The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Screenplay: Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto based on the original The Magnificent 7 which was based on the movie The Seven Samurai.
Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio,
Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett
and Peter Sarsgaard.
The Pitch: “Hey, Denzel wants to make a western.”
Tagline: Justice has a number.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
When the town folk of Rose Creek reject Bartholomew Bogue’s pittance offering for their land he brings in hired killers to run them off. The widow (Bennett) of one of the men killed hires Chisholm (Washington) to help the town fight.
Chisholm recruits other gunfighters to the cause. Chisholm ends up with seven fighting men and a town full of farmers and store owners… but he has a plan.
The Magnificent 7 is well cast and directed but falls short of the original. There’s a twist at the end that is supposed to be shocking and provide additional reasoning for Chisolm taking the impossible job but I didn’t like it. I’ll explain after the rating in case you don’t want the secret spoiled.
Before killing Bogue, Chisholm reveals that Bogue and his men had raped and killed his mother and sisters years earlier. They had even hung Chisholm and left him for dead.
While this gives additional justification for Chisholm wanting to take on Bogue and his men, it makes him a little less heroic. Up to the point of the reveal, it appeared that Chisholm and the others recruited were going against impossible odds because it was the “right” thing to do… not because one of them wanted revenge.