The Magnificent Seven

By Angie Raphael

This remake is basically a straight-up western of yesteryear with modern cinematography. The film centres around seven gunmen who are gradually assembled by ringleader Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) to help a poor town against the villainous Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). The team of unlikely heroes includes card trickster Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Mexican tough guy Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), former Civil War shooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Asian knife-throwing expert Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio) and exiled Comanche Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). The film by director Antoine Fuqua is fairly good, but probably unnecessary. I cannot accept remaking a film for modern audiences who refuse to watch the classics. Besides, John Sturges' well-known 1960 film is already an adaptation of The Seven Samurai from 1954. What works in The Magnificent Seven's favour is the talented and multicultural cast. It is also the final film for composer James Horner, who wrote seven pieces before his death. But overall, The Magnificent Seven is drawn-out and predictable.