For anyone hoping that Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven would somehow offer something different in a year filled with remakes, you will be disappointed. However, those who are just wanting to see some of today’s biggest stars playing some rowdy but noble characters who get pulled into a small town fight, you have come to the right place.
The Magnificent Seven sees Denzel Washington heading up a fantastic cast which includes Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Lee Byung-hun, as well as rising star Haley Bennett. As far as casting goes, it doesn’t get better than this. Vincent D’Onofrio is particularly good fun to watch, and is a real beast of a man as tracker Jack Horne, while Ethan Hawke is also given one of the juicer storylines, and enjoys some wonderful heroic moments when the going gets tough.
Top marks however, go out to Haley Bennett, who plays the recently widowed and fiercely determined Emma Cullen. It’s easy to see why Bennett is about to be the face everyone knows (she’s also set to appear in theatres soon as Megan Hipwell in The Girl On The Train). Holding her own against Hollywood heavyweights, Bennett is blessed with one of the film’s more well-thought out characters and is impossible to look away from whether she’s demanding the attention of Washington’s Sam Chisolm, or getting her hands dirty in the big finale.
If audiences line up for this film it will be for the gun fights, and there’s plenty of those to enjoy. Though the story itself plays it pretty safe and doesn’t make any kind of noteable mark, The Magnificent Seven will keep you entertained for few a hours…particularly if you love a good shoot out.
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