Rent The Magnificent Seven (2016)

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2h 7min
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Synopsis:
In director Antoine Fuqua's modern vision to a classic story, the desperate townspeople of Rose Creek employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns after the town falls under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
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Directors:
Producers:
Roger Birnbaum, Todd Black
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Richard Wenk, Nic Pizzolatto
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/01/2017
Run Time:
127 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Bonus:
  • Directing the Seven
  • Rogue Bogue
  • The Seven
  • Magnificent Music
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/01/2017
Run Time:
133 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Bonus:
  • Directing the Seven
  • Rogue Bogue
  • The Seven
  • Magnificent Music
  • Seven Tales of Making the Magnificent Seven - Over 20 more minutes behind the scenes with the cast
  • Vengeance Mode with Antoine Fuqua and The Seven: 'The Seven' and director Antoine Fuqua break down key scenes and discuss making this extraordinary film
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gunslingers
  • The Taking of Rose Creek
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental

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Reviews (5) of The Magnificent Seven

Watchable remake - The Magnificent Seven review by Alphaville

A grand old-fashioned western but one that springs no surprises and has no real high points. The over-familiar plot holds little interest and neither do the sketchily drawn seven characters. The gunfights are never more than perfunctory because the baddies can’t shoot straight and the Seven seem invincible until one or another goes out in a blaze of glory. The Wild Bunch it ain’t.

The retro score by James (Titanic) Horner is also a drag. It’s hard to be critical because he wrote it without seeing any footage and was then killed in a plane crash. The resulting bland music is more of an homage to him that a help to the film.

Yet director Antoine Fuqua never makes a boring film and it bumbles along nicely at a good pace. It’s watchable if only to notice what it lacks. The best thing about it is the New Mexico scenery, built for wide-screen and luminously filmed with Fuqua’s sweeping camera. If only it held more resonance in the manner of modern Western classics such as Unforgiven and Open Range.

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Watchable but Average! - The Magnificent Seven review by CS

In general agreeance with the other two comments on this film, it really is a new update of the classic, nothing new added, simply a remake staying true to the original. However what was really noticeable was the unnecessary need to have such a multi-cultural cast, even when it's not necessary or detracts from the storyline itself! There is a Native American Indian, an East Asian, a Black Man, two White Men, a Mexican and a Religious nutcase! It seems as though they felt the need to cater for all races and also for the religious crowd out there, when it really wasn't necessary and adds nothing to the film at all! In fact I found the religious character really annoying, as it was way too heavy, shoving it in our faces all the time and for me this character ruined the whole film! It was an ok film, Denzel gives a strong performance as do most of the cast, but the script wasn't anything special and the bad guy lacked any sense of gravitas, in fact the bad guy was the weakest character in the whole film!

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Good western - The Magnificent Seven review by gazmb

An updated remake of the original film. For me done very well and a very good western. I can't remember watching the original sone can't compare which is better, I thought the cast was good and good fighting scenes.

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Critic review

The Magnificent Seven review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Does the new Magnificent Seven blow away the original? Absolutely not, but that’s thankfully not the plan for director Antoine Fuqua. Having directed the loud and simplistic crowd-pleasers of Olympus Has Fallen and Southpaw, he knows where his strengths lie and it’s not in character development or new plot twists on the old formula. He specializes in crafting big, loud and blood-pumping action, designed to generate standing ovations from the most red-blooded of American audiences.

Fuqua keeps the story the same. Seven unlikely men are hired by a town that’s threatened by evil men that take their money and kill their people. All the beats are maintained right down to the plan of attack and the exact number of deaths between the seven. Though the characters themselves fulfill the same roles, Fuqua brings a splash of color to the cast.

Denzel Washington leads the pack as a sworn bounty hunter, dressed in all black. Byung-hun Lee plays an Asian assassin specializing in killing with knives. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays a Mexican veteran of the Alamo. Martin Sensmeier, a Native American, fulfills the role of a Comanche warrior. The always likable Chris Pratt plays a charismatic enough anti-hero, Ethan Hawke an uneasy veteran and Vincent D’Onofrio the crazy coot who lives in the woods.

While this is a rather strong cast, they’re never really given any depth. In particular, the villain played by Peter Sarsgaard is just a walking cliche of evil. He kills people randomly whenever the whim strikes him and has no motivation for his pillaging and murders. Likewise, the heroes are reduced to such simple figures that they spend more time making cheap quips than displaying any meaningful development. This wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it weren’t for the script deciding to pull out light pathos so late in the third act. Their dialogue is amusing to be sure, but the audience will be more laughing at the lines than the characters.

For the first half of the movie, Fuqua attempts to make these characters both charming and badass. And most of these attempts fall flat on their face. I can still recall the astonishingly cool moment from the original movie when Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen defend a carriage from being attacked on their way to bury a Native American. I recently saw this new Magnificent Seven and can not think of one moment when these characters accomplished a comparable feat. I know, I shouldn’t be comparing this movie to its predecessor, but it was hard not to when this picture kept using that classic theme from Elmer Bernstein.

It isn’t until the second half of the movie when the grand defending of the town turns the movie into an endless scene of action. Characters are shot up left and right by pistols, arrows and Gattling guns. Tomahawks become lodged in backs and knives are driven into hearts. Dynamite goes boom and horses go flying. Not only is the action noisily portrayed at a frenetic pace, but it also comes with the superhero formula where the heroes never miss and every bad guy goes down. In many ways, it becomes a mixture of both the classic themes of good-natured anti-heroes and the modern makeover of creating action built for a 7.1 sound system.

After trying to distance myself from the original and acknowledging that this Magnificent Seven is it’s own movie, I began to enjoy myself with a picture that, while lacking in writing, made up for its faults with Fuqua’s trademark action direction. There’s even some great cinematography with beautiful mountain scenes and solid lighting. But, again, I must stress this, do not go in comparing this to John Sturges’ classic western as that film was a perfect balance of story, character, action and cool. This new version is solid popcorn entertainment and succeeds at being just that; an excuse to turn off your brain and let your hands clap wildly for simplistic heroes saving the day.

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