The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The small western town of Rose Creek is under the control of Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and he will stop at nothing until he owns all the land currently owned by the residents. When the townsfolk have nothing else left, they turn to a bounty hunter named Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) in hopes he can save them. Chisolm accepts and recruits 6 other loners and outlaws to join him in his quest to bring down Bogue.
In what is a remake of a classic western by the same name (which is based on another movie named The Seven Samurai), The Magnificent Seven is a “Hollywood” western like The Lone Ranger was a couple of years ago. What I mean by this is that it isn’t a true “western” with grit, dirt and guts! The Magnificent Seven here is flashy, humorous (kinda) and silly. For a movie that is almost 2.5 hours, this movie only has 3 times that I would call it interesting. The opening is great as it sets up the vicious villain who aims at nothing but to obtain land from a dying small town, but the next hour is boring as we watch Denzel recruit his crew. It almost feels like how they explain the different characters in Suicide Squad. It is a process of just learning who these 7 people are and it drags! After the guys get together and they travel to Rose Creek, there is another fun scene where we see the crew kill off some baddies. Not too long and not too scripted, plus after not seeing much action up to that point, it was welcoming!
My biggest problem with this movie comes at the end, and when I say “end” I mean the giant action shootout that takes up the last 30 minutes of the movie. This is the time where all 7 guys basically hit everything they shoot and kill everyone that gets in their way. Sure, there are some decent events that happen here, but when you compare this action and shooting with movies like Unforgiven, Tombstone and True Grit, this is laughable and boring. How many times did we need to see someone shoot a gun and have a guy fall over? It gets old fast, and for a movie this long, you should expect more development and unique events to occur. This movie will be loved by many for its entertainment value due to the actors involved, but the action and the story keep this movie from being a true western, and a good one at that! Co-starring Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Luke Grimes and Matt Bomer.
5/10 Stars – The Magnificent Seven might be a popcorn “Hollywood” western with over-the-top shootouts and humor, but this isn’t a western and it is too long for the amount of action presented.