Movie Review: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – a remake of the 1960s original that’s too bland and featureless to justify its own existence

Although I haven’t seen the original The Magnificent Seven for the best part of 20 years, I still retained enough memory of the plot to try comparing it with the 2016 Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw)/Denzel Washington, and from those hazy memories, there didn’t seem to be many large deviations from the plot.  Instead of a village being raided by bandits, it’s a small (and kind of unconvincing) western town bullied into submission by Bartholomew Bogue, a mining company owner (played by Peter Sarsgaard) who wants the surrounding land, and the vein of gold under it.  After a brutal opening wherein Sarsgaard’s armed goons kill a few of the more rebellious townsfolk, the widow of one takes it upon herself to seek vengeance, and a way to stop Bogue from plundering what remains of the townspeople’s land.

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Movie Review: THE EQUALIZER – Taxi Driver-lite. Washington’s presence elevates a too-familiar storyline.

Equalizer

Denzel shoots … it’s 1-1!!

Searching for a movie to watch, Wifey picked The Equalizer last night, a movie I was mostly reluctant to watch, having seen it unfavourably compared to the similar John Wick, a movie I didn’t much care for. Continue reading “Movie Review: THE EQUALIZER – Taxi Driver-lite. Washington’s presence elevates a too-familiar storyline.”