The Magnificent Seven (2016)

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Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Western

Related to/Remake of: Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven (1960) (original)

Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

Music By: James Horner and Simon Franglen

Starring: Denzel Washington (as Sam Chisolm), Chris Pratt (as Joshua Faraday), Ethan Hawke (as Goodnight Robicheaux), Vincent D’Onofrio (as Jack Horne), Lee Byung-hun (as Billy Rocks), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (as Vasquez), Martin Sensmeier (as Red Harvest), Peter Sarsgaard (as Bartholomew Bogue), and Haley Bennett (as Emma Cullen)

Basic Plot: After a land baron murders several citizens of a small town in the Old West in an effort to get them to sell their property, a woman from the town hires a bounty hunter who assembles a ragtag group of men to defend the town.  Vastly outnumbered, the group must figure out a way to unite the town and bring an end to the situation.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Great work by each of the principle actors and actresses, with special mention to Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Peter Sarsgaard.  Sarsgaard makes a pretty big impression as the main bad guy.  The movie does a good job of capturing the feel of the Old West.

Cons: Some of the members of the group are recruited a bit too easily, considering their background.  There are only two of the group who get proper backstories, so we don’t really get to know much about the other five.