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The Magnificent Seven (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Chris Pratt
as Josh Faraday
Ethan Hawke
as Goodnight Robicheaux
Byung-hun Lee
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
Robert 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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Critic Reviews for The Magnificent Seven

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (47)

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.

December 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Denver Post
Top Critic

The Magnificent Seven is an awkward milestone in Hollywood's ongoing and urgent conversation about representation.

September 26, 2016 | Full Review…
BuzzFeed News
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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.

September 24, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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.

September 23, 2016 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

If body count is what you go to Westerns for, by all means drift into this one's corral.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

Fuqua's made two clean piles separating good and evil, and in doing so, he's thrown away the film's point.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
MTV
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Audience Reviews for The Magnificent Seven

½

If there is an issue I have with this remake is that these mercenaries become heroes fighting for justice too fast, but all that is compensated by how thrilling and intense it is, with amazing visuals and a production design that makes it look like a true throwback to classic Westerns.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

So surely everyone knows this is a modern remake of the old 1960's classic western, which itself was a remake of the old 1954 Japanese classic 'The Seven Samurai'. And again surely everyone knows how influential both movies, especially the 54 film, have been in cinematic history. So this does beg the question, do we really need to see yet another remake of this concept? Do we really need an almost exact copy of the 1960's version merely with up to date stars? The answer to that is no we don't. So what we have here is essentially the same film albeit with minor changes throughout, because you can't make a beat for beat remake can you (ahem!). So that means you have a small town in the wild west of America that is under threat from a corrupt industrialist, a Mr Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Mr Bartholomew is using the good people of Rose Creek as slaves to mine for gold, I think that's what it was, doesn't really matter. His henchmen kill a load of innocents when they stand up to him which forces Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) to go off in search of help. Cullen comes across warrant officer Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington) and manages to convince him for the job. Chisholm then sets off to hire more good men to help him. What follows is surely obvious to all. So lets look at the heroes, the seven. Well its a nicely rounded, dare I say, politically correct group of gunslingers that's for sure. Most of whom are gunslingers by default but some have other skills too. Yes the group is diverse but for me it was a little too obviously diverse. You've almost got a person to represent every community, which is fine for marketing purposes (and today's overly sensitive climate) obviously, but it just seemed a bit too forced to me. So looking at the characters what have we got. Denzel Washington naturally plays the all round hero and leader of the gang, Sam Chisholm. Of course we discover that Bogue had killed his family years earlier so that's very convenient and cliched. The overrated Chris Pratt is Joshua Faraday, a ladies man and slick gambler. Ethan Hawke plays the hard to pronounce and stupidly named Goodnight Robicheaux. A southern dandy type who fought for the confederacy and is a sharpshooter, he's basically the Doc Holliday of the bunch. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Jack Horne, a larger than life man of the wild who likes to stab people and wears an odd hat. Lee Byung-hun is Billy Rocks (again stupid name), an immigrant who is an expert with knives and doesn't use martial arts amazingly. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is the stereotypical Mexican of the team who uses two guns. And lastly Martin Sensmeier plays the native American Red Harvest who does exactly what you'd expect the character to do, looks exactly as you'd expect him to look and joins the team for no real reason whatsoever. Its like he joins just so they have a native American on the team. But wait there's more! Just to really make sure everyone is covered in this modern remake, we even get a woman on the team at one point (Cullen), technically. Nothing wrong with that of course, but again it just feels a bit forced, a bit obvious. So how do they compare to the 1960's seven? Well lets be frank here, they can't compare in any way, how could they, I don't even have to explain why. Plot wise its actually a very similar affair though. The old seven consisted of a Cajun (the fast gun), a drifter (the humorous one), a knife expert (errr...the fast knife guy), a fortune seeker (after lots of loot any way possible), a traumatised veteran (once feared, since lost his nerve), a brash young gunfighter (wanting a reputation as a tough guy and gunslinger), and a half Mexican, half Irish professional in dire need of cash (the loser?). The old movie does utilise diversity for sure but its not as obvious, not as in your face, the old seven feel a bit more natural. But the old team were helping Mexican townsfolk where as the new movie shows the seven helping a more white European bunch of townsfolk. Some interesting switches there. Obviously there are plot differences between the 1960's version and this new remake, I won't delve into them as this isn't really a comparison of both movies. I compared the characters because they are clearly the meat and potatoes of the movies and in both cases have big A-list names attached. This remake is a technically impressive film that's for sure. Nothing that will blow your mind I might add as we've seen it all before, but nonetheless, credit where credits due, this film does look the bees knees. The camera work on the landscapes, the wild west sets both exterior and interior, the costumes, the weapon close-ups, the make-up, the pinging bullets, stunts, the camera work on gunslinging etc...Everything looks slick, crisp and completely authentic, as said...as you would expect these days. But even though the majority of the movie does look sweet, they do mess things up by going over the top in places. For example the character of Billy Rocks, sure he looks cool...but maybe too cool? Having all these small katana blades around his waist seemed a bit silly to me, a bit too comicbook-ish. All the main heroes seemed a tad overdressed for my liking, a bit too flash really. Also at points the camera work/angles on some gun fights almost seemed almost too good, too flashy; maybe a more grounded approach would have looked better? As for action, fisticuffs and other such cliches, well its a mixed bag of dull and dumb truth be told. For a start we all know what's gonna happen, how its gonna end. We all know most of the good guys will be killed off in heroic last stands (I won't say who but...its all very clearly politically correct put it that way). The gun fights are loud and realistic but totally cliched and uneventful. The big finale at the end is even more cliched and even more ridiculous than I even thought possible. Big bad guy Bogues has this entire army of a few hundred men descending on this small town, yet seven men manage to fend almost all of them off, riiight. All of the good guys seem to have guns with infinite bullets in them, hardly ever do we see much reloading. The bad guys are a constant stream of stupidity, literally one after another running into plain view for the good guys to gun down easily. All the bad guys are utterly useless at gun fighting...and taking cover. And lastly, Bogues has around two hundred men I think it was, so that's a lot sure. But I would say at least half are killed in the first wave of attack on the town. Then after that each of the seven take down loads of these useless cowboys, one after another like on a shooting range. It just feels like the good guys take down way too many bad guys, of which there seems to be an endless stream. Plus we never see any horses get killed despite the fact that clearly tonnes would have been blown to pieces. On one hand a modern retelling is a good way to show how an old movie could look with up to date effects, camera work, stunts etc...On the other hand it can still be completely pointless in many cases, and this just happens to be another case. Bottom line, all you have here is a remake just for the sake of a remake in order to use current big bankable stars together. Why do I get the feeling the bigwigs behind this are just jumping on the current 'Avengers' team-up angle, sticking groups of A-list names together in anything they can. The thing is they didn't even make good casting choices in my opinion. There are way better and more interesting actors that could have been cast here, both A-list and B-list/quirky character actors. There really is no reason to ever come back to this after your first viewing; why would you when you have two far better original movies to watch instead. Yep this flick isn't gonna stick with you for very long, already forgotten, next!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Most remakes these days seem to be made for one reason, and one reason alone. An object that is released and expected to make tons of cash, just based on name recognition. While I can guarantee that is where the original thoughts came from when thinking about remaking The Magnificent Seven, I can gladly say that enough care was put into this remake to make it pretty fun to watch. After all these years of remakes and sequels, you would think that studios would smarten up and make them all at least as good as this film is, but sadly, I do not think that will ever happen. The Magnificent Seven will not be winning any awards, but it is a fun re-telling of the classic story. Taking place back in the 1800's just like the original films, it does pay much more tribute to them than one might think. That being said, it does follow the same basic formula and does not distance itself enough from the story. The reason that the film is safe from that hurting it too much, is the fact that this story has been told many times and these filmmakers just wanted to bring it out for a fresh audience. What separates this film the most is the new cast of characters. From Denzel Washington, to Chris Pratt, to more unknowns like Byung-Hun Lee or Martin Sensmeier, this film has a very diverse and loveable cast of characters. Sure, their mannerisms may mirror the original films, but they make their characters their own. Not only does this film borrow the best aspects from the original The Magnificent Seven film, but it also shares many more aspects with the Japanese classic Seven Samurai far more than I was expecting it to, which was a very nice surprise. Director Antoin Fuqua has been known for his very specific gritty style when it comes to his direction, and that is by far the biggest standout of this remake. The actors play off each other with ease and it was very clear the entire way through, that this cast and crew had an absolute blast shooting this film. Taking place in only a few locations, it definitely needed to have likeable characters. While the original films have been known for their great shootouts, none of them have quite gone all out like the spectacular fashion that this film displays. This film is not very heavy on the action until the very end, as it relies on adventure and character moments (which I loved), but when the action hits, it does let up for some time, making for one hell of an entertaining finale. I am still trying to figure out if I like the fact that they changed the way that this story ends overall, but I quite enjoyed myself in the theatre. In the end, although it is the most fun I have had at the movies in quite a few months, I must say that the star-studded cast slightly overshadows its story and the story itself does feel a little too familiar, which will keep me from calling this a great film in the end. I enjoyed Peter Skarsgard as the villain, but by the end of the film he felt a little one note. Overall, this is a slick looking western with fantastic direction, wonderful cinematography, and some pretty amazing action set pieces. The Magnificent Seven will not be an Oscar contender, but the score may have a shot. It was very well done with some great nods to the classic theme. Pure Hollywood entertainment!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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