Seven Samurai / Magnificent Seven
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (12)
D: Antoine Fuqua
MGM/Columbia/Village Roadshow (Roger Birnbaum & Todd Black)
W: Nic Pizzolato & Richard Wenk [based on the screenplays "Seven Samurai" by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto & Hideo Oguni and "The Magnificent Seven" by William Roberts]
DP: Mauro Fiore
Ed: John Refoua
Mus: James Horner & Simon Franglen
Denzel Washington (Sam Chisholm), Chris Pratt (Joshua Faraday), Ethan Hawke (Goodnight Robicheaux), Vincent d'Onofrio (Jack Horne), Byung Hun-Lee (Billy Rocks), Haley Bennett (Emma Cullen), Peter Sarsgaard (Bartholomew Bogue), Luke Grimes (Teddy Q)
While not as terrible as the majority of Hollywood remakes which have been churned out over the past decade, this 2016 version of the classic 1960 western (& 1954 samurai original) fails to justify its existence.
The characters may have different names, but the plot doesn't stray too far from the original films path, even chucking in a scene completely stolen from Django Unchained to make Denzel Washington's character a little bit cooler.
The whole point of the 1960 version was to switch genres for an American audience, but this was put into production for monetary gain only, bringing with it a 21st century cast which includes multiple races. Unfortunately, ticking the boxes of political correctness doesn't capture the magic from the original films, and the overall result is quite boring and pointless, neglecting the character-driven element to set up some rather mundane and unconvincing action set pieces.