Remake is fast becoming a dirty word in some cinematic quarters but about a remake of a remake? The Magnificent Seven is returning to the big screen, remake of the classic 1960’s John Sturges Western, which was a remake of the classic Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. In 2016 Justice has a number and here is the UK trailer…
The news of another classic film been remade for 21st Century may shock some cinephiles but can the new cast live up to the stature of the original cast which included Charles Bronson, Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen?
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate towns people 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.
Now the cynicism has died down the first trailer is here it’s now time to see if this will be a worthwhile cause. It’s a solid cast which is important as our current climate for remakes, reboots isn’t the strongest so film fans will have high expectations. Fuqua seems to get the cast playing to their strengths like Washington as the charismatic leader and Pratt as the joker with his wise cracks. It’s certainly coming across as a fun film with plety of gun slinging, action and plenty of attitude. Westerns are slowly making their way back into the mix for cinema fans but will it be enough to get you go see this? So far so good for us, but like any remake we’ll tread with caution with a big slice of excitement too!
The Magnificent Seven is set for a 23rd September release in UK, Ireland and USA.