It’s never a good idea remaking old and beloved cult movies, such as Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI, if you, as a filmmaker have no vision at all. To hear that Antoine Fuqua had made one, was quite shocking, but then, I said to myself, why not check this out and to see if its worth spending time. Well, you won’t know if your time is wasted or not until you’re seated in the theater and so was I. Surprise comes right after five minutes of watching it, as it was not as bad as I expected it to be, but rather entertaining and well acted.
A little town in the wild, wild west is put under extreme siege of industrialist and violent Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). During one of his confrontations with the residents of the town, Emma Cullen’s (Haley Bennett) husband, Matthew (Matt Bomer) gets killed by Bogue. Feeling anger and desperation, the devastated woman collects all money she could possibly find to seek for help in a bounty hunter, Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) to find and kill Bogue.
However, to fight against the army of Bogue is challenging for even a skillful shooter as Sam himself, so he starts selecting seven people (Chris Pratt as Josh Farraday, a gambler with the love for explosives; Ethan Hawke as Goodnight Robicheaux, a sharpshooter, Vincent D’Onofrio as Jack Horne, a tracker; Byung-hun Lee as Billy Rocks, an assassin; Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez, a Mexican outlaw; Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest, a Comanche warrior) that could physically stand against wicked man. However, when the Seven get more involved into the core issues the town had, for all of them fighting becomes an honor, and the money no longer mattered. During their final battle, each bullet will find its aim, unfortunately, in both ways.
In conclusion, there are only two ways of watching THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN in order to love or dislike it. It’s up to you which one you chose. The first way, of course, you will have to manage to erase the original version from you mind before you start watching it. If you succeed at that, you will be delighted seeing the result. But if you’re going to see the film, knowing ahead of time that you will be comparing it against the original version and fail the new one, then maybe the best idea not to watch it at all. At the end of the day, the great risk taken by the filmmaker to direct such a expensive production, and no doubt he did succeed at that.