A star-studded remake of the classic 1960 shoot 'em up Old Western cowboy movie which itself was an American remake of Akira Kurosawa's 7 Samurai, The Magnificent 7 brings the old tale of a few brave good men battling against a horde of murdering bandits with Antoine Fuqua's flare for a 2016 no-none-sense action style of direction.
Looking to mine for gold, greedy industrialist Bartholomew Bogue seizes control of the Old West town of Rose Creek. With their lives in jeopardy, desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (played by Denzel Washington) for help who in turn recruits an eclectic group of gunslingers to take on the Bandit Baron and his ruthless henchmen. The seven heroic mercenaries soon find themselves fighting for more than just money once the bullets start to fly.
The big name actors bring in their usual charm with Denzel playing off of his humble-good-guy-with-badass-fighting-skills persona that he played in his previous movie The Equalizer, and Chris Pratt as the womanizing happy-go-lucky gambler with a quick draw.
Followed by Ethan Hawke playing the civil-war veteran with his dagger wielding knife throwing Cowboy from the Orient played by Byung-hun Lee. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays the rowdy Mexican and Haley Bennett as the religious bear-like of a woodsman. But my personal favorite character of them all had to be the silent bow-and-arrow wielding Native American Commanche Warrior played by Martin Sensmeier.
It's also worthwhile noting how great it was for Antoine Fuqua that, even though the times in history the story was set in was plagued by violent racism and hate, the diverse nature of the cast barely addressed it and instead focused on their individuality as good men coming from all walks of life banding together to fight for the innocent and helpless. Antoine Fuqua was quoted remarking on the topic of diversity in Hollywood that his casting choices were not simply to bring in diversity for diversity's sake, but to get people excited about the Western genre again by making a story set in 1874 feel like 2016.
And that he did. The Magnificent Seven dominated box office in the US, earning over $41 million dollars for the opening.