Westerns used to be all the rage a generation ago. From John Wayne’s plethora of Western films to Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy that starred Clint Eastwood, they were well-received and happened almost as regular as today’s Superhero films. Now, they come rarely and appear mediocre in comparison to those of the past. Some parodies have come along like Adam Sandler’s Netflix original, The Ridiculous Six and one or two prove to be good like Tarantino’s snowy western, The Hateful Eight. Soon, viewers will be staring down the barrel of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, a remake of John Sturgis’ iconic 1960 Western (itself, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai).
Denzel Washington stars as Chisolm, a bounty hunter recruited by a vengeful Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) to settle the score against oppressive industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Understanding he’ll need help, Chisolm recruits a strikeforce of desperadoes. The seven are vastly outnumbered by Bogue army of cronie but seem up to the challenge.
From the trailer, this team seems to get along fairly well for a band of misfits that includes: gambler Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), trapper Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), assassin Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-Hun), outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). They seem to think on their feet and love to blow stuff up. I think it’ll be a fair fight to watch.
The Magnificent Seven rides in on September 23.