Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Director: Antoine Fuqua. Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard. 133 min. Rated R. Western.

They saw the Fast and Furious formula's success, and thought: "Let's pick a classic and do the same." So for the remake, instead of an all-white cast of seven cowboys in the 1960 movie, they plant a Latino gunslinger, a Native-American archer, an Asian knife-thrower (in the wild west!), all lead by a Black leader - and probably sell it as Hollywood's heroic struggle for equal opportunity and fight against racism. Considering the villains here are government officials, not sure what kind of violent upheaval message the movie is sending, at a time when America has subscribed to a tyrannical regime.

PS; With this and The Girl on the Train, Haley Bennett is the new star-in-the-making.

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