If there was ever a director as of late who has compelled me more for a Western, it would be Antoine Fuqua. Thus, we get The Magnificent Seven with actor Denzel Washington leading the way for any and everyone still fond of last year’s The Equalizer and Washington’s Academy Awarded role in 2003’s Training Day.
Rooted as a retelling of the classic Jim Sturges remake of Kurosawa Akira’s Seven Samurai, it’s also pretty rewarding for anyone who enjoys good old-fashioned tales of a ragtag band of grey-shaded heroes out to do good. And not for nothing either with fellow Fuqua cohort Ethan Hawke joined by everyone’s favorite raptor whisperer, Chris Pratt, and the beautiful Haley Bennett who looks like she’ll bring more than meets the eye here.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
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