The Magnificent Seven (2016) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Peter Sarsgaard, Antoine Fuqua and Action/ Adventure movie fans

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The Magnificent Seven Movie Synopsis

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople 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). magnificent-seven-2016-castAs they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

The Magnificent Seven Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review:

The Magnificent Seven would most probably be a little cooler if it wasn’t a remake or called Magnificent Seven. The film had to live up to the 2 classic works and the past 2 films had set high standards. Even for someone who hadn’t watched the past classic works, I wasn’t exactly impressed with the western film which somehow reminded me of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Don’t get me wrong, the actor cast were strong, it was just how the plot, motivation and pacing made them a little less magnificent than they were named after.
Magnificent Seven Denzel WashingtonIf “being magnificent” can be measured, Chisolm (Denzel Washington) was perhaps the only (surviving) guy who managed to pass the test. While seem a little odd initially why he would agree to help a woman (Haley Bennett) to avenge her husband and protect the town people who didn’t seem to welcome them, the plot twist came in later, revealing his personal motive, and a very valid one indeed, providing a sound closing to the film.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)Chris Pratt as the Irishman Faraday might be humorous, but aside from his impressive exit, all I could see was the dinosaur trainer teleporting back to do some crowd controlling. While the characters were charming individually, the motivation for all of them coming together to fight an evil man was weak.

Somehow, I felt that they were just moving through the plot, completing a checklist of what a Western cowboy film should have – dust, gun twirling, horse riding, busty ladies, men being thrown in and out of the saloon doors and gun fights. If you want to catch the film, try memorizing the characters and see if you can remember who’s gone and who’s alive in the end, it will make the journey a little more fun.

Do You Know?

Manuel Garcia-RulfoOne of the few Western movies where an actor’s ethnicity matches their character’s. ‘Martin Sensmeier’ is Native Alaskan (Tlingit). Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Magnificent-Seven-2016The horse that Chris Pratt rode in this film was Jack, the star of War Horse (2011). The horse has the same name as his son in real life

magnificent-seven-posterThe film is a remake of The Magnificent Seven (1960), which is itself a remake of Seven Samurai (1954).

Jurassic-World-Chris-Pratt-Bryce-Dallas-Howard-Omar-Sy-Vincent-DOnofrioChris Pratt and Vincent D’Onofrio have both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)) and D’onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Daredevil (2015)). They both starred in Jurassic World (2015). Pratt was Owen and D’Onofrio was Hoskins.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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The Magnificent Seven is out in cinemas on 22 September 2016.

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9 thoughts on “The Magnificent Seven (2016) Movie Review”

  1. I Love Paars by: Lee

    Ive been eyeing to this film.since I saw this banner to a cinema near my house. But I feel like I can only stand half time of this film. Its weird I know

  2. The movie seems to be another fascinating film. The pieces of facts you gave were quite interesting. It seems as if I get first-hand knowledge of new movies from you and another blogger (Mr. Fred). Since reading your reviews, whenever I pass-by movie posters of movies you`ve reviewed, I don`t unintentionally ignore them anymore, I simply and immediately think more about them by just thinking back to your reviews.

    ❁ Grace ❁

  3. I liked it good enough. It is just that there wasn’t any real big plan to accomplish together. Everyone did what they can. I did like Chris Pratt’s goofy character. Denzel was being the typical Denzel — too serious.

  4. The plot seems to be too familiar. It’s adopted not only in Hollywood but Bollywood also. That’s the reason, I preferred to skip it.

  5. I’ve heard mixed reviews from people who have watched it. I guess it really depends on you if you’re going to like the movie or not. The cast is definitely worth seeing, they picked a good set of actors to star in the film.

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