Magnificent 7

Image: Columbia Pictures

“I seek righteousness. But I’ll take revenge.”If you love romanticized western action with a happily ever after, this probably isn’t the story for you. But if you like gun fights, quick witted folk, and high-stakes, you’re in luck.

With low camera shots staring into the sun behind our rugged stars, Magnificent 7 really does have a bit of that classic western style so many people enjoy. Dirt, dust, saloons and drink aplenty, we follow Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) as he assembles a team for his latest job. The warrant officer has been contracted by grieving widow Emma (Hayley Bennett) to help save her town from the man who killed her husband. So as they travel back, Chisolm finds his seven. Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier).

How are we going? So far, so good?

Each of these men are more different than the sun and the moon, but they slowly start to find a rhythm to work with. Josh Faraday’s (Pratt) near constant stream of sarcasm serves not only to make us laugh, but also to stir up his companions, always resulting in different reactions. These reactions are one way in which we really get to see how different the men are.

The fights, from bar room brawls to shoot outs in empty street, are all excellently choreographed. Each member of the 7 has different skills and attitudes in how they approach an altercation, which makes for some entertaining scenes.

While a fun movie for someone looking for a good bit of action, it’s important to remember that triumph doesn’t always come on the happiest of terms.


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