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Rocker and Halls Reviews

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

By John Rocker and Aaron Hall, Free Press staff


Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name. Taking place in the 1870s, the film is set in the mining town of Rose Creek, which is forcefully taken over by a man named Bartholomew Bogue. Now the townspeople seek help to break free from Bogue’s grip. A woman named Emma Cullen seeks help from bounty hunter Sam Chisolm, who accepts. Chisolm, along with six other men who join along the way, prepares the town for the inevitable siege from Bogue to reclaim the town.

What Did We Like?

J: The action sequences are the standouts in this modernized western. The film does a good job of showing Rose Creek from as many different angles as possible so by the time the chaos starts, you have an idea where everybody is within the town. From horse chases to close combat, to the use of traps and the element of surprise, each part of the action was entertaining to watch. Each character had a moment to shine in the fight while also adding character to the scenes, mostly in the use of quips.

A: The film does a good job at making you believe that the Magnificent Seven function well together as a team, and this is through fantastic action sequences, as mentioned by John, as well as smaller character moments. Individual interactions between the characters are fun to watch throughout the film, a prime example being Chrisolm (Denzel Washington) and Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), whose characters, as well as the actors portraying them, have a past history together. While watching the film, it’s easy to see that the cast enjoyed collaborating on the project together.

What Did We Dislike?

J: With such a large cast, it’s difficult to flesh out all the characters. I do think some characters that needed more development were the villains. Bogue is a very one-note villain, and I suppose this is a common thing in the western genre. Sarsgaard does a good job of making this character unlikeable, but I wanted just a bit more to get an understanding of his character, and I didn’t catch anything other than “He’s just evil”. There are also some characters of “The Seven” who don’t get as much development as others. One character goes away for some time to fill a plot point, and I think we could have had some random person do that and we would have gotten more out of that character.  

A: While everyone in the Magnificent Seven gets a chance to shine in action scenes, I thought the film could have done a better at giving some of the members more screen time and thus allowing us to become more invested in them. I also thought that Peter Sarsgaard, while good enough as the villain Bogue for the story’s needs, did not make me feel as threatened or intimidated as I wanted be whenever he was on screen.

Who Will Enjoy This Movie?

J: I think people who are fans of the western genre will get the most enjoyment out of this, especially those who saw the original film. I also think this film works for those looking to have a fun time, like if they’re watching a summer blockbuster, as it certainly has that vibe to it.

A: If you are a fan of the original The Magnificent Seven, westerns in general, or just looking for a good time at the cinema, I think you will enjoy this film.


J: A Must See

A: A Must See

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