What’s it about?
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a 1960’s film by the same name about a ragtag band of mercenaries freeing a town from the clutches of an industrial tycoon.
Set in 1837, an industrialist by the name of Bartholomew Bogue terrorises the town of Rose Creek for the rich mineral reserves that lie on its outskirts, by forcing the townsmen to work in the quarries and killing off anyone who opposes him. Unable to bear this, the recently widowed Emma Cullen sets out to recruit an army of her own to oppose Bogue. Seven mercenaries agree to help her out and the rest of the film is about how they go about doing this.
The film is a throwback to the spaghetti westerns of old with production values and art direction that make the viewer feel they are in the wild west. Some action set pieces are good and the build up to them creates the right amount of tension. Also, the theme music leading up to the action is great.
Apart from the action scenes there is not much in the film. Not much background is given for the characters. As a result, we don’t get to know why they join the team and risk their lives. Also, not giving Chris Pratt good lines seems like a cardinal sin. Even the villain, who starts off with a bang is made to look more and more stupid as the film progresses. By robbing the villain of his menace, one feels like the whole exercise was an exaggeration.
This film is an action film with not much scope for performance. Having said that Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt do a great job in bringing charisma and flair to their roles. Rest of them get good introduction scenes but later get side lined.
A middling action film that does not stay with you for long.
2 / 5 stars