THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) Review
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Director Antoine Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington and now with Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and others which completes their group called The Magnificent Seven. Fuqua’s films tend to be really gritty and at times bloody, but in here, it’s tamed.
The Magnificent Seven tells the story of a town called Rose Creek which is terrorized and becomes under control by Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Skarsgard), Emma Cullen (Chloe Bennett) searches for people to help them seek righteousness and revenge for the loved ones killed by the people of Bogue and take back their town. She gets the service of outlaws, bounty hunters and people who specializes in killing people led by Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), followed by 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). After taking back Rose Creek town, the Magnificent Seven prepares for the arrival of Bogue and his army.
The film isn’t Antoine Fuqua’s most exciting movie but it’s decent and highly entertaining, thanks to the charisma of Washington and Pratt, and Vincent D’Onofrio who transforms from the bad guy “Kingpin” in Marvel’s Daredevil to someone weirdly admiring but deadly Jack Horne. While nothing is special with its story, you get to be presented with something standard in action adventures, there’s enough of action and entertaining sequences for everyone (except for children below 13 years old).
The Magnificent Seven may not live up to its title but with Washington, Pratt and everyone in the cast, and also Fuqua’s simple direction, you get to enjoy the film if you’re not expecting too much from it. The IMAX screens get to present the bigger picture which made the details in the action sequences easier to view.
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“The Magnificent Seven” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Columbia Picture, rated R-13 by the MTRCB.