A movie review by: Lee Sonogan
(2016) 2h12min / Action, adventure, western
Sam Chisolm: What we lost in the fire, we found in the ashes.
Hears a western for ya! IMDB describes this movie as seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together and help a poor village against aggressive thieves. On March 29, 2015, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer set release for January 13, 2017. In August 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment moved the release to September 23, 2016. The location temperatures in Baton Rouge, Louisiana rose as high as 124 degrees Fahrenheit on some occasions.
This is one of the few Western movies where an actor’s ethnicity matches their character’s. Byung-hun Lee is East Asian (Korean), Martin Sensmeier is Native Alaskan (Tlingit) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. The characters use explosives produced by the Giant Powder Company of San Francisco. The company began operations in 1868, as the U.S.’s first manufacturer of dynamite, under exclusive license granted personally by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt were the first two actors cast. Antoine Fuqua knew that both men had expressed interest in appearing in a western. Getting Washington was easy, but Fuqua initially was unsure in which role Pratt would fit. This was Denzel Washington’s and Chris Pratt’s first western movie. Christian Bale was approached about a role.
Seven different characters in one group. Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt all do good jobs playing different characters. Western action, some interesting shots and beautiful imagery. But storywise, it was a bit generic. The theme song from the original The Magnificent Seven made in 1960 plays during the end credits. The ending has an impressive western showdown that does not disappoint. I recommend this movie to western fans and people interested in Danzel Washington and Chris Pratt.
Extra fun fact – Out of 109 cast listed for the movie, only nine are women.