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RATED PG-13 (extended and intense sequences of western violence, historical smoking, some language and suggestive material)

RUNNING TIME: 132 minutes
DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua

Denzel Washington - Sam Chisolm
Chris Pratt - Josh Farraday
Ethan Hawke - Goodnight Robicheaux
Vincent D'Onofrio - Jack Horne
Byung-hun Lee - Billy Rocks
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo - Vasquez
Martin Sensmeier - Red Harvest
Haley Bennett - Emma Cullen
Peter Sarsgaard - Bartholomew Bogue

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen, employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm, Josh Farraday, Goodnight Robicheaux, Jack Horne, Billy Rocks, Vasquez and Red Harvest. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. - Columbia Pictures/MGM

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 3 CAMS Camera Camera Camera
Explosive action and a good cast make Antoine Fuqua's exciting reboot a western worth seeing. Is it as great as John Sturges' magnificent 1960 take on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic "Seven Samurai"? Heck no! But it's better than "Return of the Seven" (1966) and lies somewhere between "Guns of the Magnificent Seven" (1969) and "The Magnificent Seven Ride!" (1972). This time around, most of the seven are less compelling than those mercenaries who protected that Mexican village from Calvera (Eli Wallach). Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke provide the most interesting and fleshed-out characters. There is a villain to hate in the form of Peter Sarsgaard as vile sneering Bartholomew Bogue with his plan to destroy the town and its inhabitants. Hardcore fans of that 1960 cinematic gem will hear familiar dialogue and recognize character traits that make this almost a journey to the past. The bonding with the townsfolk is pretty much non-existent, except for Haley Bennett as the revenge-seeking widow. This gives the gunmen little reason to stay and fight. When the inevitable happens, the emotional impact of the original is just not felt - giving more credit to Sturges and his cast. But Fuqua makes up for this with battle sequences to die for. Spectacular scenery by cinematographer Mauro Fiore and a rousing new score by the late James Horner (completed after his death by Simon Franglen) add to this cowboy pleasure. What's missing throughout this movie is the iconic memorable score and theme by Elmer Bernstein - until a surprising return during the closing credits. 1960's "The Magnificent Seven" is my all-time favorite film and I savor each entry in the series. Hopefully this latest adventure isn't their last sunset.