This must be the year of remakes: Independence Day, Ghostbusters, Ben Hur, and now The Magnificent Seven!
It is a very simple plot. Western settlers are being terrorized by the henchmen of a greedy industrialist and hire a group of mercenaries to fight back and protect the settlers homes.
The Magnificent Seven movie begins with Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Saragard) terrorizing a settlement of farmers in Rose Creek Montana so he can take their land and mine for gold. Widowed farm wife, Emma Cullen and another farmer seek out Sam Chisholm, a bounty hunter, to protect the town. Sam, feeling sympathic towards Emma, agrees and recruits an odd assortment of 6 men who are ready to fight and defend. The magnificent seven is then composed of: 1. Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington) who is a bounty hunter. 2. Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt) who is a card sharp. 3. Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) who is a sharpshooter. 4. Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio) who is a wacky mountain man. 5. Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee) who is a knife thrower. 6. Vasquez (Manuel Garcia) who is a mean fugitive, and 7. Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) who is a renegade warrior.
The men approach the little town of Rose Creek and kill off almost all of Bogue’s henchmen. One of Bogue’s men is sent to Sacramento to inform him about Chisholm’s interference. The town is poorly armed and has one week to prepare for battle. The seven train the town for battle and steal some dynamite and ammunition from one of Bogue’s mining camp. Bogue arrive with his army and a violent, deadly battle ensues.
We liked it. We grew up on western movies and television programs. You don’t see very many westerns anymore. Western are apparently hard to make and very expensive to film.
Guns, horses, outlaws, bar room brawls, card sharps, gunslingers. The Magnificent Seven is a grimy, lawless, unruly western movie with courageous and rugged heroes fighting evil, spineless, menacing villains. The good guys were unique, quirky, and humerous. The bad guys were mean and threatening and serious.
The characters had some good lines. My favorite part was when Chris Pratt, who is a card sharp said ” I’ve always had good luck with one-eyed jacks.”and then he blew up a villain. Chris had some good lines in this film.
A previous version was filmed in 1960 and featured Yul Brinner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson. The original version version was The Seven Samurai filmed in 1954.