that died with Rose Creek in the background and it's like a cheap wallpaper for your laptop. It's not terrible, but it's not good. It just brings to mind the question as to what would we be the point of doing this with CG??? Is it really that expensive to do this, you know, practically??? It's not like Rose Creek was shot on a Hollywood set, it was shot on-location. So what would be the problem with doing this final shot on-location. It's a lame last shot, to be honest. But, regardless, it doesn't change much, it was just a strange choice to do that bit with CG. Anyway, as I mentioned, I have my issues with this movie in terms of its character development, but the strong casting, likable characters and the excellent action still add up to make this a good movie. It's probably not gonna be as widely remembered as the original nor as the movie that inspired it, but it's still a solid and enjoyable movie. Wouldn't say you need to go out of your way to see this, but if you've got Prime and want yourself a good western, this will do the trick.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2018
    Of course there had to be a remake of one of the greatest western movies of all times, you can't blame them for trying. And for most of the time, this film works. The characters are interesting enough, the shootouts cool, the story is no straight remake but uses only the basic premise of the original. In the end it just doesn't have the charm, the unique atmosphere and setting of the original. Especially the main bad guy falls short, he's just an asshole, but not particularly threATENING. At least who survives the film is partially surprising. and some shots look really beautiful. The Original is still the far superior film.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2017
    This was a bit of your typical shoot em up western, it just had a great cast. The direction was just okay, nothing in the cinematography quite stands out. The stand out is the humor and different characters playing off each other, this makes it a good move to watch.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2017
    The remake of the famed-western doesn't offer up anything revitalizing or innovative to make it superior but does supply enough in its third-act to make for a solid shoot-em-up effort. The Magnificent Seven provides a good amount of action and charm despite its slow start and predictability; regardless, an entertaining flick with a star-drenched team to revel in. 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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