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Film REVIEW: The Magnificent Seven (2016) - ★★★★

Updated: Feb 7, 2022

#9 - The Magnificent Seven (2016)

available on Netflix

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Wenk based on Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.

Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Marin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Western

Themes: Remake, Bounty Hunter, Gunfighter.

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, itself an adaptation of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, where the cast, action sequences and the score were praised, but the story and screenplay received criticism.



Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★★1/2

"I really enjoyed this film. I thought it was funny and action packed and had good characters and a good storyline. I thought the start and end were great and the fight scenes were amazing. All in all, an excellent film."

Stewart - ★★★

"It's a pretty cliched take on the western genre, doesn't really add anything new. That doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable watch. Most fun is seeing Washington and Hawke play off each other."

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Ran (1985) - #11 - ★★★★★

  2. Seven Samurai (1954) - #171 - ★★★★

  3. Rashomon (1950) - #172 - ★★★★

  4. Rango (2011) - #173 - ★★★★

  5. The Mask of Zorro (1998) - #368 - ★★★

  6. Maverick (1994) - #369 - ★★★

  7. The Magnificent Seven (1960) - n/a

  8. The Lone Ranger (2013) - n/a

  9. The Dark Tower (2017) - n/a

  10. Hidalgo (2004) - n/a

This film is a remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven so check that out which is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Also worth checking out Kurosawa's other great films such as Ran (based on Shakespeare's King Lear) and Rashomon.

Meanwhile there's a raft of gunfighters and outlaws in these popular action adventure westerns: Rango, The Mask of Zorro, Maverick, The Lone Ranger, The Dark Tower and Hidalgo.

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