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While the western is not the most popular movie genre today, it is still a classic in the history of American cinema. The Magnificent Seven is hoping that remaking one of the most famous titles will help make the western king of the movie theater once again. Based on this trailer, they may be on to something. The new movie, starring Denzel Washinton and Chris Pratt, looks to be a truly exciting, and remarkably humorous return to the old west. Check it out!
If the reteaming of Training Day director Antoine Fuqua with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke wasn't enough, the trailer for The Magnificent Seven takes us through every member of the new team. Denzel Washington will play Sam Chisolm, the bounty hunter who, one assumes, will take whatever job will pay him, thus accepting the job of fighting off a group of thieves terrorizing a small western town. Of course, there's obviously more to it, as it's unlikely any amount of money is really enough to risk your life. Chris Pratt plays "The Gambler," Josh Farraday. Other members of the ensemble include Vincent D'Onofrio and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. Add in Peter Sarsgaard as the film's antagonist and you have a cast that is looking truly magnificent indeed.
While wild west gun fights are the order of the day, the marketing for The Magnificent Seven here is certainly trying to make the movie look like a fun time as much as it is an exciting time. Chris Pratt, while coming into his own as an action hero in recent years, is still best known by many for his comedic work. That's on full display here. While the trailer is obviously edited to create some jokes where they may not necessarily exist, the film certainly looks to make the life or death struggle as light as possible.
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 western of the same name, which was a remake in its own right of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa movie Seven Samurai. The names, and a few minor details have been changed. The original film starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen was set around a Mexican village, and this is clearly an American town, but the basic gist appears to be intact: seven men protect a town that can't protect itself from a force that vastly outnumbers them.
We're certainly interested to see this new entry in the western genre. Antoine Fuqua is a great director who could very well bring some new life to the old west. We still have a bit of time to wait for this one, however. The Magnificent Seven is going to let the busy summer season pass them by, and will be hitting the screens on September 23rd.