Corbin’s Reviews: The Magnificent Seven


Corbin Nguyen, Reporter

The Magnificent Seven (2016) has been remade from two very successful predecessors, the original Magnificent Seven (1960) and the movie the original was based on, The Seven Samurai. The basis of the movie is that a mexican village is under the terror of a bandit named Calvera and his men. The villagers decide that they need to stop the abuse and send three farmers north in order to find gunmen to help protect the village. After bringing back Chisolm (Denzel Washington), an imposing bounty hunter, he gathers 6 more unique gunmen. There’s Chisolm’s old buddy who has PTSD, Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) and his right-hand man, the blade master Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee). The drunk Irishman Faraday (Chris Pratt). The man with a bounty, Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo).  A Native American man named Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and a strange gentleman named Jack (Vincent D’Onofrio).

The plot of the movie is basic, but classic, there’s a bad guy and someone needs to stop him, this however didn’t effect my movie experience too much. The characters are rather interesting, and you get to see them develop friendships. The action scenes were nicely put together, the fight cartography was done well for the most part, and there were little to no parts in the movie where I truly lost interest. One of my favorite things about the film was the characters Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee) and Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) because of Billy’s unique style of fighting and their past of  Robicheaux having PTSD and how he got it seem to be very interesting to me. Some things that were rather bland were the cinematography, because the shots were rather nice but there was nothing special, no moments where I was astounded by the visuals. And the basis of the plot was a little too classic, because of it’s simplistic layout of here’s the bad guy, here’s the good guys, fight.

I would give this movie a rating of ⅗ stars, It wasn’t the best movie I have seen this year, but it was pretty enjoyable. It was nice to see a classic western movie come to the box office when we haven’t seen very many this year.