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The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Starring:
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard


Rated: PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.
Reviewed by: Matt  
Release date: September 23, 2016 Released by: Sony Pictures

A remake of a 1960's film of the same film, The Magnificent Seven is a western action film that brings a very strong and diverse cast to it.  The film follows warrant officer Chisolm (Denzel Washington) as he is hired by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennet) to avenge the deaths of her husband and many of her townspeople, as well as save what remains of her town from a businessman named Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).  From there Chisolm begins a search for men to help him on his suicide mission, the first being a gambler named Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt).

This film is a very crowded film with 8 protagonists and 1 antagonist in the film.  However, the film never truly felt crowded even when everyone was on the screen together.  Each character had their moment to shine, especially Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington.  The entire cast managed a very good on-screen chemistry that was just a joy to watch.  The action was also very well done, with large set pieces and great editing bad the final battle seem intense and dynamic.  Bartholomew Bogue, who serves as the films antagonist does a good enough job to convey himself as a threat, even if he didn't get himself directly involved for most of the film.  

There isn't much wrong with the film either.  The film follows through with what it advertised and never really disappointed.  If I had to make a complaint about the film it would be that both native american characters int he film felt out of place and only existed for the two to fight in the finale.  Outside of that there isn't much wrong with the film without going into nitpicking.

Overall, The Magnificent Seven is an excellent western, and an excellent action film.  The cast is packed and filled with good chemistry and the final battle is long and satisfying to watch.  I would highly recommend seeing this film in theaters if given the chance. 

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