Friday, 23 February 2018

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

In director Antoine Fuqua's modern vision to a classic story, the desperate townspeople of Rose Creek employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns after the town falls under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

I'm normally a person that decries remakes of any kind. With all the new material out there, why do they have to keep remaking films. However, that said, I've not seen the original of this film so I have nothing to compare it to. What I can say about it is that I really enjoyed it. I've never been a person to pick a Western by choice but the cast of character in this drew me in.

Denzil Washington is brilliant, as he is in most roles he takes on, I can't honestly say there was a film I have seen with him in that I haven't enjoyed. He is the veteran actor in the movie along with Ethan Hawke. Also welcomed to the cast is Chris Pratt - who sadly seems to be just a cowboy version of Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy. You also have Vincent D'Onofrio (Criminal Intent) famed for playing tall slightly strange characters and also a brief appearance from Matt Bohmer (White Collar).

The only warning I will give is that although I don't argue the twelve rating, there seemed to be a bit more gore for a western.

It is currently available on Netflix or on DVD for £4.99 from Amazon.

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