Last week I introduced you to the 1960 release of The Magnificent Seven so this week I want to share the 2016 remake. As with the 1960 version, the modern remake can be linked to Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa's classic, Seven Samurai.
The 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven was released by Sony Pictures and once again featured a stellar cast including: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee, Vincent D'Onofrio, Miguel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.
In this remake, the story has changed a bit. This incarnation takes place in an American town which has been essentially enslaved to work as forced labor in the mines owned by a robber barron, Bartholomew Bogue played by Peter Sarsgaard. When the town church is burned down and townspeople are killed, those left behind have had enough and decide to fight. The widow of one of the victims and her friend sneak away to find help. They meet an African-American U.S. Marshal, Sam Chisholm played by Washington, who agrees to help them.
Marshal Chisholm recruits a posse to go to the town and face the robber baron and his henchmen. The characters in this remake do have slight resemblances to the original 1960 version but many of the characters are given a much more interesting backstory in this remake.
When the battle for the town begins, we learn just what these characters are willing to sacrifice for each other and the town. I hope you will add this to your to be watched list.