Film: The Magnificent Seven
Rating: 12A, 133m
Festival Film Club Rating: 3/5
By Sarah Wilkinson
THE Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name, which was a remake of an old Japanese film called Seven Samurai. I haven’t seen any of the originals but apparently they are classics, which means the 2016 version has a lot to live up to.
The film tells the story of an old Western town that is overrun by Borgue, an evil mining mogul who wants to take the land and have his men kill anyone who gets in his way. He needs to be stopped so the residents put all of their money together to hire the best bounty hunter around, a master gunmen called Sam Chrisholm (played brilliantly by Denzel Washington). Sam goes off to round up another 6 men, who all have different skills and personalities, and heads back to the town to prepare for the inevitable battle.
The film boasts an impressive cast who all play their parts well. The directing, soundtrack and camera shots are very good, they put a modern twist on the classic old western style. There are some tense shoot out scenes in between some big explosive gun fights.
Unfortunately the film is let down by a lack of character development, there are no back stories or side plots so you don’t feel like you know anything about the characters. This makes it hard to care what happens to them in the end or understand why they are in their situations. Although it was entertaining, the story was very predictable and it could have been cut 30 minutes shorter. Despite this, it is still a good and fun film that is worth seeing. It’s just not as magnificent as it could have been.