The movie starts with Baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) attacking Rose Creek, which is just a small town of settlers and farmers. Bogue is forcibly buying up all the land for pennies on the dollar in order to control all the gold mines nearby. Two of the town people Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) and Caleb Frankel (Jody Mullins) decide the only hope for them is to buy an army to defeat Boque and his mercenaries.
Emma witnesses Chisolm (Denzel Washington) exacting his duty as a sworn warrant officer otherwise referred to as the Bounty Hunter. She tugged at his heartstrings just enough to get him to agree to assemble an army for her and Rose Creek. This army under Chisolm is made up of a quick-witted gambler named Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), a Sharpshooter ex-Confederate soldier named Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Goodnight’s knife wielding associate Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun), a bear of a man named Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), a bandit named Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensneier) a Comanche that just happens to cross their path and needed a tribe of his own.
There have been a few westerns have been made in the last few years. Made mainly by director Quentin Tarantino. This is not a Tarantino Western and thank goodness this isn’t. Director Antoine Fuqua has revamped this 1960 classic which had starred Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, and Steve McQueen. Fuqua has truly gone back to the original spaghetti western and he does it well. Washington has worked with Fuqua on other films such as Training Day and Equalizer. The two bring their successful chemistry right into this movie as well.
The meat and bones of the story stays true to the original screenplay. The main difference I noticed was the insertion of humor via one liners , witty dialogue and how quickly the Seven bond together. Also a huge nod for the casting. Unlike years ago, there’s a lot of diverse characters. Equally refreshing is the fact that you wont find much whitewashing in this movie. Try to find a Western where you find an Asian, a Mexican and a Native American playing non-stereotypical roles. It’s next to impossible.
I’m not sure how Millennials will view this film but definitely anyone that grew up watching and loving westerns is going to absolutely love this remake of a classic. You get the saloon fights with card games gone wrong. There’s horse tricks reminiscent of the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers. Quick draw stand-offs you know can’t end well but it’s exciting nonetheless. Dynamite blasts causing women and children running for safety. Of course there will be gunfights. It’s truly action packed and worth every second of your time. In fact, I just might go see it again.
Rated PG-13 Action/Western Runtime 132m
I give this 5 gold nuggets out of 5