With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
That’s the official synopsis of Antoine Fuqua’s star-studded modern remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic western, which was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece Seven Samurai. Remakes are a dime a dozen these days, and there’s certainly a fair amount of fatigue associated with every one that some studio exec green-lights, but this film deserves your attention. It features a star studded cast led by Denzel Washington, who teams up with the director who helped him win his first Best Actor Oscar for Training Day. Curiously, the film also features a screenwriting credit for Nic Pizzolatto, who (in)famously has brought us both the terrific first season and miserable second season of HBO’s True Detective.
True cinephiles already know the story and characters of the Magnificent Seven, so Antoine Fuqua and Nic Pizzolatto have a long, treacherous road ahead of them to bring modern movie-goers something fresh. Here’s hoping their guns don’t jam in the heat of an already crowded action-movie summer shootout.