Magnificent Seven (2016) Review | The Writers’ Room Podcast | Episode 325

The Writers' Room Redux Reviews Magnificent Seven


Magnificent Seven (2017) Review | The Writers’ Room Podcast | Episode 325


Dust off your duster – we got a Western. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk, Magnificent Seven arrives in theaters a mid much more space age fare. It’s a remake of the 1960 western film of the same name, which was actually a remake of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai (the Japanese title translates as The Magnificent Seven). The ensemble is lead by Denzel Washington followed closely by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. Notable also as the final film from composer James Horner, who passed away after composing a part of the score which was completed by his friend, Simon Franglen.

When black-hat industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard) seizes control of an Old West town, Emma Cullen (Bennett) and other desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Washington) for help. Chisolm recruits a motley crew of gunslingers to take on Bogue and his army of dirty henchmen. And then it’s scene after scene of shootouts and standoffs. Lots of men touching lots of different guns. Until most are dead save Denzel and the wiliest of the bunch, including the especially charismatic, virtual unknown, Martin Sensmeier, as native character, Red Harvest.

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The Magnificent Seven is a 2016 American Western action film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. It is a remake of the 1960 western film of the same name, which in turn was a reimagination of the Akira Kurosawa‘s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It is the final film of composer James Horner, who died the previous year after composing a part of the score; his friend Simon Franglen completed the music.

Principal photography began on May 18, 2015, in the north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Magnificent Seven premiered on September 8, 2016, at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released in the United States on September 23, 2016, in conventional and IMAX theatres.[4] The film received mixed reviews from critics, although the cast was praised, and grossed $162 million worldwide.


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