The Magnificent Seven centers on bounty hunter Sam Chisolm(Denzel Washingtom). The outlaw is hired by Emma Cullen(Haley Bennett) and the resident of Rose Creek to protect their town from the villainous Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) who wants the town for its land. In order to fight Bogue’s army Sam gets the help from other outlaws which includes the gambler Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), the sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), an assassin named Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), the Mexican Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rufio), the comanche Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and the tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio). Together the seven band together to run Bogue’s goons out of town and help the residents of Rose Creek to fight off the notorious industrialist.
The plot behind this remake is a rather simple one. When looking at the whole story it falls under “what you see is what you get” as its main points are getting the seven together and them preparing the town to fight Bartholomew Bogue. In hindsight there is not much to this plot, but I would be remiss to say that the story was not effective. This simplistic plot is one the revels in engagement. Yes this tale has standard plot points but it was in its execution that made the story of The Magnificent Seven an enjoyable one. The only issue I had with the story was that narrative could be sporadic from time to time. Some scenes felt either rushed or placed in strange places. Yet while this issue could be distracting it did not take away from the story’s strengths. In the end the plot of Magnificent Seven was one that used classic storytelling in a way that was entertaining and thrilling.
The Magnificent Seven was definitely a surprise. While the film did rely on some standard direction it used each one to the best of their abilities; while factors such as the cast truly shined through in this fall blockbuster. While I cannot say that this remake tops its predecessor I do feel that The Magnificent Seven made for a fun film to see year as well as being a magnificent western.