The Magnificent Seven

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It’s rare to see a big budget western on the silver screen these days, so it’s a real treat to enjoy the modern remake of The Magnificent Seven from the 1960’s. When the town of Rose Creek is taken over by mining mogul Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and his gang, many people were killed and the church was set on fire. One of the newly widowed women, Emma Cullen (Holly Bennett) asks bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) for help. Bartholomew has been forcing the townspeople to “sell” their land for just a few dollars and if they refuse they are shot. (I hate when that happens.) Chisolm is familiar with Bogue and knows he can’t defeat the gang by himself, so he recruits six ruthless mercenaries to help. There is gambler, Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Civil War sharpshooter, Goodnight Robichaux (Ethan Hawke), Tracker, Jack Horne (Vincent O’Donofrio), knife fighter, Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Mexican outlaw, Vasquez (Manual Garcia-Rulso) and a Comanche warrior called, Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). These Seven men don’t just ride in and kill Bogue and his gang – oh no. First, they have to learn to get along with each other, then they have to trust each other. Even harder, they have to work with the townspeople to gain their trust and teach them how to protect their own town. When the showdown comes it’s violent and many people are killed. We finally have a western that has everything the old television and film westerns had in the 60’s; colorful characters, plenty of gunfights and great western scenery according to my wife. They even included some of the fabulous music from the original film. Granted, it doesn’t have the heart the 1960 movie had, but it’s a brand new cast. We have two or three big stars but nothing like Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Colburn and Robert Vaughn. The pacing of this movie was perfect – never slowing down – and coming to an exciting end. (Well, if you like a high body count) This film isn’t actually magnificent, but I really enjoyed it and am giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.