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I was too young to remember or watch the original The Magnificent Seven TV series or the movie so I didn’t have much expectations going into this one in terms of source material but when a movie is directed by Antoine Faqua director of such films as Training day, Southpaw and The Equalizer all movies that I loved and has a cast like this one I mean a cast includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard you can’t help but have high hopes.
However sadly his one doesn’t live up to those high hopes or early promise which is a real shame as I love westerns, one of the greatest I’ve ever seen is Open Range starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall (if you haven’t seen it watch it, it’s brilliant). However this one just doesn’t match up unfortunately.
The film starts with Sargaard’s character Bartholomew Bogue a corrupt industrialist who takes control of mining town Rose Creek and slaughters all who stand up to him, in their desperation they hire warrant officer Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) who agrees to help them and drive Bogie out of the town. He enlists the help of Joshua Faraday (Chris Pine), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vaquez (Manuel Garcia-Ruflo) and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier).
There are a few highlights like I’ve mentioned the cast is fantastic and some of the shootout scenes are very good but that’s it to be honest there’s not much more to mention positive wise.
Moving onto the negatives (and there are quite a lot) my main problem with the film is its just so boring, it was a real struggle to finish this one because it just drags on and on with no real end in sight. The cast is massively underutilised, after assembling such a strong cast I’m amazed the screenplay is so weak, something I’ve mentioned so many times in movie reviews is you have to build empathy for the characters so when they are in jeopardy the audience really cares, this movies fails to do that however so when the big shootouts start to happen your not really too bothered about any of the characters even in the scenes when your really supposed to. One final point is Ethan Hawkes character Robicheaux, I don’t know what was going on here, his character makes no sense I don’t want to elaborate too much as I don’t want to ruin the film for you but there isn’t really a character here it almost feels like he was given a storyline just to give Ethan Hawke something to do in the movie.
So to summarize The Magnificent Seven is a boring film that unfortunately really doesn’t live up to the hype or doesn’t do a movie with all this talent on show justice. Id give it a miss personally and wait for it to be released on TV.