THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) - A Quick Review

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven, a review

If you're looking for the perfect two-hour get-away from life that won't disappoint, The Magnificent Seven is the perfect film for that.


The Magnificent Seven, the remake of a film that has had a few remakes made of it, has one heck of a cast in it, that includes

Denzel Washington,
Chris Pratt,
Ethan Hawke,
Vincent D'Onofrio,
Byung-hun Lee,
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,
Martin Sensmeier,
Haley Bennett,
Peter Sarsgaard,
Luke Grimes,
Matt Bomer &
Cam Gigandet.

The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose resume includes Training Day, The Equalizer, Shooter and Olympus Has Fallen. And as you see, Fuqua and Washington have worked together before.

This is a classic shooter western, where the evil man is shown to us right up front, the victims are delivered to us in bucket loads, then the good guys are hired to get rid of the bad man and his army.

'Nuff said, right?

The film is as you might expect, but what could be a boring remake, is made well enough to distract you from your daily routine to make it a solid, serious ride.

If there were any other cast, it might be an unforgettable action flick that would have been filed away with many of the other films that come and go.

But Fuqua delivers on the action in this western tale of seven gunslingers hired to rid the town of a very nasty businessman named Bogue, played with a very nasty edge by Sarsgaard.

And the cast is what really makes it what it is.

Washington delivers the steely-eyed, tough good guy and as usual, is fun to watch.

Pratt, Hawke, Lee, and the rest bring it like only they can.

The one person that stands out to me, was yet one more distinct and unqique character delivered by Vincent D'Onofrio. That man has such a diversity of style and talent that he never surprises me when he shows up with something or someone totally new or different from what he's done in the past.


The review scale over on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 62% while film fans over on IMDb have given the film a 7.2/10.

To be honest, I was not bored by the film, did not mind spending the money on it at the box office, but I'm not sure a 7 is the best rating. A 6 for sure, but since I don't do partial scores, I'm going with a 6/10.

Unless I"m going for the popcorn score, then 7 for sure.

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