The Magnificent 7 – Film Review by S. Guttman

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The Magnificent Seven: a Western based on the 1960 original film, both versions reduces of the Akira Kurosawa classic movie, Seven Samurai. All three films share a common storyline: a town is under siege by evil bad guys. Seven men with no connection to the town rally together to save the town and its people. Lots of violence. The 2016 version is directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, whose counterpart in the 1960 film was Yul Brynner. Chisolm is the character who brings together the Magnificent Seven and his introduction into the story may be the best part of the film.

Although Denzel may be reason enough to see this pic, but like the 1960 version this remake has a strong supporting cast. The basic plot is unchanged, but this film has two significant differences: this Chisolm has a specific, personal reason for becoming involved. In the 1960 version his motivation was simply righteousness. In this 2016 tale, there is a gun-toting female villager, Emma (Haley Bennett). The bad guy is evil incarnate, played by Peter Sarsgaard. The big shoot-‘um-up scene could have been edited better, as I thought it ran long and reminded me why some of you don’t like Westerns. Bottom line? If you like westerns, you’ll enjoy this 132 minute film.

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